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Editors Select, August 2013 - I am absolutely not joking when I say I had to beat out no less than 7 other hard-core in-house Royal Spyness fans for the privilege to choose Rhys Bowen’s newest installment as my top pick for August. If you have already started listening to this series I don’t really need to talk to you because you’ll already be as excited as I am about Heirs and Graces. If you have not picked up Her Royal Spyness then listen up: Please, I beg of you, do not hesitate. I have yet to recommend this series without effusively positive results. I’m not generally a cozy mystery fan, but Rhys Bowen’s delightful saga is my top favorite series to date, and Katherine Kellgren is at her most talented and charming in her spot-on performance of the myriad voices at play.

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Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

"Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn't landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham - the Duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia - for high society. The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward. And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the Duke…."

©2013 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Natalie
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 08-11-13

Not the best in the series but still solid Spyness

Great narration as usual. The story was not my favorite in the series but still just as fun and engaging as ever.

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Georgie's maturing, but still great fun

It's really wonderful to see Georgie's mind and character filling out. One of the few drawbacks to this delightful series has been that Georgie has always had plenty of ideas, but never seems to piece it together. She's much more confident now, stands her ground far better, and doesn't need rescuing quite as often. She's developing a keener sense of observation, and shrewder insight into the people around her.
That said, this is still all good fun. All the charm, wit, and sweetness that make us like Georgie so well are still there, and the "eccentricities" of the royals still make us ordinary folk roll our eyes. If I put the series in order by my favorites, this would fall in the middle. But it is by far one of my favorite series, especially when I want a light escape from more serious topics. Georgie always makes me smile.

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Another winner for Rhys!

Would you listen to Heirs and Graces again? Why?

Yes. The series is light and fun.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heirs and Graces?

The ending when Darcy says he's staying at the manor. Usually he's running off somewhere.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

I liked the twins. (Two characters, I know, but they were done so well.)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - and I did!

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  • Sarah
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 08-17-13

Lady Georgiana strikes another fun time!

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I LOVE this series by Rhys Bowen and Heirs and Graces did not disappoint. Katherine Kellgren is such an incredible voice actress and she truly brings Georgie and all the characters to life in a way you can see them stomping around 1930's England.

Heirs and Graces (and the rest of the series) is the perfect book to listen to on Audible because they are light enough that if your mind wanders for a second you can easily get back in. But they are still suspenseful enough to keep you engaged and wondering. For me, however, it's the characters that make me love this series. They always have funny little quirks and say hilarious things. Of course Lady Georgie is my favorite - a well-brought up lady who is a huge klutz.

The only thing that makes me sad is that I listen to these books so quickly and then have to wait for another year for more Georgie! I literally listen all the time: I walk my dogs longer than usual, cleaning the house, making dinner, driving in the car - LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. It's the perfect Audible book!

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I love how sweet and honest Lady Georgiana is.

I have really enjoyed the Spyness series. I appreciate the lack of swearing (at least the lack of American swear words). I love how honest Georgianna is and how debonair Darcy is.

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A good installment

I have been a fan of this series since book one. This installment is very good although I thought the ending a little rushed. Still, the story was well paced. Not a lot of dull “scene setting” moments. The characters were well developed and overall a good read/listen. Narration of this series has always been good. If you like the series, you will like this installment.

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WTH!!!!

Ok, there's a plot point in this story that's absolutely ludicrous. I won't say what it is, but the makings of Dahmer and Gacy are here. GEEZ!
I really don't like Georgie's friend, Belinda. I think Belinda is insecure and has very few "cards" in her repertoire. Well, of course she has SEX and manipulation and that coupled with poor ethics is a disaster waiting to happen. When she caressed Darcy's face.......OOOHHHH. She better watch herself.
Once again the narration was fantastic (YaaaaY Queenie!)and I like the development of all the characters. On to the next.

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I love all these books

I love the wit, the mystery and the characters. I have listened to them over and over.

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A masterful ‘who dunnit’!

As usual, Katherine Kellgren captures the characters masterfully with accent, inflection, dialect and detail of Rhys Bowen’s written word. From the aristocratic commanding timbre of her grace,the duchess, to the dignified calm of the butler, each character comes alive in a gripping story. On to the next in the series!

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Heirs and Graces is a continuing chapter in a wonderful series of stories by a pretty terrific author; Rhys BOWEN.

Rhys BOWEN has done it again! Another great tale in the lives of "royalty". Very smart telling of a who done it that keeps one wondering until the last chapter. Well done Ms. BOWEN; again!