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Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.
But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...
As Lady Hardcastle and Flo delve deeper into rural rivalries and resentment, they uncover a web of intrigue that extends far beyond the village. With almost no one free from suspicion, they can be certain of only one fact: there is no such thing as a quiet life in the country.
©2016 T E Kinsey. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By JB Rowley on 06-07-2017

Light Hearted Fun

I found it difficult to settle into the story initially but as the narrator was excellent I stayed with it and ended up enjoying the tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lesley, Vic on 25-06-2018

Absolutely Brilliant

I loved, loved, loved this story and performance. T E Kinsey is without doubt a very talented author, writing about events from a time long past with not only knowledge of the period, but with a great dollop of humour and a charming dose of affectionate interaction between the two heroines. Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong are a force to be reckoned with and I will be listening to the next book in the series with all due haste.
What makes it even more astonishing is that Kinsey is a male and his two protagonists are female; he brings these two amazing women to glorious life as if he were one of the fairer sex himself.
These two characters, along with a whole menagerie of secondary players were bought to all to believable life by the brilliant narration of Elizabeth Knowelden. This is definitely one of the most entertains audiobooks I have listened to for a long time.

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3 out of 5 stars
By BikeVON on 30-11-2016

A nice cozy read!

A wonderful cozy mystery. It has the feel of the TV British show Midsummer Murders. An idyllic town in 1900s where everyone knows each other and their business. I find that many of the small-town stories are as much about the daily life with the gossip, relationships, and annual celebrations as with the mystery.

Two progressive single women, have moved into the small town. One a widow, who received her status from her marriage and her champion of 14 years. A mist hiring staff and becoming familiar with the town the ladies stumble upon a dead man and become involved with a murder.

This is not a fast pace cozy story. I had to sit with a cup of tea and relax with my knitting to really get into the story. I will get the next book, just because, it was really nice to get cozy with a nice period mystery.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-10-2016

Never Wanted It to End!

I found myself laughing out loud during parts of this book even as I tried to guess who the murderer was. The writing is so active, I was brought into the story and hated when my commute was over. It's not often that you find this perfect blend of good writing and narration. The author does explain the character's relationship built over previous books in the series, but you needn't have read them to enjoy this one.

The narration brought to life the characters dress, their movements, their faces, their lives. Without going too much into the plot, our heroines go through the countryside solving not one, but two murders! Definitely worth the credit and will look for more from these two.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirsty on 23-02-2017


Where does A Quiet Life in the Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Nice easy listening

What did you like best about this story?

Characters were amusing, not exactly high brow literature but that wasn't what I was expecting.

What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

Her accents were pretty good, easy to distinguish between different characters. I enjoyed her narration and would happily listen to her read more books.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Any additional comments?

Some of the previous reviews were unfair, if you want literature listen to something by the wonderful Jane Austen. This story doesn't pretend to be serious, it is a light hearted listen when walking the dog!

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35 of 35 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sheryl Mason on 13-02-2017

Enjoyable Cozy Romp

What did you like most about A Quiet Life in the Country?

Mostly I liked the way the characters interacted, especially Lady Hardcastle and Flo. The book is not up to the standard of Christie or Sayers but then it's not meant to be. It's a cozy mystery romp with humour included.

What other book might you compare A Quiet Life in the Country to, and why?

I can't think of another book I've read or listened to that compares exactly to this.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the opening scene, where our intrepid heroines discover and explore their new rented home in the country.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. There were, however, a lot of places where I laughed out loud. Some of the humour in this book is superbly done and very well written.

Any additional comments?

An adorable book, filled with mystery, humour and a leading lady who flouts the rules of convention between mistress and servant. It's set in 1908 and probably the class system was coming to an end anyway. This book just gets to it faster than it probably happened.

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26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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