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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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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13
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    "Such fun!"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Easy, Indulgent


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 01-02-13
    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    What made the experience of listening to A Royal Pain the most enjoyable?

    The Reader!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it had a few good twists that kept me listening!


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

    She brings Georgie to life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part with Geogie & her love interest


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    Milo 12-29-12
    Milo 12-29-12

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    "Enjoyable Romp"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    Rollercoaster of fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

    The ending. I was actually surprised by the villan. I thought it was someone else.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Ms Kellgren captures the sound and feel of 1930's England with her voices. I enjoyed her portrayal of the Countess particularly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt bad when the first chap when over the balcony. This book did not really lend itself to "moving" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Elizabeth Decatur, GA, United States 12-27-12
    Elizabeth Decatur, GA, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2016

    I read speculative fiction, YA, mysteries, entertaining nonfiction, & occasionally, heavier literature. I want it well written & literate.

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    "Fluff-y Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to A Royal Pain the most enjoyable?

    Talented reader reading entertaining story with much sly humor .


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful voicing of diverse characters


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

    Giggled repeatedly


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    Amelia 12-13-12
    Amelia 12-13-12
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    "Really fun!"
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    I love these books, as much for the reading as the books themselves. I would listen again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

    When Queenie saves Georgie from Johnny's advances.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her voices are amazing. You can easily recognize the different characters based on the voices she gives them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I won't let myself!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

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    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-10-12
    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "So good I ended up getting the whole series!"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    kw 09-10-12
    kw 09-10-12

    Love stories about cozy English countrysides, teas and lifestyles.

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    Where does A Royal Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

    Daily life of main character


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Main female


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Don't have time for one sitting listening. Also, like to stretch out enjoyment of listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Like stories of English life. Liked English accent of storyteller

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    David 09-10-12
    David 09-10-12
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    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Anne 08-29-12
    Anne 08-29-12
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    "Entertaining and light"

    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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    melrailey Georgia, United States 08-26-12
    melrailey Georgia, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2007

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    "More Hilarity and Murder in England"

    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!

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