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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 h 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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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 h 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...

30 review for Heirs and Graces

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    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 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 instant need to move onto the next one. I really enjoyed the dialogue between these two and there were many laugh out loud one liners. The mystery was okay and the murderers were a little unusual. The English setting and the frequent references to royalty were great fun. The author writes well and it never became too quirky for its own good which is my usual complaint about cosies! Four stars for this one and I will now seek out book one and start at the beginning:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rhi

    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 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 their little experiment gone wrong which led to their uncle's death. I say good for Bowen that she was willing to take that step. (hide spoiler)] On the other hand, though, it just didn't feel like a Georgie book. Things started going wrong when Georgie went out with Belinda her last night in London. The setting was classic for our leading lady: dinner and dancing, high society men, and evening shoes. Fans have come to recognize this mixture as a disaster in the making, but the whole thing resolved itself in a quick sentence or two in which we learned that Georgie went out, danced with a rich American, had a wonderful time ... AND DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE CLUTZY MOMENT!!! What?! That's not Georgie! Sure she'd already disgraced herself earlier by squirting eclair cream down her front during tea with HM, but that was tame compared to what generally befalls her when she's attempting to be graceful while dancing with a rich man. And this seemed to set the theme for the remainder of the book. Georgie didn't crash into any priceless vases, get lost and walk in on an embarrassing encounter, drop her earrings in the soup tureen, etc etc etc ... she just wasn't her usual "not-again-Georgie!" self. It's what makes her character really sparkle and not having her on her game was a disappointment. Another sadness I had with this book was Darcy. HE WASN'T HELPFUL AT ALL!!! He showed up in typical, out-of-the-blue, oh-my-girlish-heart fashion and set himself up in a position to provide us with humor, insightful comments, and blushes. He wasn't as smart with his wit as he usually is and he really didn't contribute anything at all to the investigation. Okay, he helped Georgie discover the secret passage in the folly, but that was it. Usually he's all tail up, nose down, sniffing out the culprit, but this time around he seemed to spend his time telling Georgie to stay out of it (SAY WHAT?!?!) in between their lip-locks. He didn't have any heroic scenes of nabbing the murderer, chasing someone in a Bently, or catching Georgie before she plummets off the edge of some high place. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Okay, I've stopped my ranting, promise. Setting all that aside, Heirs and Graces really is a good little cozy fueled by one of the best brain-benders Bowen has come up with yet. True, our leading lady and her still-my-heart Irish beau were off their game characterization-wise, but the plot carries you along effortlessly. Bravo!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Poonam

    "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 t "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 Queen) lands herself a job with the Dowager Duchess. The Dowager Duchess is the epitome of snobbery among the English gentry. "I know that silly policeman is holding up his hand to stop traffic," she boomed into her speaking tube from the backseat, "but that can't possibly apply to us. He must see that we're the kind of people who should not be kept waiting. Drive straight past, Wilkins." And then there is the future heir of the Dowager Duchess who needs to be trained (by Georgina) and who finds the Royalty ways absurd. "None of it makes sense, does it?" he asked. "I suppose you take it for granted, but to me it all seems bloody silly. This dressing up for dinner and using one fork for this and another for that. What's it all for?" "Tradition, I suppose. We behave in a way that sets us apart from ordinary people, to remind us that we're special. And you're right. It really is silly." It was fun to know the new set of characters and reacquaint with a few older ones. The location was a gorgeous stately home and I think it makes one of the best locations for a good cozy murder mystery. All in all I did enjoy the book hence the 3 stars. I was able to partially guess who the killer is but part of it still surprised me. I would recommend to read this series in order to get the most out of it as the more you know Georgina's history the more you enjoy the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Cantone

