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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love the humor throughout the book. I laughed out loud several times. I enjoyed the plot too.
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.
Yes, light hearted and great to listen to after a stressful day.
Her insight and openness.
Great regional accents.
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.
Great reading after a stressful day.
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!
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.
Georgie is great fun, a lovely klutzy sleuth to be sure.
It kept me guessing with a long line of suspects.
A sleuthy royal on the rocks with a penchant for running into murder.
A good time for all.
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....
Yes, this is a delightfully conceived character, imagine Downton Abbey with humor. Good stories and just fun
The best girlfriend is a total hoot.
She is excellent. I made sure she was doing the subsequent books before I bought them. What fun she brings to listening.
Well I was moved to laughter everytime she committed some naive faux paus.
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.
It was fun
If you are of Royal Blood you can't work the cosmetic counter at Harrod's
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