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Deadly Kin

Alec Halsey Mystery, Book 4
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Alec is back!

Summer 1764. Alec and Selina anxiously await the birth of their first child at their estate in Kent. It should be a time of family celebration, but the death of a young poacher has Alec investigating murder. And when renovations to his sprawling manor unearth a secret burial chamber, a shocking family secret comes to light. Everything Alec thought he knew about his birth is again called into question, and with it the special bond with his irascible uncle Plantagenet.

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Critic Reviews

Very well written, fast paced, and full of secrets...A cracking good adventure! (Historical Novel Society)

I challenge anyone not crave more from the handsome Alec Halsey with his high sense of morals, dark good looks, and divine analytical mind. (Reader’s Favorite)

Quite simply, a perfect combination of mystery, romance, and history. (Romantic Historical Reviews

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  • Kathy
  • 19-09-2020

An intriguing and fascinating story!

A wonderful mystery and novel pretext, keeping the reader, or listener, enthralled from beginning to end. The Audible version was narrated by a very talented professional; his nuanced approach to portray different voices enhanced the overall story. The author brings all of these diverse characters to life and paints a realistic view of their society.

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  • Lori Sang
  • 14-09-2020

Great story and an enjoyable listen

Let me start by saying that I’ve read this book almost a year ago and was really anticipating the release of this audio. And it was well worth the wait, the story and the performance is by far one of my favorite of this series and considering this is the 4th book and with a new narrator that’s saying a lot. This is book four in the series and even though it could easily be read as a standalone I do highly recommend listening to all the books in order to get the most out of the ongoing mystery of Alec’s background and relationships with all his cohorts. Every book gets better and more truths are reveal regarding Alec and his background. And I suspected his true relationship with his uncle Plant since it was hinted in book one but how Ms. Brant got us to the reveal was so heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. It’s a sad story but it also made my heart happy. As usual, Ms. Brant’s ability to blend real historical facts with her awesome imaginations always make for an intriguing story. And it also gets me interested in researching all things Georgian Era. I can’t wait for Deadly Desire! Matthew Lloyd Davies did an excellent job in bringing the story and characters to life. He was able to lent distinguishable voices to each of the characters and performed each with such feelings that I can easily immersed myself in the story. His intonation was also pleasant and that makes my ears happy.

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  • Beth B
  • 13-09-2020

Breathtaking and original

“They” say life in the country is dull but “they” never met Alec and Selina Halsey and their friends and family and enemies. A and S have settled down at the Halsey estate, awaiting the birth of their first child. They are living with the stresses and fears of late pregnancy, the chaos of renovation and the demands of being the highest rank lord and lady in the area. Alec’s uncle, the delightful and outrageous Plantagenant Halsey is living at Deer Park as well and soon we realize that life is not simple here and secrets are swirling around and around. Suddenly the horrifying murder of a young boy is discovered and Alec begins to investigate. Slowly the layers of the mystery are peeled back, as well as the deeply buried secrets of neighbors and family. This is a very personal book about Alec’s history and we get an intimate picture of his background and relations. Lucinda Brant is a master at creating intriguing characters with complicated lives and stories and then throwing them all together and seeing how they relate to each other. It is an absolute delight to spend time with Alec and Selina and I love their relationship which is enchanting , witty and romantic but also feels very real. As always Lucinda Brant’s research into the Georgian Period is impeccable and you get a a deep sense of the culture of England at this time. Weave all of these elements together with a great story and Deadly Kin is a must read. This novel introduces a new narrator and Matthew Lloyd Davies does a superb job bringing the characters to life. His individual voices are incredibly nuanced and his timing, tempo and expression are all spot on. He is a pleasure to listen to and I look forward to hearing him again in the future. Lucinda Brant writes sophisticated historical mysteries that will pull you in immediately and make you a devoted reader.

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  • Lori Q
  • 20-10-2020

Amazing story by an amazing narrator

Each Alec Halsey story gets better and better. Ms Brant can certainly write a great story, and Matthew Lloyd Davies does an incredible job narrating it. It was amazing. I highly recommend getting the audible version. Bring some tissues with you. A few tears may have been shed.

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  • 1CheekyLass
  • 19-10-2020

Alec and the gang are back!

I have been eagerly awaiting the return of Alec and the gang. I went in with an open mind as there is a new narrator but he quickly won me over. His accents and pronunciations were spot on and he made each character unique. Compared to the previous three stories, this one was told at a slower pace in my opinion. It made the story feel cozy, as if you were actually there and was perfect for a country estate setting. There are two mysteries, a new estate to run and baby Halsey on the way. Needless to say, Alec has a lot going on but true to his nature, he handles it. For me, the murder mystery although intriguing was secondary. I was more concerned with catching up with my "fictional family" and unraveling the other mystery, the family secrets! I also enjoyed the vast historica detail from day to day life, to how estates are ran and the information surrounding the Black Act & the ancient inheritance law specific to Kent (I will be doing further research on this). There was even a bit of American history shared with the reader. I love all of Lucinda's Georgian novels but I've always been overly fond of the Alec Halsey series. The characters are well developed, the story was great and we solved a mystery. At one point, I even shed a tear. It's crazy but they really feel like family. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't WAIT for more. Thank you Lucinda for sharing your gift with us. Thank you Matthew for the wonderful narration. Until next time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-2020

COME TAKE AN ADVENTURE!