    I retraced my steps back to the grand staircase. I was standing in that central foyer, wondering where the Long Gallery might be when a most imposing figure in a black frock coat appeared. I’d been in enough great houses, including our own, to know that butlers often look grander than their masters, London, 1934. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, is summonsed to Buckingham Palace by her Majesty Queen Mary and her grace, Edwina, dowager Duchess of Eynsford. The curre I retraced my steps back to the grand staircase. I was standing in that central foyer, wondering where the Long Gallery might be when a most imposing figure in a black frock coat appeared. I’d been in enough great houses, including our own, to know that butlers often look grander than their masters, London, 1934. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, is summonsed to Buckingham Palace by her Majesty Queen Mary and her grace, Edwina, dowager Duchess of Eynsford. The current Duke, Cedric, middle-aged with a penchant for young men, refuses to marry and produce an heir, which will allow the title to languish and the lands returned to the crown. But a successor is found. The dowager’s younger son, John, killed in the Great War, went to try his luck in Australia, met and married a schoolteacher in south-west Queensland, who bore him a son named Jack. Jack has been tracked down and brought back to England by Darcy, the man Georgiana hopes to marry, and Georgiana is to guide the Australian in the ways of the aristocracy. She arrives at the stately home in the Kent countryside ahead of Jack and Darcy, and meets the family: the dowager’s two widowed sisters, the penniless daughter, Countess Streletzki, with her three children and tutor, and the self-centred Duke who controls the wealth, dismisses a footman on a whim, and is about to evict servants from tied cottages to bulldoze them to make way for a theatre. Before this can happen there is a fox hunt, a séance and the dreadful business of a murder … As family and the servants are interviewed by the police, the household is kept running by Huxstep, the butler and “Cook”, Mrs Broad. In the midst of it all Belinda, Georgiana’s best friend from finishing school, turns up. Belinda had undergone the usual ordeal by fire of the aristocracy. Those time-honoured questions. Who are your family? Do we knew them? Are we related to them? In other words, is she one of us and does she belong here? Now that a relationship had been proven, she was accepted. Author Rhys Bowen produces a cosy murder mystery / historic timepiece which hits all the right notes. The mannerisms of family and servants, and the nasal Australian twang of reluctant heir Jack, are caught perfectly in this light read. I admit that I did guess who the murderer was until the last few pages. Verdict: great fun.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Neda Mirian

    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 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 investigate the secret chamber anymore?! ) Third, unlike the other books in this series where the reader didn't know the killer till the end, this time it was very obvious from the beginning who had done it and it was just a matter of time when Georgianna would find it out. Overall, I think the story would be a lot better if the author had added more sophistication and removed the boring repetition parts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    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 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 sends her onto Kent. She is to attend a Royal function and help an Australian Heir get assimilated to the Royal ways and surroundings. Of course there is a murder and the detective in Georgiana comes out and we are off to the races. Some of the usual characters are wound into the story but to me it all felt somewhat forced along with KK's narration, (a bit shrill). Looking forward to the next in the series and the return of more comedy. Fingers crossed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    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 a 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 the estate. The current duke is making himself unpopular and is found murder with evidence pointing to the heir. Queenie, Belinda, Grandfather and Darcy are presented. The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    '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 Altri '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...' ___________________________________ 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars. Heirs and Graces is the seventh book in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series and is a murder mystery in 1930s England. Honestly Queenie is losing her charm for me and I don't think she is deserving of Georgie's patience any longer. I initially found her bumbling and failing attempts at being a proper lady's maid to be charming and amusing. But now she has become far too comfortable in her belief  that Georgie will put up with the destroyed clothing her she often putting her own comfort and wants before Georgie's despite the free food, housing, and travel. She has grown arrogant knowing that Georgie cannot afford a better maid, but Georgie has done just fine without a maid before and I'm think Queenie needs to be given the boot. Belinda is back again, I'm losing my patience with her character too. Georgie describes her correctly when she say that Belinda sees herself as the center of her own universe and everyone serves as supporting characters, there only to benefit her. They may have been friends for sometime now, but Georgie is so great and she deserves a more caring and less selfish friend. I have found this book to be one of the least intruiging from the series so far. It seemed to me that the mystery unfolded at a slower pace than the previous books in the series and there really wasn't much of a sense of danger at all, which is tthe number one thing I look for in any mystery. I'm still loving this series, I just didn't find this book as compelling as the others. I hope the mystery in the next book grabs me more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen is the 7th book in the Royal Spyness Mystery series. This time Lady Georgiana Rannoch is asked by the Queen to help her friend who has recently found a long lost heir in Australia, the son of her youngest son who was killed in the war. When the current Duke is murdered, Lady Georgiana once again finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Another fun and entertaining book in the series. I especially love listening to these books on Audible as the narrator is Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen is the 7th book in the Royal Spyness Mystery series. This time Lady Georgiana Rannoch is asked by the Queen to help her friend who has recently found a long lost heir in Australia, the son of her youngest son who was killed in the war. When the current Duke is murdered, Lady Georgiana once again finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Another fun and entertaining book in the series. I especially love listening to these books on Audible as the narrator is superb with the various character voices. A delightful, typically cozy mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.50

