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Publisher's Summary

Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

Salvation seems to come in the form of Roderick Sinclair who confirms he wishes to rent the house for the current season. The staff is overjoyed - until they find that Mr. Sinclair is a terrible miser who is planning no parties. Furthermore, his ward, Fiona, though a dazzling Highland beauty, does not seem to possess one bright idea in her head. But it is Rainbird, Number 67’s clever and elegant butler, who sees through her facade and resolves to help his mysterious mistress in whatever way he can.

©1986 Marion Chesney (P)2013 AudioGO

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If you could sum up The Miser of Mayfair in three words, what would they be?

What a surprise!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rainbird

What about Lindy Nettleton’s performance did you like?

A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.

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

No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.

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I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?

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Love this series!

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M.C. Beaton has created a wonderful cast of characters and Lindy Nettleton has brought their personalities to life through her performance. I have enjoyed these books very much. The upstairs/downstairs storyline is excellent.

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romanticizes sexual assault

These types of ridiculous romances romanticize toxic masculinity. The love of her life attempts to rape her, but because he doesn’t attempt to kidnap her or hit her with a bottle he is somehow noble. The femme fatale acts silly and dumb to attract her rich prey through jealousy and the desire to save her from poverty and lecherous men… gag.

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I absolutely HATED the ending

This is just a fluff, average regency romance. I don't expect great literature, just a relaxing read. It fulfilled that requirement up to the end. I HATED the ending of the book. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who actually wants to read it, though. I am glad I got this through Kindle Unlimited. If I had paid money for it, I would be even more annoyed.

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The Miser of Mayfair - one of my favorite listens

This is the first in a series which Audible doesn't carry in entirety, which was a terrible blow. In this first book, a skinflint drunkard 'inherits' a young woman from a deceased uncle. He rents a London house which is available at a shockingly low price because, unbeknownst to him, it has an unlucky reputation, even though the address is good. The staff is top-notch and excited the house has been rented for the season until they learn the new master of the house is a cheapskate. Fortunately, the young woman is singularly resourceful - making dresses from the curtains and out-gambling the gambling queens of the ton. She changes all their fortunes - especially downstairs. It's a great story with an odd twist at the end. Highly recommended. Hopefully Audible will get the rights for the rest of the tales soon.

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A rapist? Really?

Let me get this straight. A man rips Fiona’s clothes from her, exposing her naked body, and attempts to rape her. I say attempts because someone stops him. Note that he does not stop himself - someone else intervenes. And this would-be rapist is the man we are to champion as the winner of Fiona’s affections? The near-rape is dismissed as HER fault (to quote: “She brought it upon herself.”) and we are to dismiss it as well. Nope. No - that is a dangerous idea to put out there.

My question is this: if the scene is to have no bearing, is to be forgotten so that this man is her Happily Ever After, then why include a rape scene at all?? It spoiled an otherwise good story. This is irresponsible writing.

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Short and sweet!

Looking forward to the rest of the series. Easy romance with an interesting heroine and a smart hero. M. C. Beaton tells good stories. Lindy Nettleton is a good narrator.

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Happy ending with an attempted rapist?

She ends up with a man who was interrupted from his attempt to rape her. Very strange. Up to that point the story seemed like it would be cheerful but instead it turned out horrifying.

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Not worth the smut

An interesting story but towards the end they throw in some unnecessary language and graphic detail. Story would have been just fine if not better without it. Why?
Those two things make it worth reviewing for others to note if they care otherwise it’s pretty much just another quant little typical story - meh but then bleh.
Narrator did a nice job.

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stilted narrative

I found the story to be simplistic and the characters one dimensional. also the narrator was choppy and stilted.

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