Death Beside the Seaside
July 1910. Lady Hardcastle and her tireless sidekick Flo have finally embarked on a long-overdue seaside break. But just as they’re wavering between ice creams and donkey rides, their fellow guests start to go missing—and the duo find themselves with a hysterical hotel manager and a case to solve.
The first to disappear is Dr Goddard, a scientist doing something terribly top-secretsolve.The ...more
Starting with the beautiful cover we can see the amazing Lady Hardcastle and Florence her "tiny servant" on holiday in Weston-Super-Mare, England. Florence would take issue with the depiction of the blue sea since she firm ...more
Death Beside the Seaside is the sixth Lady Hardcastle mystery that can be read out of order since each mystery is self contained in each bo ...more
I like this series. The main characters, Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick/best friend/maid, Flo, are humorous and interesting and one of my favorite duos. They have been through many harrowing experiences together. They trust each other to have the others back when necessary. For the most part, Flo handles the narration of the story along with most of the humor, but Lady Hardcastle also gets her chan ...more
It’s July 1910 and Lady Hardcastle decides it’s time for a summer holiday so she and Flo depart for the Steep Holm View Hotel in Weston-super-Mare, a nice, genteel hostelry or it was until a guest disappears and another one is murdered.
I thoroughly enjoyed Death beside the Seaside ...more
Lady Emily Hardcastle and her trusty sidekick Flo are on the trail of some disappearances in this the latest entry into the cozy amatuer detective stories.
When they go on a long awaited vacation to the seaside, they stay in a charming little hotel. Over dinner the first night, they meet a charming, if rather bumbling, scientist named Dr. Goddard. He is attending a conference, but can't give them the details of this top secret meeting.
The next day, he goes missing from his ro ...more
Lady Hardcastle and her companion Flo have been partners in crime and have supported each other through thick and thin. They have endured hardships together, solved crimes, escaped from prisons but this time all they seek is a peaceful seaside holiday of their own choosing (which is what they thought) complete with donkey rides, Punch & Judy shows and all the attracti ...more
I enjoyed this book a lot. Despite being a murder mystery, it is light hearted and silly. The joking between Lady Hardcastle and Florence is what makes the book. The cast of other characters are all well written.
The whole book is amusing and the perfect kind of silly. I will definitely be reading the previous books in this series.
I was given a free copy of this ...more
I actually have read the first book in the Lady Hardcastle series, but it was a couple of years ago, when I was finally realising that I basically hated any new (to me) book that I read. I thought a nice cosy crime might be all right but apparently not – looking back on Goodreads I see that I gave it a lukewarm three stars ...more
As always, the book’s perspective is from Flo - Florence - Armstrong’s viewpoint. Lady Hardcastle’s erstwhile companion. Lady and Lady’s maid -- but they’re much more to each other than that -- in fact, we ge ...more
I give this book 4,5 stars, but 1/2 star is not available on the rating scale.
This is the first book I have read in this series, and I had two slight issues with it.
1. It would have been helpful to have more background information on the main characters; however, I could probably get that from reading the previous books in the series. In fact, this is the sixth book in the series! The charac ...more
Lady Hardcastle has finally, much to Flo’s delight, decided to take a holiday by the sea. Flo is looking forward to strolls on the boardwalk, ice cream, Punch and Judy shows, and donkey rides on the beach. However, when they check into the hotel recommended by their neighbor, they are struck by the strange behavior of the other guests. Each guest is seated at a separate table, and they’re all foreigners.
There is one Englishman who the ladies get to ...more
Despite being on holiday, the duo gets draw into several murders at their seaside hotel. Some familiar faces make cameos along with new ones I suspect will show up again.
Lady Hardcastle was a lot more forthcoming than in past stories, at one point admitting that she sometimes purposefully says things incorrectly because it bothers Armstrong. While some of the stories may have been heard i ...more
A great tongue in cheek read. Wonderful banter snappy dialogue and it has elements that remind me of Clue. The character just get better and now with the new addition coming to the family it will be interest to see what tricks Emily and Flo will impart on the new arrival.
A holiday at the seaside is what Flo has been aiming for for year. However when they arrive it is to find just six other guests and all apart from one are foreigners. The one British gue ...more
But I would happily have bought it anyway. I love this series.
I love the characters and their cheerfully implausible adventures, especially Lady Hardcastle and her "tiny servant" Flo and the badinage between them. I love the Westcountry setting and the whole joyful atmosphere of the series.
This book is no exception to that, and has the added fun for me of featuring places I've been t ...more
Well, not surprisingly, Dr. Godd ...more
Emily: That was excellent advice. I really should heed you more.
Flo: That's what I always tell you. But you never heed me.
I love the uniquely drawn characters, the ...more
In July 1910 Lady Hardcastle and Flo, her 'tiny assistant' are heading to the seaside for a week of donkey rides and promenades on the boardwalk. They're staying at a 'boutique' hotel' where they are served exquisitely by waiters who appear and disappear as out of thin air. Their enjoyment is marred by the disappearance of one of the guests. Murders follow and the poor hotel manager is beside himself. There's nothing for it but for ...more
Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong are unlikely, but bad-ass detectives and former spies in early 20th century England. This “cozy mystery” was cozy with a group of international spies, witty repartee, fisticuffs from Flo and plenty of whodunit action.
Emily Hardcastle and her “tiny servant” Flo, take their new enclosed motor car on holiday to the seaside. While Flo hankers for taffy apples on the boardwalk and donkey rides on the beach, instead they are ...more