I liked the book, but I found it slightly less interesting than the previous ones in the series (3 of them I think). The vampire aspect was a bit strange since it has Lady Georgeanna (sp?) wondering if there really are vampires. She has seemed so down to earth and rational in the prior books that I was a bit put off by her fear that there really might be vampires. It didn't ruin the book. I still liked it, just not as much.
I am an avid reader and listener. I especially love imaginative fiction when I am "brain frazzled" from heavier stuff.
Another very enjoyable mystery. This one a bit spookier in parts. It's a light fun read. I want always to hear more.
The narrator is wonderful & captures individual characters very well. The story is fun and easy. I'm hoping the relationship with Darcy moves forward and does not stagnate in "will they won't they " land. this particular book was read out of order in the series, but it wasn't an issue, since I've already read the first few and one after this. It was nice to get the origin story for Queenie, who shows up in subsequent adventures.
Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.
This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.
Just put Georgiana on a trip to a wedding and the fun breaks loose. There were so many things going on is so many different places that it was a challenge to keep up but so funny! Most of the usual wonderful characters showed up and did their thing and is was just overall a great story with great narration and lots of laughter in between.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
The voicework of the linguistic robot known to humanity as Katherine Kellgren. She is amazing.
Any in the series. Possibly the Phrinie Fisher series, though I've only seen a few episodes of the Australian TV series.
I've listened to her on the entire Royal Spyness series, and she's been solid throughout.
No. I listen as I drive to and from work, so have about 90 minutes per day. That said, this was my least favorite of the series so far, mainly because of the whole vampire angle. I don't get the appeal, and every mention of them made me want to skip ahead.
This features the introduction of Queenie, Georgie's hapless maid. While she's fine in this, the character is getting tiresome in the later books,
This one is less of a mystery than the others, in that I don't recall a clear trail of clues leading to the culpret.
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.