I purchased this book after hemming and hawing.
The reviews were so promising. Rhys Bowen was supposed to be such a great writer.
Well, stick with Nancy Drew books.
They are a little more "involved" with a plot
What can I say. Dull, Boring. Fast forwarded almost everything.
What a disappointment!!
Near the top.
Yes, it was a great story and very entertaining!
Yes, all of them are great!
Katherine does a wonderful job capturing the different voices and the "Bertie Wooster" type humor. Her voices are different for each character and consistent throughout the book. I loved this, and downloaded two other books in the series!
I highly recommend this book!
I would listen to Her Royal Spyness again because I found it very entertaining and funny. I would probably hear new things I missed the first time. Plus, in my opinion, it would be a book listening to again.
I thought the funny parts were Georgie's clumsiness and her lack of ability to clean and care for her needs.
At the beginning of the book I was beginning to wonder if I was going to enjoy listening to Katherine Kellgren's narration, but the more I listened the better I enjoyed her. I can't think of anyone better that could do the book justice. I would look for other books by her.
This book made me laugh! I also found myself telling my husband bits of it, which I never do.
I loved the characters and how the narrator portrayed them. I loved Belinda and Georgie's grandpa. I have just bought the rest of the books in the series.
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Her normal accent is quite reminiscent of Lady Mary of Downton Abbey. Which is, I suppose, to say it is quite upper crust--the haute ton, etc.
The mystery was no mystery, except I do admit to being surprised by one twist. I rather think I would have enjoyed it more as a quick read, but it was interesting to hear "the voices," so I may be wrong about that. Other reviews I read (on the audible.com website) said how funny they found the book. It didn't make me laugh aloud. On the other hand, were it billed as a YA book, I would have given it a higher rating.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I first listened to the sample because the plot sounded good. I bought it because the narrator was excellent! I was not disappointed.
What do you do if you are a ROYAL but penniless? Your royal father is dead but your mother, a beautiful often married non-royal. Your maternal grandfather is an ex-bobbie. Your half brother is a ROYAL married to penny pincher who has little love for you.
Why you go off to London to the "family" house. With no money, no servants can be hired to lay fires or turn on the boiler for heating the water for the bath. Thank God for the grandfather who can teach!
Ok, lodging in hand and house tidied (by your hand). Next item is MONEY. You can't hire yourself out as a maid...what would the queen say! Besides, you don't really know how to do the job. But having open the family town house, you could do that and none would be the wiser...hopefully.
When dressed as a maid, you enter empty homes, get things readied and leave. If someone enters unexpected, no one notices you if you keep your head down, do your work and get out.
This is how it starts.
There is the Queen who wants our heroine to do her a favor and spy on Cousin Dave and "that woman".
There is a ROYAL the family things would be a "good match" (doubtful).
Brother comes to town.
Strange things start to happen. Is she just more clumsy than normal or is someone trying to kill her?
A dead body is found in the bathtub.
Brother leaves town.
Who is the dead man? Why was he killed? Who did it? (Can't blame it on the butler, there is none.) Did Brother do it? Surely not!
There is still house party to go to to meet her potential husband, to watch Cousin David and Mrs. Simpson, while pondering who the murderer is as all suspects will be in attendance. All this will make it hard to enjoy the perks of being a royal when she is not only trying to ferret out a killer but avoid being the next victim!
I enjoy the protagonist, who is an independent woman ahead of her time. I also love her grandfather.
The heroine learning to care for herself against obstacles, familial and sinister.
She is very good, brings distinction to each character. I can see each character in my imagination.
The narrator was very entertaining. She did a great job with the voice of all of the characters.. The story moved right along so it was hard to stop listening.
This was the first book by Katherine Kellgren that I have read. I will definitely listen to more. The story was light and fast paced. Great entertainment.
Better material to work with.
No, just this one.
Again, poor matereial to work with.
Way too long an intro till she gets to London.
I lost interest very early on with the characters.
I haven't read the print version. I might not but to listen while driving, it is light and fun.
Nothing too serious or dark
With humor and some wit, the author introduces us to the character and characters of the royal family.
I am interested to see if the characters distaste for anyone outside 'the peerage' and americans especially, is just the characters view or if that distain is the authors opinion.
Well performed. I will definitely try at least one more book in the series.
Another pro: while the author skates on the edges of the main characters moral degradation, so far it's nice to 'read' a book where the main character has not chucked all sense of decency for the 'modern' world.