This is a really lighthearted little mystery/romance series. No depth to speak of, but humourous in places.
I did guess the solution of the 'who-done-it' very early in the book, which was a little disappointing. Also, the author could have done a slightly better job with research. The heroine calls 999 (the number for emergency in the UK - equivalent to the US 911) several years before it was instituted.
However, high praise for the narration. Katherine Kellgren is excellent.
This is a charming book. Both a light read & a good mystery. I didn't guess the identity of the fiend until the end & that's always a good thing. The story is set in 1930's London which is a plus to me as I'm a sucker for an English mystery. I really enjoyed Kellren's narration.
I am a blessed man!
I actually purchased this to listen with my wife. What a pleasant surprise! Best of all I'm hooked on a series with plenty of novels to go.
The story is of a clever, beautiful, poor yet still royal woman having to disgrace her position by working. It leads to a myriad of humorous scenes, all of which overshadow the actual mystery.
Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job reading a variety of characters.
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 would highly recommend it, but it's not really a mystery as it's been advertised. It's more of an amusing comedy of the life of a minor royal in 1930s London - a single woman trying to distract her family (including the Queen) who's trying to marry her off while she tries to figure out what she's going to do with her life on her own in the big city. It is wonderfully read by a woman with great talent in not only reading dialogue, but creating credible voices for the characters.
It's more of a comedy with some amateur detective work, rather than a mystery with some amusing situations popping up occasionally.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
My guilty pleasure... I love Austen and mystery novels, always quick easy reading. This had some wit, but not much else to recommend.
60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!
I have listened to all the Royal Spyness books. The narrator is excellent, the story frothy and fun. An enjoyable listen!
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.
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.
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.