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A Royal Pain Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jan 08-28-13
    Jan 08-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Graphic episode"

    Bought this for my grandmother who loved the Mrs. Pollifax series and this was listed as similar. The first in the series was a light, fluffy read and so I got the second. So glad I pre-read... there is a near rape scene as Georgie encourages the wrong guy. It was surprisingly graphic for such a fluffy novel and then treated like a joke. Grandma won't be reading this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 11-17-12
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Love the easy listening, british humor genre"

    If you love british humor, love mysteries and love to make some fun of the "stiff british upper lift" than these series are for you. They are easy listening and delightful. I'd say if on sale, get two, regular priced, wait til you have listen to number one, and if you enjoy it, go for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TravisD 02-28-13
    TravisD 02-28-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Anytime, Anywhere, Always Good"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 02-27-13
    Calliope 02-27-13
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    "a good followup to the first book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 07-17-12
    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Light and Fluffy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Luanne 05-14-12
    Luanne 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    Loved it! I'd even pay for it with real money. Great series and excellent narration!!!!

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    Christina 01-26-16
    Christina 01-26-16

    A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks

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    Where does A Royal Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high up, if not at the top. This is one of my top 2 favorite cozy mystery series. The performance and story take you on a captivating adventure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from Georgie (who I love), my next favorite character is definitely Grandad!


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. She absolutely gives this book life. She doesn't just read the book, she PERFORMS it with the most wonderful accents. You feel like you are transported into the story, and it's such a treat!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It was so hard to divide it up into more than one sitting, I had a hard time hitting "pause"


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    Tracey Merchantville, Nj, United States 12-30-15
    Tracey Merchantville, Nj, United States 12-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Soothing and Adventurous"

    This is a exceptional reader of this story. The story is well written and engaging,but I believe the reader of this story adds much to it and keeps you listening. It's a win win. I am still listening to the series and so far I love it.

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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 12-22-15
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 12-22-15 Member Since 2001

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    "A fun, light historical mystery"

    The Queen doesn’t realize the lack of Georgie’s fiances when she asks her (a cousin) to play hostess to a Bavarian Princess. Georgie has to recruit her father and his friend to masquerade as butler and cook and she even coerces a friend to serve as a maid.

    Princess Hanni arrives with her companion, a haughty Baroness. Georgie has her hands full pretending to maintain a proper household, discouraging the Baroness from inspecting things too closely and curbing the Princess’s slang and tendency to shoplift and chase after handsome men.

    Georgie and Hanni almost become involved in a Communist protest while visiting the park. They meet several handsome men, including the dashing Darcy who has already attracted Georgie. Hanni is thrilled to meet more handsome men at a 'Bohemian' party, where they run into Darcy again. Unfortunately the evening is cut short when one of the young bucks tumbles through the balcony railing. Darcy manages to whisk Georgie and Hanni away before their attendance becomes fodder for the papers. But Georgie still has to face questioning by the police.

    Georgie stumbles upon another murder and the Queen decides Georgie must make time to investigate the murder(s) in between hostessing duties. Darcy seems to always be in the wings-- or alley as the case may be–to come to Georgie’s aid. This is pleasing although perplexing particularly when Darcy begins to show additional attention to Hanni.

    There is more intrigue and killing before Georgie uncovers the bigger plot. She has to force her way to a last minute rescue and again Darcy is there to jump in front of the bullet. Georgie makes rash promises to Darcy hoping he won’t die. Georgie’s dry humor and banter are very enjoyable.

    AUDIO NOTES: Katherine Kellgren does a really nice job with the narration, adding the different accents and emotions. Her delivery is smooth and enhances the easy story line making these light, quick and fun listening.

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