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