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)
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This book was so different. It was funny and witty and altogether entertaining. I will definitely read the rest of the series.
This book started out well but soon fell into a plot structure that was predictably random, requiring a huge suspension of disbelief. But the reader did different voices very well and that in itself was entertaining.
I really love that you just can't keep Georgie down.
Rhys Bowen does a great job of revealing just enough to let you think you have it all figured out and then pulling the rug out from under you. Although, I don't try really hard to figure it out because I like to be surprised at the endings.
I love the scenes with Georgie and Belinda.
I really liked this book and will definitely listen to more of them. The narrator is absolutely fabulous.
Rhys Bowen weaves a plot with a lot of humor. Usually I can spot the culprit much earlier than I did in this one. A fun book worth listening to again.
Love this series. Well written, entertaining and loads of fun. Highly recommend. The narrator is super.
Really enjoyed the lighthearted entertainment of this story. A touch of comic relief mixed with mystery and suspense delivered by a wonderful narrator. I really enjoyed this book and the series.
This was a delightful lite mystery, made especially fun by listening to the audio version. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, did all of the accents beautifully, and all of the voices uniquely.
The story is of a minor Royal, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, (Georgie to her friends) who has had her allowance cut off and must find a means of employment to support herself. Off to London she goes where a cosmetics counter girl position at Harrods is short-lived, and then her own domestic cleaning service runs into snags as she must continually disguise herself so her own social set won’t recognize her if they happen to run into her while she is sweeping up their homes. Along the way a body turns up in her bathtub, and the next thing you know Georgie must figure out the real killer in order to clear her brother, Binky’s, name.
This book reminded me so much of the Jeeves and Wooster books-lots of poking fun at the British Aristocracy, and the scrapes that Georgie gets herself into are very Bertie Wooster! Seems like Bowen is giving P.G. Wodehouse, nods all ‘round.
Looking forward to listening to rest of the series on audio.
The story was just the right mix of mystery, romance, comedy, and royalty. The book didn't delve deep into one genre: it stayed on the surface of each one. This made the book fun without being too complicated. If you're looking for a mystery that won't be solved until you've read the line, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a fun, clean, journey through the misfortunes of a young woman, this is an excellent read!
The narration is excellent and the story is cute. It's a very light listen and would be perfect for the beach. There are some quirky characters and a possibility of a romance. If you are looking for something light and fun, I recommend this series. It gives you a good idea of life in the early 1900's in the U.K.
This is a pleasant mystery with two dimensional characters. Just about every stereotype you could imagine for a peer of the realm is packed into this book. Typical romance, what passed as shocking behavior for the dilettantes of the 1930s, the ne'er do well Irishman, etc. It's worth a listen but it isn't deep stuff. Hopefully book two will get to the mystery faster than this one - but the first in a series always needs to set up the characters.
Overall the narration is outstanding, but once or twice I thought that the voices slipped between characters but I could be wrong.
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