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Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell.Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colourful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell.Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colourful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another…One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.With the police left scratching their heads, Lady Hardcastle calls upon her amateur sleuthing skills to launch an investigation, with Flo’s able assistance. Surrounded by suspects both human and supernatural, Lady Hardcastle must use a little trickery of her own to unmask the murderer.


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Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell.Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colourful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell.Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colourful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another…One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.With the police left scratching their heads, Lady Hardcastle calls upon her amateur sleuthing skills to launch an investigation, with Flo’s able assistance. Surrounded by suspects both human and supernatural, Lady Hardcastle must use a little trickery of her own to unmask the murderer.

30 review for A Picture of Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    An intriguing cozy, full of wonderful, whimsical characters. Lady Hardcastle has been asked a favour of from a friend. The friend's kitchen has burned down, just when she was playing hostess to a visiting film troupe. Lady Hardcastle instantly obliges, and with the help of her capable ladies maid Florence Armstrong, she makes the visitors welcome. Until one by one they are murdered. In the same way that their onscreen characters are killed. Our amateur sleuths then spring into action, but are pe An intriguing cozy, full of wonderful, whimsical characters. Lady Hardcastle has been asked a favour of from a friend. The friend's kitchen has burned down, just when she was playing hostess to a visiting film troupe. Lady Hardcastle instantly obliges, and with the help of her capable ladies maid Florence Armstrong, she makes the visitors welcome. Until one by one they are murdered. In the same way that their onscreen characters are killed. Our amateur sleuths then spring into action, but are perplexed by the murders. Nothing here is as it seems, everyone can kind of account for their whereabouts during the murders, or can they? This is a delightful book, the first of this authors that I have read. It is the fourth book in the series and while the reader would benefit from reading the other books first, to get a bit more background of the characters, it's not really necessary. I recommend this book to all lovers of lighthearted crime novels. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Book 4 in this excellent series. Even Lady Hardcastle and Florence, her maid, comment in this one about how many people seem to die within their general vicinity. Luckily just for once the murders may not be quite what they seem. Our two leading ladies are as entertaining as ever and we find out quite a lot about their past lives when they were spying for King and country. Lady Hardcastle calls Flo "tiny servant" and Flo is equally rude back and it is all very funny. I also enjoy the fact that th Book 4 in this excellent series. Even Lady Hardcastle and Florence, her maid, comment in this one about how many people seem to die within their general vicinity. Luckily just for once the murders may not be quite what they seem. Our two leading ladies are as entertaining as ever and we find out quite a lot about their past lives when they were spying for King and country. Lady Hardcastle calls Flo "tiny servant" and Flo is equally rude back and it is all very funny. I also enjoy the fact that the police acknowledge that the pair have detecting skills and bring them in to the enquiries rather than resenting their presence. It is a refreshing change from many other cosies. This is a really enjoyable series and I hope it continues!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Littleton Cotterell was about to host a screening of one of the first moving pictures and as it was nearing Halloween, the picture was appropriately named The Witch’s Downfall. Lady Hardcastle found herself with the four actors in her home, as her good friend and original host’s kitchen caught alight, and of course they would need to be fed. It was 1909 and the chill was definitely making itself felt across the countryside, but that didn’t stop Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Floren Littleton Cotterell was about to host a screening of one of the first moving pictures and as it was nearing Halloween, the picture was appropriately named The Witch’s Downfall. Lady Hardcastle found herself with the four actors in her home, as her good friend and original host’s kitchen caught alight, and of course they would need to be fed. It was 1909 and the chill was definitely making itself felt across the countryside, but that didn’t stop Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, from venturing out. The success of the first night was heartwarming – apart from the protesters with their banners – but when the frosty morning gave light to a body under the large old rowan tree, everyone was shocked to find one of the actors – dead, in a spooky copy of the entertainment of the night before. Amateur sleuth, Lady Hardcastle and her side-kick Flo set their skills to work. The police were puzzled and had experience of Lady Hardcastle’s past successes, so