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Miss Tonks Takes a Risk (Poor Relation #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  637 ratings  ·  59 reviews
The fashionable Poor Relation hotel has rescued its six owners from genteel poverty, but they need ready cash for its upkeep. Once more, one of them must discreetly rob a rich relative.

The faded spinster Miss Letitia Tonks is dispatched to disguise herself as a highwayman and hold up the carriage that is transporting her nip-farthing sister and her lovely young niece, Cass
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1993)
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Ya gotta love the horrible Sir Philip - filthy, obnoxious, dishonest, but with a good heart in there somewhere. Lots of fun.
I remember reading a slew of Marion Chesney novels when my children were very young. They were just the right kind of light, mindless entertainment that I needed at the time. I had to read things that were very put-downable … books that would not consume me. My free time to read was very limited.

Basically, all of the books in any given Marion Chesney series were the same book. She had a formula, and stuck to it. She changed names, places and circumstances, but the basic plots remained identical.
Maria Thermann
I don't know why Goodreads comes up with the author's name as Marion Chesney, the author's name is clearly M C Beaton!

M C Beaton's delightful Regency romance series surrounding the antics of the Poor Relations Hotel and its eccentric, impoverished owners, who are literally poor relations of rich aristocrats who couldn't care less about their fate, has the reader chuckle through every page. With wonderful twists and turns the unlikely heroine in this case, Cassandra, a freckle-faced redhead with
Fluttery, nervous Miss Tonks summons up her courage and disguises herself as a highwayman to rob her sister of some expensive jewels. She holds up the wrong carriage, but while her unintended victim is actually a nice young lord who also happens to be packing heat (and who isn't going to be doing any standing or delivering), he also happens to really, really hate Miss Tonks's sister. So he dons her mask and hat and goes to do the heist himself. He steals the diamonds, but he also happens to stea ...more
This is the 2nd book in this series about members of the "poor gentry" band together for companionship, pooling their meager resources and a sense of family. They proceed to open an hotel called "The Poor Relation", which becomes surprisingly successful. However, it takes a lot of funds to keep it running and to obtain the funds, the owners take to stealing from their rich relatives. This time, Miss Tonks, a timid spinster, volunteers to visit her mean sister and see what she can find to steal.

I really like this Poor Relations series for the characters and the great description of the times, from the clothes to the food and the extreme class awareness.
An Odd1
Six genteel seniors raise funds for their fashionable Poor Relation hotel by sending spinster "slim flat-chested" p 19 Miss Letitia Tonks to rob her selfish sister of a sparkling necklace and tiara. But dashing Lord Eston dons her highwayman mask instead. Letitia's niece Cassandra Blessop cannot forget the kiss he steals as well. In London, Cassandra and Letitia pose as incognito Hungarian royalty "foreigners and therefore given to eccentric whims" p 88 to expose Bonnard plotting at the rival ho ...more
This is the second in the Poor Relations series, and I found this one as much unadulterated fun as the first!

Miss Tonks, one of the poor relations who have decided to pool their efforts and - gasp! - go into trade by starting a hotel, begins this book in a decided pickle. The hotel is running low on funds so one of their number must visit a relation and steal something they can sell, and Miss Tonks is elected.

Miss Tonks sets out to fulfill her mission filled with apprehension, and had she but kn
The Poor Relation hotel is in need of money again and poor spinster Miss Tonks is chosen to steal something from her cruel sister's home. Miss Tonks is treated little better than a servant by her sister but is befriended by her sister's outspoken 18 year old daughter, Cassandra. Cassandra's mother tries to push Cassandra of the wealthy Lord Eston, but Cassandra is determined to be a spinster like her aunt and snubs Lord Eston. Miss Tonks, assisted by Lord Eston, accomplishes her task and sets of ...more
Felicia J.
Also published as "Miss Tonks Turns to Crime."

The owners of the Poor Relation hotel are in need of funds to tide them over during the London winter. The timid spinster Miss Letitia Tonks is dispatched to steal something valuable from her cruel, haughty sister. Mrs. Honoria Blessop not only stole Miss Tonks' suitor when he seemed on the verge of proposing, she kept her sister near starvation on a meager allowance for years. Now, Honoria is determined to wed her red-haired, outspoken daughter Cass
It is Miss Tonks’ turn to steal something small and valuable to keep the hotel The Poor Relation in business. She is not morally opposed to stealing from her unpleasant sister Honoria but she worries that she could get caught and she really doesn’t want to go to prison. Fortunately for Letitia Tonks someone else agrees to do the job for her – but that leads to complications which neither of the people concerned could have foreseen.

