This mystery is exactly the type of book Lady Georgiana would read by the fire on a cold blustery day. I am constantly amazed at Katherine Kellgren 's voice acting talent! With such a variety of accents and ages in this performance, it's easy to forget that only one person is narrating the story.
The blossoming relationship between Darcy and Georgie is so charming and refreshing in a day where love interests seem to go from first glance to intimate physical relations in a matter of chapters. And while some characters such as Belinda and Georgie's mother still tend to talk and act very casually about sex, I was happy to see some gentle hints that their lives weren't as happy and glamorous as originally they would seem. In fact, I suspect Georgie's Rannoch ancestors and maybe even her Great Aunt, the Queen Victoria, would approve of her restraint in the face of social trends in that era.
I anxiously await the next installment in Rhys Bowen ' s Her Royal Spyness series!
I have only ever listened to the audio versions of the series.
I find Katherine Kellgren a joy to listen to. She is that rare narrator that brings the magic out of the story.
I have listened to the entire series and though some have said there are some repetitive elements I can safely say each story in itself is a lot of fun.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
I can't say enough good things about the Royal Spyness series. The cast of characters are one of my favorites of all time & the narration is impeccable. Georgie again finds herself in a great house to help acclimate the future heir to a family from Australia. Everything was going smoothly until the current heir winds up murdered & everyone is a suspect. It's a classic English murder mystery in a mansion & so much fun. A must listen!
I really liked that the main character was less dense, clumsy and, well, whiney in this book. Big improvement. But there wasn't really a Erving that followed, it sort of just popped up so don't spend time following clues. As always, the performance was flawless.
I've listened to all the Royal Spyness Mysteries and this one does not disappoint. I've actually listened to all of t hem several times. I don't have a favorite, so this one, to me, is as good as the others.
Yes, it was a fun story with lots of good characters.
Darcy because I am a sucker for a love story.
She has a lovely voice and does accents very well.
No movie, books are always better.
This is my favorite book in the series. Wonderful characters, good fun, and this one had you guessing I think until the very end.
I enjoyed the first couple of books in this series a great deal, but there has been no progression, no further character development, and no purpose in making a cute first book into a series.
There are also some repetitive threads that have sucked all the fun out of the stories. As soon as Darcy became her boyfriend he quit helping her solve mysteries and started endlessly lecturing her on not getting involved in things that don't concern her. Belinda and her mother never step beyond the one dimensional role of sex kitten gold-diggers. Queenie is just annoying and showcases Georgiana's weakness (compassion is good, floor mat is bad.). The mystery resolution in this particular book is completely illogical- the British legal system will not just wink at the perpetrator, nor should they. And not all murder cops are stupid and incompetent. Plus- having Georgie "solve" every crime by stumbling into the hands of the murderer and escaping is a one time only device- at some point she needs to start actually figuring out who done it or she's not much of a sleuth.
Frustration now exceeds fun, so it is time to quit wasting my money. That is a real pity because it has so much potential if the author had just accepted the necessity of growth, change, and backstory motivational reveal for secondary characters.