I have recently finished this entire series, and I pretty much loved the whole thing. These are deftly written, a lot of fun, and I honestly think they were made to be read by Katherine Kellgren. I don't think I'd have enjoyed them half so much without her narration. Are the stories a little contrived, a little formulaic after a while? Sure. But the characters are charming, the prose effortless, and the mysteries compelling enough to carry the whole thing off.
I thought these might be a little too cute for me, but they're actually reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works from the 1930s, to which they consciously pay homage. Bowen's books come by their high ratings honestly, so go ahead and give it a chance.
Addicted to audiobooks and "chick lit"
Really enjoyed listening to this book. The main character is both relatable and enjoyable. The cast of characters around her are well developed and interesting. As always, Katherine Kellgren gives a fantastic performance and slips flawlessly into many different accents.
I kept wait for the "spyness" part to develop. It never did. Basically just a regency-style novel with a bit of mystery attached and moved into the 20th century. I won't buy any sequels. (submitted by the female of the household, definitely chick-lit)
Happy married mother of one, South African living in South Australia.
Just a fun story. All light hearted. Bringing the era to life.
Her different voices for the characters. Introducing to us all the different levels of society.
Get to the point. Tired of hearing about how she has no money. Very boring characters
Almost couldnt understand the narrator. Very Nasal
All of them
When the action actually got started, there was trouble to sort out rather than just Worrying About Money and so forth. One got drawn into the worry and danger quite well.
Finding a body in the bath tub!
Good distinctive voices for some of the main characters, lots of wonderful accents.
Sometimes royal clout isn't enough to save your life!
The part that's a bit much is the start, where the level of helplessness of a pampered upper class girl is a bit hard to take when reported in first person. Throughout, there's a sort of zany level of fecklessness to the titled classes that's a bit embarrassing and doesn't really even ring quite true. Over time, though, it allows some humorous situations to arise (as when somebody is taken for her own maid just because she answers the door)... However, if you're just looking for some "light reading," this is a pretty fun romp, and subsequent books are likely to be more pleasant for needing less introductory floundering.
yes, it was light entertainment
very good. She did a great job with all the different characters voices
Toward the bottom, whilst being lighthearted, the mystery was solved by luck rather than intelligence.
The reader is a great one, the story was just a bit weaker than I hoped
More romance than mystery
The characters are of the same lot as Bertie Wooster, but in a different era, when the royals are penniless. It's an amusing story (though the mystery part is slow in development) with likeable characters. The narration is quite good, though the narrator's accent sometimes swerves between Irish and Scottish. It won't blow you away with plot twists or brilliant word play, but it will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. It was a great break from listening to darker, more serious books.