  11. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Another humorous addition to the series. Queenie is getting a bit stale though. She obviously knows that Georgie will never fire her so she has absolutely zero motivation to improve her skills and, in fact, seems to be intentionally slacking off because she knows she can get away with it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Heirs and Graces 4 Stars Queen Mary requests that Lady Georgiana Rannoch come to the aid of her old friend, the Dowager Duchess of Eynsford. It would seem that the long lost heir to the Dukedom has been found in the Australian outback, and is in dire need of some etiquette training. Unfortunately, the young heir, Jack Altringham, is soon accused of murder when his uncle, the current Duke, is found dead with Jack's knife in his back. Can Georgie prevent another scandal for Her Majesty's friend? Thes Heirs and Graces 4 Stars Queen Mary requests that Lady Georgiana Rannoch come to the aid of her old friend, the Dowager Duchess of Eynsford. It would seem that the long lost heir to the Dukedom has been found in the Australian outback, and is in dire need of some etiquette training. Unfortunately, the young heir, Jack Altringham, is soon accused of murder when his uncle, the current Duke, is found dead with Jack's knife in his back. Can Georgie prevent another scandal for Her Majesty's friend? These books are such light-hearted fun with some very subtle yet insightful satire thrown in. Georgie is as delightful as ever as she attempts to help young Jack navigate the rough seas of the English Aristocracy and their oftentimes illogical social dictates. Jack's incredulous reactions to it all lead to several laugh-out-loud moments. The mystery itself is one of the more convoluted in the series with several red-herrings to keep the reader guessing. The eventual explanation is logical overall despite one or two strange twists toward the end. Looking forward to Georgie's next adventure.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    3.5* This 7th book in the Her Royal Spyness series was a good murder mystery. Bowen seems to have hit her stride in this series with the previous book, "The Twelve Clues of Christmas", abandoning some of the more absurd plots of the earlier books for more straightforward mystery plots. 3.5* This 7th book in the Her Royal Spyness series was a good murder mystery. Bowen seems to have hit her stride in this series with the previous book, "The Twelve Clues of Christmas", abandoning some of the more absurd plots of the earlier books for more straightforward mystery plots.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    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 b 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 book is a joy to read – as much as I’ve enjoyed the push-and-pull between them in the earlier books, it was welcome to see that commitment can bring exchanges that are just as sparked with romantic tension. There’s something so touching about a happy couple with thoughts of a future together. On the other hand, the murder mystery portion has always played second fiddle to the rich characters and setting – hardly a problem once expectations are adjusted and I’ve loved the blend of historical period, romance, comedy and mystery. However, I was dismayed to find that the distribution of time spent on the mystery versus other aspects was clearly uneven. Rather than having a solidly structured murder mystery/investigation running in the background even as Georgie navigated the murky waters of upper class society (as had been the case in previous novels), it was over halfway before the actual murder occurs in this book and not until the last 50 pages or so before there was a last minute rush of key information related to the case (such as the results of the autopsy), which led to the pieces of the puzzle falling conveniently into place for Georgie and a confrontation with the culprit. In essence, the mystery was in every sense an afterthought – as much as I enjoyed seeing Georgie getting to know members of the duchess’ household and taking more and more initiative in her role as detective rather than relying on Darcy, the good build-up of tension and Georgie’s sense of something being wrong with the picture simply wasn’t enough to sustain a really good mystery. It’s a bit of a letdown to realize that everyone had stumbled in the dark without any clues until the last 50 pages of the book and receive a rushed, lackluster conclusion where all was smoothly taken care of. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Heirs and Graces (I really rather did!), but hopefully Book 8 would give us a stronger mystery that would match the characters and historical setting in focus.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaylia3

    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 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 Mary, and this time around Georgie has been invited to stay as a guest at luxurious Kingsdowne Place so she can help polish the duke's new found heir Jack Altringham, a rough around the edges but friendly young man who's fresh from the wilds of an Australian sheep farm. There are tensions naturally, one wouldn't expect anything else, especially since the current duke seems to be doing his best to alienate his entire family, and before Georgie has had a chance to make much progress with Jack there is a murder. Set in the Downton Abbey era after WWI, these novels are a little lighter than that show and they have a little more humor, in spite of being a murder mystery series. There are recurring characters in every book, including Georgie's dashing boyfriend Darcy, her wild bright-young-things friend Belinda, and her ex-cop grandfather who comes from the non-royal side of her family, but each book also has delightful new characters that it's fun to get to know. The settings vary also, sometimes sumptuous and sometimes quaint, but always a joy to inhabit during the all too brief time spent reading these novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Finished today. Another fun episode with Georgie and gang! I love Belinda! She makes me laugh! If you enjoy English humor and murder mysteries you should enjoy these. On to book 8.....

