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Miss Tonks Turns to Crime Audiobook

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2

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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
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-13-12 Member Since 2014

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "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".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melani 12-24-12
    Melani 12-24-12

    Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bibliopa 01-31-13
    Bibliopa 01-31-13
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-07-13
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-07-13 Member Since 2007

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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 04-01-16
    Marie 04-01-16 Member Since 2013
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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
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 03-29-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Audible is a really great way to escape into different worlds. I love "reading" and discovering new authors and stories.

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    "Worth a credit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well, I have been writing sincere review after review and nobody cares. So, here you go, you want to put down a credit do it, if not don't . Because no matter what I say you folks dont' care, I read all my previews before I buy a book, rate them accordingly, but you guys don't care. So WHY on earth should I bother. You got too much money, go ahead, and spend a credit.


    What other book might you compare Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to and why?

    none


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?


    davina porter makes the series


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NO, it was a repetition to all the others, but I enjoyed it. So it is repetitive repetitive, repetive, repetivie, whatever!


    Any additional comments?


    repetitive, and you can guess what happens within all the books, so go ahead and don't like m comments

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    Eveline Howells 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Maria 06-16-17
    Maria 06-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    I had read another review that this series was somewhat predictable, and after listening to the 2nd book, I would agree - but even with that element, the story was very entertaining. I bought the rest of the series now so I can find out what happens to these quite engaging characters. I do hope we will meet Miss James and Miss Cassandra again. And I do like happy endings!
    I'm just very glad we don't live during that time period, as it wasn't very conducive to woman having much creativity or ideas for themselves.
    Davina Porter is one of my favorite narrators as well! Love her accents!

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    Julie Crockett 06-07-17 Member Since 2011
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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
    James Oswego, IL, United States 06-01-17 Member Since 2008
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    "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.

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