This series is perfect light entertainment! It's the only one where I've immediately downloaded the next book in the series rather than alternating with other genres or, heaven forbid, a more "literary" book. I've rated all of them 5-stars except this one for several reasons --
1) In several places, Katherine Kellgren makes Georgie sound like Belinda ... for the first time in the series, which only serves to accentuate how good she normally is at breathing different personalities into each character.
2) I lost some respect for Georgie, who is such an independent and grounded young woman, when she starts to seriously consider the existence of vampires and werewolves.
3) Why would such a no-nonsense young woman as Georgie suffer as incompetent a maid as Queenie, no matter what her other character strengths? Not very believable, but I'll read on to see what Rhys Bowen plans for Queenie.
Despite these compalints, I highly recommend the entire series! (BTW, I find listening at 1.25x via the Audible app to be perfect.)
I love the Royal Spyness series. Hearing how "the other half" lived in that period is good fun and I enjoy trying to figure out "who dunnit". Overall an enjoyable series and Katheryn Kellgren is an excellent narrator. Her voice characterizations alone make the books worth listening to.
It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.
Good, clean fun. The conflicts created by the lack of money and royal protocol create a lot of interest especially for this American. There is just enough actual historical circumstances and characters to make the plot seem believable and the author has a great sense of humor. Very enjoyable.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
The Royal Spyness Mystery series by Rhys Bowen is wonderful -- very fun set of stories. Katherine Kellgren is a very enjoyable narrator and easy to listen to. I wish there were more in the series -- can't wait to find out what happens next!
I am not sure edge of the seat is the right description, but I want to see how Georgie is going to handle herself in each book.
I have not listened to Katherine Kellgren before, but she does an excellent job in this series. She has a different voice for each character. I would have no trouble knowing which character if speaking if they were not identified.
I am on the next to the last in this series. I love all things British and this series just feeds that love.
I love Darcy O'Mara in all of "Her Royal Spyness" mysteries.
Katherine Kellgren does a superb job of narrating! One is always able to tell the difference between two characters who are having a conversation when Kellgren narrates. She is able to consistently give different accents and intonations to all the characters throughout the entire book. You are never left guessing as to who just said what to whom.
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.
This book had very well drawn characters and an excellent narrator. It was somewhat like a radio play, but performed by one reader. I cannot say enough about how well Katherine Kellgren performed on this book.
No, although she creates colorful characters, I prefer other genres.
She's excellent. She was able to deliver the goods -- she understood these colorful and cooky characters and was able to impart their idiosyncrasies to the audience
For me, no, but I am sure she has fans. I can see a Masterpiece Theater production of this book, but it is not for everyone.
The book is fine, it is just not what I was looking for. However, it was well done and well written. I like a "thicker" plot in my mysteries.