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An Infamous Betrayal: A Regency Cozy

Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 3
Narrated by: Jill Smith
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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Having solved the two murders that somehow fell in her path, Beatrice Hyde-Clare is on the lookout for a third. Through a absurd quirk of stupid fate, the shy spinster has fallen in love with the thoroughly unattainable Duke of Kesgrave and is desperate for something, anything, to occupy her mind. A dead body would do nicely.

Fortunately for her, a fellow guest from a Lake District house party appears on her doorstep with exactly that: the lover of his fiancée's mother expired after a wretchedly painful episode just that morning in an apparent poisoning. As unorthodox as it is, he would like Bea to investigate rather than calling the authorities.

Bea begins her inquiry into Mr. Wilson's death at once and almost immediately finds herself in the company of Kesgrave, who is as determined as ever to assist her. 'Twas patently unfair, for the whole point of the investigation was to get away from the handsome lord.

Now Bea is faced with the daunting challenge of exposing the villain without revealing her heart.

©2018 Lynn Messina (P)2019 Lynn Messina

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Mystery Meets Jane Austen

This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I love cozy mysteries and Jane Austen style romances... this series combines to two so perfectly and throws in some comedy for good measure making these books ones that I can listen to again and again. This book picks up right where book 2 left off, thrown back into her family to explain how she came to be so badly beaten up and then how to go on with her life and take her mind off the Duke, who she can't have. What she needs is a distraction... which doesn't seem to be a problem for her to find. I can't say enough good about these books, they are so cleverly written and developed that you get pulled in. The narration was wonderful and helped to make it even more enjoyable! A must read for those who like good clean historical fiction, romances, mysteries, and Jane Austen style books.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My favorite one yet!

I've listened to all 3 books in this series and this is my favorite so far! Bea really comes alive in this one. Looking forward to book #4!!

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

Poor Beatrice needs a dead body as a distraction from the handsome Duke of Kesgrave and her plea is heard by some god or other. Do you think that will stop the Duke from interfering? Fat chance! And so murderers are sussed out and slow burn romance burns a bit faster. Just you wait for chapter 13! My favorite. Go give this book a shot :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Lynn!

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Another Body for Beatrice

The latest in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Regency cozies is simply delicious - the mysterious death, the Regency setting, Beatrice's continued flaunting of her family's restraints and her continued infatuation (dare we call it love?) for the Duke of Kesgrave.. Beatrice doesn't exactly break her prior promise to Kesgrave to stop investigating bodies that she stumbles across. This time, she's invited into the case of Mr Wilson's death by poison.

As usual, Lynn Messina presents us with an interesting investigation, with characters who drew me in and engaged me completely. I can't say too much, for fear of a spoiler, but it's obvious and well-received by me that Bea's cases will not cease in the future, thanks to Lady Hardcastle's offer to provide clients on a consulting basis. Thus Bea will continue in her ways and continue to delight me.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and I am providing a voluntary and honest review.

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You can't be bored with Bea:)

What do you do when you're hopelessly in love with someone so obviously above your station that you think there's no hope of your feelings ever being reciprocated? You look for something to occupy your mind and what coud be better than another murder to solve?:)

This is the starting point for the third book in Beatrice Hyde-Clare's adventures. And again, Ms Messina doesn't disappoint - the investigation goes smoothly and at a good pace, with interesting twists and surprises on the way, and the perturbations in the relationship between Bea and the Duke of Kesgrave make the romantic subplot funny and intriguing, so much so that you impatiently wait for the final happily ever after... I love the banter between them, the way Bea makes the Duke lose his mask of aristocratic arrogance and reveal his surprising warmth, tenderness and sense of humour:)

What I also like a lot about the book is that although the characters develop and definitely learn from experience, there are no illogical, abrupt, almost unexplained personality changes (as it often happens in books). They generally behave true to their nature, and that makes them so much more realistic.

Narration by Ms Smith is fantastic. She adds life to the story, making Bea and many of the other characters even more likeable, lively and vivid, and leaves you with the same feeling of satisfaction and sheer pleasure you get when you watch great BBC adaptations of classic novels by writers such as Jane Austen or Elizabeth Gaskell:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Recommend this Series

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the third book in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries series. It is a stand alone story [no cliffhanger endings]. While you can start with this book as the author kindly explains all of the references to events from prior books - you would really be missing out on the wonderful character development of Bea and the blossoming of the relationship between her and the Duke.

Here, Bea is feeling flustered that she has been cooped up in the house she shares with her aunt/family and is itching to solve a murder. But how does one find a murder to solve? It's not like you can advertise in the paper... but lucky for Bea, the son of the murderer from the first book has another dead body on his hands and he needs Bea's help.

This series keeps getting more enjoyable with each book. Bea is coming into her own - much to her aunt's chagrin. The Duke can't help himself and meddles in Bea's life although Bea is sure he has fallen for another so she must pine from a distance. The mystery itself is interesting and Bea is so observant and sharp - plus I love when she masquerades as another character to gain information. It's so clever, humorous and well-written. Highly recommend this series.

