Cozy Mystery Addict!
Love the Royal Spyness Series and this one adds the delight of a small english town and an old fashioned Christmas. Love the characters and write down many of the "english'isms". Can't wait for the next Royal Spyness book.
I've been reading her Royal Spyness series. And this one is yet another great work of R. Bowen. I like the characters and the narrator did a fantastic job as well. Unlike some other cozy mystery series where the author drags on and on with no meaningful developments among characters and their personality, relationships among Bowen's characters do evolve.
And I'm always amazed with the narrator's ability to adjust her voice and intonation to depict such a wide variety of people and maintain consistency over time.
If I listened to books a second time, I would listen to this one again.
I know in the current literary world, a mystery set in the days just following WWI, surrounding the ups and downs of a penniless, distant relation of the English royal family might sound a little "Ho hum", but I encourage you to give this series a chance. Start at the beginning and enjoy the wonderful narrator and the fun, often suspenseful hijinks of Georgie and her supporting cast. You won't be sorry!
At the top of the list, it has a light quick pace and was a perfect Christmas gift from Rhys Bowen and perfectly delivered by Katherine Kellgren.
The story...the characters who I view by now as "old friends"...with a few new friends sprinkled in to complete the Olde English Christmas...left me with a satisfied smile on my face and a warm holiday feeling in my heart.
Gosh beginning...middle...end it was all clever and enjoyable.
"Come back to an era gone by and experience the charm and warmth of An Olde English Christmas!"
I found this series thanks to Audible...when they offered the first Her Royal Spyness for free...and from that moment on I was Hooked!! I've listened to every book in the series with delight...it is a perfect blend of easy listening to a good storyline delivered with perfection by Katherine Kellgren who breathes life into the characters and keeps pace with the author's humor and style...a perfect pair! Thanks Audible for bringing such wonderful stories to the listners. From a satisfied, and happy Fan.
Katherine Kellgren does the best voices. Her inflection really adds to the story.
A British Christmas houseparty is my favourite for a mystery. Try Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer.
Yes, in this series. There were a lot of characters and she kept them all different.
Maybe young reader who likes references to British royalty.
I didn't care about the characters and it took much too long to discover what the mystery was.
She far overdid the accents, particularly the aristocratic ones. They were annoying.
It was hard to be sympathetic to characters that sounded snooty and snobbish.
In this sixth story of the Royal Spyness series it does not disappoint. It is a very well crafted story with a lot of little mysteries and the final expose is, indeed, unexpected and very plausible. The narrator is utterly superb. She has the ability to take on many different accents, timbres and pitches so it is very easy to listen to.
I haven't read the print version of this book, but Katherine Kellgren's performance is absolutely exceptional in this work. She managed to differentiate between at least 15 characters with ease. Kellgren's narration definitely enhanced my listening experience!
I love the main character Lady Georgiana for her wit and spunk.
It would be impossible to choose a favorite as Kellgren performed each character with such finesse. She is a master.
This is a rather light mystery, so there wasn't much to cause an extreme reaction either way. I chose it as something easy to listen to during the holidays, and this fit the bill perfectly.
This book was fun, enthusiastic and an easy listen. Really enjoyed the narrator. She brings the characters to life. I was looking for something to make me feel Christmassy and this did the trick, though it was not over done.
Didn't realize that this was a series. Think I will go back and start with book one.