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.
I've been a big fan of audio books for many years beginning with my long trips driving to and from work. Now audible makes it so easy.
Once I finish listening to the fourth book in the series I'm going to listen to all of them again. They are really a lot of fun.
The characters in this series are characters indeed - each unique and well developed.
She is marvelous!
I don't like to listen to any book in one sitting but I do keep coming back for more.
This is a great listen. Rhys Bowen writes a hilarious (haggis anyone?) and interesting Royal mystery with a surprising ending.
Katherine Kellgren, again, gives a superb performance.
Highly recommended for a day when you need a pick-me-up.
I would first like to mention Katherine Kellgren's performance which I think is top notch! She absolutely puts me in the place you need to be in to understand the royal "thing". I love the story and the constant humor that finds it's way into every turn of the page so to speak. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listed to these books. Keep them coming!
It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.
Love this series, it is entertaining and light. This narrator is fabulous, the characters come alive. Very few audio books make me laugh out loud, this series has that effect frequently. I love the descriptions of the royals, the fact that these women are trained only how to be a wife, and where to seat aristocrats at dinner parties. There are little digs like that, which add a lot of flavor to the stories. The fact that Georgie is always trying to find some way to support herself when she has no marketable skills. A unique perspective on that time period. And of course the handsome Darcy plot always adds a lot. Definitely start with the first one in this series.
The first two and fourth Spyness books were light and fun. They do become repetitive and formulaic, which is good when on vacation with kids and concentrating can be challenging. The plot of this particular book, however, just did not make much sense, especially the ending. Darcy (really?! poor Jane Austen) is quite the James Bond caricature in this one, albeit a more romantically satisfying version! This is the one to skip.
Her various voices are wonderful. Clear, strong, soothing voice with a light and lovely accent.
I have listened to the entire series and I love them all. The characters are developed well from one book to the next and you are left wanting more of their lives and experiences. In the context of formal history, the people we have known from a distance become real people with everyday challenges and flaws and yet are part of the aristocracy that we do not have access to but can only imagine. Great entertainment.
I find that I love Louise Penny's books for the same reason. She brings history to life and keeps you engaged in the lives of the characters too. Rhys and Louise have become my favorite mystery writers. They both have priceless senses of humor.
Oh my its hard to pick a favorite character. Georgiana is so wonderfully naive and gets herself into situations because of it. Her journey to become an independent woman of the 30s while maintaining her aristocratic presence and morals, lends to many humorous and suspenseful situations.
I have never enjoyed an narration more. Katherine is brilliant at creating a voice for each character and making them instill a visualization and emotion for each one for every circumstance. After listening to Katherine, I'm afraid I'm a little more critical of listening to other narrations now. :-o