It has engaging characters in an interesting setting. The heroine is very likable.
It's 1932 and Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (Georgie for short) is 34th in line for the English throne. Only her father gambled away the family fortune and then killed himself, forcing her brother, Binky, to cut off her allowance. She now has to make her own way in the world.
Her stab at a job or two fails miserably. She considers a try at being a maid but she is horrified at the thought of having to clean a loo. So she decides to start her own business, Coronet Domestics, which opens up houses for the rich to save them the expense of having to send their servants ahead. But she needs references. No problem! Coronet Domestics comes highly recommended by...Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. She just has to avoid anyone that might know her.
But her world turns upside-down when a notorious gambler is found dead in her bathtub and her brother is arrested for the crime. It's going to be up to her to try to find the real murderer.
The book is filled with many funny asides as Georgie reveals what is in her head at the time. Example, when Georgie is invited to see the Queen:
Her brother's wife: "What can she possibly want? If she would speak to anybody about poor Binky's current situation, she should speak to me."
Georgie: "I have no idea."
ASIDE: Actually, I did have an idea. I suspected that she had found out about Coronet Domestics and I was about to be dispatched to darkest Gloustershire to hold knitting wool and walk Pekinese dogs.
The reader, Katherine Kellgren is a gem! She has a real flair for comic inflection and timing. Her reading alone makes the humorous sections that much more funny. In fact, this would have been the funniest book I read this year, only Kellgren's reading of Magic Marks the Spot is even more comical.
I personally don't like some of her friends' bohemian attitudes but I very much like Georgie and want to read more in the series whenever I need a lift.
Nothing heavy here, just a fun story with engaging characters, brought to life by an EXCELLENT performance. The mystery is slight, but the misadventures of Georgie are entertaining.
Light, fun, interesting.
When Georgiana goes to the wedding with Darcy.
I loved Georgiana's meetings with the Queen. Courtly comedy and brown bread with tea. A lovely combination.
No, although the first meeting with her grandfather was sweet.
This isn't a terrific mystery, but it is a fun book and perfectly suited to summer. I won't read the rest of the series quickly, but it will definitely stay on my "to be read" list.
I listen to audiobooks constantly since I am constantly on the move. Her Royal Spyness is a typical 'first in series' in that some time is taken to introduce Georgie. Having said that, this introductory type material only enhances the storyline of the book as well as giving a depth to said storyline.
Rhys Bowen emerges the reader in post World War I, pre World War II England. The wit and charm of the story of Georgie and her set can't help but keep the reader wanting more.
What I liked best about this performance of Her Royal Spyness was the perfect match of Keatherine Kellgren's voice to the character of Georgiana. The pace and delivery of the story was spot on also.
This is a delightful story, light and full of interesting characters with humor on every page. The story gives some hints toward the resolution of the mystery, you are kept in suspense until the end.
Cant really compare it to the print version since i havent read it myself.. but the nartor does a briliant jobb so i suspect this audio book is an improvment.
The Parasol protectorate series comes to mind though that more steampunk while this is more reality inspired..
Not sure not having read it myself.. but i did enjoy it.. very good narator suspect this performance adds a lot to the experience..
plus its allway more convenient to listen that way i can work or draw while listening :)
no idea... not familiar with the whole tagline concept
This feels a bit like a meeting between Agata christie and Parasole protectorate if i had ot compare it to something...
if you read lots of steampunk then you will probably enjoy this even though its not actually steampunk...
If you love murder mystery then this should be really enjoyable too...
If you love romance then this works for you too... even if the main character is a bit old fashioned...
This is just a damn good series and i can never get enught of those myself :)
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but the art style of Queen of Hearts intrigued me, then the synopses of Her Royal Spyness caught me, so I decided to give it a shot. I was thoroughly pleased. I smiled a lot while listening to this book. It's light, fun, and maybe a little silly, but it's also full of an innocence and place in history that is both interesting and much glossed over in my own experience.
Not usually the type of book I read, I am nonetheless very happy I chose it. I loved it, and especially I loved the Ms. Kellgren's voice work.
The story moves at a nice clip, the characters act in sensible ways, or at least as sensible as my prejudices suggest. But beyond that, I love the placement in history. World War II is looming on the horizon, but no one wants to believe it, and yet the impression of that world, recovering from the Great Depression, is plain and direct, and it feels like you're there.
This was a simple but entertaining Whodunit. I like the angle of being broke and royal. I will be continuing on with the series. Just finished this one and have already purchased the next. I enjoyed all the characters and the story line.
Read from May 05 to 11, 2013
First half: 2 stars--all set-up/no plot, more chick-lit than murder mystery. The excellence of the narrator saved it from being DNF.
Second half: Plot started moving as soon as the dead body showed up and it got much better. Will read more of the series. 3.75 stars.
The actor is just amazing! All the different characters had different voices and they were all believable and great for the understanding of the plot.
I love the humor throughout the book. I laughed out loud several times. I enjoyed the plot too.
She's great! It's worth the price just to listen to her work if you enjoy women sleuth books that has a great deal of comedy in it. This book is not for those looking for a serious, dense thriller.