I love this series, and the narrator. A fun and light read (or listen)
I was very pleased with this new installment of the Royal Spyness series.
The mystery was very intriguing and the characters true to form. I didn't figure out who-dun-it, until it was about to be revealed. I had an inkling to the overall solution, but not the specifics. The romance with Darcy revs up.
The narration was, as always, wonderful.
This is a very enjoyable series, and I highly recommend it for some lighter listening.
Say something about yourself!
Darcy and Georgie - I do not want to give anything away.
Wallace or Queenie - both ends of the personality range.
Not really; it was a very enjoyable read. Not at all boring but not riveting either.
This book was fabulous. The deaths were extremely clever, though I think the characters might have been a bit slow to catch on, and the mystery itself was pretty good. The actual culprits surprised me, as did their motivations. There was tons of Darcy, which I liked, and also of Georgie's Grandfather and Mother. Queenie is a hoot as well. Some of the new characters are ones I would like to see again and as I was listening at christmastime, it felt very seasonal. Katherine Kellgren as narrator was wonderful as always. She is very consistent for her voices for the characters across the multiple books.
The Royal Spyness Mysteries brings intrigue to the British & European Royals during the era between the wars and the scandalous affair of the Duke of Wellington & Wallis Simpson. Wherever Her Ladyship Georgiana goes, murder is sure to follow! Her Irish peer, Darcy always appears to keep her safe! Lovely traditional English Christmas setting in a small county village!
Georgiana & Darcy's budding love story amidst all the murder intrigue is the best part! Darcy's appearance is always thrilling! He seems such a rogue but is really a gentleman.
When Darcy told Bunty he was interested in Georgiana! He finally admitted it!
I did listen to the entire story all through one day! I couldn't turn it off! The reader is excellent!
Fun, Romantic, Clever
That's tricky. I love Darcy (but who doesn't love a Darcy character), Queenie always makes me laugh, and I enjoy trying to figure out Granddad's cockney slang! But Georgie has to be my most favourite character. I love how she wars with herself between the new opportunities of the time for women and the old fashioned expectations of her royal relatives. Go Georgie!!!
She is one of those narrators who can give each character a completely distinctive voice, from the posh tones of Georgiana to the cockney accent of her grandfather and the nasal tones of Queenie. Katherine's narration makes these books for me.
This was my favourite of the series so far, but each one just seems to get better than the last. I laughed many times, but the mystery of this one was really well constructed.
Put this at the top of your holiday wish list. The best 9 hours you'll spend this holiday!
Yes, Well written and with a sense of humor
The mystery as it was slowly told
No Listen over several days
Great book and narration
Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.
I am a J. D. Robb fan, have read/listened to all the "In Death" series. I have become a fan of Rhys Bowen & "Her Royal Spyness" series. It is a much lighter and no where near as technical as Robb but I enjoy her "Lightness" and the humor. And, some how or another, I found another, "Tall, Dark & Handsome" Irishman! Both rouges, one a billionaire and one penniless. The narrator, Ms. Killgren is amazing, I enjoy her cast of characters a great deal. A narrator can make or break a good story, Ms. Bowen & Ms. Killgren are a winning combination.
Georgie, hesitant, but fearless.
An amazing narrator. Her LAMDA training shines through. An extremely talented voice actor.
Queenie, she's a mess but a well intentioned mess. The interaction between her & Georgie, almost always make me laugh, out loud. I have to pause & let my husband listen, he laughs too!
I wish Rhys Bowen wrote faster! I love Georgie, Darcy, Queenie, Grandfather, Belinda and would/will buy every single book!
I like when Lady Georgie is kept busy solving cases. She is young and very resilient, able to overcome obstacles. I don't like it when she has to stay with her brother and sister-in-law.
Her love life it seems to be going nowhere.
The narrator's voice can be jarring at times.
I thought that the set up of the mystery was rather clever but I suppose for the more perceptive, they would have found it rather predictable. I was not able to figure out for certain who the culprit(s) were although I had had my suspicions, no thanks to all those fake clues the author tossed on to this character and that. There was a repetition from one of the earlier books, a reference to one of Oscar Wilde's play: "A handbag?" There were a lot of descriptions about food - some might say too many. For me, it just made me hungry and I started compiling a list of English foods I'd like to taste: ginger wine, mince pies, etc. I loved the comic relief that Queenie provided. She's too funny. I felt less connected with the main character, Georgiana Rannoch. Darcy is such a rogue, and while I like him and am rooting for a HEA between him and Georgiana, I don't really understand what the two of them see in each other. The mystery took forever to be resolved, and it seemed to drag on with little progress in the resolution as we went through the 12 clues of Christmas. But the romance between Darcy and Georgie is finally getting somewhere so at least there was something to follow besides descriptions of food not available to me.
Initially, I did not sense much passion/enjoyment from the narrator. It kind of sounded as if the narrator was tired of Georgiana Rannoch. As the story progressed, the narration seemed more smooth and lively. While her British voices continued to have the same flavor (a rich, exaggerated, movie-star-fancy style), the Irish Darcy continued to delight. The Americans from Indiana, however, were a bit painful to listen to, in particular, the little boy. Ouch! But I have to say that this narrator is still one of the most enjoyable narrators I've listened to.
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