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    Editors Select, August 2013 - I am absolutely not joking when I say I had to beat out no less than 7 other hard-core in-house Royal Spyness fans for the privilege to choose Rhys Bowen’s newest installment as my top pick for August. If you have already started listening to this series I don’t really need to talk to you because you’ll already be as excited as I am about Heirs and Graces. If you have not picked up Her Royal Spyness then listen up: Please, I beg of you, do not hesitate. I have yet to recommend this series without effusively positive results. I’m not generally a cozy mystery fan, but Rhys Bowen’s delightful saga is my top favorite series to date, and Katherine Kellgren is at her most talented and charming in her spot-on performance of the myriad voices at play.

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    Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    "Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn't landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham - the Duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia - for high society. The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward. And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the Duke…."

    ©2013 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    • Dylan
    • 14/03/2016

    One of My Favourites in the Series

    Would you consider the audio edition of Heirs and Graces to be better than the print version?

    I have only ever listened to the audio versions of the series.

    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find Katherine Kellgren a joy to listen to. She is that rare narrator that brings the magic out of the story.

    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the entire series and though some have said there are some repetitive elements I can safely say each story in itself is a lot of fun.

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    • AudioAddict
    • 26/02/2017

    My go-to series when I'm stressed or feeling dumpy

    STORY (mystery) - If you want something light and cheerful but with enough mystery to keep you guessing, this is your series. I can always count on it to cheer me up or for just a light, easy listen. In this book Georgie and the main characters must figure who killed a wealthy landowner when all of his potential heirs stand to gain from his death.

    There is a short foxhunt in this book but, contrary to the cover art, horseback riding is not a major part of the story.

    PERFORMANCE - Love Katherine Kellgren. Some reviewers criticize her performance as overdone, but I think it enhances this series. Since these are light mysteries and somewhat comical, most of the characters themselves are overdone. They are pompous British royalty, always concerned about status and their appearance. IMHO, Katherine's performance might be overdone if the story was more serious, but in this case I think it was spot on. Listen for yourself if you are concerned. She is, indeed, a master of accents and voices!

    OVERALL - There are extremely mild references to sexual rendezvous, and there is no bad language in this book. It is a murder mystery but, as such, it is handled very lightly without gory detail. This story stands alone, though the romance between Georgie and Darcy O'Mara is a continuing thread throughout the series. Recommended for all female listeners.

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    • B.J.
    • 11/08/2013

    Delightful Series

    This isn't the series to go to if you want to expand your mind. But, if you'd like a well-crafted light (and I do mean light) mystery with an easy-to-listen-to narrator, this is the one. Start at the beginning and just go through them. Once in a while this kind of book is a nice break. Be warned. It's a cupcake, not a meal.

    By the way ... this is a series you can share with your mom, grandma and great aunt. It's all just good, clean fun.

    The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, really needs a shout out. Her work is terrific. She makes Georgie come to life.

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    • Nancy
    • 07/08/2013

    Enjoyable light murder mystery

    I've really enjoyed this series. This installment wasn't my favorite, but it was nice. There was a nice twist at the end.. but, it felt like there was a long build up, but the ending was rather abrupt.

    I was also cooling a bit on the romance between Georgie and Darcy. Darcy was around more, but I didn't feel the spark between them as much as I had in other books.

    This series has been one of my favorites. I look forward to each installment.. but this one, seemed just a bit off the mark to me. Yes, I enjoyed it! It was just not quite as good as some of the other installments.

    The narrator does a great job.

    Yes, I'd recommend it, just read the installments in order.

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    • Erin - Audible
    • 06/08/2013

    Fun! Again!

    Can we talk about what a wonderful narrator Katherine Kellgren is? She just never drops the ball. Ever. Each recurring character is precisely the same as they have been in each previous book.

    I love this series. It's pure historical fun. Heirs and Graces has a neat twist ending (with Georgie ending up rescued by someone other than Darcy, hooray!), and delightful caricatures of British nobility.

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    • Kathi
    • 27/08/2013

    LOVED IT! Best of the series so far!!!!!

    I have loved every single book in this series about Lady Georgiana Rannoch, an impoverished distant cousin of the queen, whose life is a constant search for finding a secure place somewhere. Her peculiar circumstances, of being a "royal" but without any money or training for a career, has left her open to having to go to new places, where she meets people and gets herself into situations where intrigue and murders occur. Naturally, she is the clever one who winds up solving the mysteries.

    This was the absolute best in the series so far--and the wait was worth it! Katherine Kellgren, the most talented narrator, has outdone herself with the amazing versatility she shows for creating different voices. I have never "read" one of the books in this series (always listened to these recordings of them) but cannot imagine doing so, after listening to Kellgren's delightful readings of them. There are just not enough superlatives available to describe the range of her vocal skills. The stories are loads of fun--they are genuine mysteries, but with a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) mockery of the aristocracy, laugh-out-loud funny much of the time, and genuinely quite addictive! I recall that the first of the series I ever read, I chose with some skepticism, since that does not sound like the typical books I read--but by the end of the first chapter of the first book, I was a confirmed follower of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgiana series. The author, the narrator and the uncommonly clever writing work together in a way that many recorded books do not.

    In this book, Georgiana goes to a lush mansion with Lady Edwina, a wealthy duchess with great pretensions, to help her teach a long-missing grandson how to behave properly in his new place in society. However, when the young Australian outback, sheep-farming youth meets his royal and very pompous, grandiose grandmother--the outrageous fun begins--along with the murder.

    If you choose to listen to this book--it would be wise (and fun) for you to begin at the beginning of the series. However, it would be fine to begin with this one--I believe it could be a great stand-alone book on its own.

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    • Deborah
    • 20/08/2013

    Heir Again

    Georgie discovers another body. With all the practice she's had, it is no wonder that she is getting better at examining the crime scene. The description of the house and estate rival the interactions of Georgie and the other characters.

    Katherine Kellgren is a splendid narrator who brings each character to life and makes it so enjoyable to listen to the story.

    I am waiting with great interest to follow Georgie's next adventure.

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    • karen
    • 12/08/2013

    Very Enjoyable Listening Experience.

    What did you love best about Heirs and Graces?

    Rhy Bowen does and amazing job of spinning a mystery around a Royal Family. With all the characters in the story, you can not pinpoint who did the deed. Great Ending to the story!!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great, the voices that Katherine Kellgren added put the book over the top.

    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought believable accents and dialects that would have been lacking had you just read the written word.

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    • Ann
    • 17/04/2014

    Almost ruined by narration

    This is a good story almost ruined by narration. Katherine Kellgren used to be a good narrator, but in recent years she has gone over the top dramatically trying to act out the events in the books she reads and giving the characters exaggerated accents. In Nora Robert's Dark Witch and Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles she actually ends up shouting most of the lines! Some of those dramatics show up in this book, too. She does a much better job on the early books in this series.

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    • Vicki
    • 08/08/2013

    Scarce and predictable action, not enough Darcy.

    Very little happens, and what does happen is accidental rather than arising from the innate motives of a character. Therefore as the plot unfolds there is no character development and thus not much interest. Sadly, Darcy is relegated to an incidental character not much involved in plot development. This is the least interesting of the series.

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    • emma
    • 13/05/2020

    Verwirrung

    Huiuiuiuiui!
    Ich hab alle "Royal Spyness"-Geschichten von der ersten an bis hierher gehört (und gelesen), aber soooo was hatten wir noch nicht.
    Sehr spannend!
    Absolut empfehlenswert!

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