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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"Enjoyable light murder mystery"
I've really enjoyed this series. This installment wasn't my favorite, but it was nice. There was a nice twist at the end.. but, it felt like there was a long build up, but the ending was rather abrupt.
I was also cooling a bit on the romance between Georgie and Darcy. Darcy was around more, but I didn't feel the spark between them as much as I had in other books.
This series has been one of my favorites. I look forward to each installment.. but this one, seemed just a bit off the mark to me. Yes, I enjoyed it! It was just not quite as good as some of the other installments.
The narrator does a great job.
Yes, I'd recommend it, just read the installments in order.
Georgie discovers another body. With all the practice she's had, it is no wonder that she is getting better at examining the crime scene. The description of the house and estate rival the interactions of Georgie and the other characters.
Katherine Kellgren is a splendid narrator who brings each character to life and makes it so enjoyable to listen to the story.
I am waiting with great interest to follow Georgie's next adventure.
"Very Enjoyable Listening Experience."
Rhy Bowen does and amazing job of spinning a mystery around a Royal Family. With all the characters in the story, you can not pinpoint who did the deed. Great Ending to the story!!
The story was great, the voices that Katherine Kellgren added put the book over the top.
She brought believable accents and dialects that would have been lacking had you just read the written word.
"Great Author and Entertaining Story"
I listen to several different genres and Rhys Bowen's books rank up there with my favorites. Rhys makes her characters come to life for her readers and they have very distinct personalities. I love the chemistry between Georgie and Darcy! Queenie is such a disaster it's hilarious! Georgie's Granddad is a loveable character and one of my favorites. He always pulls through for Georgie! I love the suspense, mystery, romance, and comedy that Rhys incorporates into her books. I can't wait for the next one.
Can we talk about what a wonderful narrator Katherine Kellgren is? She just never drops the ball. Ever. Each recurring character is precisely the same as they have been in each previous book.
I love this series. It's pure historical fun. Heirs and Graces has a neat twist ending (with Georgie ending up rescued by someone other than Darcy, hooray!), and delightful caricatures of British nobility.
This isn't the series to go to if you want to expand your mind. But, if you'd like a well-crafted light (and I do mean light) mystery with an easy-to-listen-to narrator, this is the one. Start at the beginning and just go through them. Once in a while this kind of book is a nice break. Be warned. It's a cupcake, not a meal.
By the way ... this is a series you can share with your mom, grandma and great aunt. It's all just good, clean fun.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, really needs a shout out. Her work is terrific. She makes Georgie come to life.
"Almost ruined by narration"
This is a good story almost ruined by narration. Katherine Kellgren used to be a good narrator, but in recent years she has gone over the top dramatically trying to act out the events in the books she reads and giving the characters exaggerated accents. In Nora Robert's Dark Witch and Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles she actually ends up shouting most of the lines! Some of those dramatics show up in this book, too. She does a much better job on the early books in this series.
"Such a hoot!"
This book was hilarious it made me laugh out loud while driving down the road other drivers must have thought I was crazy!
Georgiana is staying at Kingsdowne Place to help out the family when they find a new heir for the Dukedom unfortunately for this upper crust family the heir apparent is an Aussie who has been raised as a rancher not as a Duke, plus the current Duke Cedric is a jerk who would rather have everyone gone and adopt one of his male playthings than put up with an interloper or anyone else in the family. Unfortunately for the Duke things don’t go well for him at all.
The mystery was a good one I didn’t guess who had done it. And the cast of characters and I do mean characters are all fabulous; you have Princess Charlotte who constantly wants to have a séance, her sister Vivienne who is a highly sexual being and turns everything into innuendo, The Dowager Duchess who is as upper crust as they come, her daughter Irenee who just whines a lot and her two incorrigible children. Plus we have, as Georgiana called them, the Starlings who are Cedric’s companions and possibly his lovers. And of course we have Georgiana’s boyfriend Darcy and her best friend Belinda shows up hoping to catch the new duke in her snares.
Katherine Kellgren’s narration was as always Amazing. I kind of feel sorry for anyone else in an Audie category that is up against Katherine Kellgren because she is so amazing. There are so many characters in this book with very different accents and each and every person sounds different and is distinct. Some of the accents in this book were; high brow English, Australian, cockney, Irish, male and female, kids and grown-ups all done absolutely flawlessly. No other book in the mystery category had this many accents and characters done so well.
This was a fun book and a cute story; I’ve only read the first book in this series and wasn’t confused at all so this one could easily be read as a standalone. This is a very fun historical cozy I highly recommend this series.
4 ½ Stars
"Clean, Charming and Brilliant!"
Rhys Bowen has definitely become one of my favorite authors. I have fallen in love with the settings, the characters and their situations. If you're looking for a good historical mystery that is fun and entertaining, you can't go wrong with this series.
"Lady Georgiana strikes another fun time!"
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!
"Not as good as it should have been"
I hated the ending, pretty disgraceful to be honest.
Not as good as earlier ones.
I am getting more than a little tired of the over hysterical narration. It has been getting steadily worse over the series.
I am wondering if Rhys is finding her character a little jaded, perhaps a rest might not be a bad idea.
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