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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 Lak 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. A Regency Cozy.


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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 Lak 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. A Regency Cozy.

30 review for An Infamous Betrayal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    These books just really dazzled me this week, and I guess I needed them...diverting, engrossing, witty, with scenes that easily transported me to another time and place, with a satisfying but not cloying love story. In a way, the story has concluded at the proper place, but also, I wish there were more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    So, I am going to be totally honest. This is not 4 star material. The murderer is predictable, Bea is wayyyyyy too angsty, and she keeps cross-dressing! But there is a line there at the end and it is so swoon-worthy I am literally giving an extra star for it. I really and truly am. And no, I am not going to tell you which one because I have to have some self respect. But it is there.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I struggled between 2 and 3 stars with this one. Going with 2.5. This installment was not as enjoyable as the previous two. In fact there were places where it severely disappointed me. For one thing the first third was really just tedious. This book did that thing where the author seemed worried about a new reader (one who didn't read the first two) being brought up to speed on the haps in the first two books that this went overboard in giving details on the first two cases. Sometimes multiple tim I struggled between 2 and 3 stars with this one. Going with 2.5. This installment was not as enjoyable as the previous two. In fact there were places where it severely disappointed me. For one thing the first third was really just tedious. This book did that thing where the author seemed worried about a new reader (one who didn't read the first two) being brought up to speed on the haps in the first two books that this went overboard in giving details on the first two cases. Sometimes multiple times. Yes we know Mr. Skeffington hit Bea over the head and trapped her in a shed. You told us that three times already in the first part of this book alone. Yes we know Bea dressed up as a man and lied about going to the non-existent funeral of her non-existent beau, because you told us about that three times already too. There is a way to bring up pertinent info that alludes to earlier events when they are necessary to make a new reader not feel lost, but not so much they make the reader who did read the previous books feel like too much time is being spent recalling what they already know. This book does not succeed in doing that. I was so impatient to get to the mystery of this story and it really doesn't kick off until about 33% of the book. Also while her aunt has always been a bit comical in her cluelessness when it comes to Bea, this book moves her from the arena of being amusing with it to full on into Petunia Dursley territory. There is a point at which her complete (even if somewhat benign) dismissal of any of Bea's better qualities and refusal to even give her any credit goes from clueless to cruel. But I do like how her cousin Flora sees Bea and has become a champion and co-conspirator. And once Bea does get to her investigation and Kesgrave shows up the book gets on firmer footing and begins to give the sparkle I have quickly become accustomed to with this series. Also Lady Abercrombie is a delightful character. But I do wonder at the tendency to make almost everyone (outside of a handful of people) that Bea comes in contact with a 'CHARACTER' instead of just a character. This one finally embraces the romance aspect and Bea ad Kesgrave admit their feelings for each other. And I enjoyed that as was glad for it although I wanted to know what the deal was with Lady Victoria. And the ending was abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Merry Jewelhound

    I am giving the book a 3.5 star. I had many moments where I really was laughing out loud. The humor is just terrific and that is why the book is rated at a 4. The down side is the plot and premise were pretty weak. I am going to start the next book today as I can forgive any flaws in the story as they are just plain fun and funny.

  5. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Beatrice Hyde-Clare has managed to solve two murders all without her family noticing. Unfortunately she has tumbled head over heels in love with the Duke of Kesgrave and it will never do! Of course he knows what's due his family and title. He will marry some pedantic heiress and have beautiful, pedantic children. Bea's family think she's mourning her lost love, a lowly law clerk who married someone else and has recently died. None but Bea knows that he is a fabrication. Bea's new "godmother", La Beatrice Hyde-Clare has managed to solve two murders all without her family noticing. Unfortunately she has tumbled head over heels in love with the Duke of Kesgrave and it will never do! Of course he knows what's due his family and title. He will marry some pedantic heiress and have beautiful, pedantic children. Bea's family think she's mourning her lost love, a lowly law clerk who married someone else and has recently died. None but Bea knows that he is a fabrication. Bea's new "godmother", Lady Abercrombie, is determined to bring Bea into fashion and find Bea a husband. What Bea wants is a new murder to solve to keep her occupied. When Mr. Skeffington, of the ill-fated Lake District house party, approaches Bea about solving a problem for his fiancee, Miss Otley, Bea is eager to accept. It seems that Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Otley's lover, has expired! While Mrs. Otley believes it was natural causes, Miss Otley is not sure sure. Bea is determined to solve this case on her own but wherever she goes, the Duke of Kesgrave follows! This time Bea is calling the shots and if he doesn't approve, so be it! With her newfound confidence, Bea sets out to find a killer. This story wasn't quite as charming or witty as the previous two. The author spends too much time recapping and spoiling the first two novels so reader beware! The mystery doesn't start until a few chapters in and ends very abruptly. The novel is more focused on the romance than the murder. I found most of the situations extremely unbelievable, more so than even the previous novel in the series. I didn't appreciate the lack of communication between Bea and Damien. She spends her time second guessing what he wants and means to do and it results in the usual misunderstanding trope. I HATE that kind of misunderstanding. I was not thrilled. Her self-esteem is so low thanks to her Dursley-ish relatives, she can't think that a man like him would ever want to marry a plain, middling spinster. Damien behaves like the perfect gentleman, for the most part. He's clearly in love with Bea and amused by her crazy schemes. Why does she think he goes along with her plans? I loved seeing him perform in a different role and how his ducal abilities fail in that instance. It was fun to give him a chance to see what it was like to be Bea for a change. Despite this, his character develops very little. Mr. Wilson, the murder victim, does not seem like much of a prize. I think Mrs. Otley was lonely and bored. I was surprised at how little she knew him. It takes other gentlemen to fill in the blanks. He didn't deserve to die, let alone such a horrific death. Like Miss Otley, Mr. Skeffington has also matured based on his experiences. He's more subdued and less carefree. I didn't care for Bea's crusade for justice. NO ONE would care about Mr. Wilson's murder and if the killer is a member of the beau monde, they'll get away with it anyway. What I really dislike about Bea is her approach to "questioning" murder suspects at the end of the novel. It's unrealistic and dangerous, not to mention unrealistic for her character and her time period. There is a decided lack of suspects in this novel. Mrs. Otley has not shown the best judgement or warmest feelings in the past. She's selfish and rather stupid. Emily is smart enough to kill her mother's lover and make it look natural. She swears she didn't know he was in the house but I think she is clever enough to conceal her emotions, despite what her mother and the servants think. Emily has grown a lot since we first met her, or so she says. She's kinder to Bea anyway and really is Bea's closest girlfriend. Bea refuses to believe Emily is a killer and focuses on outside suspects. The suspect list is whittled down by Lord Kesgrave and Bea ends up with two chief suspects Lord Mowbray and Lord Taunton. Mowbray is a drunken fool but could he ramblings hide a diabolical mind? Lord Taunton seems the typical haughty peer. He never expected to inherit and spent time in India. Yet, what could be the motive? He seems fond of his mother which I liked. He provides some surprising information. errors: Will Mr. Skeffington inherit a Barony or Baronetcy? They're not the same. His father is Lord Skeffington, which implies he's a Baron and not a Baronet. Authors please do your research and catch your mistakes. Emily's attitude towards infidelity is too modern. A real young lady of her situation would understand that marriages were made for financial benefit not love and that her parents will go their separate ways, as she might in the future. Mr. Skeffington seems to share her views. He also wouldn't be shocked by his parents' betrayal. Lord Skeffington's attitude is more normal for the period. Content: One passionate kissing scene with tongue and touching skin. I was not too thrilled with this scene or the misunderstanding it led to. Save the kisses for the end after the characters TALK to each other.

