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Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2 | [M. C. Beaton]

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2

The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.
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The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

And so poor, faded Miss Tonks has been persuaded to steal something valuable enough from her rich sister to set the poor relations on their feet. They all have their doubts about Miss Tonks’ chances for success, but the shy spinster has more than a few surprises in store. Flirtations and feelings abound amid the conspiring group.

©1993 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO

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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-13-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-13-12 Member Since 2009

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!"

    This is the second in a series (would recommend finding "Lady Fortescue Steps Out", which is Book 1) about the fiscally challenged aristocrats who have started a genteel hotel.

    Once again finding themselves insolvent, they encourage the very timid Miss Tonks sets out to steal from her scheming, grasping sister.

    A thoroughly enjoyable innocuous novel, with some moments of high humour. Definitely will appeal to fans of Regency romances. This is as well researched as Georgette Heyer (although a lighter on substance), with details such as the quandary one experiences with a full chamber pot early in the evening.

    It is a cozy, comfort read. Readers might recognise the author under her other pen-name "Marion Chesney".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bibliopa 01-31-13
    Bibliopa 01-31-13
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    "Classic Marion Chesney"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to be better than the print version?

    I've loved the book series for years, It's great to listen to it as well. Each has it's own charms, but I must admit Davina Porter is charming to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The confidence Miss Tonks gains through her adventures


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davina Porter is always excellent to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-07-13
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-07-13 Member Since 2004

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    "M.C. Beaton's Poor Relations Series Is a Hoot"

    I am an unabashed M.C. Beaton fan, so bear that in mind. She may not be the best writer in the world, but she can spin a yarn, create wonderful characters, and do it with humor. The "Poor Relations" series, set in vaguely Victorian times, is about a group of poor relations who combat the humiliation heaped upon them by wealthy relatives by opening a top-drawer hotel in London, using the townhouse of one of their aristocrat-fallen-on-hard-times members. When they run into financial issues, someone is sent out to filch expensive trinkets from their relatives, which are fenced to obtain the necessary.

    There's a bit of romance and some derring-do. Ms. Beaton is unromantic about the classism, prejudice, hypocrisy, and odd practices of Victorian England, which leads to some humorous and acerbic commentary.

    Davina Porter is the perfect narrator, but she could read the phone book and I'd probably enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melani Texas 12-24-12
    Melani Texas 12-24-12 Member Since 2005

    Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!

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    "Delightful series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to be better than the print version?

    Davina Porter is such a gifted narrator. She brings the author's characters to life in a way that I could never envision just reading the printed book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I know the story revolved primarily around Miss Tonks, but Cassandra, Miss Tonks' niece was a treasure


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    On occasion I will read the print book of one I've recently listened to and I will actually "hear" Davina Porter's voice in my head narrating the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I swear that I giggled out loud when Miss Tonks attempted to hold up her sister's carriage while disguised as a highwayman.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is IMO a hidden treasure. M. C. Beaton does a fabulous job of capturing the essence of Regency England.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-07-13

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Regency Romance and Fun"
    Where does Miss Tonks Turns to Crime rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read MANY audiobooks, so it's hard to say. However it's one I return to again and again. So that says something.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, as another reviewer pointed out. the storyline is a bit predictable. So, its not about the mystery of it all. I believe it's the character development. you really grow to care for the Poor Relations quite early. With all of their quirks.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Lady Fortescue, by far. I always wonder what her backstory would be. She's so proper and yet...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions. I don't think this is that kind of story. Just made me smile and shake my head alot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good escapist book. I love stories of the Regency period. But I wouldn't want to live then. No central heating or plumbing. Yuck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LK Montgomery County MD 03-17-13
    LK Montgomery County MD 03-17-13

    romance addict

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    "Not as good as1st but I still finished it one nigh"

    Excellent narration as always with Davina Porter. The story is cute. Love this series. Not all smutty but very engaging. Laughed a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Lady Indiana 03-12-13
    Midwest Lady Indiana 03-12-13 Member Since 2010

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "What a fun romp through the Edwardian aristocracy!"

    Ritch and poor, they are all aristocrats. It's Edwardian London and they need money so they send poor Miss Tonks out to steal. What a hoot! I won't spoil it but it is funny and charming both. I like this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BETH ATHENS, GA, United States 03-11-13
    BETH ATHENS, GA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "M.C. Beaton and Davina Porter: Wonderful!"

    With M.C. Beaton's devilish and witty characters and Davina Porter's amazing ability to bring them to life, every book in this series is an absolute delight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-02-13
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2011

    Amazon Fan

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    "The Poor Relations Are A Hoot!!"
    Where does Miss Tonks Turns to Crime rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among my favorites for light humor with some odd twists. I plan to eventually listen to all the books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that finally true love prevails. I believe this is a thread in all of the books but still love the way Sir Phillip and The Colonel are jealous of each other over Lady Fortescue...it gives all of us 'of a certain age' hope for romance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the entire book but guess one of my favorites was the highway man holding up the coach.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh in several places like the kiss on the road; the rat in the pocket; the way Sir Phillip 'saved the French chef.'


    Any additional comments?

    I just enjoy listening to Davina Porter. I would probably like it if I heard her reading the UK phone book. well, maybe not but almost anything else. She is marvelous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheran Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-27-12
    Sheran Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy Listen while Doing Chores"
    Would you be willing to try another book from M. C. Beaton? Why or why not?

    M C Beaton writes comfortable, interesting stories that will make you smile.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance by Davina.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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