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Rotten to the Core (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 8) Kindle Edition
Summer 1911. A scorching heatwave engulfs the quiet town of Littleton Cotterell and brings about an unusually early harvest. The villagers are thrilled, but events quickly turn sour when one of them turns up dead in an apple orchard, stabbed through the heart.
Amateur sleuth Lady Hardcastle and her trusty lady’s maid, Flo, suddenly have a juicy case on their hands. Might the mysterious stranger they recently met in the village be to blame?
When a second cider-related murder takes place, it quickly becomes clear that there’s more to these mysterious deaths than meets the eye. The daring duo uncover whispers of an ancient order and moonlit rituals. And evidence points to a macabre secret in the village stretching back years. A secret someone will do anything—anything at all—to keep hidden.
Something is rotten, that’s for sure. With the local constabulary baffled, Lady Hardcastle and Flo must use all their powers of wit and whimsy to get to the bottom of the dastardly deed. But can they catch the killer before any more people drop dead?
About the Author
Tim Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. Rotten to the Core is the eighth story in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series, and he is also the author of the Dizzy Heights Mystery series. His website is at tekinsey.uk, and you can follow him on Twitter @tekinsey, as well as on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tekinsey.
- ASIN : B09PBK8SZB
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (7 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2701 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 333 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 154203146X
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,343 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong get to grips with some shady goings-on among an ancient order of cider wardens in this very entertaining eight book in the Lady Hardcastle series. With only twelve members, one of the Weryers must surely be the murderer, although discovering the guilty party proves tricky, and there’s a mysterious stranger in the village to account for too.
Once again T E Kinsey has produced a classic cosy-mystery to enjoy, and his dynamic duo of protagonists are on top form when it comes to wheedling-out the truth from the village gossip. As is usual, the banter between Lady Hardcastle and Flo is a joy, and both the pace of the plot, and their witty repartee, never let-up for a moment. There’s plenty of action throughout, and a satisfyingly dramatic conclusion to the investigation too.
Overall: A super-twisty cosy, with lots of West-Country flavour…especially that of the local cider!
This series gets better, with a well crafted story and well rounded main characters. It feels as if I've time travelled to the period, because the research is thorough.
The relationship between Emily Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong no longer feels any more unusual than that of Holmes and Watson. Hardcastle and Armstrong make a good team, and, as well as some interesting skills, they each have a good level of intelligence. As a result, behind the ordinariness of the story of daily life, there is a strong intellectual thread woven through the stories.
I recommend this, and the rest of the series, as a good way to spend a couple of evenings. They are a good read, with just enough mystery to get the brain cells sparking, but without getting bogged down in minutiae and red herrings
I'm looking forward to their next adventure!