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A Royal Pain Audiobook

A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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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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    Tog 08-03-14
    Tog 08-03-14

    I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.

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    "A fun, well done followup to a good start"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. Several times. Not this book specifically, but the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Hanny" because she had a fire and spunk that was as infectious as it was aggravating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really stand out as a favorite. The entire thing was solid and well done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in a few places. The interactions with Hanny were just too good.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jennifer 06-11-14
    Jennifer 06-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun"

    I find these books are fun to listen to. The reader has a pleasant voice which seems to really fit the character.

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    Kathy 05-12-14
    Kathy 05-12-14
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    "Cozy Fun"

    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.

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    Adam Shields 04-26-14 Member Since 2014

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "More bodies keep piling up around the 34th in line"

    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)

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    Lisa 12-21-13
    Lisa 12-21-13
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    "Fun light mystery series!"

    I highly recommend this series as the first 2 books have been great! Reader was great-she sounded like Julie Andrews! I am so looking forward to listening to them all!

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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 12-14-13
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 12-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect book to put you in a good mood"
    What did you love best about A Royal Pain?

    I absolutely loved the descriptions of the characters- they were witty, engaging, humorous and above all they felt alive. The heroine was an unconventional independent thinker with remarkable courage and solid moral values, so that you really found yourself rooting for her. Meanwhile the depiction of the trials and tribulations of the impoverished British aristocracy was absolutely hilarious. The mystery was not very deep. I think most readers will figure it out well before the heroine, but it's hardly the point of the book. So if you want an engaging, highly entertaining depiction of the 1930's British upper crust wrapped in a very light mystery, well then, start reading...


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

    for some odd reason the book reminded me of the Bridget Jones novels, perhaps because of an equally sympathetic, self-deprecating heroine, surrounded by many unsuitable and one suitable lover and struggling to make the right choices. The Bridget Jones novels also made me laugh out loud, just like this book


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

    I am fairly picky and easily annoyed when it comes to narrators. Having said that, in my opinion Katherine Kellgren is an outstanding narrator in every way. I have loved every single one of her performances. She is without question one of my favorite narrators!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure about the tag line, but I would be first in line to see it! I'd love to see Emma Stone as Georgiana...


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    Elizabeth Bothell, WA, United States 12-09-13
    Elizabeth Bothell, WA, United States 12-09-13
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    "Love the performance"

    Can't wait to start the next book! I love the voices for Darby and Belinda.

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    Amelia Pretoria, South Africa 11-29-13
    Amelia Pretoria, South Africa 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A WONDERFUL SERIES - GREAT CHARACTERS"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good and light story line as well as interesting. No heavy concentration needed. Just love these books. Probably will listen to all. The narrator KATHERINE KELLGREN is fantastic!


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    James 09-06-13
    James 09-06-13
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    "Kellgren does a great job."
    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Kellgren does an excellent job. Her performance is flawless, bringing each character to life in a believable way.


    Any additional comments?

    The Royal Spyness stories are engaging enough to make you want to keep listening. Although they are sometimes a little slow to get going, the narration by Katherine Kellgren helps you connect with the characters.

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    Nimue 09-01-13
    Nimue 09-01-13

    Avid audible listener!

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    "Katherine Kellgren makes this series superb"

    Katherine Kellgren is an excellent narrator. As good, or better, than Barbara Rosenblat or Kate Reading.
    These aren't the type of books I would normally read but listening to Katherine Kellgren reading this series is a true joy. She makes the characters come alive.
    This story wasn't as enjoyable as the last. I knew the culprit as soon as the character was introduced, so not much from a mystery perspective.
    I will keep on with the series. Highly recommended because of the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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