I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
This series is just fun. An innocent, naive, smart debutante who can get herself into some weird predicaments mostly because of the Queen...who can say no to the Queen? It's a touching series with romance and mystery. It's an enjoyable listen that keeps me driving way out of my way so I don't have to turn it off. In this one, Lady Georgiana finds herself in a Transylvanian castle for the wedding of her good friend, the Princess of Romania (who she almost doesn't remember) from her days at boarding school. Tagging along is her newly hired inept Lady's Maid, Queeny and best friend, Belinda. It just so happens that the handsome and love interest in her life, Darcy O'Mara is at the same wedding. Of course, someone is murdered and she and Darcy try to figure it out without becoming victims themselves either from vampires or human hands. I think Katherine Kellgren does a good job with the voices.
I was worried because the last installment in the series didn't live up to the good fun I'd experienced with the first and (to a lesser extent) the second book, but this one redeemed the series and author in my mind. What really sets these books apart is the fun and sense of humour, and there's no shortage of that in this story of murder in an isolated castle in Transylvania. Yes, it's still a murder mystery, but with novice maids, aristocratic bed-hopping, and imaginings of vampires, it's so much more.
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Lady Georgie returns in another fun adventure. Set in Romania The story finds Georgie supposedly surrounded by vampires as a deeper mystery arises. The story while fun has Georgie literally stumbling into trouble. Whether it's my headphones or the narrator The Voices start slightly off to what we're used to,but, eventually fall into place. There's more Georgie as her hangers on(Belinda, Fig, Binky and Grandad and others) do make appearances the story focuses on Georgie and her two Paramours Darcy and Sigfried. The clues meant to lead you one way doesn't get you all the way there. Some of the twists were too obvious as if you listened to the other books you know what Georgie is going to do. The book like the others is told as if reading from her journal(so any point of danger maybe lost) but makes for a great listen as you are getting it from the horses mouth. this a great series to listen to as you wonder how Georige keeps getting in these messes and how she gets out with her clever but naive mind.
Yes, because the characters are interesting and the plot keeps my attention. I look forward immensely to the next opportunity I have to listen.
When the Princess explains to her fiancé why she had agreed to marry him.
She really makes the characters come alive with her reading. It is hard to imagine how she can make them all sound so distinct--and the voices she uses are all exactly right for the pictures I have in my mind.
It made chuckle and smile rather than laugh uproariously, but that is just what I was looking for.
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I am a big fan of fluff reading. Some turn the noses up at the idea of a book that does not fully engage the mind or bring up deep ideas. I am certainly not opposed to big idea books. But you just can’t only read big idea books, or you are distorting part of the purpose of reading.
Her Royal Spyness series is a light cozy mystery series. They are set in the early 1930s with Georgie (the 34th in line to the throne) as the main character. Her family is broke and she is trying to make it on her own. But she keeps stumbling into (or being pushed by the Queen) into situations where she has to use her head to solve the mystery.
Royal Blood is the fourth book in the series. And Georgie is starting to find her place as a detective. Her would be boyfriend Darcy, (if they can ever get together), is clearly some sort spy/secret service agent. There have been a number of hints, but it has not completely come out yet. So he is good muscle and and a stabilizing force, but it is mostly Georgie that is solving the mysteries.
This is a cozy mystery, so I don’t expect any hard hitting crime drama. But I think the books are better when Georgie is actually taking charge and investigating instead of just falling into situations. At times Georgie’s lack of confidence and ‘woe is me’ attitude is over played. She is a royal, she has been trained in all of the social niceties and she has been providing for herself for the past year now. So some of the little girl issues need to start dropping away.
Darcy and Georgie do not end up together at the end of this book (but there is a better footing than the previous book.) At some point the romance will be dragged out too long, but right now it is fine.
I love Georgie, can't get enough of her approach to life.
The plot flowed well, always a new event or clue around the corner.
Queenie in the dungeon.
In a way it was, but I also wanted to savor it and look forward to my next morning's walk.
This is a pleasant series. I space out my listens to each book, but look forward to escaping into Georgie's world.
I love mysteries but I'm usually not a fan of what I consider "cosy mysteries". Often the characters in these stories can be caricatures of stereotypes and seem silly. The Royal Spyness series avoids this by setting the series in an interesting historical period, and uses humor to make the more extreme characters an interesting part of the story. I am listening to the series in order and I enjoy it more with each new listen. My greatest praise goes to the narrator, Katherine Kellgren. I don't think I would enjoy the books half as much if I was just reading from the page. Ms. Kellgren gives a true virtuoso performance. Please don't ever try a new narrator for this series! She has such a distinctive voice for each character that you get swept up into this world. Yes, these are light mysteries, but extremely entertaining. If you love anything BBC set back
in time then this is the series for you.
I have never seen the print version but I enjoyed listening to this book a great deal.
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This series is like desert; a little treat!
It’s light, amusing, witty, makes me laugh out loud, and provides a welcomed bit of fluffy escapism whenever I pick up an installment.
The narrator is beyond excellent; pitch perfect!