Audio Review: Death Around the Bend by TE Kinsey, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden

Posted July 5, 2017 by Lily B in Audio, Reviews / 24 Comments

Morning guys! Hope you grabbed your coffee because I got Sophia Rose on the blog today with another excellent review. Enjoy as she expresses her thoughts and feelings about Death Around the Bend, a cozy mystery. I personally thought it sounded so fun that I want to start this series myself <3

Audio Review: Death Around the Bend by TE Kinsey, Narrated by Elizabeth KnoweldenDeath Around the Bend by T E Kinsey
Series: Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 8th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 8 hours 36 min
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Rating:4.5 Stars

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe’s country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation . . .
Closer investigation reveals that the driver’s car was sabotaged – and the driver murdered. The local constabulary are quick to dismiss the case, but Flo and Lady Hardcastle are determined to find out just who has committed this dastardly act, and why.
As the pair begin to make enquiries of Lord Riddlethorpe’s servants and guests, it seems that, below stairs and above, there is more to this case than meets the eye. And, even in the quiet of the countryside, death is always just around the bend.

Sparkling wit, upstairs/downstairs, motor racing, country house party, and a fantastic, unique female detecting pair to make Death Around the Bend a great listen.

This is my first encounter with the series though Death Around the Bend is book three. It can easily be read/listened to standalone or out of order. I had such a good time with it that I definitely plan to go back for the first pair.

Lady Hardcastle and her ladies’ maid, Flo are a sparkling pair and I loved following along as they found their way to the solution in the country house party murder mystery. Even though this is the third book, there is a great backstory for this pair who have been together through thick and thin. Both have surprising talents that make them good detectives.

The book follows the usual style of introducing everybody, a murder, and then the slow working through to the solution. It was not a dramatic piece, but it did have the exciting climax point with a good denouement. There is also an adorable mini-mystery plot involving a ticklish problem for one of their neighbors that bookends the other mystery. Oh, and a bit of romance in the air for another side story for a few minor characters.

It was set in Edwardian Era England. I thought the story caught the tone of those times and balanced well, staying present enough to be noticed, but also not overtaking the other elements of the plot.

The cast of characters surrounding Lady Hardcastle and Flo were a great lot. There were the below stairs serving staff and the upstairs house party of the Earl and his guests.

Now the mystery itself was clever. I worked out the who and how and somewhat why out once I had enough clues, but there were a few parts that I had to wait to get until the solution was revealed.

I really only had one niggle and it was a teeny tiny one. ‘What ho!’ was often used by Lady Hardcastle so that I cringed each time Lady Hardcastle spotted Flo. I suspect it’s her signature greeting.

The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, was new to me. She had a great plummy English accent for the upper class characters and her voices for all the levels in the servant’s hall was superbly done. She had a huge cast to read and they were all distinct and I could easily distinguish them. She added an extra layer of goodness to an already good book. I’m pretty sure that the series would lose a little shine if I didn’t experience the rest of it with her narration.

So, all in all, this was an abso-fab story and I will definitely be getting the rest of the series. Historical mystery/cozy mystery fans should definitely give this book/series a go.

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24 responses to “Audio Review: Death Around the Bend by TE Kinsey, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes, it was a fun story all around, but I was happy to still get a good ‘big reveal’ at the end. 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Good times, Heidi. Glad I could point you to it. I just spotted another series I want to try since I noticed the narrator was doing it.

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes, exactly, Nadene! I got to know the characters and situations and then my mind was whirling to track down the clues. 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Thanks, lady!
      Super that I could put you on the track of a good one for the family mystery lovers, Melissa! 🙂

  1. I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan and the setup sounds kind of similar. Narrators can really enhance a story and I adore good audiobooks so I’ll for sure look this up. Fab review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Good comparison, Rachel. It’s not as complex as Christie could make hers, but it was definitely in that spirit. Ah yes, the narrator is an important piece particularly in this one when she had to nail several subtle class differences with her English accents.

    • Sophia Rose

      Glad to introduce a new one to you, Melliane! I will definitely be snagging more books from this series.

    • Sophia Rose

      Glad I could tempt you with just the right one, Aleen. I sure enjoyed my first one and it won’t be my last from this series.

  2. I haven’t read a cozy or country house mystery in ages and this one sounds great. Will definitely be picking this up! Glad I saw your review or I wouldn’t have known of this one.

    • Sophia Rose

      Referring to the servants group ‘downstairs’ and the earl and his guests as ‘upstairs’. It was a lot of fun, Christy. 🙂

  3. Hi Sophia! *waves*

    I’d not heard of this book! Mystery in historical fiction/historical romance is so fun. The “What ho!” would get old really quickly but it’s hilarious, the first few times around. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Hopefully you love the previous ones.

    Have a fabulous week, Sophia! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Sophia Rose

      Howdy, Alyssa!

      This was a new one to me, too. I was glad to stumble over it. Yeah, the phrase was fun the first few times, but like anything overused… not fun after that. 🙂

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