Friday 19 August 2022

Rotten to the Core (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery #8) by T E Kinsey


Summer 1911. A scorching heatwave engulfs the quiet town of Littleton Cotterell and brings about an unusually early harvest. The villagers are thrilled, but events quickly turn sour when one of them turns up dead in an apple orchard, stabbed through the heart.

Amateur sleuth Lady Hardcastle and her trusty lady’s maid, Flo, suddenly have a juicy case on their hands. Might the mysterious stranger they recently met in the village be to blame?

When a second cider-related murder takes place, it quickly becomes clear that there’s more to these mysterious deaths than meets the eye. The daring duo uncover whispers of an ancient order and moonlit rituals. And evidence points to a macabre secret in the village stretching back years. A secret someone will do anything—anything at all—to keep hidden.

Something is rotten, that’s for sure. With the local constabulary baffled, Lady Hardcastle and Flo must use all their powers of wit and whimsy to get to the bottom of the dastardly deed. But can they catch the killer before any more people drop dead?

The eighth book in a series that's still going strong. Lady Hardcastle and Flo make a great duo in solving crime in their little town. The humour in the dialogue between the pair is very humorous and not what you would necessarily expect between employer and employee but it shows what a friendship and bond they have. 
The mystery here is baffling and it's no wonder that the police have no problem involving Lady Hardcastle in the investigation as she and Flo seem to have the knack of delving into other people's business and secrets and figuring out the impossible.
A lively and fast paced mystery with a delightful cast of characters.

About the Author

Tim Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. Rotten to the Core is the eighth story in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series, and he is also the author of the Dizzy Heights Mystery series. His website is at, and you can follow him on Twitter @tekinsey, as well as on Facebook:

Rotten to the Core is out now Amazon

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