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Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness Series #7)
     

Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness Series #7)

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by Rhys Bowen
 

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Lady Georgiana Rannoch learns that not everyone knows their table manners when a knife ends up in a duke’s back in the seventh Royal Spyness Mystery.

London, 1934. Entrusted by Her Majesty the Queen with grooming Jack Altringham—the Duke of Eynsford’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high

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Lady Georgiana Rannoch learns that not everyone knows their table manners when a knife ends up in a duke’s back in the seventh Royal Spyness Mystery.

London, 1934. Entrusted by Her Majesty the Queen with grooming Jack Altringham—the Duke of Eynsford’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society, Georgie now has the luxurious opportunity to live in one of England’s most gorgeous stately homes. But upon her arrival at Kingsdowne Place, Georgie finds herself in a manor full of miscreants, none of whom are pleased with the discovery of her new ward.
 
Then the duke announces he wants to choose his own heir and causes quite the hubbub. Somewhere along the way Jack’s hunting knife ends up in the duke’s back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal weren’t enough of a handful, now he’s suspected of murder. But while Jack may be wild, Georgie would bet the crown jewels it wasn’t he who killed the duke...

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Once again, Lady Georgiana Rannoch must use her wits when Jack, a young heir from Australia, needs her help. He's been accused of murdering a duke, and things quickly tumble apart from there. This is the seventh entry (after The Twelve Clues of Christmas) for the lauded series, set in 1930s England.
Publishers Weekly
Set in 1934, Bowen’s rollicking seventh Royal Spyness mystery (after 2012’s The Twelve Clues of Christmas) finds Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a distant cousin of George V, typing up her mother’s life story. But once Mummy decides her memoirs are too scandalous for publication, Georgiana must seek new employment. With options limited, she writes Queen Mary, who rewards her with a royal audience and a business proposition. The son of the dowager Duchess of Eynsford, a friend of the queen’s, has not produced an heir, and the future of the family hinges on a newly discovered relation, Australian Jack Altringham. But Altringham, an uncouth sheep farmer, needs help acclimating to British high society, which is where Georgiana comes in. Inevitably, a murder crosses her path, and the quasi-royal again gets to show off her detecting chops. The appealing lead and breezy prose will remind many of James Anderson’s period mysteries featuring the Earl of Burford. Agent: Meg Ruley, the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.)
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Praise for the Royal Spyness Mysteries

“Wonderful characters...A delight.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“An insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire and drawing room comedy of errors.”—New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear

“Brilliant...This is so much more than a murder mystery. It’s part love story, part social commentary, part fun and part downright terrifying. And completely riveting.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny

“The perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts.”—New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie

“Fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing will be quite pleased.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Georgie’s high spirits and the author’s frothy prose are utterly captivating.”—The Denver Post

“A smashing romp.”—Booklist (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews
Grooming an Australian heir to a dukedom turns into a murder investigation for a very minor member of the royal family. Although Lady Georgiana Rannoch is 35th in line for the throne, she's constantly struggling to survive. After her flighty actress mother leaves her in the lurch to spend some time with her latest lover, Georgie's note to the queen produces a job she seems well-suited for. The queen's friend Edwina, the Dowager Duchess of Eynsford, has discovered that Jack, the only heir to the dukedom, was brought up on an Australian cattle station. She wants Georgie to come to Eynsford and help smooth off his rough edges. The estate is magnificent, the food is extravagant, but the present duke, Cedric, a nasty piece of work who's more interested in young men than in siring an heir, refuses to help any of his family members. In addition to her two odd sisters, Edwina is also housing her daughter Irene and her children--Sissy, Nick and Katherine--whose father was a Russian count. Cedric not only refuses to pay for the children's education and an operation that might restore Sissy's ability to walk after a riding accident, but is also tearing down estate cottages to build a theater and threatening to adopt his valet as his heir. Jack, who arrives escorted by Darcy O'Mara, the man Georgie would like to marry if they can ever raise the money, considers the whole class system nonsense and would rather be back in Australia. When Georgie finds Cedric with Jack's knife in his back, she's certain that he's innocent of the crime. But getting the police to agree promises to be a difficult task. Bowen's seventh Royal Spyness mystery (The Twelve Clues of Christmas, 2012, etc.) is loaded with country-house charm and capped by an unexpected denouement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101624920
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Royal Spyness Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
21,277
File size:
867 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Heirs and Graces...

“It’s the perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts.”—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass

...and for the Royal Spyness Mysteries:
 
 “Wonderful characters…A delight.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels
 
“Georgie’s high spirits and the author’s frothy prose are utterly captivating.”—The Denver Post
 
“Whimsical…Bowen successfully melds a whodunit with comedy as few contemporary writers can.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
 “A smashing romp.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Delightfully naïve, charming and quite smart, Georgie is a breath of fresh air.”—Library Journal

“Brilliant...Part love story, part social commentary, part fun and part downright terrifying. And completely riveting...This book is perfect.”—Louise Penny
 

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is the author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

