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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!
Her Royal Spyness and Royal Blood are my favorites thus far. All the books are the Royal Spyness books are a fun read. The vampire theme deviated a bit from the normal tone, but I think it was a stroke of brilliance. I enjoyed the references to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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.
It's a fun and light mystery series made wonderful by a gifted narrator. I have loved each one so far.
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When Georgie's brother and sister-in-law come to stay in the London house, Georgie jumps at the chance to attend a wedding in Romania. With vampires roaming the halls and a guest dying at the dinner table, Georgie must find out what has happened and who is responsible.
The characters in this book are stereotypical, which I feel adds to the fun. Suave princes, untrained maids, and bungling policeman make up just some of the characters.
All Katherine Kellgren's performances are masterful, but in this recording I liked Queenie best.
I don’t have a specific favourite part of this book. Any scene with Queenie, or Patroscu, are especially funny.
I do recommend this book as an audiobook. Katherine Kellgren brings the story to life. I doubt I would enjoy this series if she wasn't narrating, or if I read them.
Written for cozy mystery lovers.
My one regret in this book… It is made very clear, in all her books, that Prince Sigfried is gay. There is no need to repeatedly make derogatory comments, once would have been enough to get the point across of the views of the time.
These mysteries are not for everyone, but if you like the cozy mystery genre, the Royal Spyness series is quite entertaining. Royal Blood advanced the series quite well, adding a fun character, Queenie, Lady Georgiana's new and bumbling maid, to the story and moving Georgiana's relationship with the ever-mysterious but romantic Darcy O'Meara along.
Royal Blood has just enough cleverness to keep the story moving, and the political intrique even led me to look up the complicated history of the Balkan states between the great wars.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, makes listening to these books such a pleasure, too, and unlike the last book, I didn't figure out the mystery right away, so I kept on listening eagerly. Kellgren is a major reason to listen to these instead of reading -- she is delightful.
Yes, they're a little silly. Yes, the characters are unlikely and the predicaments are often unbelievable, but Rhys Bowen does a good job setting up a world of Depression-era British royalty where a lot of people --including the royals -- are down on their luck, and Georgianna is a plucky, independent heroine. Sure, they may be empty calories, but indulging now and then won't hurt anyone and can be delicious!