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.
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"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)
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.
This is the second book in the series, and it held itself up well to the expectations I had after reading the first. Funny, engaging, with a hint of mystery. It was a little over-the-top with some of the characterizations and accents, though, so it was a little less believable than the first. It won't keep me from listening to the rest of the series, though.
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
The Royal Spyness mysteries are light and fun and well performed. A delightful listen!
If my friend were looking for something that required almost no brain power to understand and enjoy, then, yes I would recommend this audiobook. But if that friend were looking for even a hint of mystery or intrigue, I would guide them elsewhere. This book is great if you just need to let your mind relax and unwind after a long, stressful day. It's a no-thought-required storyline.
I'm still undecided on whether or not I'll continue this series. The first book was fun and fresh. But this time around, I had hoped for a little something more in terms of plot and character development. It seemed to me as though Rhys Bowen played it safe in this second endeavor. The things that I loved from the first book were either completely missing, or just got on my nerves this time around. The storyline is completely predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it just felt like a carbon copy of the first novel. Going into the book, I knew to expect something light, with very little thinking required, and that's exactly what this book gave me. And there was absolutely no character development. Our heroine Georgie is ditzy and naive, but completely likable in the first book, but this time around, it's just too much. She spends the majority of the book worrying about her possible exile to the countryside to become her great aunt's companion, and barely even concerns herself with the number of people dying around her. I had hoped that after the events of the first book that she would've become a little more savvy, but she seems to have gone the opposite direction instead.But, having said all of that, I'm still not sure if I'll abandon the series or not. Some of the side characters, like Georgie's grandad and mother were absolutely hilarious and I always looked forward to the scenes that they were in. And as I said before, it was a nice book to use to relax and unwind. I never worried if I zoned out and missed part of the story because there wasn't really a lot to miss in terms of moving the story ahead.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
Yes, and I have. Several times. Not this book specifically, but the series.
"Hanny" because she had a fire and spunk that was as infectious as it was aggravating.
None really stand out as a favorite. The entire thing was solid and well done.
I laughed in a few places. The interactions with Hanny were just too good.
Like the first one, this is a true mystery and was easy enough to solve by simply thinking about the crime. Solving it wasn't the end, however.The very end felt a little contrived, but not so much that it detracted from the rest of the book.
I find these books are fun to listen to. The reader has a pleasant voice which seems to really fit the character.
This series by Rhys Bowen is lots of fun to read and better to listen to. Not a complex mystery by any means but a great cozy and pure enjoyment. Katherine Kellgren is fantastic. She makes the books such fun with different accents. Set in the early 1930's our heroine is 34th in line for the British throne and helps HM (Her Royal Majesty, the Queen) while trying to make life on her own.
Book blogger at Bookwi.se
A good narrator really makes or breaks the audiobook.
In this case, Katherine Kellgren has done a great job with the light humor that sets this these two books (and presumably the whole series) apart from a lot of other cozy mysteries.
This second books feels less like Dorothy Sayers. Georgie, the 34th in line for the throne, has established herself in London. She is living out from under the influence of her brother and his wife, but also without any financial support. So in spite of her title and position, she is broke. In the last book she started a house cleaning service to make money while trying to discover her place in London society (she grew up in a Scottish Castle) and keep her work a secret from the Queen.
But Georgie has caught the eye of the Queen for another reason. After Georgie solved a murder and got her brother released from jail, the Queen is interested in Georgie’s other uses and so asks Georgie to host an 18 year old Bavarian Princess and introduce her to London Society. (Of course, Georgie is broke and can’t afford to do that, but you don’t say no to the Queen.)
Eventually dead bodies start piling up and there is a concern that someone may be trying to kill the princess or maybe blame the princess for a murder in order to create international hostility.
In this book, Georgie is much more clearly using detective skills and reasoning and putting clues together than in the last book (which was presented as more accidental discovery.) But the series resists the Sherlock Holmes style random small clues and instead is more of a modern detective novel with interviews, clues and more police-style beat work. (Georgie’s grandfather is a retired beat cop that she turns to a lot in this book.)
The series continues to be quite enjoyable and I will keep reading, probably picking up the next one on kindle as a change of pace.
(originally posted at my blog, Bookwi.se)
I have never regretted wasting my time listening to an audiobook more than this. Think of this as the worse of Mills & Boon coupled with the crass vulgarity of the British "Carry On" films. Save yourself the torture - its total "tripe"!
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