Masked Ball at Broxley Manor : Royal Spyness

  • by Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Royal Spyness
  • 1 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Fun, light prequel

This is a quick novella set before the events in Her Royal Spyness. You meet a 19 year old Georgie nearing the end of her season. It introduces several (but not all) of the characters in the series during the titular social event.

I quite enjoyed the audiobook. I'm a fan of Katherine Kellgren's performances in the series, and this is just as solid as any. Unfortunately, the plot is vague and there's not really a mystery here, the way there is in the other novels in the series. There is one small plot twist that is very predictable if you're familiar with the series. Since I have read the other novels, for me it was about learning more about the characters and enjoying the setting than about the plot itself. In those areas, it does deliver a lovely (if brief) little narrative. The story is paced well and held my interest throughout the entire narration. It answers a few questions about some characters' backstories, too, which is key to any prequel.

As an additional point, if someone hasn't read the series yet, I'd probably not recommend starting here. I don't think it would confuse a new listener, but there's not enough of a plot or mystery for a newcomer to actually decide if they'd like the rest of the series, and it slightly spoils the ending to a later novel.
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As always a pleasure

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is too short and therefore not worth a full credit.

Would you recommend Masked Ball at Broxley Manor to your friends? Why or why not?

If you have read the series you will want this but it is a pity the story is so short. It just does not seem like value for money.

Which scene was your favorite?

The dance scene

Do you think Masked Ball at Broxley Manor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This is a short story and should be added to one of the other books.

Any additional comments?

It is not worth the value of a full credit.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios