A Quiet Life in the Country, T.E. Kinsey

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The first book in Kinsey's Edwardian-era mystery series featuring spunky Lady Hardcastle and her equally spunky lady's maid Flo. This is definitely a cozy, and my taste runs to thrillers, but as a cozy it hits all the right marks. Lady Hardcastle and Flo are both likeable, clever characters with interesting backstories. Kinsey, I think, is at his strongest in the dialogue, which is peppered with period phrases, and he captures class distinctions in speech.