they were grateful for the assistance. But could she find the killer this time? It seemed whoever it was, was one step ahead… A Picture of Murder is the 4th in the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries by TE Kinsey, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – as I have all the others! A historical cosy mystery with a humerous touch – I laughed out loud many times. The interaction between Lady Hardcastle and Flo is brilliantly done! Dry and hugely entertaining. The twists are also well done, and I certainly didn’t pick the culprit! Highly recommended – can’t wait for #5! With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    In Late October 1909 the inhabitants of Littleton Cottrell are gearing up for Halloween and Bonfire Night. While Lady Hardcastle poo-poos the superstitions of the villagers, her ladies' maid, Florence Armstrong, has a more open mind. When a kitchen fire at The Grange leaves a filmmaker and his actors stranded, Lady Hardcastle steps up to host. She is eager to see their kinematograph (moving picture), The Witch’s Downfall, and show off her own amateur efforts. Not everyone is thrilled about this In Late October 1909 the inhabitants of Littleton Cottrell are gearing up for Halloween and Bonfire Night. While Lady Hardcastle poo-poos the superstitions of the villagers, her ladies' maid, Florence Armstrong, has a more open mind. When a kitchen fire at The Grange leaves a filmmaker and his actors stranded, Lady Hardcastle steps up to host. She is eager to see their kinematograph (moving picture), The Witch’s Downfall, and show off her own amateur efforts. Not everyone is thrilled about this new fad and believe moving pictures are evil. When real life starts to imitate art, Lady Hardcastle and Flo are disturbed and some of the villagers think the moving picture has put a curse on the village. With Inspector Sunderland busy elsewhere and the local police not up to the task, it's up to Lady Hardcastle and Miss Armstrong to solve the mystery before it's too late. Wow! This was a very complicated mystery that not even Lady Hardcastle could solve until the very end. I was starting to suspect something was not quite right before she did and I was frustrated because some of the clues were glaringly obvious and Lady Hardcastle chose to ignore them. This story isn't for everyone. I was disturbed by how dark it was but enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on. In this novel Lady Hardcastle and Flo finally share their life stories. I felt that all that information at once was too much but at the time time, I was eager to learn what really happened. I was a bit confused because Lady Hardcastle keeps saying her husband was killed by Chinese bandits. Is that the official story? I am very eager to see how the subplot about Lady Hardcastle's past plays out. I also could have used a brief explanation of what the Boxer Rebellion was. I couldn't remember the details. I was pleased to see this novel contains an author's note explaining his minor tweaks to the history of early film and the moonrise. I would have liked more information about the film industry in Great Britain in the early 1900s. The details included in the story are excellent though and if readers are that interested I suppose they can look it up. My favorite scene is a lighthearted one. It involves Hamlet, a Great Dane who doesn't know his own size or strength. Hamlet is such a silly puppy! I loved him so much but wouldn't want him jumping and drooling on me, as much as I am a crazy dog lady. There are 6 new characters here, 5 from the film industry and 1 journalist. There's also the protestors. Nolan Cheetham is a charismatic showman and filmmaker whose star is on the wane. He has come to the village to show his new film, The Witch's Downfall. He is friendly and charming but he is a promoter and could be performing dastardly deeds to promote his film. I was impressed by his professional filmmaking and special effects artistry. Zelda Drayton is another star on the wane. She's an excellent actress and seems nice enough. Miss Euphemia Sellwood is the new leading lady. She's a bit too aware of her beauty and star power. Basil is the old theater actor turned moving picture actor. He is VERY self-aware and a jovial chap. I think he's a bit phony. Aaron Orum, screenwriter and frenemy of Nolan Cheetham is a whiny, self-pitying, wannabe aesthete. If his side of the story is true, he does have reason to be angry but it didn't sound as if he had pursued legal action. Could you sue someone in Edwardian England? Orum's latest girlfriend is a sensational journalist who is a very unpleasant woman. Any one of them would do anything to further their own careers. Mr. Hughes is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church-type group that comes to the village to protest the film. He's too self-righteous and lacks an understanding of village culture. He reminded me of the nay-sayers who decried Harry Potter when the books were first published. I detest those who try to tell other people what to do and how to live their lives and detest those who would censor art to suit their own ends. Needless to say, Hughes is not a likable character. Yet, he is slightly sympathetic in a way. The world is changing too fast for him. We are also reunited with "Skins" the drummer and his fellow percussionist Barty. They're fun characters and bring more of a sense of the time period to the story. However, I feel they were inserted into the story for no good reason except to introduce the subplot and get Lady Hardcastle and Flo to tell their stories. Perhaps that would have been best saved for another novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luce

