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Heiress for Hire

(Duke's Heiress #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 ratings  ·  267 reviews
In this stunning series debut from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter, a duke's mysterious bequest brings fortune—and passion—to three young women...

Minerva Hepplewhite has learned the hard way how to take care of herself. When an intruder breaks into her home, she doesn't swoon or simper. Instead, she wallops the rogue over the head and ties him up—only to
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Zebra
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When the Duke of Hollingburgh dies suddenly, his will reveals that he has left the bulk of his money and business interests to three women, women the family has never heard of. One of the duke's nephews, Chase, is tasked with finding these three women and with investigating the duke's death. A former soldier who was cashed out under a cloud of suspicion, Chase w
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B at AAR.

Madeline Hunter’s new series, A Duke’s Heiress , opens with Heiress for Hire, a nicely done combination of romance and cosy mystery in which a young widow is left a large sum of money by a man – a duke, no less – she never met.  There’s also a mystery to be solved surrounding the duke’s death – was it due to natural causes or something more sinister?  I didn’t realise, when I started the book, that that question would remain unanswered at the end - clearly we’re goi
Jan 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Made it 2/3 through before first DNF of '21. 0 of 10 stars ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
I enjoyed this book though I am not sure what stands out to me. I liked the characters and the way their lives entwine. Generally, Hunter’s writing style suits my tastes.

Chase is the grandson of a recently deceased duke and is investigating the circumstances of his death and trying to locate the unanticipated benefactresses the Duke left much of his non-entailed fortune to. One of those benefactresses is Minerva, who is living under an assumed identity due to the suspicious circumstances of her
The first in a new series by this seasoned author which follows the change in the destinies of three women as they each unexpectantly inherit sizable fortunes bequeathed to them by a recently departed duke known in life for his eccentricities.

Chase Radnor is the nephew of the late duke and cousin of his successor. As an active private investigator, he is thus in the perfect position to look into the suspicious death of his uncle and what better way to start than to track down the mysterious rec
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this to be worth the read. I've had a fondness for Madeline Hunter's work for years and, although that fondness has lessened over the years, I like to give her the benefit of the doubt when she begins a new series. So...this isn't a bad read. Although done before in various manifestations, the plot held my interest.

I've read HRs with private investigators, even female private investigators and I've also read HRs about women receiving windfall inheritances, but Hunter always manages to st
Minerva is shocked to discover she's inherited a very large sum of money from a Duke she's never met. When the Duke's nephew, Chase, sneaks into her house to investigate her, she conks him over the head with a warming pan. Thus begins their romance.

Chase suspects his uncle, the Duke, was murdered and who has more motive than Minerva? Minerva has conducted inquiries of her own and knows that she is a prime suspect for the Duke's murder. She decides to investigate on her own with the help of some
The premise of this book is intriguing--a wealth duke dies, leaving a large portion of his fortune to three women totally unknown to his family. The focus of this book is Minerva Hepplewhite, one of those women, and Chase Radnor, the duke's nephew, who is investigating the three women and his uncle's suspicious death. The mystery of the duke's death plays a big part in the plot, as both Chase and Minerva are conducting investigations into it. The other major plotline is Minerva's past. She's a w ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chase Radnor breaks into Minerva Hepplewhite's house and he is hit over the head with a bed pan by Beth, a servant. When he opens his eyes, he awakes to see a pistol pointed at his head by a very angry woman, and she looks like she knows how to use it. He explains to Minerva that she has inherited a fortune from Frederick, the late Duke of Hollinburgh. To claim the funds, she must report to the solicitor and identify herself and her history. Minerva discusses the legacy with Beth and Jeremy, Bet ...more
Barbara Rogers
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Duke’s Heiress #1
Publication Date: 4/28/20
Number of Pages: 304

This was a very nice introduction and set-up for an interesting new series. There is an overarching mystery in the series – who murdered the duke. We meet the duke’s siblings and his nephews and learn enough about each of them to wonder if they could possibly be the murderer. We learn even more about Nicholas and Kevin who I assume will be the heroes in the upcoming books – I really liked both of them. I think the author handl
Joana V.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally published at Romancing Romances

I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


I’ve been a fan of Madeline Hunter’s books for a long time, even if her most recent ones haven’t always had the charm of her earlier books. But this one… it was a book that got out of a reading slump!

I really liked the premise of the book, a duke dies, and three unknown women get almost all of his inheritance. Why? That’s what the whole
Judy Lesley
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-galley of this novel.

I suppose this book should be classified as a cliffhanger but I'm not so concerned about that as I might normally be since I picked up the book to read knowing it was a trilogy all wrapped around a basic premise. A Duke has died and his will reveals that he has left a veritable fortune to three women his family don't know anything about. Naturally the relatives had been counting on any fortunes to be coming their way so th
4.5 stars

Minerva Hepplewhite, formerly Margaret Finley of Dorset, and widow of Algernon Finley, is a survivor.

Shortly after receiving a surprise monetary gift from a mystery benefactor, Margaret fled her horrific, abusive marriage (with a servant and her son - the closest thing to a family she has). But when her estranged husband was killed under mysterious circumstances not far from where they were hiding, investigators tried to link her to the crime. With no evidence to prove her guilt (or i
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

1.5 stars

Heiress for Hire is the first book in the Duke's Heiress series and the concept itself is interesting. A Duke dies under mysterious circumstances and leaves the bulk of his fortune to three women he has no relation to. The heroine, Minerva, is one of those women. She has no idea why she was given this fortune because she had never even met the late Duke. Chase is one of the late Duke's many nephews and his entire family i
Tracy Emro
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chase Radnor’s evening is not going as planned. His plan was to learn more about Minerva Hepplewhite aka Margaret Finley, it was NOT to be bashed on the head and tied up. He tells Minerva that he is the nephew of the late Duke of Hollinburgh and that Minerva/Margaret was left a rather large bequest by the duke. Ten thousand pounds and a partnership in an investment! Minerva is stunned, she has never met the duke and though this inheritance is a blessing, giving her the money she needs to open he ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally enjoy Madeline Hunter books, although lately I've been steering clear of some of her older romances, which feature a marriage-averse rich guy who tries to seduce the spirited heroine and make her his current mistress, until he realizes she's amazing and marries her instead. For the moment, I'm over that.

This book is NOT like that. At first the plot seems ridiculous. Minerva is a private investigator. Chase (really? In 19th century England?) is also a private investigator. Minerva ju
Chase has some family drama. With the reading of his uncle's will, everyone in the family has lost their mind and the greed is astounding. He runs an investigative business and takes it upon himself to truly look into what happened to his uncle and if it was an accident.

Minerva is a widow from a not so happy marriage. She doesn't understand how, but she is given a grand inheritance from Chase's uncle. Running her own investigative business keeps her busy, but the two band together to try to solv
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good historical mystery and Ms. Hunter's book, Heiress for Hire, does not disappoint. The characters were well developed and the plot moved swiftly. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series as there are still two more heiress to find before readers may get all of the answers to the murder mystery. ...more
Kristy Johnston
I like the seemingly intelligent heroine investigating the mystery of why a Duke she does not know left her a legacy in his will. However, I’m not sure I like Chase all that much, and I didn’t find the story engaging enough to keep me from wanting to rewrite some of the sentences. There were also points when actually showing the family drama might have livened up the story instead of just having a character relay it to another in discussion.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow-burn historical romance meets murder mystery in Heiress for Hire, the start of a new series. An eccentric Duke has recently died, surprising his relatives by leaving much of his fortune to three unknown women. Each book in the series will follow one of them. In this first installment, Minerva Hepplewhite has learned how to take care of herself and dreams of starting her own detective agency.

When a strange man breaks into her house at night, she hits him over the head and ties him up, only
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Rival investigators find love in Heiress for Hire . Madeline Hunter’s Duke’s Heiress trilogy is off to a strong start with Chase and Minerva’s book. It has mystery, romance, and engaging protagonists who make it easy to fall into the story.

Minerva is an excellent heroine who is easy to root for. The survivor of an abusive marriage, Minerva has made a new life for herself with the family she has made. She has also started an inquiry service and knows how to make use
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
After a disastrous, abusive marriage, Minerva Hepplewhite has become quite good at self-sufficiency. Even so, her funds are dwindling so when she learns of a mysterious inheritance from a duke she never met, she’s shocked but rather pleased. If only the man who tracked her down wasn’t so attractive and distracting.

Chase Radnor is leery of Minerva, unsure of whether she’s just a woman scorned or is she could be a murderess. He knows Minerva changed her name and his inquiry into his uncle the duke
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries develop!

An eccentric bachelor duke is dead and family expectations are not met.
Minerva Hepplewhite, a woman with secrets, inherits a small fortune from said Duke. A man unknown to her. It's in her interests to investigate the circumstances around the Duke's death to ensure that her secrets aren't revealed, otherwise the suspicions about his death might fall upon her.
This woman who investigates secrets meets with another more experienced investigator.
Chase Radnor, a man used to secrets
3.5 stars

the plot is interesting and the relationship between the couple is very healthy, but they lack chemistry
Caitlyn Lynch
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-georgian
First in a new series following three women who receive unexpected inheritances following the mysterious death of a wealthy duke, Heiress for Hire follows Minerva Hepplewhite, a young widow trying to build a new life for herself out of the ashes of a disastrous marriage. Chase Radnor, nephew of the old duke and cousin to the new one, has been assigned to find the women who were left a sizeable part of the duke’s fortune and investigate them. He meets his match in Minerva, who decides to investig ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book one in Madeline's new A Duke's Heiress Series. One of the many reasons that I love Madeline's writing is her stories are unique and have unexpected twists and turns. I think of her stories as Historical Romance with a mystery thrown in to make her books late-night page-turners.
Minerva Heppelwhite is a Widow who has to make her way in the world. Her marriage was a nightmare and she never intends to make that mistake again. Being a woman of above-average intelligence and resourceful
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable and fun Historical Romance

This sounded like a really fun Historical Romance, so I was very happy when I won an Advance Reader Copy, and even more happy when it turned out it is indeed a very enjoyable read.

Minerva is a delightful heroine. She has learned to take charge of her own life and does it well. When she inherits a fortune, but discovers that Chase Radnor suspects her of murder, she decides to not sit around and wait, but to investigate the sudden death of the duke hersel
Pelusa Rivera
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Went back in time with my reading, just got done reading a rom-com so that could have been why I didn't love the book. Now dont get me wrong, I did like it but I guess was hoping for a little more. It was more serious with poor Minerva whose past relationship was an abusive one but now she is a widower and unfortunately for her his death was sceptical. .So now she is being investigated when finding out that she is one of these three women mentioned in a will for a fortune naturally the family kn ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good beginning to this new series. I will assume a trilogy based on information in the book. The mystery will probably span all 3 books. The writing was solid and the smexy times details light. So if you are looking to recommend or for a recommend with good writing but light heat this is the book. I really liked Minvera, she was a bad situation and pulled herself out. I think the Duke was cagey and knew how it was going to play out....or how he was going to force it to play out. We will see ho ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: hoopla
A perfectly innocuous historical romance.
And a quick read.
Which was fortunate, because I was stuck reading it via my Hoopla app on my iPad with backlighting, which is always frustrating bc it means I can’t read in the evening or night due to shitty blue light.
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

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