I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
In this story we see Georgie show some insight, but not much foresight. She is engaged by a Duchess to help a far-flung heir to the duchy learn the ways of the aristocracy. As she says herself, she doesn't show much aptitude to this task.
Then of course there is a murder and Georgie has to help solve it. The pace of solving the murder is extremely uneven, but I suspect probably quite realistic. No real progress occurs for ½ the story, then Georgie has a lucky guess in the last 10 minutes so that everything falls into place.
Fans of whodunnit stories may find this book frustrating, but those looking for a story of pleasant characters in living in the dying days of English great houses will be rewarded.
Georgiana Rannoch is the main character in this series. She is a penniless member of the Royal Family, Even though she has never been educated to do anything useful, she is smart and resourceful. I like her alot.
The story takes place in an elegant Stately Home. The characters are unique and interesting. The mystery is good. I was surprised at the solution when it was finally revealed.
The overall tone of the story is light. There are scenes that are laugh out loud funny.
The only thing I didn't like was the voice of the Dowager Duchess. She is a haughty, upper class woman. She is annoying. For me, the voice the narrator used is too annoying (even though it might be accurate).
Katherine Kellgren does a superb job with the rest of narration.
Overall this is an entertaining, enjoyable story.
I love the series and I have read every book in the series. The narration is great too. Unfortunately this book was boring, as the author spent nearly half the book retelling the facts we already know from the previous books. There was no mystery or suspense until halfway through. If this would have been the first book I had read in the series, I may have skipped the others. The narration was still impeccable. Save your credits.
Like each book in the series, this is a pleasant listen. It's easy to care about these characters. They're like-able people, wrapped up in interesting plots and challenges.
These aren't exactly edge-of-your-seat books. They're more like grinning-with-anticipation books. The sometimes awkwardly humorous circumstances and interesting plot twists are certainly enough to keep you interested, but you probably won't be biting any nails off while listening to it.
Katherine Kellgren is simply outstanding. Her characterizations are spot on, and her interpretation of the text adds a very unique depth to the story. My only problem is the sometimes strident (and certainly over-used) "she said" or "he said." It's almost as though she's adding an odd exclamation point every time she does it.
Again, there's very little that I would describe as moving. Granted, the romance between Georgianna and Darcy is cute, perhaps even touching, but I wouldn't say particularly moving.
A good entertaining listen. Go ahead and get it. You won't regret it.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
I love this series. I love the characters. The love story between Darcy & Georgi is both heartwarming and frustrating. I'm waiting and hoping for further development but I'm glad Darcy keeps showing up unexpectedly. The mystery plot in this one was interesting and the ending was not expected. The family is a hoot. What an interesting bunch of characters. I can see this one in the series continuing into the next. They all kind of do but maybe she'll add Jack as a new friend to keep in touch with. You can't go wrong by starting at the very beginning of this series and reading, or listening in this case, to this entire series. Enjoy!
Another great addition to the series with an old-fashioned who dunnit at the estate home of a confirmed bachelor Duke with his Dowager Duchess mother, assorted family members with secrets, household staff with quirks, and small-town police constables. Then toss in the previously-unknown nephew from a sheep ranch in Australia for some fun and confusion......and Georgie (with the help of Darcy and an appearance from Belinda) has her plate full trying to help solve this one.
Still worth the price of admission! This is a fun series, and this one continues to uphold the quality -- maybe even surpass the others.
Baltimore book lover
I had to take a break from Audible because of money and this is the first book I bought when I came back. If you are familiar with the series, this story stays true to the pattern that sees Lady Georgie doing a favor of the queen and eventually finding a dead body. If you are unfamiliar, the main character is a very minor member of the royal family of England in between the world wars. She's penniless, unmarried, without prospects but very resourceful so the queen calls on her often for help. The characters are quirky without being too exaggerated. The scene is well set without it sounding like a history lesson. The tone is light without being too glib in the face of murder. Lady Georgie is a delightful person to spend time with and the reader can't be beat. This story has characters with many different accents, young and old. Each one is voiced distinctly. I took one point off because the basic outline of this book is very similar to the others.
Heirs and Graces really was an enjoyable listen. As usual the mystery was cute, Georgie was Georgie, and Darcy was delectable. Georgie's grandfather only made a brief appearance, which fit with the story but made me a little sad since he is one of my favorite side characters. No Fig or Binky in this one, which was good. But the storyline with Georgie and Darcy didn't move forward. After his proposal at the end of the last book I expected to see more going on there and was disappointed when that didn't happen. I'm also dying to know who it is that Darcy works for. His "spy" nature has been alluded to and danced around for several books and I'm ready to know the truth. All that aside, Heirs and Graces was a great addition to the Royal Spyness Mystery series; it just wasn't my favorite.
Yes - it not only provides entertainment and a real murder who-done-it, but enlightens the reader about the mechanics of British inheritance, which is also a mystery.
Characters are interesting, not predictable - a real twisty resolution to the case! Its a fun, entertaining and historically interesting book, illustrating British social hierarchy, politics between the wars and the role of women. I like that justice is handled with a deft hand..
Her performance! She is very talented as a reader, and conveys the spirit of each character so well !!
I laughed at the comic relief - although Georgie's maid Queenie better get her act together and stop annoying her Lady.
After this PLEASE let Darcy and Georgie work it out...after seven books they deserve it!! Bring them to the Americas for an adventure that tests their mettle..let Georgie discover a bit of his secret activities..Let Sir Hugo advance her some of her inheritance before he kicks the bucket..