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)
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.)
I really enjoy listening to these books. The narrator is terrific. The books are light and fun cozy mysteries. They have humor galore but just enough mystery and danger to keep it all interesting. If you're a fan of cozies, I recommend these books. I just wish Rhys Bowen would hurry up with the romance between Georgie and Darcy!
This series is fluffy fun with a lighthearted approach to solving mysteries. The narrator does a great job and the listener can lose him or herself in this world of the titled class in pre-WWII England. It's fun and easy to listen to.
I did not read the print version. I love audio because I can listen any time. When I cook, clean or ride for long distances in the car. Just listened to several chapters while at the doctors office waiting room.
The narrator did a wonderful job of the different accents. Makes you want to live in London or Scotland back then, but only if you were Rich!
I always like Georgi's encounters with Darcy. He is like her Guardian Angel.
Any scene with Georgi's grandfather.
an easy listen.
It was light and not serious
yes, this was well done also.
worth listening to especially for summer.
This second book in the series was light and enjoyable. The mystery was well thought out with little clues sprinkled throughout, although I didn't manage to guess the whole thing. This visit with Lady Georgie was fun and the vocabulary of the visiting princess was a whole lot of fun. The narrator was once again fabulous, though I find her American voices a little strange. They all sound the same. I listened to this in almost one sitting as it kept me wanting to listen more to find out what was going to happen next. I'm definately going to listen to the next book in the series.
I'm a huge fan of Sue Grafton's 'Kinsey Millhone' series. Was looking for a new female detective and came across Rhys Bowen's character. The ending surprised me and I don't surprise easily. Katherine Kellgren does an excellent job with the reading.
A smart woman in a time period when women were not permitted to be self-sufficient. This is only my second book.
Her voices sound different without being annoying. Some readers try too hard and then the story loses its flow.
A Royal Pain sounds about right. That 'Princess' was a pain
Several months ago I listened to Her Royal Spyness and enjoyed it enough to acquire the second in the series, A Royal Pain. With a basis for comparison, I found A Royal Pain to have a more engaging plot, and a wider variety of characters while maintaining continuity from the first installment to the second.
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