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 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.
So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.
What perfect timing for me...like flopping onto the couch with a box of bonbons, painting your toenails bright pink, smearing deep conditioner on your hair, and forgetting the day has any plans for you whatsoever. Ahhhhhh.
I've seen these titles go by and shown no interest, until the new *7th in the series* piqued my hyper-curiosity -- 7th? that's an investment from a publisher. Going to the source, reviewers I trust admitted these aren't the best pieces of literature they've read -- but it was clear they had a great time doing so. (I've given real literary gems this many stars, but using very different criteria.) I decided to give Her Royal Spyness a try, beginning with number 1 in the series.
This was just the right light hearted fun I needed for coming off a deep read that wouldn't get out of my head -- like a pint of Haagen daz for the brain. I picked up the second in the series (Royal Pain) and it seems the magic had already worn off. I'm sure I'll eventually find myself plopped back on the couch with Her Royal Spyness in the future, 'cause there's no shame in girls just wanting, and needing, to have fun (and bonbons and pedicures).
*About the narrator: I owe this to Kellgren, whom I have b-l-l-l-lasted in the past! Loathed is a strong word, but I would actually avoid books if she was doing the narrating. I purchased this without looking, and to my surprise, thought Kellgren as equal to my enjoying this book, as the story; she was a blast.
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 on sale thinking a little frivolous entertainment might not be such a bad thing. Well it didn't get a one star so I guess it wasn't completely awful.
The accent annoyed me. The telling seemed a little insipid. The story a bit stupid.
Well some may enjoy it for what it is, but not so much for me.
As you might suppose from the title of this book, it is light-hearted and a little silly. I was somewhat entertained but I won't be listening to the rest of the series.
Narrator was wonderful.
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.
I've been seeing these books by Rhys Bowen for years, but always avoided them. "Spyness" it says, and espionage isn't one of my favored genres. But then came a Daily Deal, and an affordable way to see what the books were all about, because indeed, most of these books were getting great reviews.
I loved it! As it turns out, the "spying" involved isn't international cloak and dagger stuff -- more like cape-and-butter knife social affairs, ferreting out juicy bits of gossip for "HRM" -- and in her service, but of course! The "spying" leads to some dangerous situations for several people, some of whom survive, others who don't, but whatever, it's a worthy tale and a pleasure throughout.
Bowen's characters were uniquely interesting, and there was a very credible mystery at the heart of the plot. Not a simpering heroine in sight, but rather a spunky down-on-her-luck member of the royal family -- somewhat distant, but not THAT distant -- who takes charge in a rather admirable way. Several "real" people were scattered among the fictional ones -- I loved the characterization of Wallace Simpson -- I have no idea if this portrayal is accurate or not, but in Rhys Bowen's hands, she comes off as slightly wacky, irreverent, outrageous and seriously funny. Same with the protagonist, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie -- and especially her much-married mother, who's equally flamboyant and not the least bit ashamed of it. Who would imagine that the stiff-upper-lip English gentry could be so funny behind doors?
Very good book -- unfortunately, most of them are too short for me to spend a credit on, so I'll have to look for more bargains, or find them in print. But I'll definitely be looking.
The Book Doctor
After listening to Katherine Kellgren's expert narration, I cannot imagine reading the print edition of any of these books. The voices and the characters were so wonderfully brought to life it would feel like a disappointment to read this series rather than listening.
I love Belinda- her accent and approach to life is priceless. Having listened further in the series, I can say she keeps getting better and better.
I'd have to say Belinda as well- her vocalization is fantastic. Many of Belinda's comments made me laugh out loud.
39th from the throne, your life is still on the line.
Or- No pantsuits for amateurs.
A total delight. I have been savoring these, and only listening to Her Royal Spyness books once I have worked my way through the others in my queue. These are a wonderful treat and a great reward.