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A Picture of Murder

(Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,306 ratings  ·  207 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2018 by Thomas & Mercer (first published October 2018)
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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 ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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, th
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Lindsay Nixon
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!)
Theresa Larson
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Lady Hardcastle series. It didn't seem to have as much humor, so 4.5*
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
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 c
Ivonne Rovira
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who needs a laugh
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 ...more
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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
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 ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mysteries
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.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Margaret Sullivan
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2019
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.
S Dizzy
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Stephanie Hiddleston
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wundervoll! Gefühlt wird die Reihe immer besser.
Jennifer Young
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I approached A Picture of Murder as a lover of cosy historical fiction and I found pretty much what I’d expect in this Edwardian whodunnit — something very frothy and folksy. It’s the fourth in the Lady Hardcastle mystery series and the first that I’ve read, but that didn’t matter, because it works well as a standalone. It’s a light-hearted and not-terribly credible romp through the Herefordshire countryside, where a visiting cast of a moving picture actors find themselves flung on Lady Hardcast ...more
Linda Baker
The fourth in the adventures of Lady Hardcastle and Flo takes us back to the quiet village of Littleton Cotterell in 1909 Gloucestershire. I say quiet, but Littleton Cotterell has been anything but quiet since the formerly globetrotting Lady Hardcastle and her "tiny servant," Flo Armstrong, settled there. Mysteries and murders have been plentiful, all needing the skills of the ladies to solve.

It's late October and with the advent of Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, their friend and neighbor, Lady
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, audiobook
Thank you so much to Amazon UK for the eARC of the latest Lady Hardcastle mystery! I fell in love with Lady H and Armstrong when I listened to the first book last summer - I flew through the first three, and I was delighted to be back with the inhabitants of Chipping Bevington. Such a fun series for lovers of historical, cozy mysteries with spunky heroines.

I absolutely love this series on audio (I pre-ordered before I read the ARC), so I recently just finished listening to it in that format as w
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Took a while to finish

Seemed a little long and drawn out, however the story itself was good. The characters are fun and well developed.
Jessica Smith
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and all my others over at

received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating of 3.5 stars.

Lady Hardcastle and her hand maid Flo Armstrong are living a quiet life in Littleton Cotterell, a small village near Gloucestershire in England. A moving picture festival has been invited to the village and the townsfolk are incredibly excited to see wh
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth in the series, but it is fine as a stand alone – relationships and previous events are explained fully.

In fact, I have read all of the series and in this book the reader learns the history of how Lady Emily Hardcastle and her maid, Florence Armstrong, first met and the adventures they had in the past. Both of them are well equipped to solve mysteries, defend themselves and most of all be wonderfully witty.

A small group of actors who perform in a film become guests at Lady Hard
Kirby Manning
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is my favorite book of the series. It's the unexpected meets the unexpected. This would be a complicated story to describe. The .Ian characters are Lady Hardcastle and her maid. They are wonderful characters for a PBS/ Series. I related to films like Larkrise to Candleford, Downton Abby , and other shows to give me a visual image of the characters in the story. I could imagine the role of the cook in Downton Abby to be similar to the cook that works for Lady HardCastle..
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