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A Nefarious Engagement: A Regency Cozy

Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 4
Narrated by: Jill Smith
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Having long abandoned any hope of making a match, 26-year-old Beatrice Hyde Clare finds herself a little overwhelmed by her engagement to the Duke of Kesgrave. Cloying society matrons clamor for her attention while her aunt reels off an endless list of servants she will have to oversee. Even the most intrepid female would quake at the prospect of managing eight footmen!
 

Fortunately, Bea knows the perfect distraction - an intriguing mystery - and pays a call on the Countess of Abercrombie, who had promised her that very thing only the evening before.
 

But her ladyship is reluctant to discuss the details with a newly minted duchess-to-be, and it dawns on Bea that the investigation cuts closer to home than she could have ever imagined because this time the murder victims are her own mother and father, who had died 20 years before in a seemingly straightforward boating accident.
 

Alas, nothing is straightforward, and as Bea digs into her past, she discovers with growing horror that she has no more idea how to be a daughter than she does a duchess.
 

©2019 Lynn Messina (P)2019 Lynn Messina

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  • AuntCMS
  • 15-11-2019

Love this series

This is the best of the series. Very emotional and great mystery. I highly recommend it.

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  • ZR.
  • 06-07-2019

So charming! Loved it.

Wonderful characters. An easy to listen to fun mystery. I wish there were more to listen to now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-2020

Another enjoyable chapter in the life of Beatrice

Another enjoyable chapter in the life of Beatrice Hyde-Clair.
I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Sallyk575
  • 31-03-2020

This series gets better and better

I enjoyed this book even more than the previous ones in the series. The protagonist and even Aunt Vera are maturing, and Kesgrave could give Mr. Darcy a run for his money as the best leading man in a Regency novel - or any novel for that matter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2020

Love this series!

I’m really loving this series! Can’t wait to get to the next one! Two thumbs up!!

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  • Dee
  • 23-01-2020

Does this series have to end!!!????

I have loved, loved, loved every single book in this series. Bea's growth and her relationship with her Duke has been a joy to behold. I love their interactions; the two play off each other so well.

This final installment of their relationship had all kinds of special. Bea is on the search to find out what happened to her parents. Along the way, she discovers how much she loves the Duke, how much he loves her, and what her awful aunt and uncle actually means to her. This was storytelling and regency romances at its best.

I cannot say enough about the narrator. It actually takes a very special talent to be able to voice regency novels. This narrator brought the special.

The story end was very dramatic and very much Bea. It was a fitting end to a very wonderful character. It's just too bad the story had to end.

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  • Jacqueline Gomez
  • 04-01-2020

OMG

I love Kesgrave. Please let me have the rest of the series. I am enjoying this series sooo much!! the humor and the mystery is so entrancing.

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  • Sarah
  • 26-12-2019

Loved it

I absolutely adore the story and it’s ending. It’s everything I wanted it to be and more

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  • D Wreford
  • 26-11-2019

Best one yet in the series

The author did not recount too much of previous accounts like she did in the two previous books. This story had twists and turns and left the audience wondering how Beatrice could solve this mystery. Excellent turns with the Duke to make their relationship more realistic.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 20-09-2019

Bea's investigation gets very personal...

The fourth part in the series forces Beatrice Hyde-Clare to look into her own family's past to discover what really happened to her parents... And that makes the story even more intriguing and emotionally involving:)

As in all the previous books, the plot is fast, there are unexpected turns of events, and there's humour. There's a bit too little of the Duke of Kesgrave this time:) but it is purposefully done - the whole investigation serves as a kind of test for Bea's relationship with her Duke and their mutual trust... The characters - all of them - stay true to themselves, though I think you'll get to like Bea's aunt and uncle a bit more by the end of the book:)

The only fault of the book? It ends too quickly:) But I hope we'll see more of Bea and the Duke of Kesgrave soon...

Narration by Ms Smith is perfect - the pace is right, the voicing of individual characters makes them real as their personalities come to life. I can't imagine the series to be interpreted by anyone else:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 14-08-2019

Brilliant series!

