A delectable prequel to the national best-selling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - 34th in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad. When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie’s rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears…
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"Fun, light prequel"
This is a quick novella set before the events in Her Royal Spyness. You meet a 19 year old Georgie nearing the end of her season. It introduces several (but not all) of the characters in the series during the titular social event.
I quite enjoyed the audiobook. I'm a fan of Katherine Kellgren's performances in the series, and this is just as solid as any. Unfortunately, the plot is vague and there's not really a mystery here, the way there is in the other novels in the series. There is one small plot twist that is very predictable if you're familiar with the series. Since I have read the other novels, for me it was about learning more about the characters and enjoying the setting than about the plot itself. In those areas, it does deliver a lovely (if brief) little narrative. The story is paced well and held my interest throughout the entire narration. It answers a few questions about some characters' backstories, too, which is key to any prequel.
As an additional point, if someone hasn't read the series yet, I'd probably not recommend starting here. I don't think it would confuse a new listener, but there's not enough of a plot or mystery for a newcomer to actually decide if they'd like the rest of the series, and it slightly spoils the ending to a later novel.
Love these novels... But this short story was not worth burning a credit for or even paying the 5 dollars
"As always a pleasure"
It is too short and therefore not worth a full credit.
If you have read the series you will want this but it is a pity the story is so short. It just does not seem like value for money.
The dance scene
This is a short story and should be added to one of the other books.
It is not worth the value of a full credit.
I expected an inferior story as I do not enjoy novellas. Much to my pleasure I was wrong. Great fun knowing the beginning of the service.
"Fun Little Ditty"
Cute little storyline. It is Interesting to see how Mrs. Simpson came into the picture. Narrator is one of the best.
I adore this series and having a short novella to keep me going between books is lovely! I hope she writes more back story shorts like this! If she could do one every month or so it would suit me fine.
This is short but strong and a completely delightful addition to the Royal Spyness opus. Keep your temporary suspension of disbelief goggles on as some of this storyline doesn't necessarily fit with the rest of hr stories. Clever Georgie certainly would have recognized a familiar gatecrasher in the first book if this had really happened beforehand. Such a delight to meet some of my favorite characters for the first time again.
"Thought I was getting a full book. Nothing new"
This seems just a cheat way to make some money. Not worth it. No time for true development. As if the author had a sketch idea and it wasn't going anywhere.
"Fun & light & historically accurate."
the presentation is wonderful.
Her tones and accents
An all around relaxing listen with history thrown in for flavor.
yes, because the rest of the series is great
narrator was as always terrific
author uses the same plot trick as a later story; super lame
"Masked Ball at Broxley Manor"
Might try the author again. Definitely NOT the same narrator.
I found the delivery so unbearable that I couldn't get past Chapter 1.
Dreadful! She shouted. Accents were poor and inconsistent.
Couldn't listen to enough of the story to answer the question.
Audible narrators are usually very good. Disappointing to find a dud!
"Only wish that it lasted longer..."
Delightful story. Only thing is that as a novella it's ends to soon.
Eagerly looking forward to the next instalment.
"DIsappointingly lacking in continuity"
I already have - this one's a prequil.
Not really -it's OK as short stories go but it's very written with the events of the books of the main series in mind and relies on the listener/reader forgiving the obviouos lack of continuity it creates with how things unfold in the first three books of the main series.
Seems reasonabley good and her Irish accent was nicely believable.
It has a whole series of follow-up books.
The series as a whole is good which is why I found this shoehorned-in effort disappointing.
"Fun, enjoyable and funny addition to the series"
A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress.
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.
When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man—especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie’s rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears.…
This was a fun, enjoyable and funny addition to the Royal Spyness books. And you will meet several people that will turn up in the later books.
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