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The Miser of Mayfair (A House for the Season) [Paperback]

M.C. Beaton
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7 Feb 2013 A House for the Season (Book 1)
Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair?Every Season the beaux 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 No.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 are 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, No.67's clever and elegant butler, who sees through her façade and resolves to help his mysterious mistress in whatever way he can...

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780333056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780333052
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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Book Description

The first book in the Regency Romance series, The House for a Season, from the bestselling author M.C Beaton.

About the Author

M C Beaton is the author of the hugely successful Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, both published by Constable & Robinson. She left a full time career in journalism to turn to writing, and now divides her time between a flat in Paris and a village in the Cotswolds very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted and fun read 23 Mar 2013
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I was so pleased to see The Miser of Mayfair had been re-issued. It and other Regencies were originally published in the 1980s under MC Beaton's alternative pen name of Marion Chesney. They were extremely hard to find and expensive, but now several of her Regency series are available again in paperback and kindle editions, with fabulous new covers.

The Miser of Mayfair is a fun, easy read, the first in a series featuring the various tenants of a London townhouse, No. 67 Clarges Street. No. 67 is in Mayfair and comes complete with staff, but it has a reputation for being unlucky. Consequently it remains vacant year after year and the servants are struggling to survive.

The staff hope the arrival of Mr Roderick Sinclair and his lovely ward Fiona at No 67 may change their fortunes, but then it appears Mr Sinclair is a miser and Fiona is a beautiful airhead. Or are they?

Great light reading with a fabulous cast of characters, especially Rainbird the butler. Plenty of gentle humour and the plot rattles along nicely. The romantic elements are glossed over somewhat but MC Beaton is such an entertaining storyteller, you barely miss them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Miser of Mayfair 17 Feb 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The house at 67 Clarges Street Mayfair has developed a reputation for being unlucky and consequently no one wants to hire it for the season but this year it looks as though the house's luck might have changed. Roderick Sinclair has been left custody of his brother's ward, Fiona Sinclair, and decides to launch her on the marriage market in London. A cheap house in the right area looks like just the thing for him as his brother neglected to leave him his fortune along with his ward.

I enjoyed this light hearted and fast paced story where the servants - led by the butler, Mr Rainbird, are as much part of it as the Sinclairs. Fiona herself is an interesting character who is definitely more than just a very beautiful face. I liked the way the characters of the servants was developed in the book and the way they struggle to make ends meet because of very low wages paid by the agent who manages the house for its owner.

If you enjoy Regency romances then try this one as it is something a little different from the usual book in this genre. There are plenty of humorous touches and interesting characters as well. This is the first book in the House for a Season series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected 26 Jun 2013
By Patch
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A good introduction to the series. The characters a good fun and it is enjoyable getting to know them. Would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars REGENCY FAIRYTALE 24 April 2013
By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the first book in the House for the Season Series by M.C. Beaton.

Retired Scottish lawyer Roderick Sinclair is disappointed to discover that instead of the vast fortune he hoped for, after his brother's death he only inherits his brother's ward, Miss Fiona Sinclair. Practically penniless, desperate, and unable to provide for the young woman, Sinclair decides to take Fiona to London for the Season, hoping that her astonishing beauty will secure her a rich husband, so he sells his few possessions and rents the cheapest house in Mayfair, Number 67 Clarges Street. The house has a reputation of being unlucky and the servants have been unemployed for a long time, so they are delighted to help the beautiful, but seemingly stupid Miss Fiona acquire a respectable husband and change their fortune as well.

This is a light read with likable characters, somewhat interesting plot and some humour. Something between a simplified uninspired version of a Jane Austen novel and a fairytale, with the normal set of characters, like the damsel in distress, the evil villains, the honest and helpful servants, and a slightly unattractive prince charming. The story was rather predictable and a little depressing, the characters not very well developed and the relationships superficial. The best thing about this little book were the servants of the house, and the descriptions of their everyday life and the problems the have to face when the house is not rented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miser of Mayfair 26 April 2013
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Brilliant 0h so brilliant this book was again extremely cleverly written to deal with another different type of story I can`t get enough of M C Beaton`s style of writing in all her different types of stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Main Character 21 April 2013
By Alison
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the heroine of this book. As the book progresses the denouement of her full nature is fabulous. It's a very easy read and I loved the misbehaving Lords and gambling Ladies of this historic comedy. And who doesn't love a novel set in Mayfair.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 19 Feb 2013
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I fell out of my seat laughing and it is only the first in a series featuring this house promising more joy to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mcbeaton miser of mayfair 24 May 2014
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Just what you need for a lose yourself in romance fun, will also bring a tear to the eyes of the more silly of you such as me. M.c.beaton never fails to deliver
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as good as other books by this author. A bit too samey.
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. V. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well - rushed finish
This book started well and I was really enjoying it but it somewhat fell apart towards the end with a disappointing and rushed finish that had me wanting to throw it into the bin! Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Georgette Heyer at her best
It's a while since I've met a character that I've liked as much as Fiona, vacant, biddable bird-brain on the surface, smart as paint underneath. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. WOOLSTON
5.0 out of 5 stars M C Beaton has done it again
Thoroughly enjoyed the book very funny and had me laughing over the plot and characters well written and enjoyable - well done
Published 5 months ago by Jane Proud
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
I hadn't read an historical romance in quite some time. I snapped this one and Plain Jane up on impulse. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it...
A very light hearted story, loved it and definitely worth a read. Strongly recommend this book to anyone who is after a giggle.
Published 5 months ago by shivs8760
4.0 out of 5 stars v good
Funny, entertaining. Well writtne and pretty accurate historically. A pretty good, quick read, not too serious but not totally stupid either
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought the plot was poor. The writing was poor. It appeared to be rushed off the word processor. Not up to Ms Beaton's normal standard.
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it better than Miss Cupcake whose review is further up.
Plenty of interest and light amusement all the way through this book. I continually looked forward to reading some more chapters and will be investigating M C Beaton's other... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John L
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Good read enjoyed the story can't wait to read the next. Characters were well presented and likeable story line was amusing.
Published 6 months ago by Val Jones
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