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Her Royal Spyness Audiobook

Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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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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    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 17 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Heinrich Seattle, WA USA 07-09-12
    Angela Heinrich Seattle, WA USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Mildly entertaining, but mostly silly"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As you might suppose from the title of this book, it is light-hearted and a little silly. I was somewhat entertained but I won't be listening to the rest of the series.


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

    Narrator was wonderful.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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!

    12 of 13 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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    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 2016

    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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    Mel USA 08-17-13
    Mel USA 08-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Box of Bonbons"

    What perfect timing for me...like flopping onto the couch with a box of bonbons, painting your toenails bright pink, smearing deep conditioner on your hair, and forgetting the day has any plans for you whatsoever. Ahhhhhh.

    I've seen these titles go by and shown no interest, until the new *7th in the series* piqued my hyper-curiosity -- 7th? that's an investment from a publisher. Going to the source, reviewers I trust admitted these aren't the best pieces of literature they've read -- but it was clear they had a great time doing so. (I've given real literary gems this many stars, but using very different criteria.) I decided to give Her Royal Spyness a try, beginning with number 1 in the series.

    This was just the right light hearted fun I needed for coming off a deep read that wouldn't get out of my head -- like a pint of Haagen daz for the brain. I picked up the second in the series (Royal Pain) and it seems the magic had already worn off. I'm sure I'll eventually find myself plopped back on the couch with Her Royal Spyness in the future, 'cause there's no shame in girls just wanting, and needing, to have fun (and bonbons and pedicures).

    *About the narrator: I owe this to Kellgren, whom I have b-l-l-l-lasted in the past! Loathed is a strong word, but I would actually avoid books if she was doing the narrating. I purchased this without looking, and to my surprise, thought Kellgren as equal to my enjoying this book, as the story; she was a blast.

    36 of 43 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. F. Hartshorn
    Leicester, UK
    4/9/14
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    "Body found in Dukes bath!!!"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series of audiobooks is among the best for easy listening. Lots of humorous episodes with a minor Royal who also has a cockney grandad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Georgie, short for Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is the poor relation but gets called in to the palace to be the Queens spy. This leads to hilarious scenes between Georgie and Fig (the sister-in-law); who holds the purse strings of her brother Binky (the Duke); as she tries to get money or a maid to come down from the Scottish Castle to the London residences were she tries to look after herself without servants.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Georgie's meetings with her ex-policeman Grandad (the royal one haunts the castle battlements) as they investigate the Murder in their bath while dodging someone who wants her out of the way.


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

    Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren brings the book to life with the range of voices and accents she brings to this audiobook. Looking forward to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    6/28/14
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    "Brilliant Book"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, certainly one of my favourites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.


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

    Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.


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

    Yes, but one does have to sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • L
    8/7/15
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    "Great, light-hearted fun"

    This is a great, light-hearted story with a classic feel to it. It kind of reminded me of the old Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot series. Not a complicated tale, and it was easy to work out how the culprit was, but it was still fun to listen as the heroine of the story put the pieces together. I liked the narrator, she did a good job with the characters and added to the fun. This is an ideal book for a lazy afternoon when you want something entertaining but uncomplicated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zeinab
    Giza, Egypt
    12/2/14
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    "Very Amusing"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    A very enjoyable books. Light entertaining and quite jolly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    Definitely. I really enjoyed this one


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Her scenes with HRM. The characterization was very funny.


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

    I actually finished it in about 2 days. More's the pity!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the next book I purchase from this series. I listen to audio books as I do the house work. The time flies by and I don't feel the load of the chores!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacwills
    United Kingdom
    11/16/14
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    "A fun lightweight story"

    This is not going to win an intellectual review but it was fun and kept me amused on the way to work. I will probably get another in the series at some point because it is easy listening. Enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget
    Aymestrey, United Kingdom
    11/18/13
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    "Dreadful narration"
    What did you like best about Her Royal Spyness? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept behind the story. But the story itself is slow-moving and very badly read. The accents are too heavy and unbelievable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I lost interest before getting to anything interesting. The pace of the book was too slow


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less use of accents


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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