    4.5 Stars for another fun cozy mystery. I love listening the audiobooks of this series. I tried reading it myself after I started the audiobook and I ended up returning to the audiobook. The narrator Elizabeth Knowelden does a wonderful job. She really makes it entertaining. This is the latest cozy mystery featuring Lady Emily Hardcastle and her lady's maid & partner in investigation, Florence Armstrong. The time is October 1909 in the village of Littleton Cotterell, England. On Halloween, the vi 4.5 Stars for another fun cozy mystery. I love listening the audiobooks of this series. I tried reading it myself after I started the audiobook and I ended up returning to the audiobook. The narrator Elizabeth Knowelden does a wonderful job. She really makes it entertaining. This is the latest cozy mystery featuring Lady Emily Hardcastle and her lady's maid & partner in investigation, Florence Armstrong. The time is October 1909 in the village of Littleton Cotterell, England. On Halloween, the village hosts a new form of entertainment - a showing of a motion picture, The Witch’s Downfall. The director and actors are staying at Lady Hardcastle's estate. But one by one the actors meet their deaths in a similar manner as in their film. Its up to Lady Hardcastle and Florence to find and stop the murderer. It maybe one of the better mysteries of this series. But to tell you the truth, I just enjoy visiting the characters, Lady Hardcastle and Florence, not to mention the villagers and Inspector Sunderland. We even meet up again with the musicians, Barty and Skins from book #1, A Quiet Life In The Country. Which may be the best part of the book when Lady Hardcastle and Florence tell Barty and Skins their history together - how they met and ended up spying for the British government. In the previous books, only snippets of their exciting and unusual pasts are told. Lady Hardcastle is no ordinary "Lady". We also learn that Lady Hardcastle is 42 years old. Younger than I assumed as Flo often refers to her ladyship as "The old girl" and the like. If you enjoy reading cozy mysteries, small village life and a wonderful friendship between a Lady and her maid, check this series out. I suggest starting from the beginning.

  6. 5 out of 5

    KBookblogger

    Really enjoyed this book from the Lady Hardcastle series, especially as the story was set round Halloween time (pure coincidence I listened to it in October) ! One of the better books from the much loved murder mystery series - 4 stars ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 stars It is late in 1909 and the moving pictures are coming to Littleton Cotterell! It’s Halloween and the choice of films to be shown is timely. Mr. Nolan Cheatham is the director/producer and with him he has brought the three stars of his latest production, The Witches’ Downfall. After a fire in Lady Farley-Stroud’s kitchen, the four movie people are staying with Lady Emily Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong’s home. In spite of the Hughes’ protestors outside the church hall, there is a crowd f 4 stars It is late in 1909 and the moving pictures are coming to Littleton Cotterell! It’s Halloween and the choice of films to be shown is timely. Mr. Nolan Cheatham is the director/producer and with him he has brought the three stars of his latest production, The Witches’ Downfall. After a fire in Lady Farley-Stroud’s kitchen, the four movie people are staying with Lady Emily Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong’s home. In spite of the Hughes’ protestors outside the church hall, there is a crowd for the viewing and it is a great success, as is Lady Hardcastle’s own Town Mouse and Country Mouse production. On the morning following the entertainment, Sergeant Dobson shows up at the door of Emily and Florence’s home. He has bad news. Mr. Basil Newhouse, one of the actors staying at their home, was found murdered in the churchyard. The murder was staged to look like the murder of his character in the short film viewed the night before. The list of potential suspects is rather long. Inspector Suderland has come from Bristol to investigate the case. Emily and Flo know him from cases past and he appreciates their help. Then actress Euphemia Selwood is found dead in the kitchen at Emily and Flo’s home. In her hand is a partially eaten apple, just like the character in the moving picture. Could it have been poisoned like in the film? More deaths occur and the puzzling aspects of the case grow. In a thoroughly surprising ending, the case is resolved by Emily and Flo. I was excited to read more about Emily and Flo’s past adventures. This time it was how Emily was recruited and her and Roddy (her husband), adventuring in Shanghai and environs – with Flo’s assistance, of course. I find the characters of Emily and Flo entertaining with their banter and gently kidding one another. The book is well written with a few misspellings and minor typos. It is linearly plotted. The characters are interesting and engaging. I look forward to the next Lady Hardcastle and Flo adventure. I want to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for forwarding to me a copy of this delightful novel for me to read, enjoy and review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    I adore this series and always come back to it what I want to feel charmed and cozy with the intrigue 🤨 of a careful but quick who-done-it. These books are a vacation for me!!! AND I get to spend time with two ladies who are a real hoot and inspiration. It feels like I’m hanging out with Lady Mary and Anna from Downton Abbey. (I also argue these books are feminist in nature as they are always challenging the system they’re in) The story, as always, was curious and captivating (can’t put it down!) I adore this series and always come back to it what I want to feel charmed and cozy with the intrigue 🤨 of a careful but quick who-done-it. These books are a vacation for me!!! AND I get to spend time with two ladies who are a real hoot and inspiration. It feels like I’m hanging out with Lady Mary and Anna from Downton Abbey. (I also argue these books are feminist in nature as they are always challenging the system they’re in) The story, as always, was curious and captivating (can’t put it down!) AND I find I learn a good bit about the time period in the process. Historical cozy mystery fiction at its best! This is a female duo version of Sherlock Holmes 🕵️‍♀️ the narrator is fantastic and the accents were extra rich in this installation. (They can be read separately and out of order imho) I’m soooo thankful I decided to “expand my horizons” and try book 1 on sale 2 years ago (Audible daily deal) It was never a genre I thought I’d like but oh how I do!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Larson

