It was a loosely spun tale based on the stereotyped Royal personas - pre World War II. The characters were somewhat cookie-cut predictable.
The start was smart and funny but the telling of the tale took a tumble when it relied too much on the Jack-in-the-box boy friend.
Distinctive, promising, good.
Less stereotypical characters and a better plot.
The characters' voices sounded like parodies of bad actors - nothing like real people.
boredom and irritation
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
Yes. When time permits I'd probably listen to this one again. There were a few things that caught me off guard, and I'd like to see if I missed them, or they were missing.
No, but few do. I'm just not wired that way.
In other books Georgie stumbles (often literally) onto clues and situations where she finds herself in a position to learn some important fact. This is one of the first times we see her actually work something out and set out like a "real" investigator and it was nice seeing her take that step.
Ineffective and silly. I suck at tag lines.
The author seems to have a style of crafting 98% of a great cozy with a little action and a bit of romance, then tossing the whole thing out the window for an over the top contrived melodramatic action scene for the closer. This is the first time we see it, but not the last.
I'd like to see Georgie get into a more realistic tight spot at the end, and then get out of it on her own, as opposed to being rescued by an interested third party.
I like hearing about the history and goings on in the time frame of the book. Lady Georgeanna is a likeable character with a good bit of naivete that nearly gets her in serious trouble at the beginning of the book. She is intrepid if not entirely sophisticated and manages to make all her catastrophes so relevant to us ordinary humans. She is interesting and intelligent and Darcy is luscious.
Georgie's hanging upside down from the cliff face.
I really enjoy good British readers and she is one. She has just the right tone for Georgie as well as her wild and crazy friend, Belinda.
I would listen to these again. They are funny and entertaining.
There is lots of humor. The main character is lovable and fun. The story isn't deep or philosophical, it's just pure entertainment. There is quite a bit of talk about sex but no X rated sex scenes that are so predominant in today's literature. They leave enough to imagination.
I like the scenes where she is learning about cleaning houses.
34th in line for the throne and poor as a churchmouse.
Book blogger at Bookwi.se
The Royal Spyness series is a fun light hearted mystery series. In the first two books, Georgie, the 34th in line to the throne in 1930s England, has found herself an accidental detective. What makes the series work, is the mix of humor, a dash of romance good character development and some mystery to move the plot along. Georgie’s family is penniless after her father gambled away most of the money and lost the rest in the stock market. Georgie has decided that it is better to try to make her own way rather than live under the rules and obligations of her sister-in-law (and henpecked brother) back in Scotland.
Making her own way in depression era London is not easy. Georgie tried to start a business of opening homes for wealthy homeowners that are coming from their country estates to their London homes, but no one comes to London in the middle of the summer and she has to find another way to make money.
After her friend pawned off a date to her, she decides to try to advertise herself as a dinner partner for visiting businessmen. But her first client assumes she is a prostitute. Her love interest, Darcy O’Mara, happens to save her and Scotland Yard hears of her trouble and sends her out of town to save face. Except things are not as they seem. Someone is trying to kill members of the royal family and the special branch wants Georgie to work as an inside figure to help find out who it is.
This third book is just as enjoyable as the first two. The story line does enough to keep things interesting, although the ending was clear well before the end of the book. The love interest between Darcy and Georgie has enough to keep the tension without being frustrating, but that may not continue much past this book if there isn’t something that is done to shake things up.
The main issue that really will make or break this series is Georgie’s detective style. She is smart, but so far much of what she has found out has been more about where is happens to be and not what she figures out. There is a hint in this book about her really starting to do some detective work on her own. But this will have to be developed in the rest of the series or it will start falling flat. The humor and romance have made the series so far, but to keep going, it there needs to be a new note.
(originally posted on my blog, Bookwi.se)
Rhys Bowen can do NO wrong! This third installment of A Royal Spyness Mystery was full of action, excitement, and suspense. I love how Rhys sets up several characters to be the culprit through out the story. Its so much more fun to wonder than know right away. Im loving the romance building between Georgie and Darcy and I also loved learning more background on some of Georgie's family. Her grandfather, sister-in-law, and brother are in this book much more, and I enjoyed its setting taking place at Georgie's home vs London this time. This series is such a fun listen and Katherine Kellgren is unbelievable! I cant imagine reading this series and not being able to hear all the characters distinct voices. She really brings this series to an entirely different level than other narrators. It feels like Im watching a movie more than listening. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
The narration and the dry sense of humor of the author.
The humor and learning about English royalty.
This is pretty much par for the course, which I think is quite good. The books are fun and a nice diversion.
Royalty moonlights as detective.
I listen to a Royal Spyness Mystery to relax and to laugh. I am always sorry when they end.