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Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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.
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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 ENNIS, TEXAS, United States 03-11-12
    Tammy ENNIS, TEXAS, United States 03-11-12

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marema Montreal, QC, Canada 08-02-11
    Marema Montreal, QC, Canada 08-02-11
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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.

    5 of 5 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!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Orem, UT, United States 07-08-11
    Sally Orem, UT, United States 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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    Melinda UT 08-17-13
    Melinda UT 08-17-13 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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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.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 12-04-12
    Linda Longview, TX, United States 12-04-12
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    "Less than Light Fiction"

    I bought this on sale thinking a little frivolous entertainment might not be such a bad thing. Well it didn't get a one star so I guess it wasn't completely awful.

    The accent annoyed me. The telling seemed a little insipid. The story a bit stupid.

    Well some may enjoy it for what it is, but not so much for me.

    3 of 3 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
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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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Cary, NC 11-07-11
    Jennifer Cary, NC 11-07-11 Member Since 2004
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    caroline donahue los angeles, ca 02-27-14
    caroline donahue los angeles, ca 02-27-14

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    "Love at first listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    After listening to Katherine Kellgren's expert narration, I cannot imagine reading the print edition of any of these books. The voices and the characters were so wonderfully brought to life it would feel like a disappointment to read this series rather than listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Belinda- her accent and approach to life is priceless. Having listened further in the series, I can say she keeps getting better and better.


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

    I'd have to say Belinda as well- her vocalization is fantastic. Many of Belinda's comments made me laugh out loud.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    39th from the throne, your life is still on the line.

    Or- No pantsuits for amateurs.


    Any additional comments?

    A total delight. I have been savoring these, and only listening to Her Royal Spyness books once I have worked my way through the others in my queue. These are a wonderful treat and a great reward.

    2 of 2 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 2008

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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