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Her Royal Spyness Audiobook

Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Her Royal Spyness is an absolute gem! In this lighthearted mystery series, Rhys Bowen delivers a charming combination of intrigue and romance blended with a touch of humor. She has created an interesting cast of characters and those personalities (a royal down on her luck, a lovable cockney grandfather, a devilishly lovable Irish gent) come alive through Katherine Kellgren's flawless narration. This is a series that begs to be listened to, but fair warning, once you start, you won't be able to stop! —Katie

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

"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)

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    Pamela 04-05-13
    Pamela 04-05-13
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    "The whole series is great fun!"

    I'm about half way through the series and still enjoying it very much. The narrator is wonderful, and Georgie is a thoroughly delightful character. I recommend it highly!

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    Marguerite POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 04-05-13
    Marguerite POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I am addicted to this series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration is excellent! The narrator brings all the characters to life. You begin to feel like you really know them. She really draws you into the story. I love the historical perspective that is woven into the story and the humor is excellent!


    What other book might you compare Her Royal Spyness to and why?

    Reminds me of the Agatha Christie books


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I love Georgie and Darcy... The development of their relationship keeps you wanting more. I also adore Georgie's cockney Grandfather.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to finish the series but then I will be heartbroken because I will miss all the character!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 04-01-13
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb!"

    I so enjoyed this story, the characters and the reader! I am going to listen to every one in the series!!!!!

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    amanda United States 03-31-13
    amanda United States 03-31-13
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    "Light crisp fun! British humor and mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    Exactly what I hoped for ,not too much , but with a mystery to solve


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the main character


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
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    "For very young readers"

    I purchased this book after hemming and hawing.
    The reviews were so promising. Rhys Bowen was supposed to be such a great writer.
    Well, stick with Nancy Drew books.
    They are a little more "involved" with a plot
    What can I say. Dull, Boring. Fast forwarded almost everything.
    What a disappointment!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine United States 03-27-13
    Catherine United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was a great story and very entertaining!


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all of them are great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine does a wonderful job capturing the different voices and the "Bertie Wooster" type humor. Her voices are different for each character and consistent throughout the book. I loved this, and downloaded two other books in the series!
    I highly recommend this book!

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    KIMBERLY Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-26-13
    KIMBERLY Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun, enjoyable story"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    I would listen to Her Royal Spyness again because I found it very entertaining and funny. I would probably hear new things I missed the first time. Plus, in my opinion, it would be a book listening to again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    I thought the funny parts were Georgie's clumsiness and her lack of ability to clean and care for her needs.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    At the beginning of the book I was beginning to wonder if I was going to enjoy listening to Katherine Kellgren's narration, but the more I listened the better I enjoyed her. I can't think of anyone better that could do the book justice. I would look for other books by her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh! I also found myself telling my husband bits of it, which I never do.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the characters and how the narrator portrayed them. I loved Belinda and Georgie's grandpa. I have just bought the rest of the books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 03-25-13
    History Buff Maryland 03-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Grace

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    "Didn't find my funny bone"
    Any additional comments?

    Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Her normal accent is quite reminiscent of Lady Mary of Downton Abbey. Which is, I suppose, to say it is quite upper crust--the haute ton, etc.

    The mystery was no mystery, except I do admit to being surprised by one twist. I rather think I would have enjoyed it more as a quick read, but it was interesting to hear "the voices," so I may be wrong about that. Other reviews I read (on the audible.com website) said how funny they found the book. It didn't make me laugh aloud. On the other hand, were it billed as a YA book, I would have given it a higher rating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 03-25-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "GREAT FUN"

    I first listened to the sample because the plot sounded good. I bought it because the narrator was excellent! I was not disappointed.

    What do you do if you are a ROYAL but penniless? Your royal father is dead but your mother, a beautiful often married non-royal. Your maternal grandfather is an ex-bobbie. Your half brother is a ROYAL married to penny pincher who has little love for you.

    Why you go off to London to the "family" house. With no money, no servants can be hired to lay fires or turn on the boiler for heating the water for the bath. Thank God for the grandfather who can teach!

    Ok, lodging in hand and house tidied (by your hand). Next item is MONEY. You can't hire yourself out as a maid...what would the queen say! Besides, you don't really know how to do the job. But having open the family town house, you could do that and none would be the wiser...hopefully.

    When dressed as a maid, you enter empty homes, get things readied and leave. If someone enters unexpected, no one notices you if you keep your head down, do your work and get out.

    This is how it starts.

    There is the Queen who wants our heroine to do her a favor and spy on Cousin Dave and "that woman".

    There is a ROYAL the family things would be a "good match" (doubtful).

    Brother comes to town.

    Strange things start to happen. Is she just more clumsy than normal or is someone trying to kill her?

    A dead body is found in the bathtub.

    Brother leaves town.

    Who is the dead man? Why was he killed? Who did it? (Can't blame it on the butler, there is none.) Did Brother do it? Surely not!

    There is still house party to go to to meet her potential husband, to watch Cousin David and Mrs. Simpson, while pondering who the murderer is as all suspects will be in attendance. All this will make it hard to enjoy the perks of being a royal when she is not only trying to ferret out a killer but avoid being the next victim!

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    Vanessa K. Adams 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great mystery in a golden age"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    I enjoy the protagonist, who is an independent woman ahead of her time. I also love her grandfather.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    The heroine learning to care for herself against obstacles, familial and sinister.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is very good, brings distinction to each character. I can see each character in my imagination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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