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Summary

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

Armed with wit and whimsy, not to mention Florence’s mean right hook, the pair set out to discover what really happened and why. Was it poison or just ill luck?

As they delve further into their investigation, they encounter a theft where nothing is stolen, a séance with a troubled ghost and an ever-increasing number of Spencer’s family and friends who might just have motive for murder. One thing’s for sure: Lady Hardcastle has a mystery on her hands.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Spirit Is Willing, this edition of In the Market for Murder includes editorial revisions.

©2016 T E Kinsey. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Good old fashioned detective story

What made the experience of listening to In the Market for Murder the most enjoyable?

The excellent narration enabled me to imagine the characters well

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Market for Murder?

I really liked the interaction between Lady Hardcastle and Flo.

What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

She read with a normal voice! Some narrators seem to have strange way of ending sentences on an uplift like a question. Elizabeth reads as if she is talking to you which is much better.

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Some bits made me laugh out loud!

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Foul language excluded .

A welcome change from the now fashionable foul language detective stories available today , and , nobody felt it necessary to throw up at the least provocation . Narration a bit twee though for my liking .

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Excellent

Loved it. Murder and intrigue. Lovely story. The banter and joviality between Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong - her lady's maid - or tiny servant, as Lady Hardcastle affectionately calls her, is fantastic. Witty and good hearted fun. Such a refreshing change to modern day rubbish. Narrated beautifully too. Well done to all.

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Another great read in the saga

Really enjoyed this book. Story kept my attention and built on the characters from book 1 where the ladies move to the country.
Some of the characters are not quite believable but our heroines work their way through several different mysteries and , like Miss Marple before them, solve the cases.

Enjoy the narration, but occasionally I feel that a word or two is on the next line and is a bit stilted in flow. I let Elizabeth off though as I generally like her narration and the different characters.

This book will suit those who enjoy following the same characters through a range of different stories - in the vein of Mallory Towers which I read many years ago.

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an easy listem

I enjoyed the well loved funny characters.
Not a huge amount of depth to the crimes but an easy listen. a great book were everyone sees the good in each other and all get on well

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Brandy is the key

These books are so enjoyable - there is a good story line with characters who you can conjure up in your minds eye with the good description we are given. The thing which amuses me is the amount of Brandy, tea, cakes and pies which are consumed in abundance!

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A truly enthralling story

Loved it and had difficulty having barely a break for meals, read it twice over.

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A wonderful distraction

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fantastic

I love the storyline, fantastic narrator with different voices for each character. These books are brilliant. If you love 1900 storyline amateur detectives, then you'll love listening to these stories.

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Fab Book!

Another great book from T E Kinsey and brilliantly narrated as always by Elizabeth Knoweldon!!

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  • 09-02-17

Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

This is a terrific sequel to A Quiet Life in the Country. The book takes three mystery lines and intertwines them effectively. There is the death of a cruel man that might be from poisoning. A ghost accuses a member of the group doing a seance of murder. And the plaques and awards from a rugby club get stolen. I enjoyed the way the threads of the mysteries end up intertwined.

The book is very fun, with clever word play and banter between Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, who narrates the book. I loved this book and am waiting on tenterhooks for the third book to released on June 15!

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  • My02cents
  • 24-12-16

Delightful!

It's been a while since I've looked forward to and pre-ordered a book. I was very excited for this one and savored every minute. Fantastic storylines, delightful laugh-out-loud moments and superb narration. I can't wait for the next!

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  • 26-07-17

This narrator deserves an Oscar

I love this series. I enjoy a good English mystery, but this series is LOL funny! The narrator does a wide array of voices, each with its distinctive sound and character. This takes the story up a level--a really good story to a hysterically funny story with two starring female leads. She truly deserves a Grammy for her efforts.This book is more than credit worthy.....I actually BOUGHT the second book in the series because I couldn't wait for my next credit to come up. GET THIS, GET THIS, GET THIS!!!!

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  • Emmaline
  • 05-01-17

Wonderful series! Witty and fun!

This is my new favorite series, soooo good! Very witty and fun, with very intriguing mysteries. I can't say enough good things about it. Narrator was AMAZING, she really brought everyone to life. Buy it, you won't regret it!

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  • lovetoread
  • 17-05-17

Plenty of murder suspects in English countryside

Once again Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid tackle a murder investigation in the country. Plot is thick with suspects and paranormal activity,and keeps the reader busy trying to guess who and why someone would want a villager or two dead. A little more complicated plot than the previous adventure, but worth the read.

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  • Patty Mac
  • 07-01-17

Brilliant!!

Love this series. The narrator is fantastic!
She interprets the character well and brings you into the story! Good job!

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  • Elisa
  • 25-03-17

Great characters and narrator

loved the narrator! Her excellent use of dialects brought the already great characters to life.

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  • DG1939
  • 09-01-17

more good work

another well written and enjoyable story. I'm 77 and iit's been a long time since I've enjoyed reading this much, but I couldn't put this down.

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  • Dawn L. Willliams
  • 04-03-17

Fun book to listen to

This is the second book in this series that I have listened to. I purchased book one of the series as a kindle book with accompanying audio. I didn't like reading the book, but the audio version was wonderful. I think you need the English accents to make the story "live". The story line is a bit like Agatha Christie mysteries. The performance is very good, lots of different voices, not just someone reading the book. The story also has humor and a lightness that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend this audible book to anyone who likes who done it type mysteries and also English settings at the turn of the century. Lady Hardcastle and Flo are exciting women for their time. Which makes it all the more fun.

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  • Simone
  • 25-05-18

2 instalments were enough for me

I needed a break from the LOOONNNNGGG book I am currently reading and I remember being entertained in Book 1 of this series.

I think Book 2 is the end for me; I liked the Lady Hardcastle character and there are some humours passages, but she’s becoming a caricature and frankly the entire premise doesn’t hold my interest – let alone a murder mystery that bored me.

Another goodreads reviewer said it best: “There is a lot of time spent on essentially nothing but proving that the two central women are unusual. By the time the mysteries wrapped up, I no longer cared and could hardly remember what the mystery was.”

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