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'd already listened to Katherine Kellgren in the Kane Chronicles, and I thought she'd done a pretty amazing job there, so when I heard her speak in the preview, I was pretty amused that she could go from playing 12-year old Sadie Kane to 21 Lady Georgianna. The book started out a bit slow, and while the author repeats some things a few too many times, I would say that this a memorable experience.
Rhys Bowen gives a very unknown view about royal life, especially for royals like Georgie who in the Great Depression are flat broke. She puts her heroine in such a great variety of settings- Rannoch House, Buckingham Palace, Scotland, granddad's house- so that there's never really a dull moment.
Where Darcy saves Georgie from Tristram. Nothing's more exciting than a damsel in distress.
Every conversation with Belinda makes me crack a smile; all those naughty statements about sex and cocktails and parties. She's a true gem of the '30s.
If you combine The Great Gatsby, Sherlock Holmes, and a Philippa Gregory novel, you'll get something very much like Her Royal Spyness. It's a great mixture.
Easy on the ears
To me it was a combination of Nora from the Thin Man meeting the cast from the film Gosford Park
It is not a super suspenseful story, it is an audible pleasure of UK accents from Scotland, Ireland and English upper and lower classes. A story to savor rather than a page turner
This is the first book in the series and I have read them all in order. I see there are some mixed feelings about this series but if you are looking for a light mystery where you don't have to think too hard, then this is for you. This series is perfect for me to unwind to as I drive to and from work. It can be a bit predictable but I really like the narrator and the stories themselves. The books are also not that long which is good if you need a break from some longer more intense books. I enjoyed all of the books and look forward to the next in the series.
I would definitely listen to this again once I complete the entire series.
I love Darcy. Everything he says will make you chuckle.
This was my first K. Kellgren performance but she was excellent! She seamlessly transitioned between the various male and female voices and gave an excellent rendition of the story.
Rhys Bowen really captured the wit, humor and spirit of the British through her protagonist Georgie. She is believable and likeable. So is her relationship with her friends, family and HRM.
The story is fun and captivating. It's just believable enough and yet the connections to royals and intrigue is just enough to make you dream.
I am not exaggerating. This narrator is THE BEST. She captures the voice of high society British characters just as well as the cockney accent, Irish men and "foreigners." She really brought the characters to life. Don't read the paper version. This way better!!
Definitely worth buying if you like a witty and independent protagonist who is thrown into adventure surrounded by egotistical family members, loose-moraled friends and a string of royals propositioning her.
I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!
Light, Refreshing, Intriguing!
Georgie, of course. She is just so unpretentious considering her station in life. I wish that I could look at life with exactly the same witty way she does and also be able to find humor in just about everything.
No. This is the first and I geatly enjoyed her different portrayals of the characters. She never failed to keep in character.
It made me laugh.
I am so glad that I found this series. I am excited to read every single one. I am an avid reader, but sometimes get so bored with the usual story lines of the standard mystery. This was just so refreshing and light hearted.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
The main character in this simplistic novel is a hoot. She bumbles into the middle of a mystery and somehow is key to solving it. Not at all realistic but light and funny. A quick, fun read (or I listen?).
ole time fun
love period pieces and this did not disappoint
Laugh, she is a bit of a clux
Made me want to read or listen to the other stories from this author
I usually read/listen to heavier suspense and mystery stories but this is a really good light soufflé. The details of upper class London and Buckingham Palace in the 1930s ring believably and the lead character is wonderful. Some day when John LeCarre is too serious for you give one of these novels a try, the accent and performance of the narrator is a particular pleasure.
Yes, if my friend was in the mood for some absolutely delightful yet totally frivolous fiction. I am not trying to sound like a snob, because I truly enjoyed this book, but it is the fluffiest pastry of a book that I've either read or listened to in quite some time. That being said, I bought this book for one reason--the narrator. Katherine Kellgren is one of my absolute favorites (is there a fan club?) and I will purchase almost anything she performs. And performance it is. She is a gifted vocal actress and I recommend her to everyone I know, with the caveat that her books tend to be on the light side. Story was fine, sweetly old fashioned British mystery. Safe enough to recommend to aged parents.
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