Heirs and Graces

Heirs and Graces 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 Ma

  • Title: Heirs and Graces
  • Author: Rhys Bowen
  • ISBN: 9780425260029
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 haAs 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.

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    1. Cosy mysteries are not really my favourite things and I never start a series in the middle, but both these things apply to my reading this book. Why? For a Challenge of course - simply that I needed to read a book with a horse on the cover:) I am very glad I did.I read Heirs and Graces in one evening. It was such fun I did not want to put it down. I can see already that Georgie and Darcy are the sort of characters who become the reader's friends and as soon as one book is finished there is an in [...]

    2. "I had one grandmother who was a princess and one who was a London policeman's wife. I never met either, unfortunately. But I've always felt suspended between two worlds and never wholly belonging in either of them."This is one of my favorite 'go-to cozy mystery series' as it has humor, a likable main protagonist and the more important aspect of a cozy mystery- a murder with delicious mix of characters who are suspects.In this book Lady Georgiana Rannoch (who is also related to Her Majesty the Q [...]

    3. I had mixed feelings as I read this addition to the irresistibly cute Her Royal Spyness mystery series. The story was interesting and the resolution had a twist that was at once disturbing and yet ballsy of Bowen at the same time. Not many authors are willing to go there, especially with a cozy. (view spoiler)[ Not that children never cause someone's death, but most people like to believe in the "incorruptible innocence" of the child. In a way the children here are innocent, but it was still the [...]

    4. I was very disappointed with this book for many reasons. First, the main story didn't start until about halfway through the book. I was beginning to wonder if it is ever going to have a mystery. Second, there were a lot of repetition. Georgianna explained the whole story to Darcy, his grandfather, the inspector and herself over and over without adding any details or getting to any new conclusions. (Seriously, what was the point of going and visiting her grandfather again?! And why didn't they in [...]

    5. I know I'm out of the pack with three stars? Yes, I have read the whole series up to this point, and I love these characters, but I honestly could not get into this one. I had to restart several times and when the story finally started it was already half way through. Georgiana is one of my favorite, cozy characters and always cracks me up, however, in this addition she just seemed rushed and not very comical. Oh well, still reading the next soon. Georgiana is summoned by the queen, who then sen [...]

    6. I have read all of this series and enjoyed all the books. Now I will need to wail until August 4, 2015 for the next book to read more about Georgie and friends. My book was a large print copy from my library. This book is one of the best of the series The Queen asked Lady Georgiana to aid the Dowager Duchness of Eynsford with her Australian Grandson, the heir to the dukedom. Jack has lived his life in the outback on a sheep farm. Brought to England he doesn't understand the pomp and ceremony at [...]

    7. I'm always a little bereft when I finish one of these books. Happy hours fly by far too quickly in the charming company of Georgie, heroine of the Royal Spyness Mystery novels. As 35th in line to the throne Lady Georgiana Rannoch is a member of the royal family and expected to keep up appearances, she's a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria after all, but it's difficult to live like a royal when you're broke. To keep a roof over her head and food in her stomach she often does favors for Queen [...]

    8. I think long-time fans of the Royal Spyness series would generally agree that the strongest aspects of these stories are the characters and the vivid world of the period (the upper class and their pomp and circumstance in particular) that Rhys Bowen has always managed to paint in such rich detail. Most of all I absolutely adore Georgie and Darcy both separately and together, so any adventure with them is a good adventure as far as I’m concerned. The change in their relationship dynamic in this [...]

    9. Rhys Bowen's historical mysteries, Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, are some of my very favorite historical mysteries. They are sweet and sassy, smart and thrilling. The latest in the series, Heirs and Graces, tops off the series with amateur sleuth, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, yet again in the middle of a murder scene!Lady Georgiana is bored in the city and unable to bear the thought of visiting her brother at his Scottish castle (which is far too drafty with an unbearable sister-in-law included). The [...]

    10. This story picks up shortly where the last ended. Georgie's mother rented a place in London where Georgie can help her write her memoirs. However, her mother gets a call from her husband asking her to meet him in the Swiss Alps. Her mother takes off, telling Georgie the house is paid for the rest of the month. But what will Georgie do then? She reaches out to her cousin the Queen, and finds that her relative has an interesting assignment for her. A wealthy Duchess has no heirs to her family's ti [...]

    11. "Dear Diary. I have fallen on my feet for once. It's gorgeous"So writes Lady Georgiana Rannoch as she settles into Kingsdown Place, the ancestral seat of the Duke of Eynsford, and the site of Georgie's latest mission at the request of her royal cousin, Queen Mary.This assignment comes at a particularly fortunate moment for our heroine. Having exhausted all other sources for funds, her Mother having decamped back to Germany, Fig (her awful, tight-fisted Sister-in-Law) refusing to open the Rannoch [...]

    12. Heirs And Graces is the seventh book in the Her Royal Spyness Series.It is never a disappointment for me to pick up the next Lady Georgiana book.Lady Georgiana saves the day for the aristocracy once again. Georgie's mom has left for Switzerland and she is concerned that she will have to return to cold and drafty castle is Scotland when the Queen invites her to tea.The Queen, "asks" Lady Georgianna if would return home with Edwina, Duchess of Eynsford, well sure!! Edwina current son has no heirs [...]

    13. Another entertaining book in a stellar series. In Heirs and Graces Georgie goes to help teach and prep a newfound heir to one of England's largest fortunes. With the reappearance of Belinda and Darcy and the introduction to new characters this book was an entertaining, quick read that I enjoyed.I really love Georgie and Darcy as a couple, though this book wasn't nearly as good as the last and it didn't have as many parts with both of them together, the arts where they were together were executed [...]

