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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
Series: Royal Spyness, Book 13
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)

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Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times best-selling series.

I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley - the center of upper-class English life - we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.   

Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off.

When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer....

©2019 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-01-19

Disappointed; sad

I have immensely enjoyed every prior book in this wonderful cozy historical novel series. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs is just pretty good which is very disappointing. Jasmine Blackborow does a nice job of narration. This is the second novel in Her Royal Spyness series she has narrated since the death of Katherine Kellgren. Kellgren was simply the very best audio book narrator ever, so it would be foolish to expect her replacement to be nearly as outstanding as her.

I shall continue to listen to Ms. Bowen's novels in this series as well as her equally outstanding Molly Murphy historical mystery series, but I'm very disappointed with Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.

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  • Dylan
  • United States
  • 10-09-19

Not Georgie's Finest

Oh this is not the easiest review to write. Because I am a lover of the series. I have listened to the books more times than I can count. They have been on repetition for about 4 years. Yes that has always been thanks to the wonderful narration of Katherine Kellgren. And yes I have known for the last few books that the stories have been getting a little duller. But no matter I pushed on.

The only positive thing I can say here is Jasmine Blackborow was the only saving grace of this book. I was so worried that it would be drastically different from Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding. Because I do love continuation. So thank you Jasmine! Thank you for giving a great performance.

As for the story. Rhys is continuously focused on repetition. Something I have complained about in previous books. But we seem to be taking this to new highs here. Really I think it's time to get an editor who will fix this.
The story itself seems to be dirtier than usual. I don't know maybe I am getting cranky in my old age. Whilst we had a few dirty scenes in previous books there has always been more of an implication into how naughty everyone is.

Really I would have preferred Queenie in this book to lift the mood a little. I know she isn't a favorite of many others but she just brings the tone back to earth.
I felt that I was unable to connect to any of the new characters in the book. Whereas in previous books I felt that they were more established. Even if they were one-off characters.

I loved the setting just not the story. So much lost potential.

I hold my breath for the next book hoping its more to form. Else maybe, and this is sad for me to write, we should close off the story altogether.

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Ouch

It absolutely disappoints me that I didn’t like this book. I have been a Rhys Bowen fan for years and I look forward to each new Georgie book with great anticipation. This latest addition to the series seems to have been written by someone else.

One positive thing was seeing Darcy and Georgie finally married. Basically, that’s it. I can’t say anything good about the characters. The story was pretty dull. This was such a huge disappointment.

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A better, but still flawed, second narration

The story meets Royal Spyness standards generally. The narration, however, leaves much to be desired. Accents are ridiculously overdone. Georgiana has been given a whining tone not present in Katherine Kellgren’s narrations. This gives the main character a much less endearing personality and detracts from the desire to follow her adventures further. Hopefully, this can be addressed for future productions.

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Better narration

Fun story as always. I enjoyed this one more because of the correct pronunciation of Rannock. It’s a small thing that I found very annoying in the last book.

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Great setting, another fun Georgie story

Since I've been a long time fan of the series like probably most considering this book, here were my impressions of this installment:

Loved the setting. It was fun seeing Georgie and Darcy finally married. It was interesting to know that this mystery was based on real events. I'm getting used to Jasmine Blackborow as the narrator, and while no one could ever top Katherine Kellgren's performances, I do enjoy Jasmine's narration now too.

I didn't really love how naughty this storyline got. The upper class in Africa were really terrible people! I also missed Queenie. And this one really made me wonder what direction the series will take now that Georgie and Darcy are married. We shall see!

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Another great story by Rhys Bowen

Each year I look forward to the next installment of this book series. The new narrator is so talented and does a great job at all the different voices. I think the negative comments about her are more to due with sentiment. As always the story is fun and entertaining.

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Disappointed

narration was awful and the new characters were disgusting. I was bored with a the narrative. What happened Rhys?!!!!

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I do not like this reader.

This reader has problem with keeping her characters separate. I realize that she has big shoes too fill. Her characters are not consistent.

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Narrator doesn’t measure up

I knew the experience would be different but this new narrator was disappointing. Her voices we very different. Instead of the soft delicate voice of Georgie we got a cross between Queenie and Fig.

Not enough distinction between most of the characters. At times I couldn’t tell who was speaking.

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  • E
  • 10-08-19

Not the best

This is sadly a bit of a disappointment. It is not the best story as it is very slow to get going.
The audio book disappoints further as it is badly read.
Georgia does nots sound as endearing as usual ,her tone is a little brusque.
Fig sounds elderly and yet is the mother of a toddler
Please, please find another narrator. I love Georgie and the other characters in this wonderful series but I won't be buying any more audio books with the same narrator.