Masked Ball at Broxley Manor: A Royal Spyness Novella Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A delectable prequel to the national best-selling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - 34th in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad. When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie’s rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears…
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 44 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 31, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #15,727 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#132 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#146 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#371 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
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I'll start with the obvious: this is a short (under 50 page) story that is a prequel to the first Lady Georgie mystery, Her Royal Spyness (A Royal Spyness Mystery) . It's cute and I think that fans of this series will probably enjoy it. I would not recommend it to anyone new to the series. The very short format does not allow for much character development and it wouldn't make a good introduction to the series (or characters). For those familiar with Lady Georgie you do get a first glimpse at someone who comes to play a big role in Georgie's life. There's also a preview of the latest installment in the series which is due out in November - The Twelve Clues of Christmas .
For those not familiar with the "Royal Spyness Mysteries", it is a "cozy" series involving a minor British royal, Lady Georgiana Rannock. The setting is pre-WWII London and Georgie is perpetually broke and always scrambling to make ends meet. It's a nicely written, light mystery series that captures the glamour and absurdity of the period and the British aristocracy. Georgie is a delightful protagonist and her first person narrative is charming. There is no strong language or sexual content.
Bottom Line: Cute, but consider the length before purchasing. Personally, I think the $2.99 pre-order price was too steep, but I knew it was short when I ordered it, and I did enjoy it so I really can't complain.
As the story opens it's the end of Lady Georgiana's "season". At great expense to her broke though affable brother Binky and his resentful wife Fig, Georgiana has been presented at court (she nearly crashed into Their Majesties because her heel caught in the train of her gown), and she's attended numerous balls and society events, but so far she hasn't had any proposals. That may be about to change when two invitations arrive in the mail to set things in motion. As with the rest of the series, actual and fictional characters mingle on the page, and this story includes a fictional first meeting of Wallis Simpson and Georgiana's cousin David, the future if short reigning King Edward VIII.
Top reviews from other countries
This short story is superb and the perfect introduction to the Royal Spyness series.
The characters are wonderful make you want to read more.It