Heirs and Graces

Heirs and Graces

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As thirty-fifth 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?
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.
ISBN: 9781101624920
1101624922
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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augsburgerin
Jul 25, 2017

Not the best one in the series but an enjoyable read.

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maipenrai
Dec 15, 2016

(The seventh book in the Royal Spyness series)

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marthabwaters
Dec 03, 2015

This series is so sincerely charming -- it balances mystery, humor, and romance so well, although I DID guess who did it in this case. Georgie is a totally harming narrator, and these books make excellent light reading for fans waiting for Downton Abbey to return and looking for something similarly posh, English, and fun.

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luv2read571
Jun 23, 2014

Not as interesting as the other books in the series and a bit plodding. I was able to figure out the murderer well before I got to the end.

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merlinsilver
May 15, 2014

Another TERRIFIC mystery by Rhys Bowen with a surprising twist at the end. Can hardly wait for her next “Royal Spyness Mystery”.

DanniOcean Sep 09, 2013

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette Sept 2013 (see Summaries)

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Shelley51
Sep 04, 2013

I love the series but I felt like the author included some of the regulars just because they "are regulars" and didn't add anything to the story. I also think Darcy needs to evolve. Hope the next one is better.

adierose Aug 12, 2013

No large print!

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Jun 23, 2014

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DanniOcean Sep 09, 2013

The fall bestsellers are arriving fast and furiously, and the first I picked up was the newest installment of the adventures of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch – otherwise known as Georgie (who would be great-great-cousin several times removed of another new Royal named George, but I digress). This series gets better and better, with quicker pacing, witty dialogue and charmingly quirky characters from the upper-crust of whom even the Dowager Countess of Grantham would approve. Although we still do not know how Georgie will make her way in the world, or what exactly her dashing fiancée Darcy does for a living (it is all very mysterious), this time around Georgie is doing exactly what she was brought up to do – be graceful and teach proper posh British etiquette to the long-lost heir to an ancient line of Dukes. Except that John, or Jack as he prefers to be called, is the prime suspect in the murder of the Cedric, the previous Duke, since it was Jack’s hunting knife buried to the hilt in Cedric’s back. But since Jack rather resents being snatched from his Australian ranch to be plopped down in the middle of a damp and drizzly land, and is resisting all attempts to turn him into a toffee-nosed aristocrat, Georgie wonders if someone else in the eccentric household might be a more likely murderer. Cedric threatened to turf his sister Lady Irene and her three children out on their ears, as well as his two widowed aunts; he was also about to dislodge some employees from their homes on his estate in order to build a theatre which did not endear him to their tenants. Cedric also hurt his own closest friends, a group of gay young men known as the Starlings, with a startling announcement designed to throw the whole household into an uproar. As with any cozy mystery, neither the plot nor characters are particularly sophisticated, but like the folks of Downton Abbey, they are fun to visit for a brief time.

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