Heirs and Graces

Heirs and Graces

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While in the Australian Outback grooming a newfound heir, Jack Altringham, for high society, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself investigating the murder of the Duke who was found with Jack's hunting knife in his back.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425260029
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,24 cm.


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The author churns out these stories by repeating almost identical wording in her descriptions about each of the recurring characters in every novel. I guess I kept reading from the first in the series thinking that she would marry Darcy sooner, never thinking that the author has strung out this series for years. Skip to the most recent novels. It is fairly easy to guess early on in each novel who is the criminal in all these stories. but it is a relaxing read. If you like these stories, the character written by Jaqueline Winspear is even better and with more historical details about British history.

Aug 17, 2019

Another "hit" from Rhys Bowen!

Jul 25, 2017

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

Dec 15, 2016

(The seventh book in the Royal Spyness series)

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.

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)

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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