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An Infamous Betrayal: A Regency Cozy

Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 3
Narrated by: Jill Smith
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Having solved the two murders that somehow fell in her path, Beatrice Hyde-Clare is on the lookout for a third. Through a absurd quirk of stupid fate, the shy spinster has fallen in love with the thoroughly unattainable Duke of Kesgrave and is desperate for something, anything, to occupy her mind. A dead body would do nicely.

Fortunately for her, a fellow guest from a Lake District house party appears on her doorstep with exactly that: the lover of his fiancée's mother expired after a wretchedly painful episode just that morning in an apparent poisoning. As unorthodox as it is, he would like Bea to investigate rather than calling the authorities.

Bea begins her inquiry into Mr. Wilson's death at once and almost immediately finds herself in the company of Kesgrave, who is as determined as ever to assist her. 'Twas patently unfair, for the whole point of the investigation was to get away from the handsome lord.

Now Bea is faced with the daunting challenge of exposing the villain without revealing her heart.

©2018 Lynn Messina (P)2019 Lynn Messina

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Highly satisfying, a shame to say goodbye

This was a highly enjoyable end to the series. However I do hope that it is not the end and that we see more of Beatrice and the Duke. I feel sure that there are more adventures and mysteries that they can embark upon. I do hope so.

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Cozy Romantic Murder

I've read all the books in this series and have found them delightful. There are some errors in the copyediting (Fall instead of Autumn) but in general the author got it all right.

The books follow the growth of a "wan" and plain spinster as she gains confidence in herself and the blossoming of a romance with a Duke. Both are depicted superbly. The choice of narrator is also brilliant as she gives the whole series just the right touch, bringing the characters to life wonderfully, although some of the pronunciations are a bit bizarre..

These are clean romances (so far anyway and I hope they don't change) and I have listened to all three numerous times. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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A hugely enjoyable regency cozy crime

I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy crime set in the regency era. There were many laughs, the mystery was interesting, and the ending extremely satisfying.

The only negative points were small. Too much time was spent summing up previous books - but this was more entertaining than in the previous book, and more of it is saying what has happened between the previous book and this one. The accent of the narration has improved, and as always the expression used is excellent, but little bits of American accent do sneak in here and there. However, once the story got going I forgot all about this.

Apart from those two minor niggles, this audiobook was great fun. I found Aunt Vera very funny in conversation with Mr Skeffington, and greatly enjoyed the way Bea bamboozled her relatives. It was also very satisfying to see some development in the relationship between Bea and Kesgrave.

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a well written and narrated cozy crime, with a sprinkling of regency romance.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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More murderous shenanigans...

Having very much enjoyed the previous books in the series, I was very much looking forward to Bea's third adventure. Listening to the new book in a favourite series is like catching up with an old friend, and it was lovely to hear from so many familiar faces in Bea's latest outing. 

As with the previous novel, I did feel that a little too much of this book was devoted to recapping previous events in greater detail than necessary. It is such a tricky balance to strike, though, and this time the references and recollections were woven into the narrative much better, rather than dominating the first few chapters. 

The humour in this book was much more evident, with Bea and Kesgrave's growing familiarity allowing for more of their teasing and sparring. Despite - or perhaps because of - their differences, I found them to be a very likeable partnership and it was nice to see it become a little more equal. I enjoyed the direction it took but did feel that the ending was a little abrupt. Lady Victoria's role was left almost as a 'teaser' and the set up to the next mystery felt like something of a cliffhanger. It was a shame that so much of the novel was given over to recounting the plots of the earlier books, when that time would have been more gratifying had it been spent detailing the new developments. 

I adored the forthright, formidable Dowager Duchess and was disappointed she did not feature more prominently. I hope that the next book in the series will give her the opportunity to shine. Given her biting candour, perhaps she will pull Bea up on her overuse of the descriptions "incomparable" and "a diamond of the first water".

Narrator Jill Smith's performance has grown in confidence and vibrancy with each book in the series, and she brings every character to life with a distinct, recognisable personality that remains consistent throughout the series. After the difficulties with the first book, I was very uncertain about this narrator continuing the series but three books in I am very glad that the author, Lynn Messina, decided to stick with Smith. An interesting Irish accent aside, their dedication to bringing the books to audio in a manner that is as faithful as it is entertaining is evident, and the quality of this most recent recording is a testament to their efforts and research. 

