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.
Enjoy the series, light frothy entertainment wrapped around a mystery. Self depricating 34th in line to the throne....what a heroine!!! The books are great fun. The author writes such a good story that I have now purchase all in the series and am looking into her other books. The miles just fly by when listening. The narrator has such a complete and total lock on the character creating just the right nuances to make the author's story line flow.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a little romantic escapism into the life of 20th century British Aristocracy.
This is one of my favorite Royal Spyness books.
I love both Georgie and Darcy.
I've listened to all of the Royal Spyness available and do really enjoy them. There is nothing particularly complex about the plots or surprising about the mysteries involved. But they are a fun tromp through a bygone era with characters you grow to love more with each passing story.
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.
Bring on the next look in the series!!
OMG!!!! I FREAKIN HATE the voice she does for the character Belinda other than that it's not bad. Imagined the voice of Georgianna would be softer then the voice she does. I do like how when she does the narrative she changes it sounds like it's a her regular voice and not that the lead character Georgianna's voice.... I do like that very much!
Another fun "mystery" with Lady Georgiana, this time in Kent at the grand home of a duke, at the invitation of his mother, a close friend of the queen. Georgie is there to help in the transition of Jack, heir and nephew to the present duke, newly found in the Outback of Australia, since the present duke hasn't the inclination of producing an heir of his own. Of course, wherever Georgie goes, murder ensues. Clever mystery, I was surprised at who the culprit was, I admit, and Darcy and Melinda are on hand for comic relief and support. As usual, Katherine Kellgren is tops at the narration and all the various voices. I recommend this whole series. It's like stepping back into time during 1930's London's aristocratic set. A favorite of mine!
All of the characters are fun and well represented by Katherine! The plot was great, and most entertaining.
When Jack arrives on the scene with his course Australian accent!!
Brilliant. She's a genius!
This series always makes me laugh out loud. Especially Queenie!
Can't wait for the next one!
The narrator does a great job
Yes I didn't know until the end who the killer was..
Georgiana of course
I absolutely love this series and can't wait for the next book to come out. It is a classic "who done it?" that I recommend to all of my friends!
Gorgie is my favorite because she seems so sweet and caring yet bold at the same time.
She's absolutely amazing to listen to. She does a phenomenal job by really brining the characters to life.
Buy this book! I promise you won't regret it!!!
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
My latest in this series is just as much fun as the first and all in-between. Royals, sassiness, murder, and just plain fun! If you've not read or listened to any of them, you REALLY don't know what you are missing! It's light and fun and you're gonna love the characters as much as the story!
I am a huge Rhys Bowen fan - and this is my favorite of her series. If you liked Elizabeth Peters - I believe you will enjoy this series. Light hearted fun!
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