This is an entertaining story which includes a romance but it’s m
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime is only the second of Marion Chesney's The Poor Relation series but I already feel like we're heading into a serious rut. In the first novel we have is a group of "poor relations" who have banded together to run a hotel ("The Poor Relation"). The hotel does really well and it looks like these society cast-offs will make good. Then the hotel has a fire and they are starting from scratch again. In the second novel, poor Miss Tonks, the most timid of the group is sent off ...more
Miss Tonks heads out to her sister's. The sister is awful, but the niece is a darling young woman. The brother-in-law is not horrible either, just held under the sister's thumb. Miss Tonks comes up with a plan to dress as a highway man and rob the sister's carriage on her way to a ball. Unfortunately, she holds up the wrong carriage and ends up revealing her entire plan to the local very eligible gentleman, Lord Eston. Instead of turning her in however, he robs the sister for her, stealing a kis ...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781780333182

Genre? - Historical / Romance / Drama

Characters? - Amelia Fortescue / Colonel Sandhurt / Lord Eston / Letitia Tonks / Cassandra Blessop / Sir Philip Somerville / Eliza Budley / Aubrey Davenport / Amanda Boyle

Setting? - London (England)

Series? - Poor Relation #2

Title? - Miss Tonks is sent to her sister to steal something of value to keep them afloat.

Character Analysis? - I thought that the characters had finally begun to take on some shape in this one. Particularly Miss Tonks
Poor Relations Book 2

Poor Relations Book 2

Wow, the shenanigans continue in the 2nd book, as it becomes Miss Tonks turn to raise money by acquiring something of value from her wealthy sister to sell. Since her sister had cheated Miss Tonks out of her inheritance and stolen her fiancee, one can only cheer her on as this starts out a series of misadventures that will keep you up reading till the end. Great.
The second installment in the Poor Relations series is just as enjoyable as the first. While not always entirely believable it was always entertaining and the new characters are a mix of endearing and (as for some of the secondary characters) shallow and empty-headed in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. The story is exciting and there isn't a dull moment at the Poor Relations Hotel!

A definitely enjoyable read and I look forward to the next one.
My goodness, this second book in the Poor Relations series is exciting. We meet Miss Tonks and her family and find out why she has no money while her sister's family is extremely wealthy. Much drama involving a new rival hotel. Also, one of the most ridiculous scenes, yet, when Sir Philip is caught wearing a stolen diamond tiara.
Pese a que el final me pareció un poco apresurado, disfruté mucho este libro y definitivamente voy a leer el siguiente en la serie.
Si te gustan los romances de época con un toque de humor, te recomiendo este libro. Especial para tomar un respiro entre libros más "oscuros".
Carolyn F.

One of my favorite narrators, Davina Porter narrates this book. I might have mentioned with the first book, but I love her narration of the Outlander series and hoped that I wouldn't hear her use the voice of a favorite character in the Poor Relation series. Well, she didn't. Excellent job. The book itself is a feel good series although I wish it didn't always end with the group in dire straits again. I'm planning on listening to as many of these books as my library has.
loved Cassandra Blessop, how forthright she is. liked her and Lord Eston's ending, how it wasn't fairytale perfect, but was a life they made for themselves. Enjoyed Miss Tonks trying to change herself.
True confession! I love romance novels. Actually, I prefer mysteries, and having read all of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, I have turned to her period romances (written under her real name, Marion Chesney). The Travelling Matchmaker series was delightful; I'm now on this new series, centered on a hotel for the "genteel poor." Set in Regency England, the books are full of historical details that are both fascinating and alarming ("ladies" were expected to wear a covering w ...more
DeAnna Knippling
You know, of all the books I've read lately, this is one of the ones that's given me the most actual relief from stress. Light, fluffy, farcical.
Sep 28, 2014 Alicia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency-era fans
Recommended to Alicia by: No one
ISBN: 0-312-08846-9 (hc) 1993
8 chapters/152pp

Review to come
Another that should really be 2.5 stars, but I rounded up.
Another fun entry (#2) in the "poor relations" series...
I very much enjoy this light regency series.
Another fun audio book in this series.
Another cute, amusing book in this series. Perhaps slightly less bite than the first one, but an easy, charming read nonetheless.
These books aren't going to blow you away but they are great mindless entertainment. There appears to be a pattern to the series: the "poor relations" need money. Someone is chosen to steal something from a wealthy relative. Romance ensues. Shenanigans follow. Seeing as how this book featured Miss Tonks, I would have like her to develop a bit more. She kind of faded away before the end of the story.
Apr 29, 2009 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sue-Ann Peterson, Katreniah Washington
Miss Tonks is a well-born spinster who must live off her wealthy sister's miserly charity. She lives and works in the Poor Relations Hotel with its other odd cast of characters. It is the off season and the hotel is not doing well, and Miss Tonks draws the short straw and must come up with enough money to get the hotel and its denizens through the slow season by any means -- legal or otherwise.
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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, M.C. Beaton, Sarah Chester.

Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly
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Poor Relation (6 books)
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out (Poor Relations #1)
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