It's really wonderful to see Georgie's mind and character filling out. One of the few drawbacks to this delightful series has been that Georgie has always had plenty of ideas, but never seems to piece it together. She's much more confident now, stands her ground far better, and doesn't need rescuing quite as often. She's developing a keener sense of observation, and shrewder insight into the people around her.
That said, this is still all good fun. All the charm, wit, and sweetness that make us like Georgie so well are still there, and the "eccentricities" of the royals still make us ordinary folk roll our eyes. If I put the series in order by my favorites, this would fall in the middle. But it is by far one of my favorite series, especially when I want a light escape from more serious topics. Georgie always makes me smile.
Very little happens, and what does happen is accidental rather than arising from the innate motives of a character. Therefore as the plot unfolds there is no character development and thus not much interest. Sadly, Darcy is relegated to an incidental character not much involved in plot development. This is the least interesting of the series.
Yes. The series is light and fun.
The ending when Darcy says he's staying at the manor. Usually he's running off somewhere.
I liked the twins. (Two characters, I know, but they were done so well.)
Yes - and I did!
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
English period novels tend to take me away to a slower paced society more suited to my personality. I like this series in particular because it gives us a clever picture of the lives of the royals, the famous, and the working class, each with its own set of rules and all in good humor.
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.
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.