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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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    Timothy L Nutting 08-28-14
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    "Surprisingly Delightful"

    They say not to judge a book by its cover, but the art style of Queen of Hearts intrigued me, then the synopses of Her Royal Spyness caught me, so I decided to give it a shot. I was thoroughly pleased. I smiled a lot while listening to this book. It's light, fun, and maybe a little silly, but it's also full of an innocence and place in history that is both interesting and much glossed over in my own experience.

    Not usually the type of book I read, I am nonetheless very happy I chose it. I loved it, and especially I loved the Ms. Kellgren's voice work.

    The story moves at a nice clip, the characters act in sensible ways, or at least as sensible as my prejudices suggest. But beyond that, I love the placement in history. World War II is looming on the horizon, but no one wants to believe it, and yet the impression of that world, recovering from the Great Depression, is plain and direct, and it feels like you're there.

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    tina cokato, MN, United States 08-27-14
    tina cokato, MN, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Simple but Fun"

    This was a simple but entertaining Whodunit. I like the angle of being broke and royal. I will be continuing on with the series. Just finished this one and have already purchased the next. I enjoyed all the characters and the story line.

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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "I need to read more of this series!"

    Read from May 05 to 11, 2013

    First half: 2 stars--all set-up/no plot, more chick-lit than murder mystery. The excellence of the narrator saved it from being DNF.

    Second half: Plot started moving as soon as the dead body showed up and it got much better. Will read more of the series. 3.75 stars.

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    V. Dickson SoCal 08-15-14
    V. Dickson SoCal 08-15-14

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    "Voice actor performance makes the book amazing!"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    The actor is just amazing! All the different characters had different voices and they were all believable and great for the understanding of the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the humor throughout the book. I laughed out loud several times. I enjoyed the plot too.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She's great! It's worth the price just to listen to her work if you enjoy women sleuth books that has a great deal of comedy in it. This book is not for those looking for a serious, dense thriller.


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    patricia 08-04-14
    patricia 08-04-14
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    "Cute and interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, light hearted and great to listen to after a stressful day.


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

    Her insight and openness.


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

    Great regional accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found this book light hearted, with a lead charcuterie easy to like. When she decides to help a designer friend model clothes it did make my laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Great reading after a stressful day.

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 07-28-14
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great First in a Series"

    This is a very cute romp. Excellent setup.. an English Royal but way down the line - and how she copes with having no money. Very nice story. I did figure out who-dun-it about 3/4 through the book, but it didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the book. The characters were real and delightful.

    The narrator was excellent. She made the characters come alive and her breath of voices is amazing.

    Yes, I'd recommend this book.. and look forward to the next in the series!

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    Diane M. 07-28-14
    Diane M. 07-28-14 Member Since 2013

    I am an artist. I love audible books because they allow me to create with my hands and indulge my passion for books at the same time.

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    "A merry romp through 1930s England"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    Georgie is great fun, a lovely klutzy sleuth to be sure.


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

    It kept me guessing with a long line of suspects.


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

    Delightful characterizations.


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

    A sleuthy royal on the rocks with a penchant for running into murder.


    Any additional comments?

    A good time for all.

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    hannah 07-17-14
    hannah 07-17-14
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    "Pefect!Great story,well narrated,not a dull moment"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio.
    The story is well-narrated,well constructed and credible.
    It tells of a young aristocrat in England during the early 1930 years.That was the time when the famous romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward, VIII who abdicated the throne for her sake,took place.
    The heroine is involved in a sinister plot without her knowledge.
    This she manages to unravel as the plot thickens
    There are some good insights into the lives of the British aristocracy in those days
    They are plausibly portrayed and well-narrated
    Never a dull moment as the plot unfolds
    Would definitely recommend it for humour and suspense....

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    Michael Russell 07-15-14
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    "A Romp through Pompous Circumstances"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a delightfully conceived character, imagine Downton Abbey with humor. Good stories and just fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The best girlfriend is a total hoot.


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

    She is excellent. I made sure she was doing the subsequent books before I bought them. What fun she brings to listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well I was moved to laughter everytime she committed some naive faux paus.


    Any additional comments?

    I am having to pace myself with these books, so I don't get through them all. Perhaps I will try some of her other books, but I am having fun with these.

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    Douglas MacIntyre 07-12-14
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    "It was fun"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    It was fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fig


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes


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

    If you are of Royal Blood you can't work the cosmetic counter at Harrod's


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