The first book was fresh and funny (if still a bit of a fluff read). This one is not as good. The story is thin, almost nonexistent at first and doesn't pick up until the end. About the ending though (No spoiler) - It's not a bad ending but to say that it's rushed is an understatement. Characters are still enjoyable to listen to thanks to Kellgren's excellent performance. If not for Kellgren I'd say, give this one a miss.
Yes, I think I will listen to it again because I enjoyed the story so much.
Georgie is my favorite character, spunky little aristocrat that she is.
Belinda, Georgie's best friend. She has kind of a Tallulah Bankhead slinkiness about her.
My favorite moment in the book was when George and her friend Gussie went for an after-dinner walk in a garden. I laughed out loud and it crosses my mind from time to time, making me smile throughout the day.
Rhys Bowen's writing and Katherine Kellgren's reading compliment each other perfectly to produce a fun escapist story.
A great read
Agatha Christie's Tuppance series. A smart witty headstrong but naive woman paired with a solid level headed male solves seemingly unsolvable crimes...what else can I say
Yes. I love her voice, her smooth cadence and the changes she does for the other characters is brilliant
When her clumsiness came on in front of the queen
Not much of a reader but love to listen
I love the series so far
The stories are great and I look forward to the next book
Always love the scenes with Darcy
It catches me off guard with a phrase or an accent and I laugh out loud.
Just love the performance of all the characters and accents
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
Yes, and I have. Several times. Not this book specifically, but the series.
"Hanny" because she had a fire and spunk that was as infectious as it was aggravating.
None really stand out as a favorite. The entire thing was solid and well done.
I laughed in a few places. The interactions with Hanny were just too good.
Like the first one, this is a true mystery and was easy enough to solve by simply thinking about the crime. Solving it wasn't the end, however.The very end felt a little contrived, but not so much that it detracted from the rest of the book.
This series by Rhys Bowen is lots of fun to read and better to listen to. Not a complex mystery by any means but a great cozy and pure enjoyment. Katherine Kellgren is fantastic. She makes the books such fun with different accents. Set in the early 1930's our heroine is 34th in line for the British throne and helps HM (Her Royal Majesty, the Queen) while trying to make life on her own.
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A good narrator really makes or breaks the audiobook.
In this case, Katherine Kellgren has done a great job with the light humor that sets this these two books (and presumably the whole series) apart from a lot of other cozy mysteries.
This second books feels less like Dorothy Sayers. Georgie, the 34th in line for the throne, has established herself in London. She is living out from under the influence of her brother and his wife, but also without any financial support. So in spite of her title and position, she is broke. In the last book she started a house cleaning service to make money while trying to discover her place in London society (she grew up in a Scottish Castle) and keep her work a secret from the Queen.
But Georgie has caught the eye of the Queen for another reason. After Georgie solved a murder and got her brother released from jail, the Queen is interested in Georgie’s other uses and so asks Georgie to host an 18 year old Bavarian Princess and introduce her to London Society. (Of course, Georgie is broke and can’t afford to do that, but you don’t say no to the Queen.)
Eventually dead bodies start piling up and there is a concern that someone may be trying to kill the princess or maybe blame the princess for a murder in order to create international hostility.
In this book, Georgie is much more clearly using detective skills and reasoning and putting clues together than in the last book (which was presented as more accidental discovery.) But the series resists the Sherlock Holmes style random small clues and instead is more of a modern detective novel with interviews, clues and more police-style beat work. (Georgie’s grandfather is a retired beat cop that she turns to a lot in this book.)
The series continues to be quite enjoyable and I will keep reading, probably picking up the next one on kindle as a change of pace.
(originally posted at my blog, Bookwi.se)
I have never regretted wasting my time listening to an audiobook more than this. Think of this as the worse of Mills & Boon coupled with the crass vulgarity of the British "Carry On" films. Save yourself the torture - its total "tripe"!
I highly recommend this series as the first 2 books have been great! Reader was great-she sounded like Julie Andrews! I am so looking forward to listening to them all!