  6. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    Regency. This couple Damien & Bea (D+B) just clicked. She saw him dance with beautiful, young Lady Victoria & considered her hope gone. D+ B once again, partnered to investigate, someone's demise: an accident? murder? Damien acted imperious & vulnerable toward Bea. At times Bea wanted to: throw things at him (she refrained) & at others, hug him. Did D+B share romantic and deeper love? I've read 3 books in this series thus far. How could these books be even better? The author could/ should stop: 1 Regency. This couple Damien & Bea (D+B) just clicked. She saw him dance with beautiful, young Lady Victoria & considered her hope gone. D+ B once again, partnered to investigate, someone's demise: an accident? murder? Damien acted imperious & vulnerable toward Bea. At times Bea wanted to: throw things at him (she refrained) & at others, hug him. Did D+B share romantic and deeper love? I've read 3 books in this series thus far. How could these books be even better? The author could/ should stop: 1) referencing Bea's late faux love, law clerk Theo. Enough! 2) having Bea dwell on herself as plain w/no conversation. Bea is an original! 3) putting Bea in danger. Using her brain should not result in torture to the rest of her body.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Having stumbled into and successfully solved two murders, Beatrice has made a vow not to involve herself in anymore such murders. But if someone came to her requesting her help, then that is quite the different thing, isn't it? And finding herself quite unexpectedly in love with the handsome and charming Duke of Kesgrave, she is more than willing to take on the distraction of a new murder investigation. Despite her efforts to avoid Kesgrave, he features quite unintentionally in her thoughts and i Having stumbled into and successfully solved two murders, Beatrice has made a vow not to involve herself in anymore such murders. But if someone came to her requesting her help, then that is quite the different thing, isn't it? And finding herself quite unexpectedly in love with the handsome and charming Duke of Kesgrave, she is more than willing to take on the distraction of a new murder investigation. Despite her efforts to avoid Kesgrave, he features quite unintentionally in her thoughts and investigation. And now she will do everything she can to prevent revealing the truth of her feelings from those around her, and certainly from Kesgrave himself. __________________________ An Infamous Betrayal is the third book in Lynn Messina's Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries series and has bee my favorite book in the series thus far. I adored beyond words being introduced to Kesgrave's grandmother. She is stubborn and obstinate and everything we ever could have dreamed she could be. Now I can see how Kesgrave, with all his prestige and dignity, could have grown up to be the satirical and endearing man he is. My favorite aspect of these books has, hands down, been the wit and the banter. The characters range from endearing to ridiculous and I love the way they all play off one another. I really recommend this series, they're all quick reads and are genuinely funny. I have been reading this series through Kindle Unlimited but I think I might order my own paperbacks as I would like to add my very own copies of them to my bookshelves. 5 stars, I'm in love with this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    5 stars for the series as a whole. Here's hoping there will more to come. Lady Abercrombie's cryptic mention of another case seems to leave open the possibility! Please keep in mind, this series is best read in order, especially since this book would spoil the mysteries from the first two.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Bizzanelli

    Must start with book 1/ Amazing trio!!! I haven't enjoyed a trilogy so well in so long. Normally I abhor story lines with a spinster and a Duke because the focus is on her beauty. I'm not going to reiterate the storyline. I will say the verbal sparring, the growth of Beatrice herself is amazing which is why I say you must begin with the first of these, A Brazen Curiosity. You'll be glad you did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wende

    I think this was the best yet! Loved it. As soon as I finished the last book I had to buy the next one. It was so fun to read. I went to get the next one and found out I have to wait until April. A whole month.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kym

    Setting: London, England Regency era Genre: Mystery, slight element of romance 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 i Setting: London, England Regency era Genre: Mystery, slight element of romance 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Giese Witherspoon

    In this third book of the Beatrice Hyde-Clare trilogy, Bea faces a moral dilemma. She has solemnly promised the Duke of Kesgrave that she will cease investigating the horrible deaths that keep crossing her path. When an acquaintance asks Bea to investigate a mysterious death, she reasons that since she has not actually tripped over the dead body and this horrible death did not literally cross her path, she is free to investigate. After all, she needs a good mystery to take her mind off the Duke. In this third book of the Beatrice Hyde-Clare trilogy, Bea faces a moral dilemma. She has solemnly promised the Duke of Kesgrave that she will cease investigating the horrible deaths that keep crossing her path. When an acquaintance asks Bea to investigate a mysterious death, she reasons that since she has not actually tripped over the dead body and this horrible death did not literally cross her path, she is free to investigate. After all, she needs a good mystery to take her mind off the Duke. For me, book three wasn’t nearly as funny as the first two books, and the mystery wasn’t as interesting, but I still enjoyed this cute and quirky conclusion to the trilogy. Bea and the Duke find their intellectual equal in each other, and not only that, they both have kind hearts. So it truly is a happily-ever-after. I found this trilogy so funny and the characters so endearing that I’m sure I’ll reread it some day when I need a good laugh. Delightful! “I am not a turnip wiping dew from my ears,” he said stiffly. Although Bea felt the impish desire to point out that turnips were not cobs of corn to have ears, she squelched the impulse and moved on to their second suspect. All three books in the series are available in paperback and in the Kindle store (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    Audiobook review: 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 b Audiobook review: 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aira

