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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
Series: Royal Spyness, Book 13
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times best-selling series.

I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley - the center of upper-class English life - we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.   

Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off.

When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer....

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Weird Narration

Love these books, but the narrator uses weird inflections and is very annoying. Queenie (one of my favourite characters)
seems to have a completely different accent. So disappointing

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Most addictive story yet

Having got to know Georgie and Darcy over some 10 stories, I have got fond of them. This story is more fun as a tale of their honeymoon than as a murder mystery.

Either way, I could not stop listening and gobbled the story up like a box of chocolates.

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  • Dudley
  • Sydney, NSW, AU
  • 17-11-2019

Absolutely wonderful

A fantastic story that kept us guessing to the end.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Katy
  • Theodore, Australia
  • 24-10-2019

plenty of room for another

I hope rhys keeps adding to this series, brilliant. also interesting from a historical perspective

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Love this series!

I feared this series had finished when Georgie and Darcey married. So I was elated to find this audiobook. I enjoyed the story and the characters very much. The narrator had big shoes to fill but I thought she did an excellent job in this and the previous book. Looking forward to listening to her voice again in the next book!?!?

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  • Dylan
  • 09-10-2019

Not Georgie's Finest

Oh this is not the easiest review to write. Because I am a lover of the series. I have listened to the books more times than I can count. They have been on repetition for about 4 years. Yes that has always been thanks to the wonderful narration of Katherine Kellgren. And yes I have known for the last few books that the stories have been getting a little duller. But no matter I pushed on.

The only positive thing I can say here is Jasmine Blackborow was the only saving grace of this book. I was so worried that it would be drastically different from Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding. Because I do love continuation. So thank you Jasmine! Thank you for giving a great performance.

As for the story. Rhys is continuously focused on repetition. Something I have complained about in previous books. But we seem to be taking this to new highs here. Really I think it's time to get an editor who will fix this.
The story itself seems to be dirtier than usual. I don't know maybe I am getting cranky in my old age. Whilst we had a few dirty scenes in previous books there has always been more of an implication into how naughty everyone is.

Really I would have preferred Queenie in this book to lift the mood a little. I know she isn't a favorite of many others but she just brings the tone back to earth.
I felt that I was unable to connect to any of the new characters in the book. Whereas in previous books I felt that they were more established. Even if they were one-off characters.

I loved the setting just not the story. So much lost potential.

I hold my breath for the next book hoping its more to form. Else maybe, and this is sad for me to write, we should close off the story altogether.

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  • Donna K Nolten
  • 05-10-2019

A better, but still flawed, second narration

The story meets Royal Spyness standards generally. The narration, however, leaves much to be desired. Accents are ridiculously overdone. Georgiana has been given a whining tone not present in Katherine Kellgren’s narrations. This gives the main character a much less endearing personality and detracts from the desire to follow her adventures further. Hopefully, this can be addressed for future productions.

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  • Wayne
  • 01-10-2019

Disappointed; sad

I have immensely enjoyed every prior book in this wonderful cozy historical novel series. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs is just pretty good which is very disappointing. Jasmine Blackborow does a nice job of narration. This is the second novel in Her Royal Spyness series she has narrated since the death of Katherine Kellgren. Kellgren was simply the very best audio book narrator ever, so it would be foolish to expect her replacement to be nearly as outstanding as her.

I shall continue to listen to Ms. Bowen's novels in this series as well as her equally outstanding Molly Murphy historical mystery series, but I'm very disappointed with Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-2019

Very disappointing

I have loved the whole Royal Spyness series until now. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities so who cared who killed who? The regulars (Queenie, Belinda, etc). are absent. It seemed like the author got bored herself, so the murderer confessed for no reason, The End.

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  • irene fizzell
  • 15-10-2019

Narration

The general narration of this book was ok but when it came to reading different characters they were so false. Americans all spoke with a lazy drawl, upper class Brits sounded like Maggie Smith although they were only in 30's or 40's. I really wish I could get a refund on this book.

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  • M Markel
  • 14-10-2019

Good Story, Rough Narration

Rhys is a brilliant author, who infuses history in the midst of romance and intrigue. I love the way you can tell she has done her research on the topics of her stories. She is just insanely good at what she does. I was less impressed with the narrator. Honestly, I tried my best to be objective listening to this and the last book, knowing it was not the beloved Katherine Kellgren; however, I genuinely think my dislike for the narration would be the same, whether or not I had ever heard the previous books. Georgie just comes across nasally and whiny in this book. It’s less like she is an independent, strong woman and more like a spoiled girl on a jaunt to Africa. It’s hard to convey all of that with tone, but that gives me a new appreciation for the importance of a good story teller. Also, the narrator talks PAINFULLY slow at times. I listened, of course, because Rhys is amazing, but it was tough to stop thinking of how much I dislike the vocals. I also think the next book should include more Belinda. I missed her wit. :)

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  • JeanniebeannieB
  • 07-10-2019

Love the book, but not the reader

I love the 'Her Royal Spyness' series, and I enjoyed spending time with Georgie and Darcy again. I hope there will be many more. Unfortunately, I am not enjoying Jasmine Blackborow's interpretation of it. I understand she has some giant shoes to fill after Kathryn Kellgren's passing, whose interpretation was so spot on perfect that it truly gave the characters wonderful dimension. I was all for giving Ms. Blackborow a chance, but, in my opinion, she's nowhere near as polished a voice actress as Kathryn K. was. Just about all of her male characters sound either lazy, lascivious, drunk or stupid and Darcy sounds half asleep most of the time. And as another reviewer very aptly put it, Georgie often sounds like a cross between Queenie and Fig, especially when upset. I will, of course, continue to listen to any further books in the series, even with this reader, because I love it, but I do miss Kathryn Kellgren.

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  • Bonnie
  • 05-10-2019

Better narration

Fun story as always. I enjoyed this one more because of the correct pronunciation of Rannock. It’s a small thing that I found very annoying in the last book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-10-2019

Too much trash

Didn't enjoy or finish this story. Definitely couldn't listen to it around my teenages. I've been a fan and read every Spyness as soon as it came out. Not anymore.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 06-10-2019

Ouch

It absolutely disappoints me that I didn’t like this book. I have been a Rhys Bowen fan for years and I look forward to each new Georgie book with great anticipation. This latest addition to the series seems to have been written by someone else.

One positive thing was seeing Darcy and Georgie finally married. Basically, that’s it. I can’t say anything good about the characters. The story was pretty dull. This was such a huge disappointment.

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  • Mrs
  • 25-10-2019

Excruciating narration

I agree with the previous reviewer that this wasn't the best book and it was made far worse by the narrator. I winced my way through it but I won't be listening to another.

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  • E
  • 08-10-2019

Not the best

This is sadly a bit of a disappointment. It is not the best story as it is very slow to get going.
The audio book disappoints further as it is badly read.
Georgia does nots sound as endearing as usual ,her tone is a little brusque.
Fig sounds elderly and yet is the mother of a toddler
Please, please find another narrator. I love Georgie and the other characters in this wonderful series but I won't be buying any more audio books with the same narrator.