The narrator is the perfect compliment to the written word.

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Each book just gets better and better.............

An Infamous Betrayal is the third in this delightful series featuring the intrepid amateur sleuth Beatrice Hyde-Clare. Although the author does a terrific job of introducing plenty of background without getting bogged down in details, I still think this book is best enjoyed as part of the series, especially since each book is wonderful. In her third outing, Bea gets into even more hilarious situations as she tries to escape the notice of her socially conscious family in order to solve the murder of a gentlemen she previously investigated in book one. With all kinds of suspects and a shocking twist at the end of the story, it is only Bea's quick wit and refusal to be thwarted that lead her to the correct guilty party. Of course, she is joined in her crime solving pursuits by the ever present Duke of Kensington, and these two grow closer to friendship and perhaps even love despite the differences in their social positions. If you love mystery with a touch of history and a dash of romance, you cannot pick better than this incredibly entertaining book and series.

The narration by Jill Smith is as amazing as always. She narrates all the books in the series, and, with her beautiful English accent, she is the perfect choice for this series set in Regency Britain. Smith handles Beatrice's lighter, irreverent personality with equal skill as her portrayal of the slightly pompous but ever endearing Duke. She differentiates well between characters, and her delivery is flawless. I hope to hear many more books in this series with narration by Smith in the near future.

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

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  • Jan M
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  • 05-05-19

Another Body for Beatrice

An Infamous Betrayal by Lynn Messina is another delightful listen. I so enjoy the characters in this Regency mystery. Beatrice is once again faced with another investigation. Jill Smith brings these characters to life with her performance. She gives them distinguishable voices, so I know who is speaking. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntary written this review, I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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so very good

it's a very good series the book was very very interesting as the previous one it was cozy the mystery was solid and the tail was wonderful

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Wonderful Historic Cozy

An Infamous Betrayal is the 3rd book in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, but it stands alone. The series has been great so far with intrigue, murder, and romance. This book further deepens the quirky characters and relationships. The book was nicely read by the narrator. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 04-10-19

Cozy Romantic Murder

I've read all the books in this series and have found them delightful. There are some errors in the copyediting (Fall instead of Autumn) but in general the author got it all right.

The books follow the growth of a "wan" and plain spinster as she gains confidence in herself and the blossoming of a romance with a Duke. Both are depicted superbly. The choice of narrator is also brilliant as she gives the whole series just the right touch, bringing the characters to life wonderfully, although some of the pronunciations are a bit bizarre..

These are clean romances (so far anyway and I hope they don't change) and I have listened to all three numerous times. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-22-19

Peas and paste, plots and plans.

'Every woman should have a hobby', and whilst this usually would be music or needlework, Beatrice Hyde-Clare, a 26 years old unmarried, and plain, woman with the most modest of means, had finally found hers: murder investigation. With two cases satisfactorily concluded, Bea now longs for a third to distract her from the uncomfortable realization that she had formed a romantic desire for the totally unobtainable Duke of Kesgrave, a singu!early desirable batchelor, well above her humble station, smug and superior and rumoured soon to become engaged to the beautiful Lady Victoria. Bea and the Duke had worked together on the previous two murder cases and she knew that he had enjoyed her company whilst they lasted, but she understood that she was a mere distraction before he settled down to married life and the raising of an aristocratic family. So she needed to forget him, remove herself from him: and what better way than by following another murder trail. Fortunately, there was one just about to happen.

Combining Regency sensibilities with mild mannered murder investigations, this trio of books is a delight. Not quite Jane Austen, but still nicely written with good character observations and sometime witty dialogue, the words flow last most pleasurably. This, the third in the series, continues from the ending of part two, with Bea needing an explanation for the bruising on her face. Whilst it is obviously far better to have read the earlier books to gain full enjoyment of the characters and environment, it is not essential to follow the plot as the earlier part of the story includes a fulsome recapping of what has gone before and Bea's constant self analysis of her feelings further enlightens the forgetful. For this reason, this reader found this particular story less pleasurable than it's predecessors, but still an enjoyable read. As narrator, Jill Smith's crystal clear presentation adds sparkle to the text as she also gives different voice to the numerous characters. The whole is still a delight.

My thanks to the rights holder of An Infamous Betrayal, third book in this series by author Lynn Messina. At my request via Audiobook Boom, I was very fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy. Thank you. I can happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys light historical murder mysteries with the hint of humour and romance in the air.

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  • Carôle
  • 05-19-19

Highly satisfying, a shame to say goodbye

This was a highly enjoyable end to the series. However I do hope that it is not the end and that we see more of Beatrice and the Duke. I feel sure that there are more adventures and mysteries that they can embark upon. I do hope so.

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  • Charlotte
  • 04-27-19

Just love this series

I have so enjoyed both the author and the Narrator bringing life to Bea and her adventures with the Duke...I see book four has just been written, PLEASE PLEASE audible, release it on here ASAP! As reading it won’t feel the same as Jill Smith bringing them to life!!