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Masked Ball at Broxley Manor Audiobook

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor: A Royal Spyness Novella

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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…

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    CMMV 01-01-15
    CMMV 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.

    10 of 10 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

    10 of 11 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.

    4 of 4 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

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DKAero 04-07-17
    DKAero 04-07-17 Member Since 2011

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    "She SHOUTS!!!"

    Cute story, and the narrator is fine when she isn't shouting. BUT most of her delivery was SHOUTED!!! Gracious. It was exhausting. Interesting story and great potential but it was hard to keep listening to being shouted at.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barbara United States 04-06-17
    barbara United States 04-06-17 Member Since 2017

    I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.

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    "Bright quick introduction to a charming series"

    I have read a large number of Lady Georgianna's adventures but never this first one. It was fun to discover this charming introduction of one a young lady who has become one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Crossman ME United States 03-21-17
    S. Crossman ME United States 03-21-17 Member Since 2016

    Lost at Sea

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    "Worth it"

    This is short but strong and a completely delightful addition to the Royal Spyness opus. Keep your temporary suspension of disbelief goggles on as some of this storyline doesn't necessarily fit with the rest of hr stories. Clever Georgie certainly would have recognized a familiar gatecrasher in the first book if this had really happened beforehand. Such a delight to meet some of my favorite characters for the first time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi 03-11-17
    Mimi 03-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought I was getting a full book. Nothing new"

    This seems just a cheat way to make some money. Not worth it. No time for true development. As if the author had a sketch idea and it wasn't going anywhere.

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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
  • Teddy
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    3/11/17
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    "DIsappointingly lacking in continuity"
    Would you try another book written by Rhys Bowen or narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

    I already have - this one's a prequil.


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

    Not really -it's OK as short stories go but it's very written with the events of the books of the main series in mind and relies on the listener/reader forgiving the obviouos lack of continuity it creates with how things unfold in the first three books of the main series.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Seems reasonabley good and her Irish accent was nicely believable.


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

    It has a whole series of follow-up books.


    Any additional comments?

    The series as a whole is good which is why I found this shoehorned-in effort disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • IAN
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    12/30/16
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    "Fun, enjoyable and funny addition to the series"

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth 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.…

    This was a fun, enjoyable and funny addition to the Royal Spyness books. And you will meet several people that will turn up in the later books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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