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While an ugly war with its neighboring realm continues to rage, the insulated members of Ruritania's upper class laugh and dance their way through their superficial lives. Some people, increasingly disillusioned by the pointless conflict, start to consider how the King might be persuaded - or forced - to end it.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of items of great value are going missing from those attending these high society gatherings. At whom will the finger of suspicion point? Who can be trusted? With so many competing, yet intertwined, agendas, what will be the outcome of this looming of vultures?

©2016 Richard Alan Storry (P)2017 Richard Alan Storry

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Wonderful Tale of Thievery and Treachery

What an entertaining listen! An aristocratic thief, a treacherous murder plot and scrumptious baked goods - sounds like fun to me. Will Rudy finally learn his lesson or is he beyond redemption? Will the assassins succeed or will an unlikely hero save the day? Listen and find out!

I really enjoyed this story. The dialogue between Rudy and his manservant was hilarious and they definitely had an interesting relationship. The action and suspense had me captivated. As for the narration, you can always count on it being great with Jake Urry as the narrator. I would recommend this.

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

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A tale of two thieves

A baron with a penchant for taking what he wants in the dead of night as a gentleman’s hobby. A manservant who is along for the thrills and to keep his master safe. Along comes a challenge that can’t be ignored in the form of a safe full of gold deemed uncrackable by the makers. As the crime unfolds a plot to assassinate the king is uncovered, due to his nature he cannot reveal what he knows. What an two rogues do? Listen and find out. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Good!

Well written and unique mystery - I enjoyed this story! Narration was really well done for the story. Looking forward to book 2!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Entertaining Story

I received this audio book for free in return for an unbiased review.

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I love mysteries and read them often. This plot for this was kind of all over, but the author did a fairly decent job of wrapping it all up.

There was one think I found really irritating. I hate it when otherwise seemingly intelligent people do something really stupid and the rogue thief in this book had one stupid habit that I think an intelligent person would never do. Unfortunately, a lot of the plot hinged on this stupid mistake so I see why the author did it, I think it would have been a better book if the author would have spent more time and figured out a more subtle way of accomplishing the same goal.

The narrator was very good, lovely, velvety English accent, although it probably would have been more accurate to have been a German accent throughout based on the heritage of the people. It didn't bother me as I much prefer listening to an English accent rather than a German accent.

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Not the story you think.

Set in the real world, this is a story about peerage and theft. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 10-18-17

A lovely story

The lives of the landed gentry in Ruritania seems like an episode from Downton Abbey! I adore the language and the etiquette employed. The gentleman burglar is so endearing, I know I should abhor his behaviour, but I simply couldn't bring myself to dislike anyone so fond of chocolate tiffin! Of course, the exquisite language was enhanced by the narration of Jake Urry - a man who's voice can be likened to liquid chocolate. There doesn't exist a word, story or tale that cannot be turned into a masterpiece by the addition of Mr Urry. I'm thrilled to recommend this tale, it's simply lovely!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-02-17

Your magnificent chocolate Tiffin.

Delicious in every way, this book of dirty deeds amongst the grandeur of Ruritanian nobility has echos of the gentleman thief books of Raffles and sidekick, Bunny. Gloriously written by Richard Storry, a visual and gastric delight providing a colourful background to the amusing story of thefts and double dealing. There is even an end recipe for the delectable chocolate Tiffin.

Simply to say that it is narrated by Jake Urry should be enough. His excellent narration with just a twinge of the sinister gives this sumptuous and whimsical tale the needed gravitas. Perfectly read, as always, he voices the characters and paces the text perfectly, his reading not disguising the inherent humour.

Good story, definitely fun and definitely recommended.

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  • julie vivienne
  • 10-29-17

Just brilliant!!

A thrilling storyline penned from the amazing imagination and writing skills of Richard Storry exquisitely narrated by the skills and luxurious vocal tones of Jake Urry.

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  • Iain Hart
  • 10-10-17

Great story

Let your imagination run free through this brilliant story of fiction. I love how the characters interact with each other and if you want a tense, edge of your seat tale, then listen to this.

The land of Ruritania is laid out in vivid and colourful descriptions, showing both the good and bad sides, even the upper classes aren’t as safe as they think they are, even from their own kind.

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  • Alison Kelly
  • 11-17-17

Compelling Story

It’s years since I have read anything in this vein - a story that just makes you want to go on and on listening...forget work, blow the housework, can the chores...I just wanted to be immersed in the story.

Characters are brought to life by the wonderful voice and narrative shaping of Jake Urry; and the personalities of the protagonists are depicted with finesse.

I feel sure that this Ruritanian saga is just the beginning of many; and I really hope to see more of Rudi, Wilhelm, the sumptuous banquets and above all, the atmospheric setting of this magical land.

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