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Death Beside the Seaside

(Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #6)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  848 ratings  ·  107 reviews

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.


Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Like all the books in this series this one was just so readable. It was funny with really entertaining dialogue, there was a good story and the author writes so well. As I started Death Beside the Seaside I felt I could relax and just enjoy myself for a few peaceful hours.

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
Once again author TE Kinsey has held me enthralled from beginning to end in Death Beside the Seaside; 6th in the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries. Lady Emily Hardcastle and her “tiny servant” Flo embarked on a week’s holiday at a seaside hotel in a small village called Weston-Super-Mare in England. It wasn’t long before Lady Hardcastle and Flo were in the thick of things once again with missing people, murdered others and few clues. As their investigation continued, against the express wishes of Lady Hardcastl ...more
Gail C.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth book in the Lady Hardcastle series featuring Lady Emily Hardcastle and her maid/associate, Flo. The book is a lighthearted look at the world of spycraft and adventure with two unlikely heroines; Lady Hardcastle who is a 40 something year old aristocrat and Flo, her right hand woman, a tiny woman, raised in a circus, who is adept at all manner of martial arts. They often allude to their past daring dos, when they were both working for Her Majesty’s government as spies although n ...more
I have a grand time with this historical cozy mystery series set in rural Edwardian England with a clever and quirky Lady Hardcastle and her intrepid maid, Florence Armstrong both former spies now retired. Lots of fun wisecracks, intriguing historical details, engaging characters and settings that make the reader feel amused and engaged each time.

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
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Beside The Seaside is the seventh book in the A Lady Hardcastle Mystery series.

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
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Death beside the Seaside, the sixth novel to feature Lady Emily Hardcastle and her lady’s maid, Florence Armstrong.

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
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2019 bk 350. The newest book - this one I could see as a movie, one with a serious theme, but filled with lots of slapstick comedy. I'd love to see the younger Alfred Hitchcock work on this as a film. The book - was fun. Lady Hardcastle and Flo go for a week's vacation on the shore - but get involved in the disappearance of a scientist, then the death of .... Let's just say that there are many foreign elements staying at their hotel. Flo does get to ride her donkey, but the timing is never quite ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
July 1910: Lady Emily Hardcastle and her faithful maid/companion/friend Flo are finally headed to the seaside for a much delayed holiday. They decide to stay at a "bijou" hotel their friend Lady Farley-Stroud recommended. Upon arriving in Weston-Super-Mare, Flo is disappointed the tide is out and she can't see the sea. Lady Emily is determined to make the most of her vacation despite the gray weather. The pair are surprised to find themselves outnumbered as the guests, excepting one Dr. Goddard, ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The series is a new one for me and one which is mix of Agatha Christie as well as one of the Classic Crime series.

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
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not read any of the previous books in this series, but this one stands well enough on its own.

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
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Hardcastle and Flo are the most hilarious 'retired' spies ever! Off on 'vacation' near Clevedon, they share the wonderful old hotel with a number of people from other countries who suddenly wind up missing or dead, one after another, along with a messing strongbox. The staff have interesting names, the manager has a penchant for fainting, and the weather is abysmal. Lady Hardcastle's brother is employed by an agency of the government and sends along a bumbling pair of operatives to 'help' w ...more
Cherry London
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Hardcastle and Florence vacation quickly turned into a mission that of a missing scientist and a few dead bodies turning up quite fast I would say. This puzzle quite baffles the ladies as soon as they think they have figured out who donnit then they turned up dead. This murder mystery leads them on a merry ride, one that had them grasping at every little clue. A mystery with a lotta twist that confuses and gripped your attention.
Both complicated and simplistic, I didn't love it. I still love the relationship between Emily and Flo, and their witty dialogue.
Debra Belmudes
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest in this delightful English cosy series by T E Kinsey!
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, this was a delight! After the gloopy tediousness of the last book I read, Death Beside the Seaside was fun, silly, witty and trotted along at an excellent pace.

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
Helen Howerton
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
So nice to be among old friends! However, Littleton Cotterell will not be our setting this time. Instead, in Death Beside the Seaside, Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong’s sixth adventure, we’re heading to Weston-super-Mare for a little seaside time away, in “Phyllis”, their wonderful motorcar.

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
Linda Baker
It's July of 1910, and Lady Hardcastle has finally given in to her "tiny servant" Flo Armstrong's request for a seaside holiday. Their destination is not far from home, the village of Weston-Super-Mare on the Bristol Channel. A last-minute recommendation from their friend, Lady Gertie, takes them to a relatively new small hotel with a reputation for being elegant and refined. Upon their arrival, they find a somewhat odd assortment of guests. Except for an American spinster and her niece, the gue ...more
Jann Barber
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for the ARC of this book.

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
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seaside Murder Complete with Spies

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
Colored Ink
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series and jumped at the chance to read the newest installment. The mystery in this book has a bit of a keystone-cops flavor: lots of running up and down staircases, looking for missing suspects, murdered bodies, and a mysterious strongbox; and the story does get bogged down in one or two places. But the ongoing relationship between Hardcastle and Armstrong, their witty, idiosyncratic dialogue, and their deft (and sometime dubious) management of everyone and everything around ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure with Lady Hardcastle (aka Emily) and Armstrong (aka Flo aka Strong arm)!

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
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sun, sea and skulduggery at the seafront

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
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent a free eARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for reviewing it.

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
Kathleen Gray
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone else would think that multiple deaths and missing people would make for a bad seaside vacation but not Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong. These two women are an awesome team of totally intrepid and very humorous cozy heroines- in 1910 UK. Wow. I've only read one in this series, and thoroughly enjoyed that one, so this was more or less a standalone for me and I was fine with it. Here, Lady Hardcastle and Flo have gone on vacation to a seaside hotel and then Dr. Goddard, a scientist in town ...more
Flo and Lady Hardcastle are on the road again. This time they are heading to the seaside to enjoy time away from the country. But the country isn't all it's cracked up to be. Though they found a quaint little hotel by the seashore, they seem to be the only English people staying there. Except for Dr. Goddard. He's a scientist with loose lips since he seems to be telling all and sundry that he is working on a top secret project and he has brought it with him.
Well, not surprisingly, Dr. Godd
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I've read every book so far and this author/series has become one of my absolute favorites. I love the author's clever, sharp writing and his wonderful characters. Exchanges like this one (paraphrased from memory below) are trademark Kinsey and are what make his writing so very enjoyable for me:
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
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another genuinely fun outing with Flo and Lady Hardcastle - this time surrounded by nefarious spy types at a bijou hotel in a not-quite-Brixton seaside town. This is honestly one of the most enjoyable cozy-ish mystery series out in these streets; the writing is stellar and the characterization honest and insightful. If I had one small quibble it was that I got very, very lost during the "who did what" summary in later chapters but that's likely my fault and not a slur on the clarity of plot. A n ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the eARC.
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
Kaye Stambaugh
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t love this series 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
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