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who has enjoyed Miss Hyde-Clare's previous investigations, and would gladly endorse the series as a whole as being perfect for fans of cosy mysteries and Regency romance. I'd suggest listening to the series from the beginning rather than starting with this audiobook, however, as whilst it could technically function as a standalone novel, the periodic recapping thoroughly spoils the earlier mysteries if one hoped to return to them. 


*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Peas and paste, plots and plans.

'Every woman should have a hobby', and whilst this usually would be music or needlework, Beatrice Hyde-Clare, a 26 years old unmarried, and plain, woman with the most modest of means, had finally found hers: murder investigation. With two cases satisfactorily concluded, Bea now longs for a third to distract her from the uncomfortable realization that she had formed a romantic desire for the totally unobtainable Duke of Kesgrave, a singu!early desirable batchelor, well above her humble station, smug and superior and rumoured soon to become engaged to the beautiful Lady Victoria. Bea and the Duke had worked together on the previous two murder cases and she knew that he had enjoyed her company whilst they lasted, but she understood that she was a mere distraction before he settled down to married life and the raising of an aristocratic family. So she needed to forget him, remove herself from him: and what better way than by following another murder trail. Fortunately, there was one just about to happen.

Combining Regency sensibilities with mild mannered murder investigations, this trio of books is a delight. Not quite Jane Austen, but still nicely written with good character observations and sometime witty dialogue, the words flow last most pleasurably. This, the third in the series, continues from the ending of part two, with Bea needing an explanation for the bruising on her face. Whilst it is obviously far better to have read the earlier books to gain full enjoyment of the characters and environment, it is not essential to follow the plot as the earlier part of the story includes a fulsome recapping of what has gone before and Bea's constant self analysis of her feelings further enlightens the forgetful. For this reason, this reader found this particular story less pleasurable than it's predecessors, but still an enjoyable read. As narrator, Jill Smith's crystal clear presentation adds sparkle to the text as she also gives different voice to the numerous characters. The whole is still a delight.

My thanks to the rights holder of An Infamous Betrayal, third book in this series by author Lynn Messina. At my request via Audiobook Boom, I was very fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy. Thank you. I can happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys light historical murder mysteries with the hint of humour and romance in the air.

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Just love this series

I have so enjoyed both the author and the Narrator bringing life to Bea and her adventures with the Duke...I see book four has just been written, PLEASE PLEASE audible, release it on here ASAP! As reading it won’t feel the same as Jill Smith bringing them to life!!

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 02-05-19

Mystery Meets Jane Austen

This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I love cozy mysteries and Jane Austen style romances... this series combines the two so perfectly and throws in some comedy for good measure making these books ones that I can listen to again and again. This book picks up right where book 2 left off, thrown back into her family to explain how she came to be so badly beaten up, and then how to go on with her life and take her mind off the Duke, who she can't have. What she needs is a distraction... which doesn't seem to be a problem for her to find. I can't say enough good about these books, they are so cleverly written and developed that you get pulled in. The narration was wonderful and helped to make it even more enjoyable! A must read for those who like good clean historical fiction, romances, mysteries, and Jane Austen style books.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 16-05-19

You can't be bored with Bea:)

What do you do when you're hopelessly in love with someone so obviously above your station that you think there's no hope of your feelings ever being reciprocated? You look for something to occupy your mind and what coud be better than another murder to solve?:)

This is the starting point for the third book in Beatrice Hyde-Clare's adventures. And again, Ms Messina doesn't disappoint - the investigation goes smoothly and at a good pace, with interesting twists and surprises on the way, and the perturbations in the relationship between Bea and the Duke of Kesgrave make the romantic subplot funny and intriguing, so much so that you impatiently wait for the final happily ever after... I love the banter between them, the way Bea makes the Duke lose his mask of aristocratic arrogance and reveal his surprising warmth, tenderness and sense of humour:)

What I also like a lot about the book is that although the characters develop and definitely learn from experience, there are no illogical, abrupt, almost unexplained personality changes (as it often happens in books). They generally behave true to their nature, and that makes them so much more realistic.