    Another solid instalment Aunt Vera went from being amusing to insufferable and cruel. Flora was great The mystery was okay. The villain just revealed himself? that would never happen in real life. Relationship progression: 10/10 Take note other authors, not every man needs to be a brow beating alpha man who goes mad with jealousy. Damion is very willing to play second fiddle to Bea. Confident in himself he knows when he is needed, and when not. He also is hilarious and educated and these facts are d Another solid instalment Aunt Vera went from being amusing to insufferable and cruel. Flora was great The mystery was okay. The villain just revealed himself? that would never happen in real life. Relationship progression: 10/10 Take note other authors, not every man needs to be a brow beating alpha man who goes mad with jealousy. Damion is very willing to play second fiddle to Bea. Confident in himself he knows when he is needed, and when not. He also is hilarious and educated and these facts are demonstrated throughout the book through his actions and the way he talks, not just with the author telling us

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "I admire your ability to concoct a theory of guilt out of a ball of yarn and a misplaced kitchen spoon." Another delightful installment. I continue to adore Bea and the duke. I hope the duke's grandmother makes more appearances too. However, I'm really starting to despise Vera and wish she'd wind up a murder victim. **SPOILERS BELOW ARE HIDDEN but be aware!!** (view spoiler)[ I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed at how fast the engagement came to be. We went from nothing to marriage in "I admire your ability to concoct a theory of guilt out of a ball of yarn and a misplaced kitchen spoon." Another delightful installment. I continue to adore Bea and the duke. I hope the duke's grandmother makes more appearances too. However, I'm really starting to despise Vera and wish she'd wind up a murder victim. **SPOILERS BELOW ARE HIDDEN but be aware!!** (view spoiler)[ I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed at how fast the engagement came to be. We went from nothing to marriage in just a few chapters. Given the slow buildup thus far, I really expected more to their romance. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula Dyches

    This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I love cozy mysteries and Jane Austen style romances... this series combines to 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... w This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I love cozy mysteries and Jane Austen style romances... this series combines to 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elvira Watson-ocampo

    Hilarious mystery Love, love the series ! So much to enjoy between the pages and yes! Romance as well! Love the heroine and her sleuthing escapades! Definitely a must read series, can't wait to read the next episode!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judy Rancourt

    Chuckled, I love these books and good for a little romance!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    I adore this series. The characters in this series are just so delightfully funny and multi-faceted. I love the sarcastic commentary on social protocols during the time period while still being a great mystery and romance!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2.5 stars. I knew that reading the books in this series in quick succession would inevitably lead to me impatiently waving the author on while she recaps the previous installments. So that's on me. The mystery solving and relationship development continues to charm, but the (view spoiler)[ lack of proper proposal (hide spoiler)] bothered me. And the duke's assertion that he's unused to delaying satisfaction makes me worried that there is a whole string of ex-mistresses and paramours in his past. 2.5 stars. I knew that reading the books in this series in quick succession would inevitably lead to me impatiently waving the author on while she recaps the previous installments. So that's on me. The mystery solving and relationship development continues to charm, but the (view spoiler)[ lack of proper proposal (hide spoiler)] bothered me. And the duke's assertion that he's unused to delaying satisfaction makes me worried that there is a whole string of ex-mistresses and paramours in his past. I'm just not sure that the mousy, albeit consistently improving in self worth, heroine will be able to withstand running into them. I'm choosing not to borrow trouble, so on to the next book I go!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rasika

    A sensible heroine and some adequate mysteries All the three books in the seires were an enjoyable read. I liked to see the heroine grow and gain more confidence in her abilities and the developing relationship between the main characters. The secondary characters (aunt and cousins) were fun to read too. Minor complaint: a lot of repetition of the heroine's internal drama. Also, as the seires progressed there was more emphasis on the romance than the mystery, which was fine, but both angles felt A sensible heroine and some adequate mysteries All the three books in the seires were an enjoyable read. I liked to see the heroine grow and gain more confidence in her abilities and the developing relationship between the main characters. The secondary characters (aunt and cousins) were fun to read too. Minor complaint: a lot of repetition of the heroine's internal drama. Also, as the seires progressed there was more emphasis on the romance than the mystery, which was fine, but both angles felt half baked. The abrupt ending gives me hope that there are more books coming