I love reading good books and have read both the Roxton and Halsey series multiple times, which speaks to the time taken by the writer to research history and develop characters and relationships. That said I must admit audio has taken my reading experience to a new level and through the exceptional voice of Matthew Lloyd Davies I was able to relax and travel back in time which was AMAZING! Through audio I picked up on small details I missed on my first read and saw the story from a new perspective! I was so taken by my experience I decided to listen to all of Lucinda Brant's books. Reading/listening never going to stop doing both.....oh the adventures I am looking forward to taking!

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 26-09-2020

Alec Halsey Returns!

Lucinda does it again with another Alec Halsey novel. This time there are two mysteries to be discovered. Though if you have read/listen to the series, one of the mysteries isn't so much a mystery! At least not to me, it just confirmed what I thought. The other is a family secret, only known to a few others and Alec was totally unaware of it. His mind is filled with running the estate he inherited after his brother's death but also anxious as Selina is just a couple of weeks away to have their 1st baby. Needless to say, as Alec uncovers these mysteries, he is shocked, surprised and delighted in the end. A must read/listen too! Though I must say that the new narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, did an excellent job in the telling!

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  • Cate F.
  • 24-09-2020

Excellent new narrator for Deadly Kin

Lucinda Brant’s books never fail to enthrall me. I enjoy historical mysteries because they must be solved without cellphones, cars, advanced forensic testing, or the internet. Her books have characters of depth and complexity with sophisticated plots. Deadly Kin absorbed me and took me away from current events for hours of enjoyment. To avoid confusion about all the characters and their past history, I urge you to read them all in order. I received a voucher for this book in exchange for an honest review. It would have been easy for me to give the book 5 stars even if I had paid for it.

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  • cheryl
  • 21-09-2020

A mystery that will keep you guessing.

I did enjoy this book very much. Alec is at home with his wife and awaiting the arrival of their baby. There are two mysteries to clear up, one in the present day ( who is the murderer) and one connected to the past that seems to involve a number of people. I certainly didn’t work out who was the murderer as there were a number of possibilities. Alec also gets to know the truth about his birth. I did enjoy the relationship between Alec and his uncle, and their subtle humour. Also the very strong feeling of love between Alec and Selina. There are a number of interesting secondary characters and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. The narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies was excellent, he and such a rich, smooth voice that was very easy to listen to. The different accents he used brought the characters to life.

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  • noagnes
  • 19-09-2020

Intriguing combination of mysteries

In this latest book in the Alec Halsey mystery series we see Alec and his wife Selina settle in Alec's family seat, looking forward to the birth of their first child. However, several mysterious events cast a dark shadow on their felicity: Alec begins to investigate the disappearance of a young boy, a secret vault is accidentally revealed during the renovations, with hints of its sinsiter purpose; and even more disturbingly, his uncle Plantagenet seems to keep secrets from him, along with many others. As Alec tries to unravel the threads with his two helpers, the young apothecary Tam, and his valet Jeffries, he discovers the truth about his own birth, the past of his family, and the long shadow that past sins have cast on the people of the whole neighbourhood. The stellar character of Alec, the way he inspires loyalty, is intent to help those under his care, the strong family bonds between him and his uncle and his wife are beautiful counterparts to the greed, jealousy and fanaticism that motivate the villains to horrible and grisly crimes. As the interwoven mysteries are told, we see an amazingly rich and detailed picture of the life on a Georgian aristocrat's country seat, supported by the author's vast amount of research (from the organization of a household, clothing, utensils, even the place and method of processing the meat of the deer are true to life). Several historical facts influence the plot and are effortlessly included and explained: the Black Act, the strange ancient inheritance law called gavelkind, the recent invention of Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod, to mention only a few. The extremely talented and narrator gives a perfect performance: illustrates the different characters givnig them their own voice, displays the complex emotions and motivations, illuminates the subtle humor and overall, provides a memorable listening experience. I eagerly await the next book in the series and hope to hear the same narrator take it to similar heights.

