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Publisher's Summary

When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful - if rebellious - Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.

But when Harry is caught between his client's desire for discretion and his suspicion that murder may have been committed, he enlists the help of Superintendent Kerridge of the Scotland Yard and Lady Rose herself.

©2003 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved. (P)2004 BBCA

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campy cozy

While I'm not a huge fan of Chesney/Beaton's Hamish MacBeth mysteries, I found this novel charming and look forward to the rest in the seies.

The Edwardian setting, the slighly campy tone (enhanced by the author's selection of period quotes to set the theme for each chapter), and the ALMOST tongue-in-cheek narration by the talented Davina Porter made this a jolly listen. You know that Lady Rose and Capt.Cathcart are going to live happily ever after in some distant future, but till then the lightweight sexual tension between the characters keeps you laughing and believing in "ever after." Meantime there is nothing truly dark in this novel to disturb the present moment, if a relaxing listen is what you're after.

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Light and amusing series (Book 1)

If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)

I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.

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Wonderful Escape!

The rich Edwardian English accents of the reader, Davina Porter, whisk the you away to an England long since gone. The characters are richly developed and entirely believable, if eccentric to our modern temperaments. Marion Chesney includes dashes of humor that lighten the murderous mystery at the manor. Daisy, with her spunk and cockney verage, was my favorite. As maid to the rebellious Lady Rose, she comes to the rescue on several occasions and levels. Loved this story and can't wait for the next!

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Thoroughly enjoyable cozy

This is an Edwardian era English mystery with lots of intrigue and female "spunk". The mystery is great. I didn't guess, though at one point, I thought about it and dismissed it! The writing is clear and easy to follow. This is an excellent beginning to a series!

The narrator is one of my favorites. I never wondered who was speaking.

Yes, I'd recommend this anyone liking a great cozy English mystery.

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Great Fun!!!!

I loved it. It is shame the author isn't continuing the story line. I hope she changes her mind.

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Perfect narration and a fun cozy listen

If you’re in the mood for a cozy mystery you can’t go wrong here. The narration is absolutely impeccable. The plot is a little silly, but easy to follow, so it’s a good choice before bedtime or some other time you might not be able to focus on all the intricacies.

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Davina Porter is the bomb!

Porter really brought this (somewhat) predictable story to life. I especially liked her portrayal of Lady Headley, and though I fell in love with Daisy through the story, porter’s voicing of her made her my favorite character.

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A Delight

Believable characters and dialogue. Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Recommend it highly. Can't wait to listen to the next book.

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Proper house party goes awry

Narrator Davina Porter did her usual excellent job representing house-full of characters. I knew I would not be disappointed in the reading of this book.
The story was about Rose, an unmarried daughter whose non-flirtatious countenance kept suitors at bay. Ruffled feathers were the order at the house party in a castle. Throw in a murder, silly manners and you have a story.

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Ghastly narrator. Couldn't bear to listen.

Sorry to give a bad review to the story. I think I might have very much enjoyed it with a different narrator. Porter's range of voices goes from creepy to creepier. If one met a man who spoke like the protag in this book, one would be well advised to back slowly from the room, then flee for the hills. She voices a Baron using a Cockney accent early on. The whole thing is just a very bad thing to do to an author. I may buy the book, but I have so little time for reading...sigh.

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