Narration by Ms Smith is fantastic. She adds life to the story, making Bea and many of the other characters even more likeable, lively and vivid, and leaves you with the same feeling of satisfaction and sheer pleasure you get when you watch great BBC adaptations of classic novels by writers such as Jane Austen or Elizabeth Gaskell:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jacqueline Gomez
  • 03-01-20

I hope we will get more from this series.

I so enjoyed this series. I love the humor as well as the mystery. Please give us more of the series.

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  • zippywriter
  • 16-12-19

Best in the series so far

Enjoyable cozy mystery set in Regency England. Bea’s character was so stiff in the first book it took awhile to get into the series but by now she is quite a lovable heroine.

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  • RKT
  • 05-12-19

A wonderful series so well written and spoken

Jill smith is an excellent reader and Lynn Messina a very intelligent writer an amazing team
When will book five appear on audible
I have read it and now excited to listen
When can we expect book six
The married couple.

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  • D. B. Levy
  • 16-05-19

My favorite one yet!

I've listened to all 3 books in this series and this is my favorite so far! Bea really comes alive in this one. Looking forward to book #4!!

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  • Laura
  • 07-05-19

Recommend this Series

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the third book in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries series. It is a stand alone story [no cliffhanger endings]. While you can start with this book as the author kindly explains all of the references to events from prior books - you would really be missing out on the wonderful character development of Bea and the blossoming of the relationship between her and the Duke.

Here, Bea is feeling flustered that she has been cooped up in the house she shares with her aunt/family and is itching to solve a murder. But how does one find a murder to solve? It's not like you can advertise in the paper... but lucky for Bea, the son of the murderer from the first book has another dead body on his hands and he needs Bea's help.

This series keeps getting more enjoyable with each book. Bea is coming into her own - much to her aunt's chagrin. The Duke can't help himself and meddles in Bea's life although Bea is sure he has fallen for another so she must pine from a distance. The mystery itself is interesting and Bea is so observant and sharp - plus I love when she masquerades as another character to gain information. It's so clever, humorous and well-written. Highly recommend this series.

The narrator is the perfect compliment to the written word.

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  • korinka
  • 01-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Poor Beatrice needs a dead body as a distraction from the handsome Duke of Kesgrave and her plea is heard by some god or other. Do you think that will stop the Duke from interfering? Fat chance! And so murderers are sussed out and slow burn romance burns a bit faster. Just you wait for chapter 13! My favorite. Go give this book a shot :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Lynn!

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  • Nanci R
  • 30-04-19

Another Body for Beatrice

The latest in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Regency cozies is simply delicious - the mysterious death, the Regency setting, Beatrice's continued flaunting of her family's restraints and her continued infatuation (dare we call it love?) for the Duke of Kesgrave.. Beatrice doesn't exactly break her prior promise to Kesgrave to stop investigating bodies that she stumbles across. This time, she's invited into the case of Mr Wilson's death by poison.

As usual, Lynn Messina presents us with an interesting investigation, with characters who drew me in and engaged me completely. I can't say too much, for fear of a spoiler, but it's obvious and well-received by me that Bea's cases will not cease in the future, thanks to Lady Hardcastle's offer to provide clients on a consulting basis. Thus Bea will continue in her ways and continue to delight me.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and I am providing a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Kimberly
  • 24-04-19

Tedious

Setting: London, England Regency era
Genre: Mystery
Beatrice Hyde-Clare, 26 years old, plain as dirt, and confirmed spinster, is once again embroiled in a murder mystery. While investigating said mystery, she finds herself crossing paths with the devastatingly handsome, urbane, and pedantic Duke of Kesgrave. Soon they are working together to find out who killed Mr. Wilson (an employee of the murdered spice trader from the first book in the series).
While the mystery is interesting, it is not compelling. What little action there is in the book is smothered by the long, tedious, internal ruminations of the heroine. I don’t even particularly care for the characters because the author harps on their negative qualities. How many ways and by how many characters must Beatrice be described as plain? Just how often must the Duke show himself to be a stuffy pedant? On a positive note, when there is actual dialogue, it is often witty.
Although this series is set in the Regency, there really isn’t much that grounds it in that era. There are no descriptions or references that set it apart from any other historic era. This novel could be set at any point between medieval and motor cars and it would not make much difference.
The narration by Jill Smith is deplorable. She does not differentiate characters very well, and the narrative is flat. This may have contributed to my negative experience. Really. Was it the story or narration that made this a painful listen? Hard to say.

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