It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.
Fun, charming, interesting
Hate to say because it might be a spoiler. But her conversation with the butler was certainly enlightening.
Hard not to love Georgie but Belinda is awfully good, too
This is the first in a series and I am already listening to the second one. Takes place in '30s Britain, which venue I love. The description of royal manners, dress, everyday life is intriguing to me. The conflict with Georgiana's feelings for and interaction with her mother are interesting, too. Kellgren is excellent with her voice differentiation and is not overly dramatic, which I find irritating. Look forward to the whole series.
I'd been reading too many books with terribly flawed characters and it was time for one where good and bad were clear and simple. This is not rocket science but I enjoyed it.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
The Royal Spyness Mystery series by Rhys Bowen is wonderful -- very fun set of stories. Katherine Kellgren is a very enjoyable narrator and easy to listen to. I wish there were more in the series -- can't wait to find out what happens next!
The entire series follows a nice theme with a touch of history.
Love to listen to her
Well written with many laugh out loud moments. Kept me entertained throughout. Definitely worth a second, third, and fourth listen if you ask me!
I just love listening to Kellgren's voice. I have listened to her in Robin Hobb's books and thoroughly enjoyed those performances too.
In the Royal Spyness series, she seems a perfect fit for Georgie. She has so many accents that make each character literally come alive. Much better than just reading words on a page. She is consistent and does not make any mistakes in pronunciation. What a true professional!
Laughed out loud in many instances (which got my husband wondering what was so funny about doing laundry).
I would love to hear more from this author. I am on the 4th book already and have become thoroughly engrossed in this series.
Have not read the books.
Nothing it was enjoyable
All the scenes are fun in the series.
A Royal above all else.
This series is enjoyable to listen to, I don't usually listen to books twice, but these I listen too all the time. I like the vocals accents.
I was a non-believer in the magic of mystery until I discovered this series. Bowen enchanted me with her well-crafted characters and the unpredictable plots she places them in. At first blush, Georgianna seems a character hard to identify with--a young royal, 34th in line for the British crown, educated at a finishing school in Switzerland, whose social crowd is the royalty of Europe. But it's 1932, nearly everyone, including her family, has lost nearly all their money. Georgie is penniless, and struggling like all the common folk to find a job, get a stable home, and hopefully find someone to love. It's not much help that she is a regular guest to tea with the Queen who wishes to arrange a marriage for her or send her off to the country to be lady-in-waiting to an aging princess, and has no compunction about asking her to spy and do other illegal things on her behalf.
The strength of this book (and the four that follow in this series) is the fine crafting that Bowen has used to create her characters. Georgie is human, basically good to the core and lovable, and we can all identify with her struggles to make it on her own in the world. She also has a penchant for finding dead bodies strewn in her path and a remarkably good head for solving mysteries. Bowen has also provided a charming rogue to bring the tease of romance into the stories, which makes each one the equivalent of a page-turner. And a Cockney grandfather you want to hug.
The best part, however, is the narration. Kellgren is outstanding with not only her accents, which abound in these books, but also with bringing the characters to life with richness and authenticity. She is a master with her interpretation and gives a tour de force performance.
All in all, a great read and one that will make me search out other mysteries. However, I doubt I'll find any that will rise to the level of Bowen's.
"This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays." -- Douglas Adams
Delightful - Witty - Entertaining
There's sufficient intrigue to keep you interested -- not only the mystery but also what I call "social horrors" :) The characters get under your skin (in a good way) and just won't let you go. It's perfect for the time period, and there are no dull moments!
I'm picky about narrators, but Katherine Kellgren did a great job of bringing this story to life and giving each character his or her own voice (and like the best narrators, those voices carry over to the subsequent books in series).
I definitely didn't want to turn it off, but in the same way, I didn't want it to end. Luckily for me, I knew I had other books in the series to look forward to when I was finished.
This series kept popping up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it. I only listened to it because I got it on sale. Eventually, I will start paying better attention to those recommendations because they're usually amazingly correct. In this case, I'm sad that I went so long without having read it. What a delightful start to a delightful series!
This book was a suggested read , I probably would have not picked,,but I really enjoyed it,the book was slow in parts but you really wanted to see what happened, glad I read