    A Picture of Murder By: T. E. Kinsey Amazon Publishing UK 4 stars Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong are back and better than ever. This is the fourth book in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series. The novel opens up on All Hallows’ Eve. Ghosts and ghouls are abound in Littleton, Cotterell. A film producer, Mr. Cheetham, and his film crew arrive at town, at the perfect time, to show their moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall. Things go awry though when one of the film’s actors is found dead and kil A Picture of Murder By: T. E. Kinsey Amazon Publishing UK 4 stars Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong are back and better than ever. This is the fourth book in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series. The novel opens up on All Hallows’ Eve. Ghosts and ghouls are abound in Littleton, Cotterell. A film producer, Mr. Cheetham, and his film crew arrive at town, at the perfect time, to show their moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall. Things go awry though when one of the film’s actors is found dead and killed in the same manner as his character. Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong put their skills to use to try and solve the murders. But, are they looking for a supernatural being or a living person? This novel is fun from start to finish. It is my favorite book in the Lady Hardcastle series. We meet old and new characters and each character is distinctive and unique. Ultimately, however, it is the repertoire between the characters that makes this novel so great. The interactions between Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong are particularly memorable. We also get a small glance at some of Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong’s secret past. This past seems to have prepared them for the sleuthing they do in the present. Their skills are sharp enough to captivate the police, who not only inform them on the progress on the case, but also encourage their help. Not only is the mystery solved at the end of the book, but we get a hint of a relationship in the making. Something fun to look forward to in the next book. I really enjoyed this book, and it was a entertaining October read. Thanks to Net Galley and Amazon Publishing UK for an ARC of this book. #NetGalley #APictureOfMurder

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this 4th book in the cosy mystery series featuring Lady Hardcastle and her Ladie's maid Flo Armstrong in 1907, set in the English countryside. The series is just getting better and better! This is my favourite installment so far; I love it because it's funny, historically viable, personable, engaging and super fun! Our two main protagonists are brilliant! And we get a little bit more of their back story. I just love them and the narration from Flo is excellent. It is very 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this 4th book in the cosy mystery series featuring Lady Hardcastle and her Ladie's maid Flo Armstrong in 1907, set in the English countryside. The series is just getting better and better! This is my favourite installment so far; I love it because it's funny, historically viable, personable, engaging and super fun! Our two main protagonists are brilliant! And we get a little bit more of their back story. I just love them and the narration from Flo is excellent. It is very tongue in cheek and it works so well in this story - hilarious and brilliant! Highly recommended for cosy mystery fans - you don't need to read these books in order although it does give you a better character connection if you've read the preceding sagas but its really not essential. I really can't wait for the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    This was another good outing with Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong. It involved a complicated plot centering on the emerging moving pictures technology. There wasn't as much of the witty zingers between Emily Hardcastle and her maid Flo than in previous books. Therefore it was just a smidge less enjoyable than earlier books. But I'm looking forward to starting book 5 in the series soon. This was another good outing with Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong. It involved a complicated plot centering on the emerging moving pictures technology. There wasn't as much of the witty zingers between Emily Hardcastle and her maid Flo than in previous books. Therefore it was just a smidge less enjoyable than earlier books. But I'm looking forward to starting book 5 in the series soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Another great installment in the Lady Hardcastle series. It didn't seem to have as much humor, so 4.5* Another great installment in the Lady Hardcastle series. It didn't seem to have as much humor, so 4.5*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacie Haden

