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It’s Christmas 1909, and for once Lady Hardcastle—respectable gentlewoman, amateur spy—and her lady’s maid, Florence Armstrong, are setting sleuthing aside. They are invited to the festivities up at The Grange, as guests of Sir Hector and Lady Farley-Stroud.But barely have corks been popped and parlour games played when a mysterious crime comes to light. Someone has brokenIt’s Christmas 1909, and for once Lady Hardcastle—respectable gentlewoman, amateur spy—and her lady’s maid, Florence Armstrong, are setting sleuthing aside. They are invited to the festivities up at The Grange, as guests of Sir Hector and Lady Farley-Stroud.But barely have corks been popped and parlour games played when a mysterious crime comes to light. Someone has broken in while the revellers were distracted and made off with a priceless pearl necklace. Lady Hardcastle and Flo are determined to catch the thief—but with so many Christmas guests encamped at The Grange, is it possible that the felon is hiding in plain sight?With the clues stacking up, Lady Hardcastle bears down on her culprit. But just as the pieces come together, it begins to look as if there is something more devious afoot at The Grange…...

Title : Christmas at The Grange
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ISBN : 36561699
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Number of Pages : 67 Pages
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Christmas at The Grange Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2018-09-03 22:52

    I read Christmas at The Grange too late for Christmas, but not too late to have some holiday good fun in January. The novella follows Emily, Lady Hardcastle, a spy disguised as a charming widow, and her sassy sidekick and maid, Florence Armstrong, as they investigate the theft of a pearl pendant from their neighbor's estate. Not the best in the series, but still good enough to make me smile and read it almost in one sitting -- and to make me look forward to the next novel in the series, which can't come soon enough for me!

  • Lisa
    2018-09-09 19:32

    I love this series and a Christmas short story made my Christmas Eve!If you don't know the series then don't start here as it might seem a bit lame but for fans of the series this was a fab Christmas treat!

  • Luce
    2018-09-21 01:41

    4 StarsSo much fun visiting at Christmas with Lady Hardcastle and her Lady’s maid Florence. They are invited for the Yuletide festivities by Sir Hector & Lady Farley-Stroud. It doesn’t take long for there to be a mystery to solve! It is always a delight to visit with these two, their banter and their friendship is genuine despite their difference in station. If you haven’t read any of this cozy mystery series, don’t start with this novella. You probably won’t be able to appreciate it fully without knowing the history and the cast of characters of the past year. However, reading just the first book in the series would be fine. I also recommend the audiobooks, the narrator is excellent.

  • Tony Hisgett
    2018-08-27 18:36

    A nice little story, with a fun twist at the end of the investigation. Although the book was worth reading just for the interplay between Florence and Lady Hardcastle.

  • Linda Baker
    2018-09-25 00:00

    This short story from the Lady Hardcastle series joins my list of favorite "Christmas reads." The delightful Lady Hardcastle and her "tiny, but fierce" servant, Flo Armstrong, are invited to The Grange, where a mystery awaits them. Both ladies have led eventful lives all over the world, and they are hardly the typical Edwardian women. Since they moved to the village, they have often been called upon to solve several mysteries. This time, a valuable pendant has disappeared from a guest's room, and it is apparently an inside job. The owners of The Grange, the Farley-Strouds, are anxious that no police be called in. They have no doubt that Lady Hardcastle and Flo are up to the task.I always enjoy this charming series with its gentle portrayal of a bygone era. An Edwardian Christmas may have been fraught with the sometimes negative emotions that characterize the modern holiday, but never in Lady Hardcastle's world. All is joy and plenty, despite a crime that may have occurred. The mystery may not have been challenging to solve, but the pleasure of getting to the answer is the point.

