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)
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!
Kellgren does an excellent job. Her performance is flawless, bringing each character to life in a believable way.
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.
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.
This was the first Rhys Bowen book I tried. I have tried another as well. I enjoyed both.
It felt a tad cut off, as if the author/editor wanted to make 'sure' I knew there would be more to the series.
It kept me on the treadmill!
I enjoyed Her Royal Spyness so much that I referred the series to my friends and family.
In the second book, A Royal Pain, I was so disappointed with the German Princess Character that I almost did not get book number three. Do yourself a favor, skip this book and go on to book three. This was just as enjoyable as one. I think I have found a new series to follow (as long as a book two is not repeated).
Yes, I thought that book number one was a fluke and was not going to continue with the series. I am so glad I did. Now getting number four.
She is brilliant and I will follow her as a narrator
Yes, I could see this series being on TV. Everyone loves the Royals. But please no more mistakes like A Royal Pain.
Was looking for something light and fun, which this was. Not sure I'd spend a credit on it if I had something else in mind. If looking for something not too heavy but engaging, I think I'd choose Beth Hoffman's Looking for Me instead.
It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
I am totally geeked out by this series. They are fun to listen to, twisty enough to keep my attention and so immersed in the time period that I feel as if I am there. You can't tell it by this review, but my grammar improves with each listen. The reader is just wonderful and I am eager to listen to more.
Love audiobooks for commuting and anywhere really.
I would recommend this book to a friend who was interested in the period of time between WWI and WWII who also had an interest in the Royal Family of Great Britain and who also loved mysteries.
It did in a way that kept me guessing on who I suspected to be the villain as well as where the plot was going. It is by no means a hardcore mystery, but enough clues and red herrings are set out to where it is fair in the grand tradition of English mysteries.
She is very expressive and to my non-native ear good at the various regional and societal dialects. I
I recommend this audiobook for the story as well as it's performance. This is especially recommended to someone who is interested in light mystery without criminal procedural bogging down the story. I believe mystery novels set in or written during this time place are more entertaining as novels because many modern criminal detections were not yet invented or widely used.
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