    This fourth book in the Lady Hardcastle series didn't have quite as much of the humor I adore, but was still a good addition to the series. England, 1909 This fourth book in the Lady Hardcastle series didn't have quite as much of the humor I adore, but was still a good addition to the series. England, 1909

  14. 5 out of 5

    Agnes

    I am in love with this series. Setting aside the Christmas special Kindle Single (#3.5), which was a bust, the rest of these books have been absolutely delightful. If you enjoyed watching “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” (and if you didn’t, I’m not sure why we’re friends - go Netflix them pronto), you will get a kick out of this series. Set in 1908-1909, the first four books each offer a delightful English countryside mystery starring a whip-smart widowed lady in her prime and her kick-ass (lite I am in love with this series. Setting aside the Christmas special Kindle Single (#3.5), which was a bust, the rest of these books have been absolutely delightful. If you enjoyed watching “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” (and if you didn’t, I’m not sure why we’re friends - go Netflix them pronto), you will get a kick out of this series. Set in 1908-1909, the first four books each offer a delightful English countryside mystery starring a whip-smart widowed lady in her prime and her kick-ass (literally) lady’s maid. The historical setting is well-researched with interesting tidbits about early car racing, films, etc., and the dialogue between the main characters is super sharp and laugh out loud funny. I realize this is more a review of the series thus far rather than this particular book, but I was off Goodreads when I inhaled the first three and this one fits right in with the earlier books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of A Picture of Murder, the fourth novel set in 1909 to feature amateur sleuth Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence Armstrong. Littleton Cotterill is gearing up for its first moving picture festival and through an unfortunate accident Lady Hardcastle is hosting the "film folk", director Nolan Cheetham and three of his cast. The film, The Witch's Downfall is mostly well received wih several notable exceptions so when a cast I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of A Picture of Murder, the fourth novel set in 1909 to feature amateur sleuth Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence Armstrong. Littleton Cotterill is gearing up for its first moving picture festival and through an unfortunate accident Lady Hardcastle is hosting the "film folk", director Nolan Cheetham and three of his cast. The film, The Witch's Downfall is mostly well received wih several notable exceptions so when a cast member is found dead in a manner echoing the film Lady Hardcastle and Flo are drafted in to help the hard pressed Inspector Sunderland. I thoroughly enjoyed A Picture of Murder which is a light, frothy tale with a genuine mystery attached. It is narrated by Flo Armstrong so the reader sees everything through her eyes. She is a most unusual ladies maid so her tone is sardonic and amusing. I found myself caught up in both her narrative and the plot which held my interest from start to finish. I loved the period detail and the information about the fledgling movie industry is fascinating from the attitudes towards it to the mechanics of filming. I also admired Mr Kinsey's ingenuity in his plotting. It maybe requires a stretch of credulity but it fits the tone of the novel and made my jaw drop at its cleverness. As I said Flo Armstrong is a very unusual ladies maid being more of a friend and confederate to Lady Hardcastle than a servant. I was interested to see Mr Kinsey expanding on some of their adventurous past which he has hinted at in previous novels. It adds to the fun of the read. A Picture of Murder is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    It’s the fall of 1909, and the kinematograph (known as the movies to us) has come to the Gloucestershire village of Littleton Cotterell. Colonel Nolan Cheetham and three of his actors are showing their film The Witch’s Downfall, a melodramatic work sure to appeal to unsophisticated and superstitious villagers. Of course, the showing is a great success, but then one of the actors is killed in exactly the same way as his character was in the movie. Needless to say, retired spy Emily, Lady Hardcast It’s the fall of 1909, and the kinematograph (known as the movies to us) has come to the Gloucestershire village of Littleton Cotterell. Colonel Nolan Cheetham and three of his actors are showing their film The Witch’s Downfall, a melodramatic work sure to appeal to unsophisticated and superstitious villagers. Of course, the showing is a great success, but then one of the actors is killed in exactly the same way as his character was in the movie. Needless to say, retired spy Emily, Lady Hardcastle, and her sassy maid Florence Armstrong do their part to help the Bristol CID crack the case. But not before there are several more deaths. I always enjoy another chance to become reacquainted with Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong, both of whom are clever and witty. Additionally, I learned quite a bit about the early days of the cinema. Littleton Cotterell’s villagers provide the right touch of satire and true human nature to keep me thoroughly entertained. I never guessed the incredibly clever ending, but, even if I had, it would not have reduced my enjoyment a whit. This fourth installment measures up to the rest of the novels in this humorous and captivating series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    M.

