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Summary

A locked room. A mysterious death. Just another gig for the Dizzy Heights.

When London’s finest jazz musicians, the Dizzy Heights, are booked to play the glitzy Midsummer Ball at a country house in Oxfordshire, they expect a weekend filled with flappers and toffs having a roaring good time.

But the festivities at Bilverton House take a turn for the worse when the group are stranded by a summer storm. And when a member of the Bilverton family turns up dead in a locked room in an apparent suicide, Skins, Dunn and Ellie realize this is going to be a much tougher gig than they thought.

But here’s the lick. What if it was in fact cold-blooded murder? And what if the killer is still at large? It’s up to the Dizzy Heights to once again put down their instruments and get improvising if they want to solve this confounding mystery.

©2021 by T E Kinsey. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Listeners should hold on tight as narrator Simon Mattacks escorts them on a fast-paced journey with the Dizzy Heights jazz band as they play a gig at the elegant Bilverton House, where an upscale crowd partakes in the latest 1920s jiving. Mattacks accelerates the drama as a wild storm traps the band at the British estate, where the host is found dead.... Seamlessly and without hesitation, Mattacks clearly differentiates character voices.... This listen is a rollicking ride as Mattacks reveals how the band hits a high note while conducting a proper murder investigation.” (AudioFile Magazine)

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A real struggle to finish the book. It's a murder mystery I guess with a band as the detectives. The characters have very little story around them. The book is very predicable. The author unnecessarily repeats what has happened over and over incase you forgot.

Overall very boring. The narrator doesn't help as all the characters sound similar.

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A fantastic story with brilliant narration

The story unfolds at a great pace. The characters have such depth and T E Kinsey is a wonderful story teller. I'm hooked and have now run out. Looking forward to the next one.

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This 1920-30's whodunit is one great ball of fun !

This is the first book I've listened to .I intend to add the rest to my library as it flows with great humour

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Very art deco era feel

I love the ambience of this book, the feeling of the 1920's. The murders and violence reigns within the book, but with a castle style home, and secret passages, it has a lot to enjoy in there too. Brilliantly narrated. I will get more books by this author.

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Predictable Plot. Bring Back Lady Hardcastle! 🤨

I guessed how it was done immediately, as for who, I didnt really care. Too much jolly banter, not enough plot.

The narrator seemed good but maybe its the Lady Hardcastle books narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, who brings more to the stories than I'd realised? Perhaps that's why those characters are so much more interesting than this band of interchangeable and forgettable folk?

TE Kinsey is usually excellent but sadly this time it felt like he was resting on his laurels. I feel bad giving a mean review but this isn't up to his usual high standard. Glad to see he's got a new Lady Hardcastle mystery coming soon, hopefully with the original and brilliant narrator too.

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Not Hardcastle but still enjoyable

As a Lady Hardcastle fan I couldn't resist this new series which is loosely linked to Lady Hardcastle. I like the protagonists, the narrator does a splendid job, But I do miss Flo and Lady Hardcastle. Still, the story is enjoyable and has all the little things which made me enjoy the Lady Hardcastle books so much, so it is a great listen,

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Truly Fabulous!

I really enjoyed this episode! I’m hoping for many more - I can’t wait!

I even guessed who done it quite early on, not because I worked out the clues, it was just a hunch and , to be honest, I wouldn’t have got it from the clues until it slapped me in the face, but I had my suspicions.

Eleanor is proving to be a very astute character, I like the way that her relationship with Skins is portrayed - I’m also glad that she stepped up, because her first appearance with Lady H and Flo was a bit weak.

These stories are a bit more full bodied than Lady Hardcastle’s (perhaps because they’re more static) and equally as enjoyable. Another great series in the making. America next? I’m looking forward to it.

Simon Mattacks is a fabulous narrator. I love how he gives each person their own timbre.

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Another terrific mystery where the best rhythm section and Ellie solve a murder mystery with fun and heating about. Read brilliantly again by Simon Mattacks.

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How to pass a chilly day.

Enjoyed every page feel as if I have made new friends. Can,t wait to meet them and Me Lady together with Flo soon.

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Brilliant book

Interesting but not overly convoluted storyline, with likeable protagonists. I liked that it catered to modern views while acknowledging that 100 years ago things would have been different (eg, racism, homosexuality etc). A well written and really well performed book.

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  • 04-08-21

Another Dizzy Heights adventure

An engaging story with an excellent narrator. The Dizzy Heights play at a party in the countryside, then have to stay because of flooding. A suspicious suicide starts the investigation, and a member of the family assists. Before long someone else is dead, and Skins, Ellie and Bartie start to figure out the clues. I highly recommend this book!

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  • 05-08-21

Delightful

TE Kinsey has done it again! An intriguing mystery filled with delightful characters, wonderful double entendres and banter. Performed wonderfully. Every single character comes alive. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • 05-08-21

Midsummer Madness n Mystery

Loved it. Characters and storyline are unique. The narrator is really very. good and easy to listen to Look forward to author continuing series.

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  • K. FRENCH
  • 15-09-21

Fun Fun

I love this series. A mystery and laughs along the way. I can never guess the culprit. That makes it a wonderful mystery.

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  • 18-10-21

like stepping back in time.

it was a lovely story with intrigue and excitement. the resolution is quite satisfying, noy rushed at all.

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  • 02-10-21

The second book is better than the first.

I suspect that we did not have to spend time getting to know the characters. This book was a good mystery. Clean family book.

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  • roseanna banana
  • 29-08-21

very good book

I enjoyed the book very much. I love the English humor. The characters are very real. They have nice personalities and with the author's description they really come alive. The storytelling and surrounding areas descriptions make it all really interesting.

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  • 28-06-22

Fun!

I enjoy closed-house mysteries. This one was good fun and humorous, too. Highly recommended.

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  • Whovian
  • 08-06-22

it wasn't as good as the first one

figured out the killer early on. I like the narration very much. all in all a pretty good story.

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  • 07-05-22

Enjoyable

Nothing beats Lady Hardcastle and Flo! Waiting for audio on rotten to the core. Keep them coming !!