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  • F
  • 20-09-2020

4th book in a superb series

Let me start by saying that Lucinda Brant is one of my all-time favourite authors, so my review is somewhat bias but appropriately so, as all her Georgian historical novels are outstanding. The Alec Halsey Mystery series of novels are splendid, Deadly Kin being the 4th in the series. The book would read well on its own, but I think if you are new to her Halsey series, my advice would be to start with the first book and work your way through each one, a joy in itself. Lucky you! Deadly Kin picks up Alec's life in the Kent countryside, as he inherits a monolith of an estate, complete with its local Kentish tenants and staff that have many dark secrets. Into the mix is of course a death or two and our intrepid hero applies his usual sophistication and skill to sort the wheat from the chaff, in order to solve the mystery. Along with his delightful uncle Plantagenet, Aunt Olivia, Selena, Tam, Haden Jefferies, and a slew of other fascinating characters, this book is an absolute delight. Lucinda Brant always writes with such elegance, her main character Alec is by profession a Diplomat, and his personality & background are beautifully drawn. As well as a fascinating tale, this book also answers a few questions and ties up some loose ends from the previous books in the series. I don't want to write too much detail as to spoil the story for you, but just to say that if you like historical accuracy in your stories, a bucketful of style & sophistication, a fascinating mystery set in Kent and a little more knowledge than when you started, then this is absolutely the book for you. Enjoy, you have a huge treat ahead,

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  • Csilla
  • 27-09-2020

Alec Halsey solves past and present mysteries

After a long break, the 4th Alec Halsey audiobook has been out for a few weeks. The book was published some time ago but I am an audiobook addict and decided to wait for the audiobook. Alex Windham’s narration was a bonus to the story in the first three novels. To tell the truth, I was a bit disappointed to see that the 4th novel was narrated by someone else and I listened several times to the available excerpt before deciding to give it a go. If you hesitate because of the same reason, I can assure you that you shouldn’t. I did not regret one single moment my decision to listen to this audiobook. The voice and narrative style is very different from the previous narrator, but Matthew Lloyd Davis has a very pleasant voice and offers a good portrayal of characters through their voices. The pace of the narration is just right, sometimes accelerating when the tension builds up but never to a level of becoming incomprehensible. It is definitely a highly enjoyable 5 star narration. And now a few words about the novel itself. I do not want to spoil anyone’s pleasure in discovering all the present and past intrigues, mysteries and false beliefs the characters and readers had about certain past events carefully built up and fuelled in the first three novels. There is always something interesting to find out about the 18th century England in Lucinda Brant’s novels. In this case it is about the inheritance law that existed in Kent, the gavelkind. This lays the basis of past and present mysteries in the novel. Besides the characters known from the previous novels, Alec Halsey and his now wife, Selina awaiting for the birth of their first child, the adorable and sometimes funny figure of Plantagenet Halsey, Selina’s brother and Alec’s former boss, Tam Fisher and many others, new characters come into the frontline of the intrigues and mysteries: the neighbours, among them Alec’s aunt, the household people and the villagers. A strange motto graved in stone in the village. A collapsed floor exposes unknown parts in the basement of the old house now under renovation. Three village boys disappear. Alec gets venison for breakfast. These events raise several questions: Where does the venison come from? What happened to the missing village boys? Where they all murdered? Who is the murderer and why? What secrets are buried in the hidden place exposed in the basement? There is a collection of secrets and mysteries to be discover in this is a fast paced and gripping story of interwoven past and present secrets. lies and mysteries. Attention: It might become addictive and will keep you awake at night because you will feel an urge to continue listening to it!

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  • S. Calvert
  • 26-09-2020

Another great novel

I'm a period romance reader and previously ignored any other genre . However, I'm a big Lucinda Brant fan and thought her Salt series quite dark in places and I enjoyed them and so I thought I would give this series a go. I was not disappointed but really pleased to find as much humour in these books as her romantic Roxton Series. I burst out laughing over the orange peel up the nose. A SPOILER I know but wrote it on purpose to encourage other readers to read this book and look out for it! This is a new narrator for her books and I found the narration to be excellent as to be fair I did with her other books. I would be honoured to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good writing you will not be disappointed .

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  • DragonRose UK
  • 25-09-2020

New Narrator is PERFECT

With this story I have to admit that I got a bit lost here and there, there was such a lot going on with twists and turns and secrets being revealed. This definitely isn't a light story. You need to be able to concentrate to keep up with what is happening, no falling asleep if you are listening to the book in bed lol! That said, with a little rewinding here and there I managed to keep up. A couple of revelations really had me reeling. There were some very emotional moments that had me close to tears, but there were some lovely moments that had me smiling from ear to ear. I love a book that makes me run the gamut of emotions and this one truly did. This is the first book in the series narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies. I worried that I wouldn't enjoy his narration as much as the previous narrator of the series. I am very happy to say that, if anything, I think Matthew does an even better job of it. He puts such enthusiasm into the scenes, he really brings them to life. It isn't anything like listening to a book, he gives a performance that makes you think you are listening to a play. Every single character has a distinctive voice: There is the gruff voice of Plantagenet Halsey, the feminine sweet tone of Selina, the suave sexy voice of Alec and to top them all off there was the fabulously unique voice of the London solicitor. Every single character from the smallest to the most important ones that he performed, Matthew nailed them, which made a fabulous story even more enjoyable. Lucinda chose the new narrator very well, he more than does justice to her writing. I very much look forward to the next book in the series being a collaboration of them both again!

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