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Duration: 7hrs 50mins An Infamous Betrayal, Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries Book 3 by Lynn Messina is a lively, cosy mystery series set in Regency England. Confirmed spinster and unapologetic bluestocking Beatrice Hyde-Clare has come a long way in the months since she solved her first murder. Not only has she made something of a name for herself as a competent investigator, but she has been adopted into society in a way no one who knew her could ever have expected. Whilst Bea can now hold a half-de Duration: 7hrs 50mins An Infamous Betrayal, Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries Book 3 by Lynn Messina is a lively, cosy mystery series set in Regency England. Confirmed spinster and unapologetic bluestocking Beatrice Hyde-Clare has come a long way in the months since she solved her first murder. Not only has she made something of a name for herself as a competent investigator, but she has been adopted into society in a way no one who knew her could ever have expected. Whilst Bea can now hold a half-decent conversation with the ladies of the Ton, and even has a sponsor for Almack's, there is one skill she is yet to master; how to rid her mind - and heart - of the pesky Duke who dominates her thoughts and emotions, despite her best efforts to resist him. When the young Lord Skeffington arrives at her door with a proposal, Bea hopes the distraction will banish the Duke of Kesgrave from her contemplations for long enough to stop being so inconveniently in love with him. And so it might, had he not decided to investigate the mystery as well... Having very much enjoyed the previous books in the series, A Brazen Curiosity, and A Scandalous Deception, 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. The book does contain some niggling mispronunciations, the most notable of which were "thorough," "en route," "cloisonné," and the recurring "whilst," but they were far fewer in number and much less egregious than in previous books. I am now able to sit back and simply enjoy Smith's performance, without being constantly aware that she is acting. I have been impressed by the improvement with each successive novel. 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. My reviews of the previous books in this series can be found here: A Brazen Curiosity - https://www.hearingthings.co.uk/2018/... A Scandalous Deception - https://www.hearingthings.co.uk/2019/... *I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. If you liked this review then please join me for more! | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharanya

    Oh, what a delightful romp this series has been! Beatrice’s third adventure is as lively as the others, with the added sweetness of her deepening romance with the Duke of Kesgrave, even as they continue to match wits. Their interactions are so adorable. The mystery, too, was an intriguing one, though once again it had a rather sudden end. Overall, this was a charming, hilarious regency mystery/romance series. I hope there will be more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yasaman

    An absolutely delightful series. I laughed out loud more than once, and Beatrice is just an enormously fun heroine. I loved that her and Kesgrave's romance was built on the foundation of their appreciation for each other's minds and their intellectual chemistry, and of course their surprise investigative partnership. All the banter was witty and snappy, a real joy to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    sarah williams

    Bra is engaged to solve a murder Bea, shy and unassuming spinster of twenty and six years, has been called upon to solve the murder of a married woman's lover. Once again, Bea is putting her brain to the task of gathering information and finding the murderer. Somehow, a certain Duke keeps showing up. Read and enjoy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anonymous Reader

