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)
"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.
I read speculative fiction, YA, mysteries, entertaining nonfiction, & occasionally, heavier literature. I want it well written & literate.
Talented reader reading entertaining story with much sly humor .
Will lady Georgiana survive penury, difficult relatives and friends, dead bodies in the bathtub, and murder attempts or be shipped off to a backwater to be lady in waiting to an aging royal? Time and an entertaining read will tell.
Wonderful voicing of diverse characters
I love these books, as much for the reading as the books themselves. I would listen again.
When Queenie saves Georgie from Johnny's advances.
Her voices are amazing. You can easily recognize the different characters based on the voices she gives them.
Yes, but I won't let myself!
Can't wait for the next one!
Rhys wrote a keen book blending humor, romance, history and mystery!! Kellgren (and John Erickson) are my favorite voice actors. Kellgren has a delightful voice that never grates and she has a different voice and accent for all the characters. I utterly loved this book and proceeded to get the rest in the series, which were all delightful.
Love stories about cozy English countrysides, teas and lifestyles.
Daily life of main character
Don't have time for one sitting listening. Also, like to stretch out enjoyment of listening.
Like stories of English life. Liked English accent of storyteller
Another enjoyable read from Bowen. While the story was not quite up to the first, the characters and performance are terrific. A delightful fun experience.
I enjoyed "A Royal Pain." The characters are cleverly drawn for a clever premise and I expect to listen to another eventually. The premise is silly but it works - if you don't examine it too closely! My compliments to the narrator who has an excellent range of voices for the characters and a well-modulated voice (I never found myself reaching for the volume control because she was suddenly very loud or too quiet.)
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