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Heirs and Graces 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
RayHubble More than 1 year ago
Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors. Heirs and Graces is grand romp full of twists and turns as Georgie sets her sights on helping an Australian friend find the true killer of a Duke. High marks all around.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
The "Royal Spyness" series is a must read for cozy mystery fans! Georgiana, currently staying with her flighty mother, suddenly has no place to live. Out of desperation, Georgie writes to the Queen(her cousin) and asks for a job. Soon, Georgiana is off on another adventure! Georgiana is asked to help a future duke learn the ways of royalty such as which utensil to use at dinner. The future duke is out of place since he has just relocated from Australia. Tragedy happens quickly in the Royal Spyness series. Before you know it....the current Duke is found dead with a knife in his back and the future Duke is suspect #1. But Georgie knows he is innocent....??? Georgiana's fiance Darcy also puts in a big appearance in this chapter of the series. Which makes this a win,win for us cozy mystery (and romance) readers! This series is so fun to read! I always look forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the her royal shyness series. However I was disappointed by this last installment. Georgianna, Darcy, and Belinda seem to be muted and fail to live up to the characters they have been. The story line is still good, but for those who anxiously awaited this book, you'll find that it may not live up to expectations.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy the Lady Georgie stories. They are light, but not without substance. The class structure of England in the 1930's is clearly presented. Everyone was supposed to know their "place", but WWI had left some holes in the previously solid fabric of propriety. Into this structure you have a young man from Australia thrown into the position of being the heir to a dukedom. There is a quite unlikeable Duke who is nasty to everyone. It's quite a romp, but it all gets sorted out in the end.
Zoretta More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I am a little bit biased, but I found this series to be a breath of fresh air just after returning from a trip to the UK where my husband and I explored many of the London locations and British estates mentioned in this series. I LOVED IT!!! Georgie and Darcy are such a delightful couple, and their relationship is outstanding and refreshing given that I typically enjoy Regency romances. I think the unique use of the 1930s period and blending of murder mystery with romance make for a page-turning combination. I am crushed that the #8 book in this series is not due out until August 2014 per the author's web site. Trust me, I am marking my calendar to make my Nook pre-order!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in what's become a favorite series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Georgie is at it again! In this particular episode, she's off to Kent to help groom a long-lost heir to becoming a duke one day. Never mind that he's a wild Australian boy and everyone in this eccentric family would just as soon see him shipped back to his sheep station! All the usual characters from the Royal Spyness Series make appearances, from Darcy and Belinda to Georgie's granddad and flighty mother. The setting is a fabulous mansion, complete with man-made Scottish stream for fishing. But then the plot goes horribly wrong. The murder doesn't take place until page 119, and there are only 258 in the book. The exciting household that had seemed so promising falls flat in the middle while a boring inspector interviews everyone for ages. Belinda and Queenie are quite beastly and one gets the impression that the author has tired of their characters. Granddad is in the book as a last-ditch effort just to make an appearance. Compared to The Twelve Clues of Christmas, this book wasn't even in the same class. I'm really hoping Belinda gets accused of murder in the next one, and I'm also looking forward to Darcy and Georgie getting married. I would love to see Georgie host Binky and Fig--oh what hilarity would ensue!
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MarieHahn13 More than 1 year ago
Heirs and Graces is a historical delight! Georgiana and her supporting cast of characters are wonderful in this installment of the Her Royal Spyness series. With a beautiful setting and a clever mystery, you can't go wrong. One of the things that I adore about this series is the author's ability to create a true mystery. Not just a regular old "let's solve this mystery a la internal dialogue", but as someone who has a true appreciation of what a murder mystery should be. She writes her mysteries similar to Agatha Christie, with a build up of evidence that keeps you guessing until the very end. I really do enjoy this series. If you're a fan of cozies, or historical mystery, you'll fall in love with Georgiana and her antics! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
NancyJCohenFL More than 1 year ago
Lady Georgiana is assigned the task of grooming the new heir to a fancy estate. Jack has newly learned of his inheritance and come fresh from Australia to learn English ways. But Georgie finds more than a culture mismatch when she meets the heir and his relatives. And when the current Duke is found dead with a knife in his back—the knife belonging to Jack—she gets more than she bargained for. Soon her best friend Belinda and Georgie’s beau, Darcy, join the party. The trio seeks to determine which one of the conniving family members wanted the Duke out of the way the most. Heirs and Graces is another delightful installment in a charming series.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Lady Georgiana Rannoch continues to live hand-to-mouth, yet manages to eat well by landing plum assignments. In this case, she is asked by Her Majesty the Queen to undertake to train an “uncivilized” Australian youth, Jack Altringham, in the ways of nobility since he is an apparent heir to a dukedom. It seems the present duke is disinclined to provide an heir and the young man is discovered to be his nephew and the next in line. He is the offspring of the duke’s brother who married a young lady in Australia and was subsequently killed during World War I, and has grown up on a sheep farm shearing bovines. And what would a Royal Spyness Mystery be without a murder or other crime to be solved? So shortly after Georgiana travels to the duke’s estate to meet and coach Jack in what fork to use, the duke announces he is going to adopt his valet and make him his heir. The next day, the duke is found dead in a glen on the estate, and it doesn’t look good for Jack, whose knife is found in the corpse’s back. Like the other novels in the series, the plot combines humor and crime-solving, with Georgiana helping to crack the mystery. It is good, old-fashioned fun. She is a fun character, and the writing is equally charming. The plot is clever and the story, despite the death, is lighthearted. Recommended.
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This continues to be a great and entertaining series. I can't wait for the next book!
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As1022 More than 1 year ago
For fans of Rhys Bowen, you will not be disappointed in her newest book! I was hooked from the beginning and even surprised by the ending. While I came close to guessing the culprit I was still surprised at the end, which I loved. We are treated to a nice amount of Georgie and Darcy as well as some Russian nobility. This kept me on the edge of my seat and was an absolute pleasure to read! Excellent work, as usual, Ms. Bowen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't say it was the best of the series, but as always it was good! Sometimes as a series continues it loses its edge and interest. IMHO this one hasn't. I've bought all in the series and will be buying the next one.
Patito02 More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, easy and fun. What more do you need. Start with the first book in series and read in order if you can. While each stands on its own reading from 1 to 7 is more fun and allows one to get to know her "Royal Spyness" better. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It so much fun and such a good read that it was too short ! I wanted more time with Georgie and the gang. Can't wait for the next one.