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Her Royal Spyness Audiobook

Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Her Royal Spyness is an absolute gem! In this lighthearted mystery series, Rhys Bowen delivers a charming combination of intrigue and romance blended with a touch of humor. She has created an interesting cast of characters and those personalities (a royal down on her luck, a lovable cockney grandfather, a devilishly lovable Irish gent) come alive through Katherine Kellgren's flawless narration. This is a series that begs to be listened to, but fair warning, once you start, you won't be able to stop! —Katie

Publisher's Summary

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub... and someone is definitely trying to kill her.

©2007 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

"Rhys Bowen has crafted an insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire, and drawing room comedy of errors -- and created a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers." (Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs novels)

"Kellgren finds unique voices for quirky characters such as Georgie’s adorable grandfather and estranged mother, Wallis Simpson, and a sexy Irish lord. Kellgren will make listeners want to meet the kilt-clad ghosts who play bagpipes in Scotland’s castle corridors and tartan-wallpapered bathrooms." (AudioFile)

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    Tammy 03-11-12
    Tammy 03-11-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Her Royal Spyness"

    I looked at this for several months before I bought it. I'm glad I did. It made me laugh, and I also went back and studied a litlte history out of curiosity. I have now listened to the whole (so far) series, and I have enjoyed them. The reader does a good job and handles the accents well. I will be watchign for more in the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marema 08-02-11
    Marema 08-02-11 Member Since 2013
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    "PG Wodehouse fans rejoice!"

    This book is marketed as a mystery novel but to me, the mystery was only secondary. The story revolves more around the young Lady Georgiana: her attempts to become independent and make ends meet in the big city, her unique family, friends, acquaintances, love interests etc. The mystery in itself is pretty basic but still entertaining enough to keep you interested.
    The style stroke me as very reminiscent of PG Wodehouse's because of the flamboyant characters and the humour that is ever present all throughout the novel. The narrator does an excellent job; listening to her was a real pleasure. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Cary, IL, United States 12-23-10
    Allison Cary, IL, United States 12-23-10
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I liked this book. Light, funny, likable characters...I'm going to get the other in the series next!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 11-07-11
    Jennifer 11-07-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Much Lighter Than Maisie Dobbs"

    This series was recommended to me because I liked the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. Aside from the fact that the time and setting of the two series are the same (post WWI, England), they are very different in terms of characters and story lines; I enjoyed this series in a much different way. The stories are formulaic and predictable, but fun and enjoyable in that "cozy mystery" sort of way. I loved the quirky cast of characters that showed up in all the books (I even have a crush on Darcy O'Mara). Katherine Kellgren is a joy to listen to--her delivery, different character voices, and different accents were superb.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-09-11
    Natalie Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun, cute, charming!"

    If you are looking for a silly, cute book with engaging characters and an adorable narrator to "cleanse the palate" between more serious reads, this is it! Really enjoyed it.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis Chicago, IL, United States 03-11-11
    Alexis Chicago, IL, United States 03-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful"

    This was a delightful and an enjoyable listen. I am looking forward to listening to the others in the series.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    MissRed Aurora, Colorado, United States 09-16-14
    MissRed Aurora, Colorado, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

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    "Kept me guessing a bit"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was fun. It wasn't especially thought provoking, more of a feel-good and lighthearted read. Mind, it's a murder mystery, so it's not romantic but romanticized. Our main character suddenly becomes a sleuth, who never seems to get hurt though put in situations to do so very often. The "bad guy" was a bit of a surprise, which was well done. Our characters are well placed in the fanciful 20's setting, as well. There is no real depth to the characters, and most actions are predictable. Sometimes a girl just wants a modern day Nancy Drew, and this story fulfills that soundly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 12-04-13
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 12-04-13 Member Since 2017

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Fun romp, but needed a little more research"

    This is a really lighthearted little mystery/romance series. No depth to speak of, but humourous in places.

    I did guess the solution of the 'who-done-it' very early in the book, which was a little disappointing. Also, the author could have done a slightly better job with research. The heroine calls 999 (the number for emergency in the UK - equivalent to the US 911) several years before it was instituted.

    However, high praise for the narration. Katherine Kellgren is excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 04-01-12
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "This was delightful"

    Packed with humor, historical tit-bits, upper English stiff-lipped tradition and some ingenuity.... a great read, if you need to give your mind a rest, but just not quite enough of a rest to figure out who the bad guy is... Go for it, this was delightful... Narration? Superb!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 07-08-11
    Sally 07-08-11
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    "Good book"

    I really enjoyed the narrator. The story has a great balance of characters and development. I didn't give it a 5 because of a couple improbable events, but still a very good read.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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