This book is marketed as a mystery novel but to me, the mystery was only secondary. The story revolves more around the young Lady Georgiana: her attempts to become independent and make ends meet in the big city, her unique family, friends, acquaintances, love interests etc. The mystery in itself is pretty basic but still entertaining enough to keep you interested.
The style stroke me as very reminiscent of PG Wodehouse's because of the flamboyant characters and the humour that is ever present all throughout the novel. The narrator does an excellent job; listening to her was a real pleasure. Highly recommended.
Say something about yourself!
What perfect timing for me...like flopping onto the couch with a box of bonbons, painting your toenails bright pink, smearing deep conditioner on your hair, and forgetting the day has any plans for you whatsoever. Ahhhhhh.
I've seen these titles go by and shown no interest, until the new *7th in the series* piqued my hyper-curiosity -- 7th? that's an investment from a publisher. Going to the source, reviewers I trust admitted these aren't the best pieces of literature they've read -- but it was clear they had a great time doing so. (I've given real literary gems this many stars, but using very different criteria.) I decided to give Her Royal Spyness a try, beginning with number 1 in the series.
This was just the right light hearted fun I needed for coming off a deep read that wouldn't get out of my head -- like a pint of Haagen daz for the brain. I picked up the second in the series (Royal Pain) and it seems the magic had already worn off. I'm sure I'll eventually find myself plopped back on the couch with Her Royal Spyness in the future, 'cause there's no shame in girls just wanting, and needing, to have fun (and bonbons and pedicures).
*About the narrator: I owe this to Kellgren, whom I have b-l-l-l-lasted in the past! Loathed is a strong word, but I would actually avoid books if she was doing the narrating. I purchased this without looking, and to my surprise, thought Kellgren as equal to my enjoying this book, as the story; she was a blast.
I looked at this for several months before I bought it. I'm glad I did. It made me laugh, and I also went back and studied a litlte history out of curiosity. I have now listened to the whole (so far) series, and I have enjoyed them. The reader does a good job and handles the accents well. I will be watchign for more in the series.
The characters are shallow and not very bright. The fairly predictable plot becomes increasingly contrived by the actions of those same "short-bus" characters.
The narration is excellent and saves an otherwise bland book. The book also hovers too close to the romance genera. I found I didn't care at all about her romantic involvement and was just putting in time through those parts till the "real" story picked back up. I also find it a bad sign when I'm waiting for the author to remember a plot point she set up and which is screaming to be handled or for the character to do something besides dig her- or him-self in further by doing the obviously wrong thing. You should never find yourself rolling your eyes as a story progresses, but I did repeatedly. I was expecting a clever protagonist who did things herself instead of being handheld through life.
I really enjoyed the narrator. The story has a great balance of characters and development. I didn't give it a 5 because of a couple improbable events, but still a very good read.
As you might suppose from the title of this book, it is light-hearted and a little silly. I was somewhat entertained but I won't be listening to the rest of the series.
Narrator was wonderful.
This series was recommended to me because I liked the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. Aside from the fact that the time and setting of the two series are the same (post WWI, England), they are very different in terms of characters and story lines; I enjoyed this series in a much different way. The stories are formulaic and predictable, but fun and enjoyable in that "cozy mystery" sort of way. I loved the quirky cast of characters that showed up in all the books (I even have a crush on Darcy O'Mara). Katherine Kellgren is a joy to listen to--her delivery, different character voices, and different accents were superb.
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After listening to Katherine Kellgren's expert narration, I cannot imagine reading the print edition of any of these books. The voices and the characters were so wonderfully brought to life it would feel like a disappointment to read this series rather than listening.
I love Belinda- her accent and approach to life is priceless. Having listened further in the series, I can say she keeps getting better and better.
I'd have to say Belinda as well- her vocalization is fantastic. Many of Belinda's comments made me laugh out loud.
39th from the throne, your life is still on the line.
Or- No pantsuits for amateurs.
A total delight. I have been savoring these, and only listening to Her Royal Spyness books once I have worked my way through the others in my queue. These are a wonderful treat and a great reward.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Definitely. I loved the reader, she did a great job.
I love stories from 1930s England. It's a time that I find fascinating. This story was somehow not that engaging though -- I liked the idea but the execution was lacking
I loved her friend - the voice totally reminded me of actress Shirley Henderson's very distinctive delivery (Moaning Myrtle from he Harry Potter movies)
I wouldn't. Though actually it might make a decent film, better than the book