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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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    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-02-14
    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Guilty Pleasure listening to this book!"

    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.

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    Susan Palm Harbor, FL, United States 04-05-14
    Susan Palm Harbor, FL, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Guilty Pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a little romantic escapism into the life of 20th century British Aristocracy.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of my favorite Royal Spyness books.


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

    I love both Georgie and Darcy.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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.

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    FlyGirl 03-11-14
    FlyGirl 03-11-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Another great read!!"
    If you could sum up Heirs and Graces in three words, what would they be?

    Bring on the next look in the series!!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    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!


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    Julie 02-20-14
    Julie 02-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightfullly entertaining!"

    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!

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    Lesley United States 01-08-14
    Lesley United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this Series!"
    What did you love best about Heirs and Graces?

    All of the characters are fun and well represented by Katherine! The plot was great, and most entertaining.


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

    When Jack arrives on the scene with his course Australian accent!!


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Brilliant. She's a genius!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This series always makes me laugh out loud. Especially Queenie!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

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    Melissa 01-03-14
    Melissa 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "hard to stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does a great job


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

    Yes I didn't know until the end who the killer was..


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

    Georgiana of course


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

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    Kay 12-31-13
    Kay 12-31-13
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    "I LOVE this series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gorgie is my favorite because she seems so sweet and caring yet bold at the same time.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She's absolutely amazing to listen to. She does a phenomenal job by really brining the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book! I promise you won't regret it!!!

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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 12-30-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "Fun with royals and mystery!"

    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!

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    kathy Troy, IL, United States 12-20-13
    kathy Troy, IL, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I am always happy to see a new Royal Spyness Book!"

    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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