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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.
78 of 81 people found this review helpful
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.
72 of 77 people found this review helpful
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!
31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
not a fast paced story but enjoyable to listen to and fun characterisation and good leads
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.