• Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Royal Spyness, Book 0.5
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 31-10-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (14 ratings)

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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3 out of 5 stars
By CMMV on 01-01-2015

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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22 of 22 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By perspective on 23-12-2015

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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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By MEM on 13-03-2015

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

Would you try another book written by Rhys Bowen or narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

Might try the author again. Definitely NOT the same narrator.

What was most disappointing about Rhys Bowen’s story?

I found the delivery so unbearable that I couldn't get past Chapter 1.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

Dreadful! She shouted. Accents were poor and inconsistent.

What character would you cut from Masked Ball at Broxley Manor?

Couldn't listen to enough of the story to answer the question.

Any additional comments?

Audible narrators are usually very good. Disappointing to find a dud!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Majsan on 29-01-2015

Only wish that it lasted longer...

Delightful story. Only thing is that as a novella it's ends to soon.
Eagerly looking forward to the next instalment.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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