    I’m a total sucker for these two women. Their verbal exchanges dance with wit. They’re intelligent, competent and wily. The rest of the cast, as well as the mystery, is well conceived. And I await more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    Actors beware! This is probably my favorite out of the series so far! Loved the authors note on moving pictures too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2019 bk 135. 2020 bk 206. Sigh, now I have to wait for a new title. The early days of the cinema in England are evoked in this mystery where things are not always as they seem. Lady Hardcastle and Miss Armstrong work hard to solve this mystery as their house guests are picked off one after another. Inspector Sullivan has a mystery of his own - who would burn down the mortuary? And then their two favorite musicians show up with messages from a dead man. Wow, what a fun convolulted mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    In the autumn of 1909, Ghosts and witches and things that go bump in the night have the whole village in a dither right as the film festival gets underway featuring a spooky moving picture about a vengeful witch. Lady Hardcastle and her ladies maid, Flo Armstrong, have their hands full as murders staged just like scenes from the movie leave them with another mystery to solve. I enjoy the Lady Hardcastle mysteries for the fun turn of the century historical setting, for the lively, quirky character In the autumn of 1909, Ghosts and witches and things that go bump in the night have the whole village in a dither right as the film festival gets underway featuring a spooky moving picture about a vengeful witch. Lady Hardcastle and her ladies maid, Flo Armstrong, have their hands full as murders staged just like scenes from the movie leave them with another mystery to solve. I enjoy the Lady Hardcastle mysteries for the fun turn of the century historical setting, for the lively, quirky characters of the eccentric lady and her maid who are a retired British spy team, and for the lively way the mysteries are presented in a blend of historical and cozy mystery. Each book has Lady Hardcastle with a new hobby enthusiasm. In this case, she is practicing using her camera to make stop-action movies and hosting an early era moving picture film company of actors in her home for the village festival. I chuckled often at the quirky local villagers and the banter between Lady Hardcastle and Flo. The plot took its time with daily life in Lady Hardcastle's home, the village, and the goings on at the cinematic festival with the murders and their investigation coming along slowly. Inspector Sutherland is back as are Skins and his bandmate from earlier books A past issue from their espionage days comes up, but is left open to tease the reader a bit of what is to come of that. There are several times when I caught things repeating themselves each time someone new came along and the characters can make the same exclamation like 'right you are' or the housekeeper calling everyone 'lover'. Just little niggles, but distracting. The mystery kept me guessing until near the end and still, I ddn't have the entire thing figured out right so got a surprise at the big reveal. The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden is a repeat favorite and a splendid match for this series. She voices Lady H and Flo exceptionally well, but does a great job with class accents, both genders, and the pace and tone of the story. She captures a bit of sparkle to her voice that makes me think if I saw her characters it would be the equivalent of a twinkle in the eye. All in all, it was another wonderful outing with a fun, eccentric pair of amateur detectives. The mystery had a great twist and I loved the seasonal theme that gave a light spooky feel at times without being scary. Those who enjoy cozy mysteries and early twentieth century England should give these a go. My thanks to Brilliance audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    It is fall 1909, and in A Picture of Murder by T.E. Kinsey, Lady Emily Hardcastle and her lady’s maid/ partner in investigation, Florence Armstrong, have been having fun since their last adventure. They have spent their time practicing making moving pictures, which they call kinematographs. So when their neighbor has a fire in her kitchen, Lady Hardcastle is thrilled to get to host a quartet of “film folk” at her home since the Grange is out of commission. The team of three actors and their prod It is fall 1909, and in A Picture of Murder by T.E. Kinsey, Lady Emily Hardcastle and her lady’s maid/ partner in investigation, Florence Armstrong, have been having fun since their last adventure. They have spent their time practicing making moving pictures, which they call kinematographs. So when their neighbor has a fire in her kitchen, Lady Hardcastle is thrilled to get to host a quartet of “film folk” at her home since the Grange is out of commission. The team of three actors and their producer/ director is in the small town of Littleton Cotterell in Gloucestershire to show their films, in particular their crowning film, The Witch’s Downfall. But this film has developed opposition. Aaron Orem, once a close friend and colleague of producer Nolan Cheatham and now personal enemy, has been following Nolan to let the world know his opinion that Nolan stole his idea for a script in The Witch’s Downfall. Then there are the Hugheses, who have also been following the film folk to protest the evil of witchcraft that they think is in the film, despite never having seen it. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    I can't say enough good things about this series. It's refreshingly light but always with an excellent plot and laugh-out-loud dialog between the main characters, Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong, her ladies maid. Lady Hardcastle and Florence have a fairly colorful past in the spy world but have decided to settle in the English countryside in the early 1900's. As one would expect, murder and mayhem still find them and they find themselves solving mysteries right and left. Great fun for me I can't say enough good things about this series. It's refreshingly light but always with an excellent plot and laugh-out-loud dialog between the main characters, Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong, her ladies maid. Lady Hardcastle and Florence have a fairly colorful past in the spy world but have decided to settle in the English countryside in the early 1900's. As one would expect, murder and mayhem still find them and they find themselves solving mysteries right and left. Great fun for me when I've been deep into heavier stuff and I recommend this title or any of the preceding ones to any mystery lover.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heatherinblack

