Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness Series #7)

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Overview

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…


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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.)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101624920
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Royal Spyness Series , #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 17,285
  • File size: 847 KB

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen 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 also the author of 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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  • Posted August 22, 2013

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    Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors. Heirs and Graces is gr

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Wonderful series!!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Breath of fresh air!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    I love the her royal shyness series. However I was disappointed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Great series

    Another great book in what's become a favorite series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Georgie is at it again! In this particular episode, she's off t

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch continues to live hand-to-mouth, yet mana

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This continues to be a great and entertaining series. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    For fans of Rhys Bowen, you will not be disappointed in her newe

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Good read!

    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.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    Another fun read

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    MORE!

    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.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Good-quick-read

    Like all of the "Royal Spyness" stories this was a great romp back to another time and place.
    Ms.Bowen always creats well defind characters and interesting stories with fun historical trivis.always a pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Good but too short

    Good but too short

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    For light fun!

    Enjoyed the twists and had fun reading it.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    A joy to read and is great for the beach!

    I read this book in only one day because the characters and the plot line grabbed me from page l. A really good continuing plot line in the story and I'm eager to see the marriage of our two love birds.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    Rhys Bowen never disappoints and Heirs and Graces is no exceptio

    Rhys Bowen never disappoints and Heirs and Graces is no exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book

    I love the Royal Spyness series. I've read all the books so far, and loved them all. Lady Georgie and Darcy are delightful, and the mysteries are fun to figure out. In this installment, a disagreeable duke ends up dead, and there's no lack of suspects. The aristocratic family is the very definition of dysfunctional. In the end, the solution was improbable, but it ws still fun getting there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Heirs and Graces

    Another good book by Rhys Bowen. Georgie in the thick of it, helping the new young heir, Jack to feel comfortable. Darcy showing up as always to help her, they make a good team. Loved the part where the tables turned on Belinda.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Heirs And Graces is the seventh book in the Her Royal Spyness Se

    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 and little chance of providing any. Edwina has mounted an extensive search and has found that her other son, John, who had gone to Australia and was killed in WWI, has a son Jack living on a sheep station in Australia. Darcy O'Mara, Georgie's boyfriend, has secretly been sent to bring Jack back to England to groomed to become the next Duke of Eynsford. Georgie's job is to give Jack the good stiff upper lip that any Duke worth his Dukedom needs. Georgie soon learns that it will be an uphill battle with Jack.

    When the Duke is found dead, Jack comes under suspicion, as his knife is protruding out of the Duke's back. Georgie and Darcy are off to investigate, as the Chief Inspector and his men seem incompetent.

    Cedric certainly had his enemies who would like for him to be dead. It was humorous to me to read how Edwina and her sisters, and even the Duke's sister, handled this terrible tragedy. Their biggest concern was how inept the commoners were.

    And to add a little additional humor, Belinda is back. She provide her usual wit, but her hopes of finding a good Duke to party with, fails her.

    Even the bumbling Queenie is around to torment Georgie. It always fun to see what trouble she can cause and she does.

    Very much looking forward to the next book in this light-hearted series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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