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.
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"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)
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
The Royal Spyness Mystery series by Rhys Bowen is wonderful -- very fun set of stories. Katherine Kellgren is a very enjoyable narrator and easy to listen to. I wish there were more in the series -- can't wait to find out what happens next!
The entire series follows a nice theme with a touch of history.
Love to listen to her
Well written with many laugh out loud moments. Kept me entertained throughout. Definitely worth a second, third, and fourth listen if you ask me!
I just love listening to Kellgren's voice. I have listened to her in Robin Hobb's books and thoroughly enjoyed those performances too.
In the Royal Spyness series, she seems a perfect fit for Georgie. She has so many accents that make each character literally come alive. Much better than just reading words on a page. She is consistent and does not make any mistakes in pronunciation. What a true professional!
Laughed out loud in many instances (which got my husband wondering what was so funny about doing laundry).
I would love to hear more from this author. I am on the 4th book already and have become thoroughly engrossed in this series.
Have not read the books.
Nothing it was enjoyable
All the scenes are fun in the series.
A Royal above all else.
This series is enjoyable to listen to, I don't usually listen to books twice, but these I listen too all the time. I like the vocals accents.
I was a non-believer in the magic of mystery until I discovered this series. Bowen enchanted me with her well-crafted characters and the unpredictable plots she places them in. At first blush, Georgianna seems a character hard to identify with--a young royal, 34th in line for the British crown, educated at a finishing school in Switzerland, whose social crowd is the royalty of Europe. But it's 1932, nearly everyone, including her family, has lost nearly all their money. Georgie is penniless, and struggling like all the common folk to find a job, get a stable home, and hopefully find someone to love. It's not much help that she is a regular guest to tea with the Queen who wishes to arrange a marriage for her or send her off to the country to be lady-in-waiting to an aging princess, and has no compunction about asking her to spy and do other illegal things on her behalf.
The strength of this book (and the four that follow in this series) is the fine crafting that Bowen has used to create her characters. Georgie is human, basically good to the core and lovable, and we can all identify with her struggles to make it on her own in the world. She also has a penchant for finding dead bodies strewn in her path and a remarkably good head for solving mysteries. Bowen has also provided a charming rogue to bring the tease of romance into the stories, which makes each one the equivalent of a page-turner. And a Cockney grandfather you want to hug.
The best part, however, is the narration. Kellgren is outstanding with not only her accents, which abound in these books, but also with bringing the characters to life with richness and authenticity. She is a master with her interpretation and gives a tour de force performance.
All in all, a great read and one that will make me search out other mysteries. However, I doubt I'll find any that will rise to the level of Bowen's.
"This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays." -- Douglas Adams
Delightful - Witty - Entertaining
There's sufficient intrigue to keep you interested -- not only the mystery but also what I call "social horrors" :) The characters get under your skin (in a good way) and just won't let you go. It's perfect for the time period, and there are no dull moments!
I'm picky about narrators, but Katherine Kellgren did a great job of bringing this story to life and giving each character his or her own voice (and like the best narrators, those voices carry over to the subsequent books in series).
I definitely didn't want to turn it off, but in the same way, I didn't want it to end. Luckily for me, I knew I had other books in the series to look forward to when I was finished.
This series kept popping up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it. I only listened to it because I got it on sale. Eventually, I will start paying better attention to those recommendations because they're usually amazingly correct. In this case, I'm sad that I went so long without having read it. What a delightful start to a delightful series!
This book was a suggested read , I probably would have not picked,,but I really enjoyed it,the book was slow in parts but you really wanted to see what happened, glad I read
More romance than mystery, so if historical romance is your thing you will enjoy this. Well written and well narrated just not suited for me.
This was just such a fun story. I hadn't been sure what to expect. This was so much better than I anticipated. I won't say that it is the best mystery storyline but it is entertaining and the performance kept me going as well. For a good, light quick listen. I highly recommend this book. Looking forward to the second in the series.
The author of this book has a very engaging voice and the performance is excellent. I find the setting a little kitschy but in an enjoyable kind of way. The dialog is very well done and the deployment of phrases like "what ho old bean" are delightful. This isn't a deep book but it is very entertaining and I expect that although it isn't steampunk that it would appeal to fans of that genera.
"Body found in Dukes bath!!!"
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.
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.
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.
Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.
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.
Very high, certainly one of my favourites.
Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.
Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.
Yes, but one does have to sleep!
I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.
"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.
A very enjoyable books. Light entertaining and quite jolly.
Definitely. I really enjoyed this one
Her scenes with HRM. The characterization was very funny.
I actually finished it in about 2 days. More's the pity!
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!
"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.
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.
I lost interest before getting to anything interesting. The pace of the book was too slow
Less use of accents
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