  • Roshan
    2018-09-15 03:00

    A quick read and funny. Not the greatest of stories, but still interesting enough to remember the good times of the lady and her maid

  • John Lee
    2018-09-18 19:36

    I had just finished 'Death around the Bend' and rather unusally for me decided to move on to the next in the series, immediately.I have to admit to a certain disappointment when I realised that I had started on a short story. Fortunately the feeling was short lived as I once again joined Lady Hardcastle and Florence as they joined their friends and the villagers and estate workers for Christmas at the Grange.We were spared the bodies this time although a crime was still there to be solved by the duo.A nicely thoughtout mini plot by the author with sufficient red herrings 'to open a fishmongers slab' as Lady H might have said.I cant take much credit this time for deduction because even though I was right about the perpetrator, I was totally wrong about everything else.I am marking this at 3*. This isnt because I enjoyed it less than the others but that I couldnt enjoy it for as long. It was a pleasant diversion but I wait for the next full length story.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2018-09-12 00:31

    Oh how I enjoy these books - Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick Ladies Maid Florence Armstrong are hilarious and fun and their exploits even more so. This short-story finds them spending Christmas at The Grange [the home of their closest friends] and of COURSE a mystery occurs [though thankfully, NOT a murder] and its up to Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong to save the day. I cannot wait for the next installment of these delightful books.

  • Michelle
    2018-08-28 23:35

    I'd call this a pleasant read. Impressed me while not completely knocking my socks off. Some errors. Would read more in this series.

  • FangirlNation
    2018-09-16 02:30

    In T.E. Kinsley’s short story, “Christmas at the Grange,” Lady Hardcastle gets invited to the Grange, the local estate, by Sir Hector and Lady Farley-Stroud for Christmas 1909. But then, in a spark of mischief, they invite Florence Armstrong, Lady Hardcastle’s ladies’ maid and best friend, who helped her lady find a stolen emerald at the Grange in the past. The pair buys several cases of champagne for those at the Grange, but Flo arranges for some to be diverted to the shop owners and servants. Their gifts to each other uniquely contain original weapons that suit each one specially. As they are enjoying their Christmas at the Grange, the sleuths get called into service upon the disappearance of a valuable pearl pendant, purportedly pilfered in the middle of the night by someone breaking into the room of the sleeping owner. Though the evidence points to someone wearing male blue worsted trousers and dress shoes and dropping cigar ash, the dogs didn’t bark. Do they perhaps have an inside job?Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  • Janice B. Dobbs
    2018-09-07 20:43

    A very nice Christmas treat although I actually didn't get a chance to read it till after Christmas. I always enjoy these two in their little mysteries. However, I would advise first time readers of this series to start with an earlier book as it will help you understand the characters and especially the interplay between Lady Hardcastle and her "lady's maid" Florence. I do love the banter between these two. This little novella was not as good as the usual fare hence the 4 star rating but it was enjoyable especially with the little twist at the end. Looking forward to the next book - hope it comes soon.

  • Cathy Cole
    2018-09-20 23:30

    A delightful Christmas interlude in the lives of Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence Armstrong. Flo's dreams of a quiet Christmas at home with no muss and no fuss go up in smoke when both women are invited to all the festivities at the Grange. And wouldn't you know it? One of the guests gets burgled, and the two have to go to work... on a holiday! As one of the villagers states, "Life was borin' till you two showed up." When you're in the mood for something light and witty and filled with humor-- in other words, just plain fun-- you cannot go wrong by picking up any of the Lady Hardcastle mysteries.

  • Gail Gassen
    2018-09-22 00:53

    LovelyThese are some of my very favorite books. They are always fun to read with never a dull moment! This wasn't so much of a mystery as the previous books, but there was still the robbery of a pearl necklace. For our two amazing sleuths to find the culprit. Which they did! Plus all the wonderful fun of an English Christmas! Merry Christmas too you all Mrs. Hard castle, & Miss Armstrong! You've made my life more fun by your presence in it. I love all your books!!

  • Celest
    2018-09-18 21:42

    Flo and Lady Hardcastle solve another oneI loved the way this book was totally unpredictable and very entertaining. This is becoming one of my favorite series and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. The friendship and love that Lady Hardcastle and Florence share for one another seems genuine which helps in their crime solving ability. They can almost read each other's thoughts. This is such a fun series, I love it.

  • Marie
    2018-09-22 22:50

    So much fun!While this is just a bit of Christmas fun, rather than a "real" Flo & Lady Hardcastle mystery, it has all the regular players including the entire village.These books are a delightful read and generally speaking, pretty descent mysteries. I thoroughly recommend that you start at the beginning of the series and work your way through.I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • Mary Byrnes
    2018-09-10 01:43

    Excellent short storyI thoroughly enjoyed this story. I wish there were more available as I am going to miss the characters in this series. The descriptions of characters and settings have helped firmly implant them in my mind. Hopefully there will be more adventures in the future.

