This book, the first in the series of Lady Hardcastle and her faithful assistant, Flo, is set in countryside England in the early 1900s. Flo and her mistress have an atypical relationship in that they speak irreverently to each other, which is often commented upon by other characters in the book. It's the relationship between the two leading ladies that make the book such a giggle.
There is crime to solve and it is clever and doesn't feel contrived at all, but it's the relationships of the characters that feels so real and makes this book a joy.
I've read the second book and can't wait to download the third too.
Lady Hardcastle and her wonderful "Servant" (who is more of a friend and companion) become involved in two murder investigations These two ladies are characters in their own right, but in dealing with sleuthing in their village they meet many other characters both upstairs and downstairs.. I really enjoyed this book - often funny never boring and has you guessing who it was that was the murderer. Highly recommended
Not since Indiana Jones and Poirot have I fallen in love with a historical mystery series and character like Lady Hardcastle. These are exceptionally well developed characters with strong voice, wit and personality plus clever hints at a detailed backstory that convincingly makes them who they are, as well as promising many more adventures to be revealed in their past and future. The range of secondary characters were as clearly defined, entertaining bunch as in any Agatha Christie, and the mystery plot detailed and convincing enough for a great fun read. If any of my own readers get as much enjoyment from strong female protagonists in close friendships as I have from this book, I would be a very satisfied author.
Love these characters and their banter. Mystery of the murder solved again by these very clever and interesting ladies. Sometimes I have to resort to googling some words used by these ladies , educational as well as entertaining .
Lady Hardcastle and her maid of many (mostly unexpected) skills, move to the country in expectations of leading a quiet life. But Life has no intention of being quiet wherever these two are and they very quickly find themselves in the neighborhood of murder. Given their extraordinary background and inquisitive natures, there's absolutely no question that they will apply themselves to solving the case.
Something special.. a fun and interesting book that grabbed my attention from the start. Immediately onto book number 2 and the rest of the series... please keep them coming!!! Enough history, science, humanity and humour to keep your brain humming and the mystery is always good.....