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The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

And so poor, faded Miss Tonks has been persuaded to steal something valuable enough from her rich sister to set the poor relations on their feet. They all have their doubts about Miss Tonks’ chances for success, but the shy spinster has more than a few surprises in store. Flirtations and feelings abound amid the conspiring group.

©1993 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO

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  • Clare
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 05-13-12

More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!

This is the second in a series (would recommend finding "Lady Fortescue Steps Out", which is Book 1) about the fiscally challenged aristocrats who have started a genteel hotel.

Once again finding themselves insolvent, they encourage the very timid Miss Tonks sets out to steal from her scheming, grasping sister.

A thoroughly enjoyable innocuous novel, with some moments of high humour. Definitely will appeal to fans of Regency romances. This is as well researched as Georgette Heyer (although a lighter on substance), with details such as the quandary one experiences with a full chamber pot early in the evening.

It is a cozy, comfort read. Readers might recognise the author under her other pen-name "Marion Chesney".

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Delightful series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to be better than the print version?

Davina Porter is such a gifted narrator. She brings the author's characters to life in a way that I could never envision just reading the printed book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I know the story revolved primarily around Miss Tonks, but Cassandra, Miss Tonks' niece was a treasure

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

On occasion I will read the print book of one I've recently listened to and I will actually "hear" Davina Porter's voice in my head narrating the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I swear that I giggled out loud when Miss Tonks attempted to hold up her sister's carriage while disguised as a highwayman.

Any additional comments?

This series is IMO a hidden treasure. M. C. Beaton does a fabulous job of capturing the essence of Regency England.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Classic Marion Chesney

Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to be better than the print version?

I've loved the book series for years, It's great to listen to it as well. Each has it's own charms, but I must admit Davina Porter is charming to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The confidence Miss Tonks gains through her adventures

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Davina Porter is always excellent to listen to.

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M.C. Beaton's Poor Relations Series Is a Hoot

I am an unabashed M.C. Beaton fan, so bear that in mind. She may not be the best writer in the world, but she can spin a yarn, create wonderful characters, and do it with humor. The "Poor Relations" series, set in vaguely Victorian times, is about a group of poor relations who combat the humiliation heaped upon them by wealthy relatives by opening a top-drawer hotel in London, using the townhouse of one of their aristocrat-fallen-on-hard-times members. When they run into financial issues, someone is sent out to filch expensive trinkets from their relatives, which are fenced to obtain the necessary.

There's a bit of romance and some derring-do. Ms. Beaton is unromantic about the classism, prejudice, hypocrisy, and odd practices of Victorian England, which leads to some humorous and acerbic commentary.

Davina Porter is the perfect narrator, but she could read the phone book and I'd probably enjoy it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-02-17

You'll Love The Lengths They'll Go To!

Why, the repressed Miss Tonks will actually pilfer her nephew's clothes and bare herself as a depraved highway man! But will she do it properly? Will she get away with it? And what to do with her lovely young niece who is willing to throw her future away to secure a freedom-filled present with the poor relations.
This second book of the Poor Relation series has a delightfully spunky and plain-spoken heroine, a daring and dashing Hero, and those wonderful genteel scalawags, the poor relations.
But mostly it has Miss Tonks coming into her own, saying and doing things she never could've imagined she would do (pretend to be Hungarian royalty, anyone?)
Davina Porter turns in a wonderful performance as usual, capturing the fun, the whimsy, the passions that run amok from a single kiss.
My only complaint is that the Hero and heroine behave a tad dastardly at the very end (which seems to be a Marion Chesney/MC Beaton trademark), but they're so charming through the book that I'm willing to give it a pass.
A sweet and witty regency romance sure to brighten the longest commute or bus ride.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Miss Tonks Turns to Crime

Read by Davina Porter A fine reader.
Second book in the series lots of fun and frolic, light reading if your looking for a a good book of romance and dering do this is a good series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sheer fun!

M.C.Beaton provides a fun escape with quirky characters and just enough tension to keep readers turning the page.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 06-01-17

Sweet, little cozy mystery

I'm really liking this series. The plot moves quickly along, it's VERY FUNNY and I really like the characters. Definitely credit worthy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but too short for the money

Over priced for such a short story. $4.99 or under would have been more appropriate

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A cute series

Charming, humorous, reminiscent of Georgette Heyer (falls short, but comes closer than most) and leaves you smiling.

I've read other series by this author which I did not like and I finally figured out it was the narrator. If the narrator is too melodramatic, it becomes tedious to listen. Davina Porter is fantastic and makes this series probably better than it has a right to be. Made me want to listen to every book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful