I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Georgie is a single girl who moves to London in 1932 to begin life on her own. She is physically clumsy, gets into all kinds of silly predicaments and her only luck seems to be bad. Her best friend, Belinda, is a slightly promiscuous party girl. Together they try to survive financially, navigate London's single social life and, of course, solve the mystery of the body Georgie finds in her bathtub!
This is the first in the series so there's lots of character-building, but once the murder mystery begins it's surprisingly engaging and will keep you thinking. So there's a very nice mystery component plus all the girly antics, which add up to a clever, fun, easy listen. The mystery is solved by the end of the book, but the door is left open for a future romance and, of course, more escapades.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. Many of the secondary characters are stuffy English socialites and IMHO their accents are intentionally "overdone," which serves to add more humor to the story.
OVERALL - (Actual overall rating 4.5) Highly recommended but for girls only. I usually avoid books of this genre so if you generally enjoy them, you will probably love this book.
This is the first read of the Royal Spyness. The book has a dry humor that keeps me smiling.
Treat yourself to this first in the Royal Spyness series. Lady Georgiana has an independent spirit combined with the spunk that ladies of her day weren't supposed to possess ... and if they did, they were supposed to curb it.
Fun and well-written, Katherine Kellgren's narration is spot on. You won't find your mind wandering and having to back up to relisten to what you missed. I hope you have credits saved, because after your first dose of Royal Spyness, you're going to want more ... and quickly!
The plot kept my interest. The characters were personable and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!
Loved Katherine's accent. One of her voices reminds me of Mrs.Banks in the Mary Poppins Movie. She did a great job!
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I love to read reviews—that is how I found this little gem. Rhys Bowen’s newest book was instantly getting excellent reviews, so I decided to go back and look at the beginning of the series—glowing reviews there too (and lots of them!!). And now I am hooked on another series!
This is definitely an entertaining listen. It is a light mystery, and written with typical British humor—very low-key, but at times, laugh-out-loud funny! And the narrator, Katherine Kellgren is fabulous!! She defines and reads every character flawlessly—males and females, from Cockney accents to aristocratic haughtiness. There is a character that cannot pronounce his “r”s, and she is brilliantly funny replacing all the “r”s with “w”s every time he has dialogue!! I was thrilled to find that the narrator is the same for the whole series—
I’m very excited to have discovered this series, and can’t wait to listen to more. Many thanks to all reviewers—pro and con. I love pouring through reviews, and especially love it when I thoroughly enjoy books that I would not have found otherwise!
This book (and the whole spyness series) is like excellent Ben and Jerry's ice cream: it has zero nutritional value, but you just know you're going to go back for another spoonful again and again until that pot is empty, and then you're going to go out and buy another one.
Most of the time I wandered around with a slight smirk on my face, I often snickered, a couple of times I was doubled over laughing and once I actually bit my nails and held my breath (while driving - not a good idea). I had to constantly remind myself not to pick up any of those outrageous accents (performed to perfection by Ms Kellgren, she absolutely brings the whole thing to life).
I can't believe I listened to the entire series (7 books, to date) in ~5 days, and now I will have to wait for the next. In the words of Belinda: "it's just too-too terrible, dahling!"
I purchased this book on a whim, and I'm happy I did! Her Royal Spyness fits nicely into the classic murder-mystery genre, with some of the same comfortable tropes, but without becoming dull or overly predictable. I found Bowen's style easy and comfortable, but Kellgren's performance as Lady Georgianna is what really sells the story.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.
A real plot. Some historical accuracy.
If this is her best then... No.
She is a wonderful performer. I enjoyed her in other books and this was the same. Too bad the subject matter was so wanting.
No... none really.
For a book set in 1932 there seems to be a lack of historical accuracy. I know this is fiction but really these are on wikipedia and not to hard to check. 999 came into use for the first time in 1937 and Hitler didn't come to power until 1933. Little things like that can yank you right out of the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted mystery. It gives an interesting view of life as a Royal without the means to maintain a royal lifestyle. I highly recommend this series and look forward to reading the rest! The pairing of Rhys Bowen's fun story and Katherine Kellgren's wonderful narration is fabulous - a winning duo!
Custom jewelry designer who listens to books while she works.
This book was fairly well written, not too low brow, fairly believable and likeable characters. I enjoyed the flow of the story even though I figured out the "mystery" well before the end.