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.
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.
Enjoy the series, light frothy entertainment wrapped around a mystery. Self depricating 34th in line to the throne....what a heroine!!! The books are great fun. The author writes such a good story that I have now purchase all in the series and am looking into her other books. The miles just fly by when listening. The narrator has such a complete and total lock on the character creating just the right nuances to make the author's story line flow.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a little romantic escapism into the life of 20th century British Aristocracy.
This is one of my favorite Royal Spyness books.
I love both Georgie and Darcy.
I've listened to all of the Royal Spyness available and do really enjoy them. There is nothing particularly complex about the plots or surprising about the mysteries involved. But they are a fun tromp through a bygone era with characters you grow to love more with each passing story.
Like each book in the series, this is a pleasant listen. It's easy to care about these characters. They're like-able people, wrapped up in interesting plots and challenges.
These aren't exactly edge-of-your-seat books. They're more like grinning-with-anticipation books. The sometimes awkwardly humorous circumstances and interesting plot twists are certainly enough to keep you interested, but you probably won't be biting any nails off while listening to it.
Katherine Kellgren is simply outstanding. Her characterizations are spot on, and her interpretation of the text adds a very unique depth to the story. My only problem is the sometimes strident (and certainly over-used) "she said" or "he said." It's almost as though she's adding an odd exclamation point every time she does it.
Again, there's very little that I would describe as moving. Granted, the romance between Georgianna and Darcy is cute, perhaps even touching, but I wouldn't say particularly moving.
A good entertaining listen. Go ahead and get it. You won't regret it.
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I’m sad to come to the end of the available instalments; I have at least a 6 month wait to go for Book 8!
I wanted to spread the episodes out a little more, but I was in the mood for a fast easy and enjoyable to read before going on vacation so picking up Book 7 right after Book 6 seemed like a no-brainer.
Like I said in my review of Book 6: When you’re in the mood for a fun little break from longer heavier books, it’s so nice to have such an enjoyable series at hand.
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