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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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    Linda Riverside, CA, USA 09-06-13
    Linda Riverside, CA, USA 09-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Light but enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    This is the first read of the Royal Spyness. The book has a dry humor that keeps me smiling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 09-06-13
    Cheri 09-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Royal Treat"

    Treat yourself to this first in the Royal Spyness series. Lady Georgiana has an independent spirit combined with the spunk that ladies of her day weren't supposed to possess ... and if they did, they were supposed to curb it.

    Fun and well-written, Katherine Kellgren's narration is spot on. You won't find your mind wandering and having to back up to relisten to what you missed. I hope you have credits saved, because after your first dose of Royal Spyness, you're going to want more ... and quickly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Harvey 09-04-13
    L. Harvey 09-04-13

    Keiki

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    "I can't wait to read Book 2"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept my interest. The characters were personable and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!


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

    Loved Katherine's accent. One of her voices reminds me of Mrs.Banks in the Mary Poppins Movie. She did a great job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 08-24-13
    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Delicious, dahling!"

    This book (and the whole spyness series) is like excellent Ben and Jerry's ice cream: it has zero nutritional value, but you just know you're going to go back for another spoonful again and again until that pot is empty, and then you're going to go out and buy another one.

    Most of the time I wandered around with a slight smirk on my face, I often snickered, a couple of times I was doubled over laughing and once I actually bit my nails and held my breath (while driving - not a good idea). I had to constantly remind myself not to pick up any of those outrageous accents (performed to perfection by Ms Kellgren, she absolutely brings the whole thing to life).

    I can't believe I listened to the entire series (7 books, to date) in ~5 days, and now I will have to wait for the next. In the words of Belinda: "it's just too-too terrible, dahling!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roxann SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-22-13
    Roxann SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Pleasant & Entertaining"

    I purchased this book on a whim, and I'm happy I did! Her Royal Spyness fits nicely into the classic murder-mystery genre, with some of the same comfortable tropes, but without becoming dull or overly predictable. I found Bowen's style easy and comfortable, but Kellgren's performance as Lady Georgianna is what really sells the story.

    I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Sanders 08-22-13
    C Sanders 08-22-13 Member Since 2009

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    "If you write a historical mystery..."
    What would have made Her Royal Spyness better?

    A real plot. Some historical accuracy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhys Bowen again?

    If this is her best then... No.


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

    She is a wonderful performer. I enjoyed her in other books and this was the same. Too bad the subject matter was so wanting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No... none really.


    Any additional comments?

    For a book set in 1932 there seems to be a lack of historical accuracy. I know this is fiction but really these are on wikipedia and not to hard to check. 999 came into use for the first time in 1937 and Hitler didn't come to power until 1933. Little things like that can yank you right out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 08-17-13
    Gayle 08-17-13
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    "An Absolute Delight!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted mystery. It gives an interesting view of life as a Royal without the means to maintain a royal lifestyle. I highly recommend this series and look forward to reading the rest! The pairing of Rhys Bowen's fun story and Katherine Kellgren's wonderful narration is fabulous - a winning duo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aimee Toronto, ON, Canada 08-15-13
    aimee Toronto, ON, Canada 08-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Custom jewelry designer who listens to books while she works.

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    "solid story, solid performance"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was fairly well written, not too low brow, fairly believable and likeable characters. I enjoyed the flow of the story even though I figured out the "mystery" well before the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. W. Williams NY Metro 08-14-13
    G. W. Williams NY Metro 08-14-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A romance novel posing as a mystery / thriller."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The gene for being able to appreciate this book is on the X chromosome and you need two copies. It's a romance, "chick lit," and I don't qualify. The name of the purported author, "Rhys Bowen" (a man's name) is a pseudonym for Janet Quin-Harkin. If I had known that I would have researched it more carefully before I bought it (and I wouldn't have.)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "Hidden Order" by Brad Thor.


    How could the performance have been better?

    N/A


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Corpus Christi, Texas, United States 08-11-13
    Linda Corpus Christi, Texas, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Fun!"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Listen Laugh Enjoy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie of course! I love the way she thinks and she is quite the sleuth !


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first and I'm about to download the second!


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

    What Ho!? Evil lurks at every turn.


    Any additional comments?

    Such an enjoyable book for a mystery. It's light with humor and twists with a bit of English history thrown in for good measure.

    0 of 0 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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