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Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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….
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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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    MissSusie66 05-06-14
    MissSusie66 05-06-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Such a hoot!"

    This book was hilarious it made me laugh out loud while driving down the road other drivers must have thought I was crazy!

    Georgiana is staying at Kingsdowne Place to help out the family when they find a new heir for the Dukedom unfortunately for this upper crust family the heir apparent is an Aussie who has been raised as a rancher not as a Duke, plus the current Duke Cedric is a jerk who would rather have everyone gone and adopt one of his male playthings than put up with an interloper or anyone else in the family. Unfortunately for the Duke things don’t go well for him at all.

    The mystery was a good one I didn’t guess who had done it. And the cast of characters and I do mean characters are all fabulous; you have Princess Charlotte who constantly wants to have a séance, her sister Vivienne who is a highly sexual being and turns everything into innuendo, The Dowager Duchess who is as upper crust as they come, her daughter Irenee who just whines a lot and her two incorrigible children. Plus we have, as Georgiana called them, the Starlings who are Cedric’s companions and possibly his lovers. And of course we have Georgiana’s boyfriend Darcy and her best friend Belinda shows up hoping to catch the new duke in her snares.

    Katherine Kellgren’s narration was as always Amazing. I kind of feel sorry for anyone else in an Audie category that is up against Katherine Kellgren because she is so amazing. There are so many characters in this book with very different accents and each and every person sounds different and is distinct. Some of the accents in this book were; high brow English, Australian, cockney, Irish, male and female, kids and grown-ups all done absolutely flawlessly. No other book in the mystery category had this many accents and characters done so well.

    This was a fun book and a cute story; I’ve only read the first book in this series and wasn’t confused at all so this one could easily be read as a standalone. This is a very fun historical cozy I highly recommend this series.

    4 ½ Stars

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    Ann Tucson, AZ United States 04-17-14
    Ann Tucson, AZ United States 04-17-14
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    "Almost ruined by narration"

    This is a good story almost ruined by narration. Katherine Kellgren used to be a good narrator, but in recent years she has gone over the top dramatically trying to act out the events in the books she reads and giving the characters exaggerated accents. In Nora Robert's Dark Witch and Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles she actually ends up shouting most of the lines! Some of those dramatics show up in this book, too. She does a much better job on the early books in this series.

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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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    Sarah Toronto, Ontario 08-17-13
    Sarah Toronto, Ontario 08-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lady Georgiana strikes another fun time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I LOVE this series by Rhys Bowen and Heirs and Graces did not disappoint. Katherine Kellgren is such an incredible voice actress and she truly brings Georgie and all the characters to life in a way you can see them stomping around 1930's England.

    Heirs and Graces (and the rest of the series) is the perfect book to listen to on Audible because they are light enough that if your mind wanders for a second you can easily get back in. But they are still suspenseful enough to keep you engaged and wondering. For me, however, it's the characters that make me love this series. They always have funny little quirks and say hilarious things. Of course Lady Georgie is my favorite - a well-brought up lady who is a huge klutz.

    The only thing that makes me sad is that I listen to these books so quickly and then have to wait for another year for more Georgie! I literally listen all the time: I walk my dogs longer than usual, cleaning the house, making dinner, driving in the car - LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. It's the perfect Audible book!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn 08-12-13
    JoAnn 08-12-13 Member Since 2015
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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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    Sheila 08-10-13
    Sheila 08-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.

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    "Georgie's maturing, but still great fun"

    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.

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    Vicki 08-08-13
    Vicki 08-08-13

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    "Scarce and predictable action, not enough Darcy."

    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.

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    Maine Knitter 08-08-13
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    "Another winner for Rhys!"
    Would you listen to Heirs and Graces again? Why?

    Yes. The series is light and fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heirs and Graces?

    The ending when Darcy says he's staying at the manor. Usually he's running off somewhere.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I liked the twins. (Two characters, I know, but they were done so well.)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - and I did!


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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 06-21-14
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 06-21-14 Member 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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