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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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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-10-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    Had me cracking up in the first chapter. The other book in this series that I enjoyed very much was, "The Twelve Clues of Christmas", they were both great, fun, smart mysteries, with great narration. I love the regular characters and the guest characters never disappoint. This will not be my last, "Royal", and the Christmas story will be a seasonal, yearly listen. Enjoy.

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    Janie 04-02-13
    Janie 04-02-13

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    "Love this series - too fun...!!!!!"

    Another delicious visit with Lady Georgiana. She is such a delightful character who is trying to walk a fine line between the role of royalty and commoner, worldly and sheltered, sleuth and scared witless, aggressive and shy..................... It all works to create a character who is 3-dimensional and still maintains her grace and aristocratic upbringing at all times.

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    amanda United States 03-31-13
    amanda United States 03-31-13
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    "Loved it great continuation and growth character"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Funny and a good , if predictable, mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love Georgina! She is perky and unstoppable!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Love the accent!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    cynthia FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-31-13
    cynthia FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Delightful Listen"
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    Yes, I have ordered the whole series when it went on sale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is an easy, enjoyable listen. I like the time period it is set in, as well as the London setting. The characters are interesting and the story has enough twists and turns to keep me interested.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is one of those books that I think is much more enjoyable on audio. Ms. Kellgren puts so much expression into the various characters, and her accent makes the story seem more in it's setting. She does an excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    I only give 5 stars to books that I find spectacular in some way, so a 4 star rating from me is very good. I liked this book enough to buy the whole series, and I think that says it all.

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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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    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
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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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  • Mr. F. Hartshorn
    Leicester, UK
    4/14/14
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    "Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Royal Pain to be better than the print version?

    I have the printed version but have not opened it since listening to this great audio edition read by Katherine Kellgren.


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

    This series is comparable to the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. They are both in the same era with Ladys dealing with murders each with a lighthearted style about them.


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

    Katherine brings the characters to life in this and other ones in the series. Mrs Huggins does seem to have a similar voice to Queeny in the later books (but they may be related).


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katharine
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    12/8/15
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    "Sparkling fun"

    Delightful romp with an excellent narrator. Lots of twists, turns and shocks in the plot held my interest and the heroine is delightful. My only criticism would be that I thought the ending was a little rushed but otherwise it was a very enjoyable listen.

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