    the whole backstory again? cute mystery. The author loses a star for telling the whole Armstrong/Hardcastle meeting story again. I understand about needing to bring new readers up to speed, but it seemed like padding. Perhaps it is set-up for the next adventure, but still. Cute mystery otherwise. Enjoyed the chemistry, both as part of the mystery and the characters. Still a bit convoluted.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Oh how I love this series; so glad that I got the first one free so long ago and then finally decided to read it. I would have missed out on such a delightful series if I had kept putting it off. I adore Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick/lady's maid Flo Armstrong and all the shenanigans they get into. So much fun and a very good mystery too!! I was a bit clueless until the end and it was only because I read so much in general and because of The Avengers [;-)] that I guessed some of it. It was a g Oh how I love this series; so glad that I got the first one free so long ago and then finally decided to read it. I would have missed out on such a delightful series if I had kept putting it off. I adore Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick/lady's maid Flo Armstrong and all the shenanigans they get into. So much fun and a very good mystery too!! I was a bit clueless until the end and it was only because I read so much in general and because of The Avengers [;-)] that I guessed some of it. It was a great story regardless and I cannot wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    These books are nothing but delightful. They're hilariously funny, socially conscious, with amazing female characters and a perfect setting. I need about a million more books in the Lady Hardcastle series. These books are nothing but delightful. They're hilariously funny, socially conscious, with amazing female characters and a perfect setting. I need about a million more books in the Lady Hardcastle series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Being the definition of a cozy mystery series, these are light and breezy. A little bit of danger and a lot of brandy, coupled with an excellent audiobook narrator, and it's easy to polish off in an afternoon or two. Being the definition of a cozy mystery series, these are light and breezy. A little bit of danger and a lot of brandy, coupled with an excellent audiobook narrator, and it's easy to polish off in an afternoon or two.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Sullivan

    I love a lot of things about this series but I got more sheer delight out of the first couple. However, I'll keep reading as I love the characters. Also I was glad to finally get Lady Hardcastle and Flo's backstory. I love a lot of things about this series but I got more sheer delight out of the first couple. However, I'll keep reading as I love the characters. Also I was glad to finally get Lady Hardcastle and Flo's backstory.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ShanDizzy

    How delightful that we get full disclosure of Lady H's & Flo's back story about how they came together and became spies for HM's government and how her dear Roddy was murdered by a Russian assassin. How delightful that we get full disclosure of Lady H's & Flo's back story about how they came together and became spies for HM's government and how her dear Roddy was murdered by a Russian assassin.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Briana Marie

    The ending was a tease and make me scream out loud, but the who book was great. Its my favorite out of them so far!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice 🌙

    5/5 ⭐️ Just as good as the others

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