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)
This is the first read of the Royal Spyness. The book has a dry humor that keeps me smiling.
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!
The plot kept my interest. The characters were personable and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!
Loved Katherine's accent. One of her voices reminds me of Mrs.Banks in the Mary Poppins Movie. She did a great job!
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!"
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.
A real plot. Some historical accuracy.
If this is her best then... No.
She is a wonderful performer. I enjoyed her in other books and this was the same. Too bad the subject matter was so wanting.
No... none really.
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.
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!
Custom jewelry designer who listens to books while she works.
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.
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.)
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Georgie of course! I love the way she thinks and she is quite the sleuth !
This is my first and I'm about to download the second!
What Ho!? Evil lurks at every turn.
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.
"Body found in Dukes bath!!!"
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.
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.
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.
Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.
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.
Very high, certainly one of my favourites.
Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.
Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.
Yes, but one does have to sleep!
I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.
"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.
A very enjoyable books. Light entertaining and quite jolly.
Definitely. I really enjoyed this one
Her scenes with HRM. The characterization was very funny.
I actually finished it in about 2 days. More's the pity!
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!
"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.
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.
I lost interest before getting to anything interesting. The pace of the book was too slow
Less use of accents
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