I can't get enough of this series and I really hope that there are plenty more Beatrice stories lined up.
Beatrice and the Duke are such a cute couple. Their interactions always leave me smiling especially when they use their own special way of communicating by naming things in order. Beatrice's relatives are just as annoyingly entertaining in this book too and I can't help feeling sorry for every time they scold her.
The mystery involving the deaths of Beatrice's parents was a great read.
Lots of mystery, intrigue and romance. The perfect Regency cosy.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Kate @MLHearingThings
  • 27-09-2019

A welcome return for one of my favourite couples

A Nefarious Engagement: A Regency Cozy, Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 4 by Lynn Messina is the fourth book in a charming series which follows a determined bluestocking and her fastidious Duke as they find their way out of whatever tangle Bea has managed to get herself into. This time Beatrice's mysteries are far closer to home than any she has been forced to confront before.

As with the preceding books in the series, far too much of this book's opening is devoted to describing each of the earlier plots, which serves little purpose. It detracts a little from the joy I feel at returning to these characters, and can make the first chapter or two rather slow going.

That aside, it is always a delight to meet once more with Bea and Kesgrave, for their relationship is full of wit and warmth. That is perhaps most evident in this outing, when the depth of the Duke's understanding of Beatrice's character is matched only by his unwavering affection for her. And she needs it, more than ever, as she faces the most personal murder mystery yet; the deaths of her parents. This book wove together many of the strands of the previous books, and Bea required all the skills she had mastered during her other investigations to get to the bottom of things. It also provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know Kesgrave better, and imagining him picking locks in grand houses as a curious, entitled little boy was adorable enough that I almost didn't mind him being named Damian.

There were moments in this book which were some of my favourites of the series so far. I very much enjoy the interactions between Bea and Kesgrave and they felt far more like a team in this book. Their relationship always makes me smile and his profound respect for Beatrice's bluestocking-eccentricities is as charming as the pride she has in his meticulous precision. Yet, even their most tender moments have any sickly-sweetness tempered by teasing and dry wit, and it is easy to imagine their love enduring throughout their lives together, which cannot often be said for Regency couplings.

Whilst we did not get to see as much of the Dowager as I would have liked, we were introduced to the delightfully inquisitive and opinionated Mrs Palmer. I can imagine her being a good - if challenging - friend to Bea, and that is something we have not really seen. The closest thing to a friend Bea really has is Kesgrave, and it would be interesting to see how she interacted with another bright, articulate woman who could keep up with her.

One of the most surprising aspects of this story was the way in which Messina did such a good job of redeeming Aunt Vera. Always neurotic and often unfeeling, Vera's treatment of her niece has always seemed rather thoughtless and resentful, so it was fascinating to glimpse another side to her - and her motivations - this time around. On the opposite scale, I was a little disappointed that the Earl's story ended the way it did, as I had hoped that his proclivities tended in a slightly different direction, which would have tied in nicely with an earlier moment in the book and would have aligned with the noticeably more progressive tone of this novel compared to the others.

The narrator, Jill Smith, embodies Miss Hyde-Clare very well, bringing her to life with a sprightly sincerity that makes Bea very appealing. The audiobook is still plagued by a sprinkling of mispronunciations but they do not detract from the enjoyment of the story and are far less obtrusive than in some of the previous books. Smith's narration is, overall, very engaging and full of character.

Both the author and the narrator have worked hard to polish and perfect each new release, and it shows in the blossoming quality of the books. As Beatrice and Kesgrave gain confidence in their footing with each other, so, it feels, has the team responsible for sharing them with us. I recommend this series to everyone who enjoys cosy mysteries or Regency romance, but I would advise starting with the first book in the series, A Brazen Curiosity, to avoid spoilers.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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  • Roberta Reads
  • 31-08-2019

So much fun!

I cannot tell you how much I loved this audiobook. The story is excellent, somehow exceeding the brilliance of the previous three books. I absolutely loved Kesgrave in this one, and it was a joy to see the relationship between him and Bea deepening. I feel that theirs will be a happy marriage.

The mystery element of the story was closer to home this time, and thus seemed a little more serious, but it was handled well and didn’t detract from the humour of the writing.

The narration was also excellent, and seemed (to me) to have improved since book 3. The only bits that sounded odd to me were the pronunciation of iron and one other word. The expression, as always, was spot on.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a light hearted mystery/regency romance, though to fully appreciate it, you need to have read the previous three books.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Charlotte
  • 06-07-2019

Thouroughly enjoyable

I have enjoyed each book more as the series has developed and have now come to love the main characters, given life by not only Jill Smiths narration, but also Lynn Messina’s writing...can’t wait for the next one!!