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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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    Leigh Billingsley California 06-29-13
    Leigh Billingsley California 06-29-13 Member Since 2016

    Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"

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    "Adorable stories!"

    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!

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    Teresa 06-12-13
    Teresa 06-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Something light for easy listneing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    The entire series follows a nice theme with a touch of history.


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

    Love to listen to her


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    smokefan201417 06-02-13
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    "Pure unadulterated fun!"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    Well written with many laugh out loud moments. Kept me entertained throughout. Definitely worth a second, third, and fourth listen if you ask me!


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

    Every minute.


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

    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!


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

    Laughed out loud in many instances (which got my husband wondering what was so funny about doing laundry).


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear more from this author. I am on the 4th book already and have become thoroughly engrossed in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 05-29-13
    Donna BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 05-29-13
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    "A lots of fun, the accents become addicting."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing it was enjoyable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes are fun in the series.


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

    A Royal above all else.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 05-15-13
    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 05-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "This Series Has Hooked Me On Mysteries"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chanaya La Porte, IN, United States 05-12-13
    Chanaya La Porte, IN, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2001

    "This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays." -- Douglas Adams

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    "Delightful Mystery with Lovable Characters"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful - Witty - Entertaining


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    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).


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lyn East Haven, CT, United States 05-11-13
    lyn East Haven, CT, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Girl friend


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

    No


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

    Sit tight


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 05-02-13
    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 05-02-13 Listener Since 2002
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    "not my cup of tea"

    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.

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    Elana 04-28-13
    Elana 04-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Positively Delightful"

    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.

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    A. Webber denver, colorado 04-22-13
    A. Webber denver, colorado 04-22-13 Member Since 2015

    love cherries

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    "Silly, kind of fun"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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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