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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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    Valerie 08-27-13
    Valerie 08-27-13
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    "So sad to see the book end"

    I am addicted to these cozy mysteries by Rhys Bowen and narrated by Katherine Kellgren. I don't know what I like better, the mysteries themselves or the narration. Katherine Kellgren is brilliant. Her narration sounds more like a fully dramatized script rather than a one woman narration. She makes these books come alive. The books themselves are simple mysteries. Nothing complex here. They are good books to curl up with on a rainy day to enjoy the foibles of the British aristocracy while Georgie follows the leads to wrap up a good mystery. I will admit that a good reason of why I read these is to see what will develop between Georgie and her possible beau Darcy. In this recent book, Heirs and Graces, their relationship has seemed to finally hit it's stride since they have a "understanding". I can't say that the mystery in this book was very robust but I don't really expect it to be. I liked the previous book, The Twelves Clues of Christmas, much better as a mystery than this one. However, the characters are compelling and well developed and I listened to it quickly, though I did try to savor it a bit, knowing I would be Georgie and Darcy -less for the next year while I wait for Rhys Bowen to pump out another book. For those who like light mysteries without all the dark violence and sex that so often seems to be a requirement to get books published these days, this is the series for you. This is a series I would probably let my 13 year old listen to, (with some light editing on Georgie's mother and Belinda, Georgie's best friend) and that is saying something. Thank you Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren for another entertaining book. I will now go into withdrawals.

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    Julie PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-21-13
    Julie PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing addition to the series"

    Her Royal Spyness has been a favorite of mine, but this is a weak addition to the series. It feels like the author is cashing in on our affection for Georgie and Darcy. Take my advice and stop listening after book 5: "The Twelve Clues of Christmas" and "Heirs and Graces" aren't worth your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-18-13
    Susan 08-18-13
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    "The usual good royal romp..."

    ...complete with silly characters. Nice little twist at the end. Could use more Darcy, however.

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    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 08-11-13
    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Love the series... not nuts about this novel.."
    Any additional comments?

    I love the series- easily listening, great narration/reader. With that said, this novel seemed to lack some of the charm of the other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Settle 08-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrater's voice too unpleasant"

    Only listened to a few minutes of this book, then abandon it because I found the narrator's voice grated on my nerves. Thus, the negative rating of the performance. The Overall and Story ratings are only because the had to be checked to rate the performance, but I actually didn't hear enough to have an opinion.

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    J. Mayfield Planet Earth 04-05-14
    J. Mayfield Planet Earth 04-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Did not like the narration. Could not listen to th"
    What would have made Heirs and Graces better?

    A different reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have books in print. Very good stories.


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

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Heirs and Graces?

    Did not listen to much of this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 08-17-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 08-17-13
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    "Undecided - ending not believable"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heirs and Graces?

    I cackled when Jack first met the Dowager Duchess. That conversation was hilarious.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren always delivers a rock solid performance. Ms. Kellgren has managed to keep the voices of all repeating characters the same in every book. I think that makes the characters more real.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed every book in this series, until this one. I liked, but the ending with the resolution of the crime was just not believable and especially when the twins mother told the kids to "hold" Georgiana. Cat was supposedly in the bed sick and Sissy was in her wheel chair by he window which only left Nick -an 11 year old boy to hold Georgie. Too unbelievable for me. I also think its time for Georgie and Darcy to get on with it. They could get married and still have murders and mysteries to solve. If you have listened to all of thee books and enjoyed them, then you should definitely add this to your collection, but I don't think this books storyline is as good as previous books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J and M 08-17-13
    J and M 08-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    The story was good but needs something. Starting to be just a touch stale. Love the narrator. Still a really good read and story. Needs a lot more Darcy. Move them along. Feels like Gilligan's Island. They'll never progress past this point.

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    Kelly Michigan 08-09-13
    Kelly Michigan 08-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice Entry in Series"

    I'm really fond of this series. I love Georgie and Darcy and the mysteries they solve. Overall, this wasn't one of my favorite entries but it was still enjoyable. There was a brief cameo by Georgie's grandfather that felt like it was shoehorned in only to be able to see him in the book and Belinda really didn't add much to the story. The mystery itself felt a bit rushed though I did understand the motivations of the killer. I liked seeing so much of Georgie and Darcy together and it's nice that Georgie probably has someone to stay for a while. Jack was a fun character and I hope that he shows up more in the future. Katherine Kellgren did a good job narrating, though sometimes her delivery was a bit over the top. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 08-06-13
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 08-06-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Horrible Narrator, Couldn't Listen to Her"

    This is the first book that I absolutely could not listen to because of the narrator. I bought it because of the prior reviews. Will be getting a refund!

    6 of 24 people found this review helpful
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