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 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.
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.
Would certainly recommend to any friends who enjoy British mysteries.
Brought to mind books by Jacequeline Winspear and Laurie R. King.
"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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fun, Easy, Indulgent
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!
Yes, it had a few good twists that kept me listening!
She brings Georgie to life
The part with Geogie & her love interest
Rollercoaster of fun
The ending. I was actually surprised by the villan. I thought it was someone else.
Ms Kellgren captures the sound and feel of 1930's England with her voices. I enjoyed her portrayal of the Countess particularly.
I felt bad when the first chap when over the balcony. This book did not really lend itself to "moving" moments.
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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