I read In The Market for Murder by T. E. Kinsey and really enjoyed visiting Lady Hardcastle and her kung-fu maid, Florence, a second time. Humor permeates these books. This one takes place in 1909, but Lady Hardcastle is way ahead of her times, always pushing the boundaries and solving crimes. The mysteries–three in this book that seem separate but are all connected–are solid. I like it when I read a mystery and the mystery is a decent part of the plot and well thought out. These are.
I bought the first book in this series because I looked at the top 100 mysteries for some category and noticed not one or two, but FIVE of T. E. Kinsey’s mysteries listed. And they were historical. Always a plus for me. So I decided to try one. And I found it extremely entertaining. Which surprised me. In my mind, I had decided that best-selling books had to be weighty and serious. Lady Hardcastle is NOT serious. Neither is her maid, Florence. They take potshots at each other and enjoy it tremendously. Lady Hardcastle enjoys brandy…often. And when stressed or bored, Florence fills the kitchen with so many cakes, they have to give most away.
In this particular Lady Hardcastle mystery, sleights of hand play a big part. There’s a séance that might or might not be legit. Trophies disappear from a case but the thief didn’t leave the premises. All clever. All fun. And the books are hugely popular. As they should be.
My theory that bestsellers have to involve angst, character growth, and a certain amount of suffering hasn’t proven true in this case. The stakes didn’t make me lose sleep. I fell asleep smiling. And I love it!
I hope whatever you’re working on is going well, and enjoy this LAST week of May. I can’t believe it. It’s almost June–which I love. But where did the time go? Again?