A Picture of Murder is the fourth book in Lady Hardcastle Mysteries.
Nolan Cheetam’s Moving Picture Theater is coming to Littleton Cotterel. It is almost Hallow’s eve and the villagers are superstitious enough to believe in ghosts that venture out during this time of the year. Kinematographics is still new and the villagers are looking forward to the show.
Farrow-Strouds’ kitchen catches fire and the guests are lodged in Lady Hardcastle’s house. Lady Hardcastle is promised a spot for her Town Mouse moving picture. But protestors gather along and create quite a scene at the venue, calling Nolan’s production – The Witch’s Downfall – a sin.
“Duly Noted,’ I said. ‘But you know what I mean. Every time we think we’ve got the chance to enjoy ourselves, someone comes along and dies. Quite aside from anything else, it’s so… what’s that phrase you use?’
The next day of the first show, one of the actors is found dead in the same way his character dies in the film. The body never reaches the morgue. Lady Hardcastle and Flo search for clues and make a list of suspects. Meanwhile, two more guests arrive – Barty Dunn and Skeins Maloney – the duo are first seen in book #1. They have news from London – something about Lady Hardcastle’s brother Harry and a man named Gunter Ehrlichmann.
I have been…err… whining (?) about not getting to read more of Lady Hardcastle and Flo’s past adventures and here you go! Their past as spies, Sir Roddy’s murder and much more is revealed in this book. Wowity Wow! I really did not expect this Gunter fella’s appearance! A German spy who is supposed to be dead has been resurrected! Hallow’s Eve indeed!
The mystery and suspense are well-maintained until the end of the story. The extraordinary plot that the perp had ‘scripted’ was absolutely brilliant. Absolutely!! I am not going to say more about it and spoil the story for you. But know this – if I have to choose the best from this series, then this book is one of them.
The story ends with Lady Hardcastle’s birthday and the duo making plans to go to Harry and Lady Lavinia’s wedding. I have a bad feeling about this! I really do not want Gunter to spoil the wedding! I hope he doesn’t! The fifth book was released this May and I am looking forward to reading it.
Second Opinion: Read Anjana’s review here.
Writing Style: 5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: A Picture of Murder (Lady Hardcastle Mystery #4)
Author: T E Kinsey
Published on: 22nd October 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery (Historical)