This book (and the whole spyness series) is like excellent Ben and Jerry's ice cream: it has zero nutritional value, but you just know you're going to go back for another spoonful again and again until that pot is empty, and then you're going to go out and buy another one.
Most of the time I wandered around with a slight smirk on my face, I often snickered, a couple of times I was doubled over laughing and once I actually bit my nails and held my breath (while driving - not a good idea). I had to constantly remind myself not to pick up any of those outrageous accents (performed to perfection by Ms Kellgren, she absolutely brings the whole thing to life).
I can't believe I listened to the entire series (7 books, to date) in ~5 days, and now I will have to wait for the next. In the words of Belinda: "it's just too-too terrible, dahling!"
I purchased this book on a whim, and I'm happy I did! Her Royal Spyness fits nicely into the classic murder-mystery genre, with some of the same comfortable tropes, but without becoming dull or overly predictable. I found Bowen's style easy and comfortable, but Kellgren's performance as Lady Georgianna is what really sells the story.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.
A real plot. Some historical accuracy.
If this is her best then... No.
She is a wonderful performer. I enjoyed her in other books and this was the same. Too bad the subject matter was so wanting.
No... none really.
For a book set in 1932 there seems to be a lack of historical accuracy. I know this is fiction but really these are on wikipedia and not to hard to check. 999 came into use for the first time in 1937 and Hitler didn't come to power until 1933. Little things like that can yank you right out of the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted mystery. It gives an interesting view of life as a Royal without the means to maintain a royal lifestyle. I highly recommend this series and look forward to reading the rest! The pairing of Rhys Bowen's fun story and Katherine Kellgren's wonderful narration is fabulous - a winning duo!
Custom jewelry designer who listens to books while she works.
This book was fairly well written, not too low brow, fairly believable and likeable characters. I enjoyed the flow of the story even though I figured out the "mystery" well before the end.
The gene for being able to appreciate this book is on the X chromosome and you need two copies. It's a romance, "chick lit," and I don't qualify. The name of the purported author, "Rhys Bowen" (a man's name) is a pseudonym for Janet Quin-Harkin. If I had known that I would have researched it more carefully before I bought it (and I wouldn't have.)
"Hidden Order" by Brad Thor.
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Georgie of course! I love the way she thinks and she is quite the sleuth !
This is my first and I'm about to download the second!
What Ho!? Evil lurks at every turn.
Such an enjoyable book for a mystery. It's light with humor and twists with a bit of English history thrown in for good measure.
I like the main character - she deals with her situation with fun and determination. The various characters around her remind you of why many Americans think the British royalty somewhat pompous and foolish.
The plot keeps you listening and trying to guess "who done it."
The narrator is perfect and brings the "British atmosphere" to life.
Wish I could listen to all the books in one sitting, but, alas, that is impossible.
I do plan to listen to more in this series.
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.