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)
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
Make no mistake. This book is pure silliness. There is nothing educational or thought provoking about it. It has no redeeming value and will likely not live forever or even for the next 10 years as a classic. But it was a lot of fun. And sometimes making a book fun is more difficult than making it educational or thought provoking.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, their silly names and affectations. I appreciated the lighthearted and definitely fantastical peek into a time and a certain class of people I will never now or understand.
The heroine never takes herself seriously. Her relationship to the royal family makes her life more difficult not less and the real relationship in her life lies not with her royal side, but her cockney grandfather.
The plot is secondary to the characters and their time and place. But it had enough twists and turns to justify itself as eligible for the mystery section and moved the book along, never allowing it to become bogged down in the muck of fact or reality.
The narrator was wonderful. She handled all of the characters very well, and her vocal interpretation of Georgie's best friend was delightful. This is another series where if the narrator changes, the books won't be nearly as interesting or engaging.
If you like lighthearted mysteries that keep you entertained, this book is for you.
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
Cozy mysteries aren’t my usual cup of tea. My life is cozy enough on its own! But the London Olympics must have wet my appetite for all sorts of tea, and this British period cozy found its way onto my player.
Very cute! This is a happy little book that keeps you reading because the main character is so very likeable. Lady Georgiana is a royal relative. She’s just out of finishing school, unmarried, and almost completely without funds. Instead of sitting around moping or hoping for a white knight to save her, she musters all her considerable pluck and tries to learn to support herself!
This will only work out, of course, if no one finds out that a peer is trying to work to support herself. That would certainly never do! Oh, and then there’s the body in the bathtub. Best they not find out about that either….
The charms are the characters, a strong sense of the 1930’s London setting, and a dollop of wry British humor.
There’s no real tension to be found here. It won’t leave you jumpy or completely surprised by the mystery element, and any spying going on is more social in nature. This is…well, cozy, but in a good way. Unlike other cozy mysteries, this one kept me happily reading. In fact, the next book in the series is already in my listening queue. I’d highly recommend it to people looking for a fun, light read!
The narrator was excellent. She captured Lady Georgie well, and did a wonderful job voicing the many other characters.
Very entertaining and well written. Ended a little abruptly but still an enjoyable story and characters with a little mystery too.
This was the first book I listened to using my Kindle Fire. The volume of the audio is good as I have listened to other books which were not "loud" enough to hear without headphones. I like to listen while I garden and headphones don't work with a lot of moving around. The Kindle's speaker volume was just fine to leave the Kindle nearby and I could do my work. I also listen to books while do some household chores and this was a fun listen.
I just enjoyed the depression era story--it's the place where "Downton Abbey" is probably headed for all the Downton Abbey fans. Whereas Downton Abbey is royalty at its height, Her Royal Spyness is royalty trying to live without, and with a mystery and love interests thrown in for good listening!
I loved the cheerful, engaging story and all the characters - mostly fictional people with some historical figures mixed in.
The main character, Lady Georgiana, is charming - plucky but prone to mishaps.
I love this narrator! She sounds a lot like Julie Andrews, and does a great job voicing the characters quite distinctively.
I'm buying more books in this series!
This book was a lot of fun and the narrator is absolutely fabulous. Her very distinctive voices for the many different characters is a joy to hear. The story was pretty good, though I kept listening wondering when the mystery was going to begin. It actually doesn't start until about halfway through the book. I really enjoyed the characters and the look at an interesting period of history. I'm going to listen to the next books in the series.
I enjoy Katherine Kellgren as narrator. She is what motivated me to listen to this book.
I found the story amusing with a nice twist at the end.
What fun! The narrator is awesome and varies her voice among her characters superbly. The royalty aspect is an entertaining glimpse into the royal world. The characters are well developed. The writing is terrific and I found myself laughing out loud at times. Can't wait to start the 2nd book in the series.
This is an easy summer listen. Nothing too serious. Well written. I found the historical elements quite interesting.
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