Fun and enjoyable read .. different angle on the usual mystery
Life in London from different perspectives
Lighthearted murder mystery set in the 1930's (?). Georgiana is royalty...sort of. She is a "Lady" and is in line for the crown...34th in line. Georgiana is an independent, resourceful single woman and broke. She may not have money, but she has friends and her royal name to influence. This book is an easy and enjoyable read following Georgiana's adventures to make some money, to lose her virginity, to clear herself and her brother of murder charges.
A little comedy, a little mystery, a little romance. Very enjoyable read.
I have recently finished this entire series, and I pretty much loved the whole thing. These are deftly written, a lot of fun, and I honestly think they were made to be read by Katherine Kellgren. I don't think I'd have enjoyed them half so much without her narration. Are the stories a little contrived, a little formulaic after a while? Sure. But the characters are charming, the prose effortless, and the mysteries compelling enough to carry the whole thing off.
I thought these might be a little too cute for me, but they're actually reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works from the 1930s, to which they consciously pay homage. Bowen's books come by their high ratings honestly, so go ahead and give it a chance.
Addicted to audiobooks and "chick lit"
Really enjoyed listening to this book. The main character is both relatable and enjoyable. The cast of characters around her are well developed and interesting. As always, Katherine Kellgren gives a fantastic performance and slips flawlessly into many different accents.
I kept wait for the "spyness" part to develop. It never did. Basically just a regency-style novel with a bit of mystery attached and moved into the 20th century. I won't buy any sequels. (submitted by the female of the household, definitely chick-lit)
Happy married mother of one, South African living in South Australia.
Just a fun story. All light hearted. Bringing the era to life.
Her different voices for the characters. Introducing to us all the different levels of society.
Get to the point. Tired of hearing about how she has no money. Very boring characters
Almost couldnt understand the narrator. Very Nasal
All of them
When the action actually got started, there was trouble to sort out rather than just Worrying About Money and so forth. One got drawn into the worry and danger quite well.
Finding a body in the bath tub!
Good distinctive voices for some of the main characters, lots of wonderful accents.
Sometimes royal clout isn't enough to save your life!
The part that's a bit much is the start, where the level of helplessness of a pampered upper class girl is a bit hard to take when reported in first person. Throughout, there's a sort of zany level of fecklessness to the titled classes that's a bit embarrassing and doesn't really even ring quite true. Over time, though, it allows some humorous situations to arise (as when somebody is taken for her own maid just because she answers the door)... However, if you're just looking for some "light reading," this is a pretty fun romp, and subsequent books are likely to be more pleasant for needing less introductory floundering.