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.
I bought this book on a whim. The idea of a down-and-out royal trying to make a living in 1930s London was interesting enough to peak my curiosity, but mixing that with a murder mystery was enough to convince me to give it a try.
The book was a worthwhile read for me if only for the portrait it paints of the 1930s class-conscious society that existed of that time in the UK. The lives of those in the upper class as well as those not in that class (NOCD - not our class darling) is presented as is with no explicit excuses or embarrasment, just as the people who lived then must have thought of it. What are most interesting, besides the interactions of the two classes, are the unconscious restrictions placed on the upper class who still, sometimes, had to make a living.
The murder mystery added some additional interest to the book although the mystery was both much clearer and easier to piece for me than Agatha Chrisie's Miss Marple books. There were sufficient red herrings thrown in and our heroine does indeed make some stupid decisions, but it is all in fun and the true culprit did not become clear to me until the last hour or so of the book. All in all I can say that I had a good time reading it. I do not expect to read any other books in the series but I do not regret having purchased and read this one.
Ms Kellgren's narration of the book is first class - the British, Scots and American accents sound authentic (to my ears). She spoke clearly and seemed perfectly chosen for the tone and pace of the book. I feel I can recommend this book for some fun and light reading.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader and now avid listener. I read at least one book a week and listen to an average of two per week. However, I am a snob and have yet to listen to my favorite novels preferring still to read some works.
My guilty pleasure... I love Austen and mystery novels, always quick easy reading. This had some wit, but not much else to recommend.
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.
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.
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.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This book is funny, charming, and wonderfully narrated. If you enjoy short cozy mysteries and dry British humor then you will really enjoy this one. It was an easy "read" and just what the doctor ordered for my Downtown Abbey withdrawal.
When I look for an audiobook, it is usually with a long cross country road trip ahead of me. I want a book that will keep me company, engage my attention, and make the time go faster.
This is one of the best books I've heard. Katherine Kellgren is a phenomenal narrator. She is a wonderful performer. As an example- one of my pet peeves is women doing men's voices. It seems like they either do a really low voice that sounds sort of Neanderthal like or they don't vary it at all and you end up imagining women in men's clothes like a reverse Shakespeare play. Katherine Kellgren conquers this dilemma perfectly. She alters the voice, cadence, tempo, accents so perfectly. You know exactly who each character is, they are all distinctive and the men can be imagined in their fullness without any odd vocal distractions taking away from the story.
The heroine is fabulous. I like Georgie's spunk and sarcasm and her story is very engaging. I couldn't stop listening. I had to know what would happen next. I even stretched out time between pit stops I was so into the story. I tried to read the next book in print, but had to come back and buy the audiobook sequel. That's how good the narrating is.
I think this would be a really fun strong female/humorous mystery book on its own. But with the narration, it becomes a fully developed, complex world that I was loathe to leave.
I bought this because it was an "editor's pick", but what a poorly written book! It has some cute elements, but these wear thin in about 15 minutes. And it is soooo not a spy story, by any stretch of the imagination.
I won't be listening to any other books by this writer.
The narrator does a nice job with woeful material.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is such a delightful listen. I've been through the series now, and while I can't say I'm smarter for it, I certainly have been entertained. Suspend reality and then be taken into a different world. Katherine Kellgren is a wonderfully gifted narrator. She makes a good book even better. Charming.