This book is one of my favorite books in the Royal Spyness series. There is a lot of adventure & some new characters, but the best part is all the narration of the different foreign visitors. Great cozy listen!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (mystery) - I usually find humorous mysteries stupid and totally lacking any entertainment value, but I love this series and this book. The main character, Georgiana, who is a distant relative of the English Queen, travels to a castle in Transylvania to be a bridesmaid for a dear friend. She takes with her Queenie, her bumbling Cockney maid. When she arrives at the castle, she finds that her promiscuous best friend, Belinda, has finagled her way onto the guest list, as has Georgiana's mysterious romantic interest, Darcy O'Mara.
Things become creepy as the characters get near the castle. They hear wolves howl, and peasant villagers stare at their coach and cross themselves. Upon arrival at the castle, they meet Count Dragomere, a mysterious Romanian servant. Georgie thinks she sees someone wearing a black cape climbing up the castle wall late at night, and she is later visited by a dark stranger standing over her bed. She doesn't believe in vampires, but the hints are hard to ignore. Then there's a murder and a suspicious death. I won't give anything away, but Georgie and company set out to solve the mystery, and there's lots of royal fun along the way.
PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren must be heard to be believed. She's my favorite female narrator, hands down. She gives the pompous royal characters a humorous twist and performs great foreign accents. The voice of promiscuous Belinda is a hoot, as well as her portrayal of the Cockney maid Queenie. Listen!
OVERALL - This is Book 4 of the series and the mystery in each book stands alone, though there is character development that runs throughout the series. It is light and humorous, even though there's a murder and some mild promiscuity. I would recommend this book for girls/women high school age and above. You'll thoroughly enjoy it!
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This is such a FUN listen series, you have got to get it if you are in the mood to kick back and listen to some awesome, talented voice talents and some mystery, mixed with humor, love, suspense and well british humor. GET the series, you won't regret it. This is one is far my favorite, due to very colorful characters and the the talent of the narrator. You will laugh out loud and identify with the characters!!!
Queenie--Lady Georgie's so called maid is the Most Annoying character in any book I have listened to. Her character adds nothing to the series and I find myself fast forwarding thru her parts. Nobody would put up with such an incompetent servant. Normally a character who is portrayed as "flawed" has some redeeming qualities--unfortunately this one has none.
This book and all of the future books would be greatly enhanced with the removal of this Odious, Incompetent and Annoying creature!
teacher & book lover
Every one of the books in this series is terrific! They are very funny and have a great mystery. These books provide you with hours of true joy! Check out the whole series!
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
As always, I enjoyed another great Georgiana adventure. In this edition she is to represent the Royal family by attending a wedding of the Prince of Transylvania, at a family castle in Transylvania. Hilarity ensues when she is, at the last minute, indentured with a maid who is anything but cultured or proficient. Upon her arrival, after a long journey fraught with strange events, she is to find out that her presence there may not be by chance or simple representation. A fun romp with some of the reoccurring characters, in a spooky old castle, cut off from civilization. Imaginations are heightened and running rampant, after the death of one of the guests, that may or may not have been murder. Katherine Kellgren does a fantastic job as Georgiana and takes all the characters on an exciting ride.
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Georgie doesn't wait to be rescued. She rescues herself -- very impressively when trapped in the oubliette. I admire her intelligence and unflappable calm. I expected her to unload a lot more concerns on Darcy when he appeared, but in retrospect she told him just the right amount. She is in rare form solving this mystery, recalling details and inferring their significance. She's my hero.
Her independence in rescuing herself. Her bravery in standing up to Patrascue when he tried to intimidate her with the threat of prison. Her awkward dilemma in getting engaged to Siegfried.
Great performance. I love all the voices, especially Darcy's. Great accent. My only complaint was for a couple characters she dropped the level of her voice - Patrascue & Dragomir - and I had to keep adjusting my volume to hear them and then suddenly be jolted by a very loud Georgie or Queenie.
Who will come to a wedding in Transylvania?
One of the best that I've read so far in the series .
Rhys Bowen channels P. G. Wodehouse and Bram Stoker in a marvelous screwball mystery that still has me laughing. Even the brief book description accompanying this audiobook had me smiling. Great idea for an entry in the series and Bowen delivers.
I would not recommend this to a friend if they read the Masked Ball at Broxley Manor. Too much is duplicated.
If they hadn't read the other, than I might recommend this one
This story felt rushed and she seemed to be pushing the characters to do things. I does not flow as well as her other books.
Katherine is fine and I have grown to expect her for Georgie. But not Katherine's best work either.
No, this book, needs to be left alone.
Not one of Mrs Bowen's best. But I still love the characters and want to see what happens to them.