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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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    Theresa Wichita, KS, United States 01-29-16
    Theresa Wichita, KS, United States 01-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Done with this series"

    I enjoyed the first couple of books in this series a great deal, but there has been no progression, no further character development, and no purpose in making a cute first book into a series.

    There are also some repetitive threads that have sucked all the fun out of the stories. As soon as Darcy became her boyfriend he quit helping her solve mysteries and started endlessly lecturing her on not getting involved in things that don't concern her. Belinda and her mother never step beyond the one dimensional role of sex kitten gold-diggers. Queenie is just annoying and showcases Georgiana's weakness (compassion is good, floor mat is bad.). The mystery resolution in this particular book is completely illogical- the British legal system will not just wink at the perpetrator, nor should they. And not all murder cops are stupid and incompetent. Plus- having Georgie "solve" every crime by stumbling into the hands of the murderer and escaping is a one time only device- at some point she needs to start actually figuring out who done it or she's not much of a sleuth.

    Frustration now exceeds fun, so it is time to quit wasting my money. That is a real pity because it has so much potential if the author had just accepted the necessity of growth, change, and backstory motivational reveal for secondary characters.

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    Irene Blomgren Lake Almanor, CA. 01-01-16
    Irene Blomgren Lake Almanor, CA. 01-01-16 Member Since 2013

    Love Great Christian Fiction.

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    "What a great reader"

    it took a long time to tell a short story. reader was great, story line weak.

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    Hope Norridge, IL, United States 12-18-15
    Hope Norridge, IL, United States 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Rhys Bowen never disappoints!!"

    Lady Georgianna and friends make another mystery entertaining with charm and grace!! I truly enjoy the Royal Spyness Mystery series with the narrative by Katherine Kellgren!! Thank you Rhys!

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    Sandra 12-09-15
    Sandra 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Royal Spyness yet!"

    Suspenseful & fun, a great novel. Katherine Kellgren is brilliant! Loved her performance. Looking forward to the next book.

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    Amanda S 10-05-15
    Amanda S 10-05-15
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    "Fun and entertaining"

    I turn to this series when I want to listen to something light and fun. I enjoyed this book. Wished it was a bit longer because I thought the characters were fun!!

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    Emmelise Cho 10-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable"

    While not as dynamic as some of the other stories in the series it was well put together and I really enjoyed how Georgiana was finally treated with respect by the police for her astute observations.

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    Laura Harley Haverhill, MA 09-11-15
    Laura Harley Haverhill, MA 09-11-15 Member Since 2016

    Advanced HTML coder

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    "Another Great, Fun Book by Rhys Bowen"
    Would you listen to Heirs and Graces again? Why?

    The characters are interesting and fun and continue the story of Georgie from the earlier novels in the series. The plots and the characters are simple and straightforward, but very compelling. You get wrapped up in the story without even realizing it. Heirs and Graces has a plot that is decidedly different from the other books. It's amazing to me how the author can mange to provide a whole new set of characters in a completely new setting with each book, without repeating anything and and without changing the main characters from the earlier books. Each book is really fresh. Wonderful old fashioned story telling. Love it.


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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 08-24-15
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 08-24-15 Member Since 2016

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "Ending a let down.."

    I enjoyed the style and pace of this story. This is the first book by this author I have read/heard. I enjoyed Katherine Kellgren's narration. Her voice fit the character. This is a predictable story. But, there are twists and turns along the way. The story is presented in such a way that several characters are potential murderers. The let down is the ending. It does not resolve how the mean Duke died. It is stated several times that the possible cause of death didn't actually kill him. Then the story ends in an unsatisfactory way. I was disappointed in it. There were all the potential suspects. The chosen suspects were not satisfactory. The ending was a let down. If I rated this story on the ending it would be 1 star. The plot and characters were good enough to make this 3 stars.

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    jlbedford 08-17-15
    jlbedford 08-17-15
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    "One of the best of the series!"
    Would you listen to Heirs and Graces again? Why?

    Yes, it was fun and interesting, and I couldn't guess who did it!


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

    Yes. Even though the book follows the same pattern - Georgina on an errand for the queen and a guest at a grand estate, a murder occurs, suspects are all the people present in the home at the time, Darcy is present, and Georgina solves the case - I was still engaged and unsure of who the villain was!


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

    Yes, she is excellent at all the voices and accents as usual!


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    Grifgirl OK, United States 07-23-15
    Grifgirl OK, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Good Clean Laugh Out Loud Fun!"
    Any additional comments?

    Every one of the books in this series is terrific! They are very funny and have a great mystery. These books provide you with hours of true joy! Check out the whole series!

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