    14. I adore Lady Georgiana Raddoch and her penchant for so innocently finding herself in the middle of a murder somewhere in the world. This book does not disappoint. We know someone is going to die (but believe me, in this book, there are several who could easily go), and we get the opportunity to figure out who the murderer is. I was close, just not close enough this time. And with the delightful Darcy O'Mara, the love of Lady Georgie's life, always showing up at the right time, then mysteriously [...]

    15. I've said it before, but I just adore this series. I listen to the series from audible and it's just great - Katherine Kellgren's narration is superb and Rhys Bowen's characters and storylines for this series are just pure fun. I always enjoy what escapades Georgie and her crew get themselves in to. Highly recommend for a light, fun read!

    16. This installment finds Georgie on another assignment from Her Majesty. This time to help polish up a newly-found heir just arriving from Australia.There is the usual cast of interesting characters and then a murder.There is a sense of fun in this one as the new heir hasn't a clue on how to behave and inadvertently makes many mistakes. The characters is well done as you can see where he's going to go wrong, but he is crafted in an endearing way and you'll hope for the best.Fun, entertaining, cozy [...]

    17. Only 3 stars for this one (generous at that) because it was unusually light and fluffy the story only seemed to get going half way through, and the outcome was disappointingly far-fetched, I thought, and much too easy. Still, if you're wanting a very light read that doesn't stretch the mind at all, this one is for you!

    18. Ho Hum nothing new here. This one belongs in the category "if you've read one you've read them all".And the writing is quite repetitious. (view spoiler)[Georgie points out at least 3 times that if you were going to murder someone, you wouldn't leave your knife sticking out of his back. (hide spoiler)]

    19. Georgie's mother has bolted again after deciding that she can't write her memoirs after all - "all those scandals would probably start another world war," she says. This leaves Georgie high and dry, or rather, penniless, once again. She is forbidden by Fig to stay at Rannoch House in London; coal and electricity is just TOO dear. So Georgie writes to her cousin, HM Queen Mary, and asks for assistance. The Queen has an assignment: accompany her oldest friend, the Duchess of Eynsford, to her count [...]

    20. Another great Royal mystery with Georgiana. And of course Darcy. Gotta love him so much. So another murder and guess who's ready to help solve the case. Yes Georgiana. I had a few clues on who omg I was totally wrong lol. But love a cozy mystery especially this series. I'm flying right through them very fast. Now on to the next book.

    21. This was the first Royal Spyness book that I listened to since the death of the series' narrator, Katherine Kellgren. So it was bittersweet, but all the more precious a listening experience, knowing that the new books that come out from here on won't be narrated by her. So much of what I love about this series is in the audio--she *is* Georgie to med Darcy, Belinda, and all the others. Anyway, this was as delightful as usual--a country house full of quirky aristocrats, a murder of a man that no [...]

    22. This book had elements that I love in a cozy mystery. It is set in Britain, the main character is smart and witty, there is some history about 1930s Britain and royalty mixed in to the book and it doesn't focus so much on the murder as it does on the characters and the ongoing narrative of the series. I will be returning to this series.

    23. Fangirl admission: I love Lady Georgiana—and have ever since I encountered her in Her Royal Spyness. So I enjoyed this latest installment, where the British upper crust confronts, with ever so stiff upper lip, the horrid reality of a murder in their midst.The perenially cash-strapped Georgiana, better known as Georgie, is always happy to discover a socially acceptable and comfortable place to lay her head. After all, unless she or her lovely but equally penurious fiancé can find a steady sour [...]

    24. Although this book ended pretty quickly, I actually didn't expect the ending at all this time! Just a fun mystery series, but I really love reading them.

    25. After two "dark" crime novels, I was ready for a bit of light reading. Heirs and Graces fit the bill nicely. A fellow author's quote on the front page says that the book is a perfect fix for between seasons of Downton Abbey. The series is definitely a lot of fun, although I would recommend the reader at least read the first couple of books in the series to really understand the character. Or maybe not! Lady Georgiana is one of many penniless royals with no real education except for a Swiss finis [...]

    26. #7 in the Royal Spyness mystery series. An English manor house mystery set in 1934. A reference to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers indicates the characters had seen their debut pairing in Flying Down to Rio (1933). A full cast of characters appear, including the dotty aunts, the very correct butler, the autocratic dowager duchess and the 'arty' (homosexuality only hinted at) young men. The book is great fun and even if the mystery is second rate, it is redeemed by 'red herrings' and additional tw [...]

    27. An entertaining read and yet, somehow, disappointing. I agree wholeheartedly with Sarah's review. She put in words exactly what I felt as well. It's true that Darcy wasn't his usual heroic, dashing self and Georgie's famed clumsiness seemed tame in this story. The plot development was good though. The group of young men known as the Starlings were an interesting red herring. I did feel sympathy for Sissy. I skipped over the séance scenes and didn't lose anything of the plot. Well, if there real [...]

    28. Lovely, lovely. Another satisfying trip into the world of British minor royals with Georgie as the guide. In this instance she is sent by the Queen to help a long-lost heir for Kingsdowne Place. Her romance with Darcy has progressed but her ability to make any $ to support herself has not. This trip to Kingsdowne is welcome as it gives her a place to live and their table is filled with delicious food (that she hasn't enjoyed in a long while).Lady Georgiana Rannoch is kind and encouraging to the [...]

    29. Lady Georgiana is asked to come to an estate in 1930's England to teach the new heir to the dukedom proper upper society manners. This heir has just been discovered and has been raised in the Australian Outback. However, not too long after this heir arrives, Georgie has to add sleuthing to her list of things to do when someone gets a knife in the back - literally.These trips back in time are always fun, and this one was no exception. I loved the new characters and the tension was so thick I alwa [...]

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