A delectable prequel to the national best-selling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - 34th in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad. When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie’s rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears…
©2012 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2014 Audible Inc.
This is a quick novella set before the events in Her Royal Spyness. You meet a 19 year old Georgie nearing the end of her season. It introduces several (but not all) of the characters in the series during the titular social event.
I quite enjoyed the audiobook. I'm a fan of Katherine Kellgren's performances in the series, and this is just as solid as any. Unfortunately, the plot is vague and there's not really a mystery here, the way there is in the other novels in the series. There is one small plot twist that is very predictable if you're familiar with the series. Since I have read the other novels, for me it was about learning more about the characters and enjoying the setting than about the plot itself. In those areas, it does deliver a lovely (if brief) little narrative. The story is paced well and held my interest throughout the entire narration. It answers a few questions about some characters' backstories, too, which is key to any prequel.
As an additional point, if someone hasn't read the series yet, I'd probably not recommend starting here. I don't think it would confuse a new listener, but there's not enough of a plot or mystery for a newcomer to actually decide if they'd like the rest of the series, and it slightly spoils the ending to a later novel.
It is too short and therefore not worth a full credit.
If you have read the series you will want this but it is a pity the story is so short. It just does not seem like value for money.
The dance scene
This is a short story and should be added to one of the other books.
It is not worth the value of a full credit.
I expected an inferior story as I do not enjoy novellas. Much to my pleasure I was wrong. Great fun knowing the beginning of the service.
lover of good books
I adore this series and having a short novella to keep me going between books is lovely! I hope she writes more back story shorts like this! If she could do one every month or so it would suit me fine.
I have read many other books from this series, and liked them very much.
The narrator is excellent and brings all the characters to life.
However this is a short story, and not worth the price
Another wonderful performance by Katherine Kellgren! I love Ms. Bowens writing style and the two together make a dynamic duo . This was a great prequel to the wonderful characters of the Royal Spyness novels. I have found them rather addicting.
I could not even follow the story. The narration grated on my nerves. At least it was cheaper than buying a book from the series--I didn't spend a lot to learn that I wouldn't like the series.
"Masked Ball at Broxley Manor"
Might try the author again. Definitely NOT the same narrator.
I found the delivery so unbearable that I couldn't get past Chapter 1.
Dreadful! She shouted. Accents were poor and inconsistent.
Couldn't listen to enough of the story to answer the question.
Audible narrators are usually very good. Disappointing to find a dud!
"Only wish that it lasted longer..."
Delightful story. Only thing is that as a novella it's ends to soon.
Eagerly looking forward to the next instalment.
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