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Masked Ball at Broxley Manor Audiobook

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor: A Royal Spyness Novella

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    My Available Citrine Rhyme 01-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, light prequel"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    ShaSha 01-24-15
    ShaSha 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too short!"

    Too short!
    Love these novels... But this short story was not worth burning a credit for or even paying the 5 dollars

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    perspective 12-23-15
    perspective 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As always a pleasure"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is too short and therefore not worth a full credit.


    Would you recommend Masked Ball at Broxley Manor to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dance scene


    Do you think Masked Ball at Broxley Manor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is a short story and should be added to one of the other books.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not worth the value of a full credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Cornish St Sauveur PQ 01-12-15
    Carolyn Cornish St Sauveur PQ 01-12-15
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    "Too short"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gina M. Bertuccio 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Little Ditty"

    Cute little storyline. It is Interesting to see how Mrs. Simpson came into the picture. Narrator is one of the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Arrington 01-14-15 Member Since 2014

    lover of good books

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    "LOVED it!!!!!!"

    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.

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    lms 08-27-16
    lms 08-27-16 Member Since 2014

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    "couldn't take the voice"

    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.

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    Amanda M. Ingram 08-22-16
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    "Lukewarm"

    Very abrupt ending. I'm not sure what the point of the story was. The reader had an annoying voice and wasn't able to differentiate the voices.

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    jmcherry 08-17-16
    jmcherry 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Newly found author"

    I just joined audible books, and tried out Rhys Bowen's "Her Royal Spyness" as a commuting book, having just purchased a car that wiki slow me to link to my phone. I was curious to see if listening to a book while driving would distract me or not. Therefore I was looking for something light and humorous.i found it in this series and have already placed all oh them on my wisdom list. My hour-long commute just became fun and relaxing!

    I look forward to hearing more of her work.

    I am always delighted when I discovery a new author.

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    A READER 08-06-16
    A READER 08-06-16
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    "Pretty Good Little Hook"

    I have not read the main part of this series, but I am hooked in now. The reader is good, though a bit brash. Bless you and cheers!

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  • Moira Murphy
    3/13/15
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    "Masked Ball at Broxley Manor"
    Would you try another book written by Rhys Bowen or narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

    Might try the author again. Definitely NOT the same narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Rhys Bowen’s story?

    I found the delivery so unbearable that I couldn't get past Chapter 1.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Dreadful! She shouted. Accents were poor and inconsistent.


    What character would you cut from Masked Ball at Broxley Manor?

    Couldn't listen to enough of the story to answer the question.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible narrators are usually very good. Disappointing to find a dud!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Majsan
    BORONIA HEIGHTS, Australia
    1/29/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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