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.
teacher & book lover
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!
These are the best books for a break from heavy lit or fantasy epics. Every time I listen to one it is straight through and with a smile on my face.
I have read all but two in this hilarious series. This well plotted, engaging mystery delivers a satisfying resolution. Watch out for a wickedly funny fox hunt.
Bowen takes a stab at creating an Agatha Christie-esque manor murder mystery, and does a fairly good job of it. A whodunit with a slow build up and a satisfying albeit abrupt finish. Not the best of the series, but as always Kellgren is a delight to listen to.
I have truly enjoyed this series! Getting a glimpse of the class system, while being romanced with quaint, lovable characters, is truly entertaining. I love being reminded of proper manners, and eloquent speech, without foul language. I can't wait for the next story.
But I was gardening and I could have rushed through as the story passed the time. I usually savour the author's descriptions. I enjoy the way she draws the listener into the main character's thoughts as the story is told. I may listen to this one again in a few months. I have a lot of cooking and cleaning to do at our logging camp this spring and summer.
I have for some time had a "Georgie" story in my library waiting for the right time to begin. It's been a breath of fresh air after deeper and darker books. Looks like there is only one left however. Enjoy the fun of it, no need to look for deeper meaning just entertainment.
Light installment in a light, mannerly series. Heavy on social hierarchy of the time. Excellent narration with exceptional voicing variety.
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