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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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    emily mount eliza, Australia 10-21-13
    emily mount eliza, Australia 10-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    when I got this book I didnt realize it was part of a series which sucks but I did enjoy the book & I'm sure if you had read all the others it would be even better

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    Ruth United States 10-11-13
    Ruth United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Fun Great series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heirs and Graces to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. I've only listened to the audio. Kathrine Kellgren does such an excellent job at narrator that I don't know that I'd want to read them. Her voices for Queenie and Belinda are great... but then so are all the other voices. She does them all well. One of my favorite narrators


    What other book might you compare Heirs and Graces to and why?

    I love Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody books (First one is Crocodile on the Sandbank) They are very character driven, include a mystery, are pretty clean (referred to buy they manage to close the bedroom door), and have relatively little swearing in them (mostly what I call farmer swear words) Nothing too much or overly offensive. There are a lot of books and all the characters become good friends over the series. They are very fun.


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

    All the books read by her that I've heard are excellent presentations. She narrates the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan and does a great job there as well.


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

    I always laugh out loud with these books. They are fun Maybe this one not quite as good as some in the series, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely listen to them again.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't go wrong with this series if you like humorous cozy mysteries.

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    Adrya 10-02-13
    Adrya 10-02-13
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    "Had me guessing all along!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heirs and Graces to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. The narration is amazing.


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

    Yes. I had no idea what was going to happen next.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's very talented. I love listening to her narrations. She is one of my favorites. The story flows like a movie. Very entertaining!!


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

    Nothing extreme...I did cry at the end. I can immerse myself in the Royal Spyness series.


    Any additional comments?

    All around entertaining book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Macedon, NY, United States 09-26-13
    Jennifer Macedon, NY, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Lead Up, Unsatisfying Conclusion"
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    Excellent descriptions regarding time period, loved the suspense how all the suspects seemed possible at different points. But the conclusion was unsatisfying, happened too fast, not sure how protagonist came to her conclusion...

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    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 09-19-13
    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!

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    "Delightful as always"

    Every book in the Royal Spyness series is light and fun and the characters are well drawn. Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job of narrating the story. She gives each character a different voice and her accents are terrific.

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    Denise Barker Columbia South Carolina 09-13-13
    Denise Barker Columbia South Carolina 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Keep them coming!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    I love this series, cleverly written and enjoyable.


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

    Fast moving, funny characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    Well, she is the only problem with this series, I really do not care for her presentation, too stilted.


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

    No, just an easy listen


    Any additional comments?

    Wish this author would try a new narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodinofasgard Long Island, NY 09-10-13
    Jodinofasgard Long Island, NY 09-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Bigzig

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    "Easy on the ears"
    Where does Heirs and Graces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Guilty pleasure, great literature it is not but an easy breezy story and oh, the narrator. So good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like a nap on a summer day, easy and a bit indulgent


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

    This the fourth in this series and I am a huge fan, especially her Irish brogue


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

    None intended, none taken - so to speak


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a better audio book than written book but so be it (and I am not sure I will ever find out).

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    Eddie Lynn 09-04-13
    Eddie Lynn 09-04-13 Member Since 2015

    Hoxie's girl

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    "I love this series!"

    Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren provide a perfect listening experience for me! This light mystery with twists and turns is just listening pleasure. The beautiful British accent with a touch of brogue is delightful, thank you Ms. Kellgren. My only regret is that I have listened to them all and want more!

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    Rachel New Jersey, United States 09-03-13
    Rachel New Jersey, United States 09-03-13
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    "A review of Heirs and Graces"
    What did you love best about Heirs and Graces?

    Heirs and Graces was an enjoyable mystery with familiar characters. Murder follows Georgie wherever she goes and in this installment she is at a Duke's estate. The Duke was not well liked so there were plenty of suspects who wanted him dead. I did not expect the twist in the end.


    What other book might you compare Heirs and Graces to and why?

    This book is similar to Marion Chesney's Edwardian Murder series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes with the elderly aunts. They were so quirky and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to get used to the narrator's voice as the different accents were difficult to understand. Some accents were very British. Don't give up, listening gets easier.

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    Dana 09-03-13
    Dana 09-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Can't get enough!"

    The Royal Spyness novels never disappoint me. It's like a crisp iced tea on an oppressively hot summer day. Start at the beginning of the series if you can and work your way through this delightfully entertaining series. Rhys Bowen is a Master at surprising listeners - peeling the proverbial onion one glorious chapter at time.

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