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Having inexplicably nabbed the duke of Kesgrave, 26-year-old spinster Beatrice Hyde-Clare is determined to marry him at once, and no amount of hand-wringing from anxious family members, worried friends, and well-meaning acquaintances will convince her to delay.

Except, maybe, she is a little swayed by her uncle’s efforts to make amends for treating her with cold indifference during her childhood. And her aunt’s concern about the growing scandal around her unfortunate habit of unmasking murderers in the middle of society events isn’t entirely unfounded.

And then, there’s the truly unfathomable appearance on her doorstep of the former Miss Brougham, the spiteful heiress whose cruel taunts derailed Bea’s social career. Remarkably, the society matron has a mystery to solve and knows Bea is the only person who can help her. 

A dead grandfather, a missing jewel, a cryptic letter, an opportunity to condescend to her archnemesis - the case seems simple enough. Yet, somehow, it all goes terribly, horribly wrong.

©2019 Lynn Messina (P)2020 Lynn Messina

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OH MY HEART!!

I was genuinely startled with the whit and humor tied up in this cozy mystery series. I have never before felt so attached to a story and character as I do Bea and the Duke. I will be recommending this series to everyone I know!

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Unbelievably sappy

Enjoyed the plots of the first 3 books, but not this. Unbelievable converstions and characters.

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Not up to the usual standards

This adventure started off well but took a wrong turn when the story went to the theater. Dull, dull, dull.

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I love this series.

Listen to the whole series. The heroine and her relationship with the duke is truly original.

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Same fun characters

The story was a bit tedious. Not quite the fun of previous books. Too much redundant descriptive filler from previous stories. The characters should be growing to show more respect with time, not continuous desire to attack or challenge each other.

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couldn't finish

tedious book that took 3 different times to listen to it; and I still didn't listen to the last 15 minutes. Skip the first 3 chapters. They say nothing more than the wedding is put off. And it goes down hill from there.

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Good read

Waiting for the wedding! I love this books they keep you interested thru the whole story. Thank you

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Unfortunately it was predictable

I really enjoy this author and am sorry to give her such a lukewarm rating but it was sadly predictable at every turn. Ms Messina has and can do better.

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Absolute Favorite Regency Mystery Series!!

I just adore this series so much! The slow burn romance is definitely heated up as in this book and the snarky banter is just so much fun! If you love regency and mystery this author combines the two genres beautifully. This series does need to be read in order or you will miss all the fun. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! ***Possible spoilers ahead if you haven't read the previous books.*** So, parents out there, this series has been pretty clean (free of language, overly graphic violence and sex scenes), however, this book heats up in the passion side as Bea and Damien are preparing to get married and do not always have the best supervision... That being said there is heavy kissing and making out but they do stop before clothing can come off.

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Absolutely Delightful!

I am a dedicated Audible listener and this is the first series in several years that I have enjoyed so thoroughly. The interplay between Bea and her Lord are infectious and highly entertaining. I'm sad there is only one more book. The narrator is also excellent, especially with the men's voices.

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  • 09-02-20

A fun and hilarious Regency cozy crime romp

Having enjoyed all the previous audiobooks in this series, I was excited to receive a free copy from this author. This review is freely written and contains only my own opinions.

As expected, this audiobook was full of the usual hilarious moments, and had a fun mystery to solve.

There was a small section I didn’t enjoy as much as usual - there were too many manipulative and malicious characters conniving and scheming for my taste. And then when Bea is interrogating two characters (not mentioning names to avoid spoilers), she thinks “the man/woman who arranged the ruination of an innocent woman” (or similar) far too many times in the space of one half hour. However, once I got past those parts, it returned to the fun crime solving romance I know and love, and I very much enjoyed Bea and Kesgrave teasing each other all the time, and the general silliness!

The narration is pretty similar to the last two audiobooks. For the most part, the narrator does a great job of an upper class British voice of the Era (or how I imagine it would be, as I wasn’t actually alive then), but there are still a number of jarring words that don’t seem to fit. Many of them seem to be with the pronunciation of a sounds - for example, “worshipful tone” became “warshipful tone”, which did amuse me. However, all other aspects of the narration are, as always, spot on. The expression in the various voices is great, and really conveys how the characters are feeling. The narrator has a good speed, and keeps the plot moving along nicely. It is easy to feel involved with the characters.

I really enjoyed the progression in Bea and Kesgrave’s romance over the course of the story. They continue to move closer together, and I think that Bea is finally beginning to really believe that he loves her. I also loved the development in Flora’s character, and how she is starting to involve herself in Bea’s scandalous activities.

If you’re looking for an audiobook that combines cozy crime with regency romance, hilarious scenes, and general frivolity, then look no further.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook, my opinions are my own.