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.
Light installment in a light, mannerly series. Heavy on social hierarchy of the time. Excellent narration with exceptional voicing variety.
I love listening to these books.
Her vast range of personnas makes this series come to life.
Yes, as with most of these books, I cannot wait to get to the end.
I really enjoy this series. This narrator is very talented with her range of accents. The stories are becoming a bit formulaic, with Georgie uncovering the truth via grand confession and nearly being offed herself. But quite fun.
A solid follow up to 12 Clues of Christmas. The story is good, but not quite great; too slow to get started, and the last two chapters, with the resolution of the mystery, felt rushed, with far too much expositional dialogue . It is the suspect characters themselves, though, that make the story shine. They are a motley group whose eccentricities are played up to a good level of comedic effect without descending into pure farce. And they are brought to life by another absolutely fantastic performance by Katherine Kellgren. The voices she has chosen for each are just perfect. I appreciated the subtle ways she made those who are family members in this story sound similar, so that even audibly you can sense the family connection. And as always, her first person narration of the heroine's thoughts are spot on. Highly recommended.
A different narrator.
Can't say. Because of the loud, shouting, hysterical voiced characters I couldn't get past chapter three. Grating and extremely annoying vocalizations.
I have enjoyed previous books in this series very much but simply could not tolerate this narration.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
The voice work. How is this even a question on something Katherine Kellgren read? Every character has a such a distinct voice that it's incredible to think they all come out of one throat.
I liked Jack, the Australian. He was so lost in the situation and the way that was portrayed made me feel like I was right there with him in that.
The accent work. The UK has accents that vary from town to town and across different social classes. You can tell how much someone's education cost by listening to them say "I've been there," and she captures each and every little nuance in every character.
I really hate this question.
"'My Fair Lady' as re-imagined by Agatha Christie."
Which shows why I hate that question.
I listen to a lot of old radio shows, and a recurring plot in many was the long lost brother who returns from Australia to claim the family fortune, but he's really an impostor. This is not that story.
This one has a solid "old school" feel that does the idea of a Classic British Mystery proud.
Yes i do recommend this author. I am so hooked on these books. They are light, fun with mystery and romance. Everything I want for relaxing and drifting off to another place.
Lady Georgiana and BelindaThey both live in a fantasy world but clearly on opposite ends and yetAre great friends.
She does a great job with the voices and her inflections help to identify the type of personality of the person
I smile throughout the book seasoned with bursts of laughter. I is a fun book.
Would like to discover more authors who write these type of books. It is nice to relax to a book without it being filled with heavy love scenes and a bit of mystery is nice.
I don't mind a light mystery but my word, this was just intolerable. There is absolutely nothing even remotely natural about the characters or dialogue. The performance borders on histrionic and the accents near-mockery. I was looking for some light fare but this is unadulterated cotton candy and made me nauseous. I couldn't wait for it to be over.I have enjoyed other entries in this series which were silly but not sick-making.
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