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Miser of Mayfair (A House for the Season #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  866 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
#67 Clarges Street is unlucky. Rental agent Palmer blackmails butler Rainbird and staff to stay for pittance of wages. From Scotland for the London Season, dazzling orphan Fiona sets her sights on haughty Earl of Harrington, and gives the servants first cut of her gambling winnings, insists she is the sole heir to her father Roderick Sinclair, a miser with a failing heart.
Paperback, 167 pages
Published March 15th 1987 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 1986)
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Mo
Apr 11, 2013 Mo added it
Shelves: brit-lit, regency
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.
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Patricia
Mar 18, 2013 Patricia rated it it was ok
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Kelly
May 31, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was nicely written and engaging.
I did like the character of Fiona although I did feel she was on the shallow side.
Kate McMurry
May 30, 2013 Kate McMurry rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
Terrific, humorous, Regency novel

This is the first of six books in the Regency-romance series, "A House for the Season." The complete series is:

The Miser of Mayfair, the First Volume
Plain Jane, the Second Volume
The Wicked Godmother, the Third Volume
Rake's Progress, the Fourth Volume
The Adventuress, the Fifth Volume
Rainbird's Revenge, the Sixth Volume

This first book sets up the central core of this series. A group of servants, for various personal reasons, are miserably bound to their employment
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Leslie
Jul 22, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun, romantic, regency, ku
This is one of a series of formulaic Regency romps by Marion Chesney. There are several series with mild varations and they are like potato chips to me, I can't read just one.

In this series the location is a house in London that is reported to be cursed
the main cast are the servants of said house who are mistreated by the agent but all of whom are 'trapped' in the job.

The 'unmarriageable' young lady in this case is an orphan who is the ward of a Scottish drunk. and the Man of her dreams is an Ea
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Kristin Davison
I liked the idea of the story, especially with the servants point of view. I found the main character annoying at the start but she grows on you as you get to know more about her. The book is obviously well researched.

I really don't like the cover, its degrading and garish.
QNPoohBear
Another series by Chesney about down-on-their-luck characters. This time, the series revolves around the servants of the town house 67 Clarges Street: the comic butler Rainbird, ladylike housekeeper Mrs. Middleton, wild Scotch cook Angus MacGregor, beautiful Housemaid Alice, Chambermaid Jenny, little Scullery Maid Lizzie and young Pot Boy Dave. The house is said to be cursed and the servants are cheated and blackmailed out of their money by the Duke's wicked agent Palmer and have since become a ...more
Lady Studland
I got this book because it was a Kindle deal and it was by M. C. Beaton who's books I've enjoyed very much. This book was completely different - a bad luck house with servants who are basically forced to work there under threat of no references by the evil house agent. The house is empty because the owner lives elsewhere and available for a bargain price for the season. Mr. Sinclair and his ward rent the house to find her a husband and fortunes begin to change. I liked the book a great deal but ...more
Alicia
Jan 02, 2015 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I saw this for $1.99 on Amazon and was intrigued by the Downton Abby aspect to the story so I purchased it without a sample. I finished it in a few hours, so I can't say that it really lived up to the potential. Overall, a quick read with some amusing characters that have a good amount of heart.

Sadly the Hero and Heroine fall in love far too quickly for my tastes so I won't be continuing this series.
Ffiamma
Nov 12, 2014 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, uk, ebook
nuova serie per l'autrice di agatha raisin, stavolta ambientata nell'epoca regency e che ruota intorno a una casa di mayfair- da affittare per la stagione. niente di originale, ma questo primo volume è brioso e divertente nel raccontare le avventure della bellissima fiona e del suo tutore ubriacone e squattrinato, tra dialoghi brillanti e situazioni buffe.
Margaret
Apr 22, 2015 Margaret rated it did not like it
I was hoping this would be Georgette Heyer-ish, but it doesn't come anywhere near to hitting that high mark. It was very easy to read, but the plot and characters are both flat and cliched, and the behavior of the love interest should have had her reporting him to the police, not falling in love with him.
Cyndi
Sep 06, 2015 Cyndi added it
Shelves: read-2015
Sometimes after I read a really heavy book, I need some serious fluff. This is a series that tries to be Jane Austen-esque but isn't. But it's just the right amount of non suffering, stiff upper lip, snarky servants, PG Wodehouse to help me escape a hard book. I just forgot to log this one. Not great literature but a literary sorbet.
Mum
May 17, 2013 Mum rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Nothing stood out as above average. No characters were more than portraits. Basically it was about luck, both great and dreadful.
Barbara Rogers
Oct 30, 2016 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the "A House For The Season" by M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney and it was an excellent start to the series. There are currently six books in the series.

The series is about a series of residents who rent the home at 67 Clarges Street in Mayfair. The house is known as a bad luck house because the previous owner (a duke) killed himself in the house. Since then, all of the residents have had very bad luck befall them - the daughter of one family died, one family los
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Dana Loo
Valutazione 3,5 stelline
Il migliore della serie!!
Maria Thermann
Oct 23, 2014 Maria Thermann rated it really liked it
The first in the wonderful "A House For The Season" series by M C Beaton deals with the mysterious Scottish gentleman Mr Roderick Sinclair and his "daughter" Fiona, who take the house at 67 Clarges Street in London's fashionable Mayfair district for the Season, a time when eager mamas go to great expense to hunt down wealthy and titled husbands for their debutante daughters. Set in Regency London in around 1808, this delightful romance novel bubbles along with all the verve and boisterousness of ...more
Gloria
Sep 10, 2015 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
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Laura Delgado
Aug 14, 2016 Laura Delgado rated it liked it
This series gets much better as you go! You discover that the servants of the house are truly the main characters - each book they host a new tenant for the London season and become involved in their dramas, schemes, and love affairs.
The first book opens with the renting of the house by a Mr. Sinclair - a retired debaucherous lawyer who is overwhelmed when his brother dies and lives him in charge of a gorgeous ward, a Miss Fiona. He is determined to use his meager funds to get her a rich husband
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An Odd1
Dec 23, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
#67 Clarges Street is unlucky. Rental agent Palmer blackmails butler Rainbird and staff to stay for pittance of wages. From Scotland for the London Season, dazzling orphan Fiona sets her sights on haughty Earl of Harrington, and gives the servants first cut of her gambling winnings, insists she is the sole heir to her father Roderick Sinclair, a miser with a failing heart. She yawns, feigns vacant foolishness so her cunning is underestimated. Unfinished ends, a cast worth caring about, sequels ...more
Rosemarie Short
Feb 06, 2014 Rosemarie Short rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
One of the reasons I enjoy Pride and Prejudice so much is the tone of the writing. Anyone could write the story of Lizzie and Darcy in the present day, but the style of writing Jane Austen possessed was solely of her time. Here, in The Miser of Mayfair, M.C Beaton goes some way to replicating the tonal elements of the time she writes of into her prose, to make the reading of this novel charming, even when the plot falls a little thin or the characters become a little lacklustre.

Her work reminds
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Hermioneginny
Apr 16, 2015 Hermioneginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1807. Il fratello di Roderick Sinclair muore lasciandogli pochi soldi e la sua pupilla Fiona, presa in orfanotrofio. Sinclair è squattrinato, quindi non gli resta altro da fare che trovare un buon marito per Fiona. La Stagione è imminente e l'unica casa disponibile è al 67 di Clarges Street, dove la servitù è sottopagata e costretta a rimanere col ricatto, sempre con la pancia vuota e l'obiettivo di aiutare Fiona, per poter avere un futuro migliore.

Delizioso! Amo come scrive l'autrice, mi fa div
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Alexandria
Sep 18, 2014 Alexandria rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Yay, another M.C. Beaton series...although I do think it will take me a little while to get used to the recurring characters.

Thumbs Up
As with The Travelling Matchmaker series I think these books are going to be great escapist reading. In 200 pages, girl will meet boy, and after some drama, girl will get boy. Brilliant.
The heroine of the hour - Fiona - has a head on her shoulders that she uses to her advantage by acting like she has no brain at all and although she is the person that fixes situ
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Sabrina (Soter) Sally
“Forse,” articolò lenta Alice, “da qualche parte c’è un altro inquilino che cerca un annuncio. Facci un po’ di musica, Joseph. Io dico che non c’è niente da guadagnarci da tutta ’sta infelicità. È uno spreco di tempo.”

"L'avaro di Mayfair" è il primo (breve) volume della serie dedicata alla dimora "sfigata" al 67 di Clarges Street e alla variegata famiglia di domestici che per tirare avanti hanno un disperato bisogno di nuovi inquilini! XD Una storia scorrevole e senza pretese, un romance molto "
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Damaskcat
Feb 17, 2013 Damaskcat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Debbi
Nov 05, 2015 Debbi rated it liked it
All of these books, and there are several series, list Marion Chesney as the author here on Goodreads but at Amazon the author is listed as M.C. Beaton so be sure to look accordingly. I enjoyed this short read about a rental house in the prime area of the very early 1800's London "season" when young ladies are brought to find husbands. The house is deemed unlucky because the original owner hung himself in it and a couple of other events so it rents cheap and even comes with servants. Each book ...more
Kristen
It's hard for me to rate Marion Chesney books. I read them all in high school and loved them. They are light, easy comfort reading, and I can usually finish one off in a couple of hours. If you feel like a book that isn't going to tax your brain, these are the books for you! I enjoyed this one on re-reading, but I did have a problem with the (view spoiler) ...more
Ally
Jun 29, 2007 Ally rated it really liked it
I will give my general review of Marion Chesney's Edwardian Romances. These are fun, brainless books. If you're looking for a bit of light fun with no thinking involved, then these are your books. I enjoy them very much. If, however, you want more substantial romances or even more explicit novels, these are not for you. I would say these border on PG rated.

In all truth, they are badly edited with loose and unlikely plots, but if you can overlook the faults, they are just a fun read. She writes
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Sheryl
Apr 02, 2014 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is only the second Marion Chesney book I've read, and they've both been from different series, I can see many similarities. I'm assuming they are both fairly typical for the genre. I enjoyed this book way more than I first expected to, mainly because Fiona was such a delightful character. I love how she was so much more than she seemed. It added an interesting layer to the story. It was a light, enjoyable quick read. I listened to the audio which was OK but nothing special. The ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - I loved Rainbird, particularly how he came to Fiona's help so readily. I really didn't like Palmer, though you didn't see him much, or Luke or Joseph as they seemed to have an almost Medieval attitude towards women. Not the best book by M.C. Beaton or the best Regency book by far, but a novel way of writing a story - from the view of the servants rather than the protagonists themselves, although there is a little bit of that.

Genre/s - Romance / Historical

Characters? - Fiona Sinclair / R
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Tasneem
Sep 12, 2015 Tasneem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
What a great opening for the series. I just loved the servants, especially Rainbird and Lizzie. They are such a fun family. Angus the cook is a gem. Fiona and Mr. Sinclair are so sweet. Kind and generous, but pretending so much to be something they aren't.
The Earl comes across as a proud aristocrat, and yet, his honour is something that he finally overcomes. I adore the way Rainbird and Fiona get on, and their walk via through the park, and then the on the night back from the Earl's house is so
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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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