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.
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"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)
Definitely recommend. Really fills out characters and makes you feel you are in the story.
Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie of course!
Interesting bit of fluff. Well performed. In the bath tub, really?
Maybe, this has no redeeming value but is a good yarn.
Excellent vocal control
It certainly seems to be the intro to a series.
Topical to the 30s, very British with good humor.
Georgie - she is a feisty girl with a lot of spirit and good wit.
I laughed a number of times and thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will listen to the rest of the series as well. The narrator did a fab job with all the accents. Living in England, I can tell you she performs Scottish and Irish accents very well!
A great listen - lots of fun!
Disclaimer: I have found that listening to narration in a British accent adds at least a half-star to my overall rating...
...and this narrator does it all. Cockney, proper, Irish, Scottish. It brings the characters to life more than I think they ever would be if I read the book. She is utterly fantastic.
The story is pretty good. It is set in 1930's Britain about a young, penniless royal (34th in line for the throne) who finds herself in the middle of several strange, and often amusing, predicaments. There are enough things happening to keep the story moving without sacrificing the opportunity to develop the different characters.
I will probably listen to another one in the series, but I don't know that at this point I could imagine this storyline keeping my interest for several books.
Her royal spyness the first book in the mystery series by Rhys Bowen is an amazing read. From the funny and charming heroine to the gripping plot there is nothing about this book that I didn't enjoy. The narrator was able to perfectly capture the essence of Georgie and was able to bring the story to life in a way that no one else could.If you are looking for a fun quick paced read this is defiantly the book for you.
This was my first experience with Rhys Bowen and frankly, I bought it a lot for Katherine Kellgren whom I love. In the end, I fell in love with the book too. It was a lightweight, but super fun book. The "mystery" part was interesting and fast-paced enough to keep you going and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the characters.
I also thought it was an extremely fresh and unusual view of the British royal family and I found it delightful to contemplate the complexities of being the 34th in line for the throne.
Although it wasn't the best audiobook I've listened to, I still thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the characters, as well as hearing about Georgie's hijinks in London.
I really liked Georgie's brother Binky. He was so well-meaning, but hopelessly clueless throughout the story. But you could see his understanding and respect, in his own way, for Georgie grow as the story progressed.
This book is a good start to what looks to be a fun series. I like the way that the author blended fiction and reality in post WWI England. Katherine Kellgren's narration was well-done, and she has such a wide range of accents. I look forward to the next book in the series.
If you're into the British, as my wife is, you'll find this book to be a fine cup of tea, indeed.
The narrator brings the right mix of upper-crust dialect and ordinary-folks emotion to the dialogue and description.
The mystery is the weakest part of the story, but the characters are nicely drawn and distinguished by the narrator's skill.
Yes! I'm so glad I stuck out the first three books, the fourth was lots of fun and this fifth seems like the beginning of something really great. Delightfully comic- think Pink Panther- and yet becoming a true spy mystery this time. Am hooked and hoping for another soon!
There are many zany characters to enjoy, but I think one finds oneself most glued to the plight of Lady Georgiana, the main character, who's very real even in her flawed and humorous ways.
The first book I found her voice a little off-putting, but by this point in the series, she has managed to convey an amazing number of characters differently- very well done.
The performance was excellant. The story kept my attention and i would enjoy reading more of Rhys Bowen's books.
Georgie was great, Belinda was facinating.
She is a great narrater...her voices are amazing. She makes each character their own person.
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