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A Royal Pain Audiobook
A Royal Pain
Written by: 
Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: 
Katherine Kellgren
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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    Merrill 03-29-13
    Merrill 03-29-13
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    "A fun listen"

    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.

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    Maryann Warsaw, NC, United States 03-20-13
    Maryann Warsaw, NC, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A great listen"
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    Maybe... I usually don't reread mystery books since I already know the ending...But I would read the next book....


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the on going relationship of Georgie and Darcy..Always wondering if they will end up together...


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katerine does a great job with all the accents and attitudes she has to perform..I do enjoy listening to her..


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

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    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...

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    Elizabeth 03-15-13
    Elizabeth 03-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Royal Pain is a Joy"
    What made the experience of listening to A Royal Pain the most enjoyable?

    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!


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    Revel Marlow USA 03-11-13
    Revel Marlow USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the British Accent"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    This is a very fun listen, light hearted, nothing intense, no foul language, will be listening to this entire series


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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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