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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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By Eddie Lynn on 11-20-16

A fun cozy mystery!

In my recent cozy mystery marathon, I came upon this Lady Hardcastle jewel. Written with a great sense of humor, the main characters, Emily and Flo, break all the rules of propriety to settle in to their "Quiet Life in the Country". Since it is a mystery, a murder ensues, leading the ladies to "assist" the local constabulary. Written with funny dialog, it is read impeccably.
I'm ready for Book 2.

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By Yvonne on 11-30-16

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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By Kirsty on 02-23-17


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?

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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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By Sheryl Mason on 02-13-17

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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By sarah on 07-14-17

fantastic narrator

not a fast paced story but enjoyable to listen to and fun characterisation and good leads

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By JB Rowley on 07-06-17

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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