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Heirs and Graces Audiobook

Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, August 2013 - I am absolutely not joking when I say I had to beat out no less than 7 other hard-core in-house Royal Spyness fans for the privilege to choose Rhys Bowen’s newest installment as my top pick for August. If you have already started listening to this series I don’t really need to talk to you because you’ll already be as excited as I am about Heirs and Graces. If you have not picked up Her Royal Spyness then listen up: Please, I beg of you, do not hesitate. I have yet to recommend this series without effusively positive results. I’m not generally a cozy mystery fan, but Rhys Bowen’s delightful saga is my top favorite series to date, and Katherine Kellgren is at her most talented and charming in her spot-on performance of the myriad voices at play. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

"Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn't landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham - the Duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia - for high society. The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward. And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the Duke…."

©2013 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-27-16
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Are cameos necessary?"

    This was one of the better/different mysteries but I felt it was marred by unnecessary cameos from Belinda and Grandpa. I like them when they're relevant not just adding length to an already drawn out tale.

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    Alison 09-18-15
    Alison 09-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Aussie accent????"

    I usually love the different character voices but Jack's Australian accent was atrocious. Still a fun listen.

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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 06-21-14
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 06-21-14 Listener Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Engaging characters with a 'realistic' story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Hopkins 03-29-14
    N. Hopkins 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great listen"
    Where does Heirs and Graces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A good entertaining listen. Go ahead and get it. You won't regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wildwood, MO, United States 03-22-14
    Amazon Customer Wildwood, MO, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Great as usual"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 09-15-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Fun light-hearted mystery series continues"
    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    The book, although it can be read on it's own, just continues with the story about the Queen always needing Georgie to help with all these naughty royals. Some characters are such fun, they can't be missed, some new characters add a bit of spice. The story flowed well, but a bit of drama and action was missing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darcy - because there is not enough of him. Queenie needs to be a bit more polished, but otherwise she is hilarious.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She does a great job. Now and then she reads too fast and her voice gets a bit too loud, but overall - she makes the characters come to life


    Any additional comments?

    Love these series, but Rhys needs to give us more Darcy or more action. A bit more drama wouldn't hurt either. Somewhat predictable, but good clean fun, and enjoy reading or listening to this series when I truly want to "switch" off.
    Happy reading!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 08-27-13
    Kathi 08-27-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "LOVED IT! Best of the series so far!!!!!"

    I have loved every single book in this series about Lady Georgiana Rannoch, an impoverished distant cousin of the queen, whose life is a constant search for finding a secure place somewhere. Her peculiar circumstances, of being a "royal" but without any money or training for a career, has left her open to having to go to new places, where she meets people and gets herself into situations where intrigue and murders occur. Naturally, she is the clever one who winds up solving the mysteries.

    This was the absolute best in the series so far--and the wait was worth it! Katherine Kellgren, the most talented narrator, has outdone herself with the amazing versatility she shows for creating different voices. I have never "read" one of the books in this series (always listened to these recordings of them) but cannot imagine doing so, after listening to Kellgren's delightful readings of them. There are just not enough superlatives available to describe the range of her vocal skills. The stories are loads of fun--they are genuine mysteries, but with a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) mockery of the aristocracy, laugh-out-loud funny much of the time, and genuinely quite addictive! I recall that the first of the series I ever read, I chose with some skepticism, since that does not sound like the typical books I read--but by the end of the first chapter of the first book, I was a confirmed follower of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgiana series. The author, the narrator and the uncommonly clever writing work together in a way that many recorded books do not.

    In this book, Georgiana goes to a lush mansion with Lady Edwina, a wealthy duchess with great pretensions, to help her teach a long-missing grandson how to behave properly in his new place in society. However, when the young Australian outback, sheep-farming youth meets his royal and very pompous, grandiose grandmother--the outrageous fun begins--along with the murder.

    If you choose to listen to this book--it would be wise (and fun) for you to begin at the beginning of the series. However, it would be fine to begin with this one--I believe it could be a great stand-alone book on its own.

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    Jessica 08-26-13
    Jessica 08-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"

    I picked up the first in the series at the library on a whim. This was me trying to broaden my horizons. I was pleasantly surprised and have enjoyed the other books in the series. This was the first in this series that I have gotten on audio. I have listened to Katherine Kellgren on other books and liked her narration. She does a great job male, female and different classes. I look forward to listening to this series again in the future.

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    JoAnn 08-12-13
    JoAnn 08-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great Georgie book"

    Love this series and always look forward to the next installment. The books wouldn't be as good without the amazing work of Katherine Kellgren.

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    Natalie Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-13
    Natalie Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best in the series but still solid Spyness"

    Great narration as usual. The story was not my favorite in the series but still just as fun and engaging as ever.

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