  17. 4 out of 5

    bella

    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 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 perfect opportunity to leave the city comes when Her Majesty the Queen asks Georgiana to help the dowager duchess groom a new heir - a heir that has been discovered in Outback Australia. As Georgiana tries to show Jack Altringham proper table manners, the dowager duchess's son looks on in disgust. When her son, Cedric, shows up with a knife in his back, everyone points their finger at Jack as the murderer. It is going to take a lot of help from Georgiana and her dearest Darcy to keep Jack out of the gallows! I am a diehard Agatha Christie fan. I love my english cozies and I'm also Australian by birth. Heirs and Graces comes very close to being the most absolutely perfect cozy mystery that I've ever read. In fact page after page I almost felt like it was written just for me. It had a thrilling mystery and a fantastic returning cast. In the previous books I've always enjoyed reading about Georgiana's best friend, Belinda's exploits, as she does all she can to snag a rich man, without actually marrying him. Belinda and Queenie, Georgiana's maid, are back with lots of laughs and giggles. However it was Jack Altringham who completely stole the show. From his lack of table manners to his inability to fit into the royal ways (and not wanting to fit in) he was a perfect addition to this great cast. His aussie slang was spot on and he made a already fantastic mystery series even better!! With a few stolen romantic moments between Georgiana and Darcy (isn't that the most perfect male name ever?), a compelling mystery and a English country setting, Heirs and Graces was a dynamite read and one that I strongly recommend be on your summer reading list.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    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 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ Heirs and Graces is the 7th in Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series, and I’m happy to say it continued in the vein of the 6th book, which I think was the best in the series so far. “Nothing more dangerous than an educated woman.” Things I Liked - We got more of Darcy and Georgie together! This made me so happy, as I feel like Darcy was really in the background unnecessarily for several books. - Jack, the Australian heir, was a breath of fr ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ Heirs and Graces is the 7th in Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series, and I’m happy to say it continued in the vein of the 6th book, which I think was the best in the series so far. “Nothing more dangerous than an educated woman.” Things I Liked - We got more of Darcy and Georgie together! This made me so happy, as I feel like Darcy was really in the background unnecessarily for several books. - Jack, the Australian heir, was a breath of fresh air to the stodgy British household of his grandmother. I loved it. - The mystery was one of those that was clearly a framing of another person from the very start, but I was really unsure of who I liked for the actual culprit until much closer to the end. I love mysteries like this, because it’s just not as much fun if you figure it out a quarter of the way through the book! Overall 4/5 Stars This was another solid addition to the series! Nothing spectacular, but a very enjoyable read with mostly characters we’re familiar with – which is exactly what I want out of a cozy mystery! Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram |

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorinda Hayes

    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 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 taking his leave on some business or another, this series has become one of my romantic favorites as well. My advice: start with the first of the series, and keep on reading. Then, when you finish this book, you can join the rest of us who wait impatiently for Rhys Bowen to write another!

  21. 4 out of 5

    kari

    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 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 mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    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 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 title until a long lost grandson is found in Australia. He comes from a ranch and is not used to the society of London. The Duchess wants Georgie to take him under her thumb and teach him the rules of high society. This gives Georgie a grand place to live, but it comes with an extremely dysfunctional family. Shortly after she arrives, someone ends up dead. She puts the clues together to figure out what happened. Darcy comes and goes to help her, and Belinda finds a way to finagle herself into the home. The characters were interesting, and the story captivating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    Another good one, and I completely failed to guess who (or how) dunnit!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rbucci

    These books get better as I keep reading them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dee Kridel