  • Karla Kelsay
    2018-09-13 21:32

    Fun Christmas story in another time and placeWhile the first two books featuring lady hardcastle and Armstrong provide more developed stories, this shorter christmas story draws from what the reader already knows, offering a slice of life picture about a particular christmas. It was pretty entertaining.

  • Ted Bun
    2018-08-25 20:55

    Another Fun Read in the series ... but DO NOT start here!A short story. A Christmas special featuring the cast of the three previously reviewed Lady Hardcastle Mysteries follows the traditional stolen jewellery in a country house formula or does it? Another amusingly written story, with a great twist!

  • Jean Kolinofsky
    2018-08-31 22:42

    This is a quick and thoroughly entertaining read. Invited to the Grange for the holidays, Lady Hardcastle and her maid Florence get involved with investigating a jewelry theft. The dialogue between Lady Hardcastle and her maid alone make this worth reading. They are guaranteed to bring a smile to the reader.

  • Carie
    2018-09-12 21:53

    Very Consistent of This AuthorRead these books!!Once more T E Kinsey has written a "well-told tale"! Quite well drawn in characters, settings, & puzzle to be solved with the unseen twist at end. (In almost 50 yrs of reading mostly mysteries, this is the **FIRST TIME** I have seen this solution!) Very good! I am eagerly anticipating the next Lady Hardcastle story!

  • Kerrie Howard
    2018-09-06 01:37

    Fun storyThis novella is the current book in the Lady Hardcastle series. I've very much enjoyed each one. This is a light hearted mystery series with fun,interesting characters. Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid, Florence Armstrong have a secret past which has given them unusual skills. I very much recommend this series.

  • Phyllis
    2018-09-03 02:49

    A jolly readLady Hardcastle and her trusty lady's maid, jill of all trades, are at it again. In this amusing short story we are treated to a glimpse of Edwardian Christmas traditions and the quick solution of an intreaging puzzle. A delightful quick read.

  • Verity W
    2018-08-27 22:35

    Short but fun, this is the story of the Christmas that Lady H and Florence spent with their neighbours and the mystery that they solved. I had my doubts over it at points, but it turned out it was all part of the story, so that was nice. I am enjoying this series quite a lot.

  • Peter Winstone
    2018-09-25 01:30

    NiceA nice easy read, not too taxing and just long enough to be interesting. The text paints a good picture of Olde Upper Class England which is great for us old "nostalgia buffs". I would recommend this series of books.

  • Suzi
    2018-09-13 22:55

    Love this series!I can never get enough! Very well written, terrific characters, great mysteries solved, and easy to read, page turning books. Thank you Mr Kinsey, once again for the entertainment!

  • JK
    2018-09-06 02:34

    Great lighthearted funThis was a nice little story for Christmas. Good lighthearted fun. Lady Hardcastle and Flo celebrate Christmas, but is this their most dangerous challenge yet, you have to read to find out

  • Lynne
    2018-09-01 02:33

    Fun and refreshing - Kinsey's books in the Lady Hardcastle series are always a pleasure to read. These books - including this novella - are peopled with crazy and quirky characters and plenty of odd an interesting plot threads. Always worth the time to read and relax.

  • Margaret
    2018-09-05 18:48

    Another clever non murder mystery I have enjoyed the Lady Hardcastle mysteries. T. E. Kinsey does a good job of keeping one in suspense. I think it is interesting that he uses women as his protagonists and does a fine job portraying them.

  • Danielle
    2018-09-06 21:48

    Im a sucker for Lady H and Flo!This might never cure world hunger but they sure do keep your heart full! This is a quick little short of about 65ish pages or so. This mystery is not so mysterious, just in time for some Christmas champs! Loved it 5 stars

  • Lonnie
    2018-08-29 02:32

    Clever PairLady Hardcastle & her maid Flo are such a clever pair. I love reading about their adventures. They play off each other quite well which makes the story so much more enjoyable. I look forward to more whodunits for them to solve.