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Death Beside the Seaside (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 6) Kindle Edition
July 1910. Lady Hardcastle and her tireless sidekick Flo have finally embarked on a long-overdue seaside break. But just as they’re wavering between ice creams and donkey rides, their fellow guests start to go missing—and the duo find themselves with a hysterical hotel manager and a case to solve.
The first to disappear is Dr Goddard, a scientist doing something terribly top-secret for the government. Gone too are his strongbox and its mysterious contents. By the time Lady Hardcastle has questioned the horde of international guests, her number-one suspect has been dispatched in grisly circumstances—and then the others start vanishing too.
As the case begins to look like a matter of national security, Lady Hardcastle takes advice from her brother in the secret service. But could there be an even more personal connection at play? To solve the case, Lady Hardcastle may face a shocking discovery of her own.
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T E Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. He worked for a number of years as a magazine features writer before falling into the glamorous world of the Internet, where he edited content for a very famous entertainment website for quite a few years more. After helping to raise three children, learning to scuba dive and to play the drums and the mandolin (though never, disappointingly, all at the same time), he decided the time was right to get back to writing. Death Beside the Seaside is the sixth novel in a series of mysteries starring Lady Hardcastle. There is also a short story, “Christmas at The Grange”. His website is at tekinsey.uk and you can follow him on Twitter — @tekinsey — as well as on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tekinsey.
- ASIN : B07T69XG4N
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (22 Oct. 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2353 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 378 pages
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Having finally decided to accede to Florence’s many requests to spend time at the seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare, Lady Emily Hardcastle announces they are booked-in to the town’s Steep Holm View hotel for a few days holiday. It doesn’t take long though before the daring duo suspect the hotel’s eclectic mix of international visitors isn’t just a happy accident. With thoughts of donkey rides and end-of-pier shows put aside, Lady Hardcastle and Flo find themselves drawn into a deadly series of events…
The plot to this is full of intrigue, and the body count stacks-up at an alarming rate. As with all the books, a dry sense of tongue-in-cheek humour is evident throughout, and there is enough historical detail (both accurate, and skilfully manipulated) to keep even the most studious on their toes. Another of the highlights for me, is that the true nature of the relationship between Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong is further explained during more revelations about their past exploits. However, I still find this aspect of the novels remains tantalisingly open to interpretation!
This, the sixth book of this series is every bit as good as the first. It is a complete story in its own right, but if you’re new to the Lady Hardcastle mysteries, I would recommend starting with the first book ‘A Quite Life in the Country’, not only because there is a thread that runs through the series, but also because if you enjoy the first book, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to read the whole series anyway. I’ve read them all, and there’s not one that’s disappointed - 5 Star reads all the way.
Emily Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong are likeable characters, with an interesting relationship, a little like Peter Wimsey and Bunter. I think Flo has, in this book, lost her "cor blimey govner" (with a Welsh accent) ways, and is all the better for that.
The setting entertained me because I know Weston-super-Mare well, so I was able to visualise what the characters were seeing.
Some of the characters were somewhat wooden and two dimensional, though, to be honest, as far as the story was concerned, they were the equivalent of "third spear carrier". They were necessary padding, but not front and centre.
Previous books gave more than a passing nod to the Golden Age of the Whodunit, but this one had more of the flavour of the last few Sherlock Holmes stories.
I gave previous books 5*, but this 4* simply because I felt that the story, though amusing, was more far fetched than the others. It was funny, along the lines of the film "The Assassination Bureau", but at the same time, a little annoying.
Despite the above, I still recommend the book. It is an easy read, well crafted, well researched, and requires little brain power, so a good book if you just want to settle down quietly and relax.
Emily looked at her watch when Mr Primrose asked do you know what time it is, in previous books it's been stated she did not own a watch as she hated them, they only had clocks in the house, which they were never sure were correct, so how come she miraculously had a watch?
Harry gave Mr Primrose £10, that is the equivalent of £1,255 today, really? Why on earth would he have so much in his wallet.
My advice is check what it would be worth today, £6 is nothing today but in 1910 it was an awful lot of money.
Who are these tales aimed at? People who like a little light relief with their mysteries and loveable characters who grow on you.