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A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

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The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she's culled from American gangster movies; cure said princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties.

Then there's the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hannis' unwitting involvement with the Communist Party. It's enough to drive a girl crazy.

Listen to more Royal Spyness mysteries.

©2008 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Macavity Award, Historical Mystery, 2009

"All the characters from the first book in this rollicking series are present here - Georgie's much-married actress mother, her kind-hearted and resourceful Cockney grandfather, her sophisticated friend Belinda and the enigmatic Darcy O'Mara, a penniless Irish peer to whom Georgie finds herself attracted. There are also fleeting references to the war clouds that are gathering in Europe and the rise of fascism at home and abroad, both of which are neatly tied in with the murders and their solution. It works - both as a grand period piece and a lighthearted and completely diverting mystery." (The Denver Post)

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    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 01-17-11
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    "More Royal Fun!"

    If you haven't sampled this series, do yourself a favor. Start with the first and listen to them all. They are a wonderful mixture of humor, suspense and a bit of romance on the side. You will fall in love with the main characters as portrayed by the incomparable Katherine Kellgren.

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    David Hysom Livermore, CA, USA 10-14-11
    David Hysom Livermore, CA, USA 10-14-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Absolutely fantastic narrator!"

    I suspect I'd enjoy this even more were I English, or more
    knowledgeable about the English cast system, accents, and
    so on. Even without that, this (as others in the series) is a
    fantastic listen.

    Books available on Audible have a lot of great narrators. But also
    some who are just ho-hum, and some that are annoying (depending,
    of course, on your personal preferences). IMHO, Katherine Kellgren
    ranks among the best of the best.

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    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD United States 05-12-11
    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2008

    I really enjoy genre fiction, mostly fantasy and mysteries but enjoy discovering new authors.

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    "A delight"

    This series is so charming. Not the most challenging mystery in the world, but the characters are interesting, the setting is charming and narriator is top notch. I recomend this series to anyone who likes their murders cozy and Agatha Christy-ish.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Klamath Falls, OR, United States 01-16-12
    Laura Klamath Falls, OR, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Second Royal Spyness Mystery does not disappoint"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light mysteries and particularly if they listen while they drive. You don't have to have listened to the first book, but I think you will have missed out on the build-up of the characters. It is the characters that make it so funny. Although the situation here is amusing too. Lady Georgiana has to chaperone a Bavarian princess who is the Royal Pain of the title.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

    The most memorable moment for me was when the Princess's love interest was stabbed upstairs while Georgie was downstairs. A nasty bit of business that made the book more serious for several chapters.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Frankly, I am not sure that I would sit down and read any of these books - it is Katherine Kellgren's performance that makes them enjoyable for me. She brings out every bit of comedy there is by


    Any additional comments?

    These are light hearted mysteries for entertainment purposes.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada 11-22-11
    Ursula Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish there were more Rhys Bowen titles on Audible."

    I absolutely loved this series of books and can't wait for Audible to release the next one. It is interesting how Rhys has managed to portray the Royal Family and events from the early '30's. Fun to read references to a young Queen Elizabeth. Also after release of the movie - The King's Speech - gives some more insights - especially funny how Mrs. Simpsonn is portrayed.
    Rhys incorporates a mystery into each of these tales along with a wonderful sense of humour. There is a bit of romance, however it does not overshadow the main story line.
    This book is most likely to appeal to those who are interested in historical references and who have some kowledge of the Royal family. Also life in the 1930's.
    The main character is a terrific example of a young independent woman determined to make her own way in the world.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 12-22-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 12-22-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Such a Pleasant Surprise"

    Again I am surprised by how much l like this series! On the surface, it didn’t really seem like my style (fluffy cute comedy) but it’s great! I'm enjoying it so much.

    I think the narrator makes all the difference, she’s tremendous. (Katherine Kellgren)

    I’m definitely in for more instalments, but spaced out between longer heavier books because I want to conserve the “breath of fresh air” feeling these books instil in me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-27-13
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Annoying princess on the loose!"

    While I really enjoyed the first book and will continue to enjoy the series, I was seriously annoyed by the princess character in this book. She was whiney and immature through the whole thing and I was really hoping that she would get bumped off and I did figure out the twist concerning her fairly early on which made her even more annoying. Georgie is as always a class act.

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    TravisD Denver, CO 02-28-13
    TravisD Denver, CO 02-28-13 Member Since 2007

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    I get a kick out of these and find all of them a good bang for the buck. I want to be entertained by something well-written and well-performed. I don't want to cry in the car or be scared in the car. I want to laugh. No need to guffaw. A chuckle will do. I'm always entertained by these.

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    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 01-04-13
    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!

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    "Lighthearted and fun"

    The Royal Spyness mysteries are light and fun and well performed. A delightful listen!

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    Luanne Okemah, OK, United States 05-14-12
    Luanne Okemah, OK, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    Loved it! I'd even pay for it with real money. Great series and excellent narration!!!!

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    "Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Royal Pain to be better than the print version?

    I have the printed version but have not opened it since listening to this great audio edition read by Katherine Kellgren.


    What other book might you compare A Royal Pain to, and why?

    This series is comparable to the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. They are both in the same era with Ladys dealing with murders each with a lighthearted style about them.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Katherine brings the characters to life in this and other ones in the series. Mrs Huggins does seem to have a similar voice to Queeny in the later books (but they may be related).


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)


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