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The Miser of Mayfair | [M. C. Beaton]

The Miser of Mayfair

Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.
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Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

Salvation seems to come in the form of Roderick Sinclair who confirms he wishes to rent the house for the current season. The staff is overjoyed - until they find that Mr. Sinclair is a terrible miser who is planning no parties. Furthermore, his ward, Fiona, though a dazzling Highland beauty, does not seem to possess one bright idea in her head. But it is Rainbird, Number 67’s clever and elegant butler, who sees through her facade and resolves to help his mysterious mistress in whatever way he can.

©1986 Marion Chesney (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Patricia 03-25-14
    Patricia 03-25-14

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    "Love this series!"
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    M.C. Beaton has created a wonderful cast of characters and Lindy Nettleton has brought their personalities to life through her performance. I have enjoyed these books very much. The upstairs/downstairs storyline is excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 01-12-14
    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Audio books are just my cup of tea!

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    "Short and sweet!"

    Looking forward to the rest of the series. Easy romance with an interesting heroine and a smart hero. M. C. Beaton tells good stories. Lindy Nettleton is a good narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fay 11-08-14
    Fay 11-08-14
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    "The Miser of Mayfair - one of my favorite listens"

    This is the first in a series which Audible doesn't carry in entirety, which was a terrible blow. In this first book, a skinflint drunkard 'inherits' a young woman from a deceased uncle. He rents a London house which is available at a shockingly low price because, unbeknownst to him, it has an unlucky reputation, even though the address is good. The staff is top-notch and excited the house has been rented for the season until they learn the new master of the house is a cheapskate. Fortunately, the young woman is singularly resourceful - making dresses from the curtains and out-gambling the gambling queens of the ton. She changes all their fortunes - especially downstairs. It's a great story with an odd twist at the end. Highly recommended. Hopefully Audible will get the rights for the rest of the tales soon.

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    3dogs3 10-26-14
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    "A Favorite Author/A Different Series"
    If you could sum up The Miser of Mayfair in three words, what would they be?

    What a surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rainbird


    What about Lindy Nettleton’s performance did you like?

    A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.


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

    No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scaramouche239 11-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable, Predictable, Not Pride and Prejudice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Miser of Mayfair to be better than the print version?

    I honestly haven't read the print version, so I couldn't tell you.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the aspect that the servants were a major part of the story, but the ending was very predictable and it wasn't as exciting as I would have thought. It was humorous at times, and if you're just looking for a relaxing read, it's a fun title.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration is really a personal preference in many cases. In this case, the narrator was very good except for the fact that the voice of the heroine got on my nerves. I know the character was Scottish, but Nettleton's high-pitched Scottish accent for the heroine was annoying at times. It's probably just me because I really loved how she performed the rest of the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Gamble on Fortune, A Gamble on Love, A Gamble on What's for Dinner.


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    Cynthia 11-24-14
    Cynthia 11-24-14
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    "A waste of time and money"

    I read the reviews before I purchased this book and cannot understand how people rated it so highly. The plot is so trite; the reader is so slow. The heroine is OK, but an idiot who cheats at cards. I'm sorry I wasted my time and money.

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