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.
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!
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.
Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.
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.
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!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Rhys Bowen has definitely become one of my favorite authors. I have fallen in love with the settings, the characters and their situations. If you're looking for a good historical mystery that is fun and entertaining, you can't go wrong with this series.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
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.
I really enjoy genre fiction, mostly fantasy and mysteries but enjoy discovering new authors.
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.
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.
This is a fun cozy mystery series made even better by fantastic narration by Katherine Kellgren. I have listened to 5 of the 7 books in the series (and read the other two in print) and listening to this one was like coming home. Storywise this book might not be the strongest in the series but it was solid and entertaining. If you like the series, you should like this one. If you haven't listened before, what's stopping you? This series is well worth audible credits!
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