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A Treacherous Performance

Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 5
Narrated by: Jill Smith
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins

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Having inexplicably nabbed the duke of Kesgrave, 26-year-old spinster Beatrice Hyde-Clare is determined to marry him at once, and no amount of hand-wringing from anxious family members, worried friends, and well-meaning acquaintances will convince her to delay.

Except, maybe, she is a little swayed by her uncle’s efforts to make amends for treating her with cold indifference during her childhood. And her aunt’s concern about the growing scandal around her unfortunate habit of unmasking murderers in the middle of society events isn’t entirely unfounded.

And then, there’s the truly unfathomable appearance on her doorstep of the former Miss Brougham, the spiteful heiress whose cruel taunts derailed Bea’s social career. Remarkably, the society matron has a mystery to solve and knows Bea is the only person who can help her. 

A dead grandfather, a missing jewel, a cryptic letter, an opportunity to condescend to her archnemesis - the case seems simple enough. Yet, somehow, it all goes terribly, horribly wrong.

©2019 Lynn Messina (P)2020 Lynn Messina
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  • Analese Mendoza
  • 04-04-2020

OH MY HEART!!

I was genuinely startled with the whit and humor tied up in this cozy mystery series. I have never before felt so attached to a story and character as I do Bea and the Duke. I will be recommending this series to everyone I know!

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  • AuntCMS
  • 25-03-2020

I love this series.

Listen to the whole series. The heroine and her relationship with the duke is truly original.

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  • Martha Wood
  • 18-03-2020

Unbelievably sappy

Enjoyed the plots of the first 3 books, but not this. Unbelievable converstions and characters.

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  • Marsha Van Wagoner
  • 11-04-2020

Good read

Waiting for the wedding! I love this books they keep you interested thru the whole story. Thank you

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  • Glenda
  • 15-03-2020

Unfortunately it was predictable

I really enjoy this author and am sorry to give her such a lukewarm rating but it was sadly predictable at every turn. Ms Messina has and can do better.

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  • Chay
  • 24-06-2020

couldn't finish

tedious book that took 3 different times to listen to it; and I still didn't listen to the last 15 minutes. Skip the first 3 chapters. They say nothing more than the wedding is put off. And it goes down hill from there.

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  • Dee
  • 21-06-2020

Love, love, love this series!

I've listened to every single book in this series. As book five, the story of Bea and her Duke continues with a tad more romance, a bit more pedant, and a mystery that took me a minute to solve. There was also a very romantic and yet mirthful ending sequence.

This book picks up right where book four ends, only the morning after. I honestly think you need to have listened to all the books in this series to fully appreciate this book (there are a lot of references to past cases.) I loved the interaction between Bea and the Duke. This is the first mystery where Bea starts out with the Duke's help (although funnily enough, he takes a backseat when most of the questioning happens.)

The narration is easily the best part about this book and this series. Smith delivers like no other!

With the way this book ended, there has to be a book six. Please let there be a book six!!

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  • Kebra
  • 16-06-2020

Another fun story with great characters

This is a great series, I've really enjoyed all the books. The heroine is very interesting and different from most books and the other characters are entertaining and really add to the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-2020

intelligently delightful

The Talented narration allowed you to easily follow the characters speaking, while bringing excitement and pleasure to the listening.
The author's literary talent and intellect is on display, particularly during the entertaining, and brilliant banter between the main characters, Bea and the Duke. This remarkable series is an absolute must.
Note to Author; please continue the series lest you force me to mourn in Sackcloth and Ashes.

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  • Cindy
  • 02-06-2020

Not up to the usual standards

This adventure started off well but took a wrong turn when the story went to the theater. Dull, dull, dull.