    "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 "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 London house house for her, her own steadfast refusal to resort to her friend Belinda's tactics of stalking rich men, and her beloved beau Darcy O'Mara still too poor to marry her, Georgie has resorted to buying a typewriter and practicing for a job as "proper secretary" when the Queens invitation to tea arrives. Queen Mary's oldest and dearest friend, the Dowager Countess of Eynsford is waiting with her and between the two Lavender-clad old Trouts, they enlist Georgie's help. The assignment itself does not seem too daunting at first. Georgie is to subtly instruct a long-lost fresh-from-the-outback Australian heir of the Eynsford fortune in the customs and behaviors expected of the future Duke, the current Duke having neglected (to his Mother's distress) to provide an heir or even pretend an interest in marrying and doing so, preferring instead to cultivate and surround himself with a merry band of very creative, likeable and like-minded young men. A further complication is the fact that the heir-presumptive is the long-lost son of the long-lost-son of the Dowager Dutchess and in her eyes, can do no wrong. As with many well-intentioned plans, this one goes awry, and there are surprises, intigues and of course Murders to be dealt with. It turns out Georgie's Country House sojourn is anything but "falling on her feet". There's a cast of suspects that lead her on a twisting and turning chase for the murderer. (Murderers?) Not to give too much away, but we get to see much more than usual of the delicious Darcy. Georgie's Mother, Grandad and the self-absorbed Belinda make appearances. Queen Mary is serene as ever, and Queenie, the world's worst Lady's Maid has some brief flashes of competence amid her usual ghastly disasters. It's the best "Royal Spyness" novel yet. The characterization of "Jack" from the Australian outback is priceless. You see the British class system and the inevitably soon-to-be extict pre-WWII way of life though his eyes. The running of Kingsdown Place is very familiar to us "Downton Abbey fans". It's 1934. We know, even if our characters don't, that the world is poised on the precipice of great change and a great cataclysm. We get to see a glimpse of a way of life that is bound to change. I can't wait to see how Georgie weathers the gathering storm. If you haven't yet read any of the "Royal Spyness" novels, you can still dive right into this one. There is enough explanation of context to get you up to speed. But do yourself a favor and read them all. They are delightful

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    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 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 wonderfully, they are perfect for each other. Belinda again appears as a surprise in this book, and it is hinted that Georgie may be a bit jealous of Belinda in a few areas of the book. Honestly, I'm tired of Belinda, I find the fact that she gate-crashes at so many parties annoying at this point, but she is still a solid character. The mystery was very good, by this book Georgie has seen quite a few dead bodies and many people seem surprised that she can stomach it, and furthermore investigate. The killer was surprising, I did not ever expect them. but at the same time the mystery was lacking. I don't know why but something just didn't come off as right to me. Overall a very good book, not as good as the last, but still a good, quality book that I'm sure you'd enjoy. With great characters, but failure to hold up the standard that was set in the last book Heirs and Graces gets 4/5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    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! 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!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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! 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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    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)] 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)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    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 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 country home in Kent to welcome the long-lost heir to the dukedom, Jack Altringham from Australia. The current duke, Cedric Altringham, has flatly told his mother he will never marry. He is, ahem, not interested in females (remember this is the 1930s). Instead, he longs to be England's premier patron of the theatre. Indeed, his houseguests are all young men from the theatre - actors, writers, etc. *nudge nudge wink wink* His younger sister is also a resident, along with her three children. She has had more than her fair share of misfortune. She married a Russian count, who subsequently decamped with an actress or dancer in Paris. Her eldest daughter, Elisabeth, suffered a fall from a horse and is confined to a wheelchair. She could possibly walk again, with the proper (expensive) treatment from a Swiss doctor, but Cedric refuses to pay for it. The Countess's younger children, twins Nick and Katherine, are constantly into mischief, because they are bored. They have a tutor, but long to go to school. Again, Cedric refuses to pay for education that is proper for their stations. The new heir arrives with due fanfare - with Darcy, who had been dispatched by the powers-that-be to investigate him. He is a handsome, likeable young man, although he doesn't want to be a duke. The Duchess takes to him immediately because he is the spitting image of her beloved dead son. However, Jack grew up in the Australian outback, working on a sheep station, with little formal education and certainly none of the etiquette that is de rigueur for a member of the nobility. Cedric dislikes him (of course he does!) and insults his mother, prompting Jack to invite Cedric to "step outside." It's no surprise to the reader when Georgie finds Cedric's body lying on a footpath early the next morning. His jacket is covering his head and a knife is sticking out of his back. Georgie immediately recognizes the knife as Jack's. The rest of the book details the investigation by both the police and Georgie. I'm proud to say that I deduced the identity of the murderer. This is another fun read. Georgie and Darcy get to spend some quality time together and have begun dreaming of a life together as husband and wife, if only Darcy can come up with the necessary funds for them to get married.

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