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The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.
And so poor, faded Miss Tonks has been persuaded to steal something valuable enough from her rich sister to set the poor relations on their feet. They all have their doubts about Miss Tonks’ chances for success, but the shy spinster has more than a few surprises in store. Flirtations and feelings abound amid the conspiring group.
©1993 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO
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By Clare on 05-13-12

More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!

This is the second in a series (would recommend finding "Lady Fortescue Steps Out", which is Book 1) about the fiscally challenged aristocrats who have started a genteel hotel.

Once again finding themselves insolvent, they encourage the very timid Miss Tonks sets out to steal from her scheming, grasping sister.

A thoroughly enjoyable innocuous novel, with some moments of high humour. Definitely will appeal to fans of Regency romances. This is as well researched as Georgette Heyer (although a lighter on substance), with details such as the quandary one experiences with a full chamber pot early in the evening.

It is a cozy, comfort read. Readers might recognise the author under her other pen-name "Marion Chesney".

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By Melani on 12-24-12

Delightful series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to be better than the print version?

Davina Porter is such a gifted narrator. She brings the author's characters to life in a way that I could never envision just reading the printed book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I know the story revolved primarily around Miss Tonks, but Cassandra, Miss Tonks' niece was a treasure

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

On occasion I will read the print book of one I've recently listened to and I will actually "hear" Davina Porter's voice in my head narrating the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I swear that I giggled out loud when Miss Tonks attempted to hold up her sister's carriage while disguised as a highwayman.

Any additional comments?

This series is IMO a hidden treasure. M. C. Beaton does a fabulous job of capturing the essence of Regency England.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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