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A Scandalous Deception: A Regency Cozy

Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Jill Smith
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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As much as Beatrice Hyde-Clare relished the challenge of figuring out who murdered a fellow guest during a house party in the Lake District, she certainly does not consider herself an amateur investigator. So when a London dandy falls dead at her feet in the entryway of a London Daily Gazette, she feels no compulsion to investigate. It was a newspaper office, after all, and reporters are already on the case as are the authorities. She has her own problems to deal with anyway - such as extricating herself from a seemingly harmless little fib that has somehow grown in into a ridiculously large fiction. 

Truly, she has no interest at all. Except the dagger that killed the poor earl seemed disconcertingly familiar....

And so Bea is off to the British Museum because she cannot rest until she confirms her suspicion, while trying to allay her family’s concerns and comprehend the Duke of Kesgrave’s compulsion. For the handsome lord has no reason to waste his time solving a mystery alongside a shy spinster. And yet he turns up everywhere she goes.

©2018, 2019 Lynn Messina (P)2019 Lynn Messina

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Another adventure for our Victorian sleuth........

A Scandalous Deception is the perfect blend of family drama, romance and whodunit style mystery. The heroine of the story, Beatrice, is a 26 year-old lady during the Victorian era, and she not only lives at the generosity of her aunt and uncle after the death of her parents, she is a confirmed spinster past her prime. Although Beatrice knows her position in society and her family better than anyone, and she plays her role as a demur young lady when necessary, inside her beats the heart of a wildcat. This is the second book in the series, and I loved watching her develop from the first book into an even more adventurous and courageous woman. She is joined in her investigations by the most eligible bachelor in all of England, Duke of Kesgrave, and these two make the perfect team. He is the first person to acknowledge and appreciate Bea for her ingenuity and willingness to break the social restraints of the women of her era and standing in society. The mystery had me stumped until Bea and The Duke unmask the guilty party, but it was even more the evolving friendship between them that made this story so enjoyable for me. Add in some truly hilarious scenes in which Bea is caught in her antics by her uptight aunt and uncle, and A Scandalous Deception is an all-around excellent choice of an audiobook credit.

Jill Smith narrates both books in the series, and she is an excellent choice with her beautiful English accent. Smith handles both the male and female roles with equal skill, and her delivery adds just the right tone to emphasize Beatrice's dry wit and The Duke's occasional supercilious humor. I am looking forward to many future books in this series, and they will hopefully all be read by Smith.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Wonderful narration

Jill Smith’s narration lifts this regency cozy from charming to absolutely delightful. Adorable characters, a slowly budding romance and a tinge of mystery make this an addictive series. I do hope there are plans to produce audible versions of the next two books.

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More please!!

I am hooked on this series. Love the witty banter and energy. They remind me of a non-paranormal version of the “soulless” series. Please record more!

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So entertaining!

A lovely tale. Loving this series and looking forward to hearing more of Bea’s adventures!