    I loved this addition to the series, almost entirely thanks to the development of the relationship between Bea and the Duke. THAT was worth reading. The mystery...well the less said the better. It wasn't at all bad though. I have a few issues with the series I will go over at the end. First I'll address what is GREAT about these books. - Bea is hilarious and relatable and endearing. I truly like her personality and character, although definitely too self effacing, that is clearly a result of the I loved this addition to the series, almost entirely thanks to the development of the relationship between Bea and the Duke. THAT was worth reading. The mystery...well the less said the better. It wasn't at all bad though. I have a few issues with the series I will go over at the end. First I'll address what is GREAT about these books. - Bea is hilarious and relatable and endearing. I truly like her personality and character, although definitely too self effacing, that is clearly a result of the lack of love and care and basically, the cruelty, with which her aunt and uncle treated her when she first came to live with them. - Not only is Bea funny but she is smart - and I love that she recognizes this! Intelligence is clearly valued. - The mysteries are usually clever and quick. This one wasn't great, but it was still good! Now to get to what I dislike about this book, and the others before it - mostly because of the rooccuring behaviour of it. - WHY must the author so insistently remind us that Bea is not at all attractive? I take offense to this. It's not fair to consistently have both the heroine, and her so called friends and family, not to mention her enemies, go on and on about how unattractive she is. If i read "Plain-faced" once more in this series I'll scream. People - you do not have to be PRETTY to be attractive!!! Why can they not point out that her smile is lovely (everyone's is) and her laugh appealing, and her freckles adorable, and her body excellent? WHY??? Someone's voice alone, in regular speech, can make them attractive. PERSONALITY and WIT and CLEVERNESS make people attractive! She doesn't have to be plain, just because she isn't a raving beauty. It's a cruel way to describe someone! And like I said, for goodness sake, if you are going to blab about how plain everyone thinks she is, then point out that they are WRONG and that because of her character and laugh and smile and eyes, she IS attractive. For the love of mike, anyone can be attractive, and at least have her LOVER tell her she is!!!! - The other thing that bothered me was the constant miscommunication. It seems forced and fake and unrealistic, and I was disappointed with the Duke for not speaking out and making things clear and not letting Bea or others get in the way. He did in the end, and I think it exactly right that she gave him some grief there at the end, and he had to work for it. Really nothing else bothered me, except Aunt Vera. I keep wanting Bea to yell at her! Other than those little quirks that bother me, I love everything else about this series. And boy oh boy the passionate kissing scene towards the end - I loved that. I mean, I loved the page or two that it took to describe the actual kiss. Did i like the circumstances, or the ensuing moustache fiasco? Hell no. If it was an attempt at humor, it just made me cringe with awkwardness. But for the sake of that kissing scene alone, and the cute final one, when all feelings are confessed and love is revealed - I love this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I am still enjoying this Regency era cozy mystery series. I think the only way I could love Jane Austen more than I already do is if her Heroines were solving mysteries, HA! (Technically you could maybe =, loosely say that Northanger Abbey has a flavor of this and almost all her books have secrets that the heroines figure out so maybe they already are perfect). Ahem. The shine is starting to come off this series a little bit but maybe that's because I've read three of the books in a great rush? B I am still enjoying this Regency era cozy mystery series. I think the only way I could love Jane Austen more than I already do is if her Heroines were solving mysteries, HA! (Technically you could maybe =, loosely say that Northanger Abbey has a flavor of this and almost all her books have secrets that the heroines figure out so maybe they already are perfect). Ahem. The shine is starting to come off this series a little bit but maybe that's because I've read three of the books in a great rush? Beatrice has started to become kind of arrogant? And I am distinguishing here arrogance from self-confidence. I've enjoyed her gaining feelings of self worth and confidence but she's starting to cross the line a little bit? Part of it is that to solve the mystery, Bea must make some pretty huge intuitive leaps on little evidence and she does so without a single doubt or question. For example, Bea and the Kesgrave (the Duke) learn a piece of information, and despite the fact that there are several explanations for this piece of information, Bea latches on to one and never questions it. Until it turns out to be wrong and then one of the other possibilities occurs to her and then she latches on to that explanation with 100% conviction and acts on it immediately in a reckless and stupid way. (Which hints at the second thing that has started to annoy me a bit but more on that in a moment....) The time period is mostly to blame for this seemingly slipshod detective work. After all they don't have DNA, or fingerprints or really any other forensic techniques that are widely known that Bea and Kesgrave might realistically use so the only option is to make intuitive leaps and hope you can browbeat or trick your maybe villain into confessing. Still, I wish she was a little less convinced that all her deductions are 100% correct with no other options. The second thing that I am struggling with Bea about is her reckless and thoughtless actions which in some way do not even fit with her personality. She is usually and mostly a planner and very thoughtful about how to approach something but then at least once in each book she will have a revelation and will just charge in without thought. It usually ends with her almost being killed and rightfully so I say. For land's sake woman, at least get better at fisticuffs before you go charging off to accuse someone of being a murderer in a remote location! Despite this grumbling, I do still love this series and Lynn Messina's writing style. She's got a very cleverly witty style and the banter between Bea and Kesgrave is golden. I highly recommend but am also going to take a short break before starting the next book:).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "Peas and laste, 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!e ( Format : Audiobook ) "Peas and laste, 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

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lidia

    This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: 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, This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 seridx. 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, Be 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 seridx. 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. I listened to this book - the narrator is the perfect compliment to the written word.

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