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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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    Teresa GARDEN CITY, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Teresa GARDEN CITY, MI, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a fun listen"
    What did you love best about A Royal Pain?

    I loved the tongue in cheek humor and the trouble the heroine finds herself getting into.


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

    I have been reading the Nancy Mitford books and the irreverence and fun in both seem to strike a chord with me.


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

    The narrator's use of accents is remarkable. She adds so much depth to the story with her inflections.


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    Anne 02-25-13
    Anne 02-25-13
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    "Most entertaining ... has a bit of everything"
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    Absolutely, have read three and now want to read more. To see what Georgie gets up to next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy to listen to, a mystery, some humor, family connections and a hint of romance


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Georgies grandfather as butler


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

    Oh yes


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading #4

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    A H 02-24-13
    A H 02-24-13

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    "A fun cozy British mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Barbara Davis 02-22-13
    Barbara Davis 02-22-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Charming mystery set in England 1932"

    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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    Sheryl 02-16-13
    Sheryl 02-16-13
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    "Fantasically fun listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. Katherine Kellgren does a great job of making each and every character unique and bringing them to life.


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    Eileen 02-11-13
    Eileen 02-11-13
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    "Another charming British spy drama."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would certainly recommend to any friends who enjoy British mysteries.


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

    Brought to mind books by Jacequeline Winspear and Laurie R. King.


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    Sharon 01-30-13
    Sharon 01-30-13
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    "Lady Georgiana is a lot of fun!"
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    "A Royal Pain" is the second book in the "Her Spyness" series and Lady Georgiana continues to get herself into delightful predicaments. If only she she knew how to function in the real world!


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

    As is true with any good series, a cast of regular characters shows up and a few new ones are introduced. I love a story that feels like I'm with good, well-known friends and Rhys Bowen does that perfectly. The historical settings are spot on and and the descriptions of the smart set in 1930's London society are informative as well as entertaining. Thoroughly British, Lady Georgiana and her cohorts will please anglophiles everywhere.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren does a great job giving voice to the large cast of characters in these books. She remains remarkably consistent with tones and accents throughout the series and really brings personality to each one. I had a chance to "read" a short prequel to this series and can't say how much I missed Ms. Kellgrens narration. I'll only listen from now on!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I especially like the way Bowen serves up her mystery in an Agatha Christie-like fashion. The listener has all the clues to work alongside Georgie in solving the crime. And in the end, everything is tied up in a neat little package.


    Any additional comments?

    Full of humor and fun, intrigue and murder (the light-hearted kind), and a little bit of romance, "A Royal Pain" is the perfect listen for when what you want is to be entertained.

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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13
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    "Such fun!"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Easy, Indulgent


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get Katherine Kellgren's voice out of my head when I see any of the Rhys Bowen mysteries now. Case in point ~ I had downloaded a short prequel on my Nook and as I read I heard all the character's voices in my head. It brought the book to life and I look forward to hearing more of the Georgianna Rennoch escapades in the future!

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    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 01-02-13
    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Another Royal Hit"
    What made the experience of listening to A Royal Pain the most enjoyable?

    The Reader!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it had a few good twists that kept me listening!


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

    She brings Georgie to life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part with Geogie & her love interest


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    Milo 12-29-12
    Milo 12-29-12

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    "Enjoyable Romp"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    Rollercoaster of fun


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

    The ending. I was actually surprised by the villan. I thought it was someone else.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Ms Kellgren captures the sound and feel of 1930's England with her voices. I enjoyed her portrayal of the Countess particularly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt bad when the first chap when over the balcony. This book did not really lend itself to "moving" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    A Royal Pain was a fun and enjoyable listen. The plot kept me interested throughout the book. I was disappointed that Darcy did not have a large role. He sort of popped in and out of the story but there was not alot of development of the relationship between him and Georgiana, although there is a teaser at the end. I loved getting to know Georgiana's grandfather better. Overall, in keeping with the previous Royal Spyness books.

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