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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©2008 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"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)
Funny and a good , if predictable, mystery.
Love Georgina! She is perky and unstoppable!
Love the accent!
Yes, I have ordered the whole series when it went on sale.
It is an easy, enjoyable listen. I like the time period it is set in, as well as the London setting. The characters are interesting and the story has enough twists and turns to keep me interested.
This is one of those books that I think is much more enjoyable on audio. Ms. Kellgren puts so much expression into the various characters, and her accent makes the story seem more in it's setting. She does an excellent job.
I only give 5 stars to books that I find spectacular in some way, so a 4 star rating from me is very good. I liked this book enough to buy the whole series, and I think that says it all.
Like another reviewer, I'm not sure I'd read these books, but the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, makes them especially fun to listen to. The characters are well done, too. I thought this second book in the series was better than the first, really. More interesting, and Georgie's character is more developed. If you like British mysteries without a lot of angst or violence, and with a dollop of history thrown in, this series is for you. The romance is just right, too -- not too much, but enough to keep me interested on my commute and walks. And I didn't guess who the killer was early on in this one, unlike the first novel.
Maybe... I usually don't reread mystery books since I already know the ending...But I would read the next book....
I love the on going relationship of Georgie and Darcy..Always wondering if they will end up together...
Katerine does a great job with all the accents and attitudes she has to perform..I do enjoy listening to her..
Mostly makes me laugh... the things this girl gets into just by being related to the throne and trying to survive in a pre WWII era. Very interesting...
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fun and light read... It's not to dark for a mystery and that is because of the main character and her personality. I also think it has a little romance to keep you guessing as well as the case...Just overall fun listen...
Katherine Kellgren's performance of Rhys Bowen's "A Royal Pain" is sheer joy. She brings Georgiana to life like no one else could and leaves you begging for more!
This is a very fun listen, light hearted, nothing intense, no foul language, will be listening to this entire series
I loved the tongue in cheek humor and the trouble the heroine finds herself getting into.
I have been reading the Nancy Mitford books and the irreverence and fun in both seem to strike a chord with me.
The narrator's use of accents is remarkable. She adds so much depth to the story with her inflections.
Absolutely, have read three and now want to read more. To see what Georgie gets up to next.
Easy to listen to, a mystery, some humor, family connections and a hint of romance
Georgies grandfather as butler
Looking forward to reading #4
Lady Georgiana Rannoch is a minor royal whose family is short on funds. While she has a place to live, she has no money. Georgie is trying to make her own way doing some basic cleaning on the down low while trying to keep up appearances. While the Queen requests Georgie's help in hosting a Bavarian princess, Georgie finds herself in the midst of ominous conspiracies and dead bodies. She has some friends who help her along the way as well as a delightful grandfather and his neighbor.
Overall, the book is a fun listen, part historical fiction, part comedy, and part mystery. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Say something about yourself!
Charming, breezy, fun listen. Our heroine is 21, single, 34th in line for the throne of England, from Scotland, dead broke and takes a odd cleaning jobs for the upper class to make ends meet while solving an alarming number of murders. There's a romantic interest but it plays a minor role and doesn't detract from the main attraction of 'plucky girl solves the case against all odds'.
I've enjoyed two of the books from this series and will listen to another when I need a bit of light hearted distraction. I think they may get cloying eventually.
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