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Miss Tonks Takes a Risk (Poor Relation #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,036 Ratings  ·  92 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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mark monday
a mainly charming but very slim trifle let down by an annoyingly rushed, perfunctory climax.

spinster turned hotelier turned jewelry thief Miss Tonks: a delight!

nobleman turned highway robber turned ardent lover Lord Eston: a delight!

debutante turned runaway turned fun-loving spy Cassandra Blessop: a delight!

a supporting cast full of wily retirees and gold-diggers and snobs: a delight!

smooth but uninteresting prose; a pleasant, shallow, fun story with occasional moments of surprising depth; a pac
Sep 20, 2007 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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.
This second book in the Poor Relations Hotel was a fun romp. The Kindle edition did suffer a little from typos and I am unsure how historically accurate it is so I am giving this 3 rather than 4 stars.
Persis Menon
May 25, 2015 Persis Menon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this series very much. It's not so intense, so I use it as a breather between novel.
Mar 16, 2017 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's no Georgette Heyer (it feels a bit too modern in places), but it's charmingly written and the plot is really delightful. I found myself wishing there were a whole series about Miss Tonks alone.
Maria Thermann
Oct 17, 2014 Maria Thermann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 23, 2017 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and hesitantly picked up the second. They can't all be that good, right? Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Miss Tonks turns out to have some grit and her niece is a new character introduced into the poor relations group.
Charming light. DPL e book via freading
Melissa Durbin
Oct 10, 2016 Melissa Durbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am greatly enjoying this series. Beaton's writing is witty and fun. I'm looking forward to the third in the series.
Feb 27, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regency romantic comedy where the hero and heroine get together in the end after a romp through escapades, escapes and misrepresentations. Light and fun.
Felicia J.
Jun 17, 2013 Felicia J. rated it liked it
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
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
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
Apr 29, 2013 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audio-book
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
An Odd1
Apr 14, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
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
Aug 19, 2013 Damaskcat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Helene Harrison
Review - I thought that the characters had finally begun to take on some shape in this one. Particularly Miss Tonks and Sir Philip Somerville. It was amazing to me how quickly Cassandra also took on shape, when Mrs Budley still seems so far away. A definite improvement on the last one, largely due to the improved character arcs and the drama behind it with the Boyles. The storyline had more flow to it, and this all added to the overall effect, improving dramatically on the first in the series.

Jun 28, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
This is a light fun series set in regency England. A group of "poor relations" set up a hotel in order to earn a living, much to the consternation of their well off relatives. The group is a bit older, but they manage to get themselves into some good adventures. In this installment, they need money because the hotel suffered damage in a fire. miss Tonk volunteers to steal some jewels from her sister, since her sister took the whole inheritance AND Miss Tonks fiancée. The gang also tries to sabot ...more
Sometimes I just need fluff to read and the mobile library has a large collection of M.C. Beaton's books (she may win the title of most-represented author, in fact) which nicely fulfill that role.

This series follows a well-worn path: young Regency miss comes to London in need of, if not necessarily in search of, a husband. Meanwhile an eligible bachelor puts in an appearance although he, too, may strew obstacles in the way of marriage. Via a series of mishaps and shenanigans, the assembled comp
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.
Apr 17, 2013 Maren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 26, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Becky Prunty
Feb 16, 2016 Becky Prunty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun romp

I had the audio version of this book that was the second installment of "the Poor Relations" series. The characters were a joy and I found myself laughing out loud at the predicaments and witty ripostes of the heroes and heroines. A very enjoyable Regency novel. I am now on to the third book of the series with great relish!
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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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