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Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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.
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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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    tomy miller 06-15-12
    tomy miller 06-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommend. Really fills out characters and makes you feel you are in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie of course!


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

    Belinda!


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

    yes


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    Walter Harris Old Saybrook, CT USA 06-12-12
    Walter Harris Old Saybrook, CT USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "That Mrs. Simpson!"
    What did you like best about Her Royal Spyness? What did you like least?

    Interesting bit of fluff. Well performed. In the bath tub, really?


    Would you recommend Her Royal Spyness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe, this has no redeeming value but is a good yarn.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Excellent vocal control


    Do you think Her Royal Spyness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It certainly seems to be the intro to a series.


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    Kim Huntington, IN, United States 06-11-12
    Kim Huntington, IN, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Little easy fun! Enjoyable book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Topical to the 30s, very British with good humor.


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

    Georgie - she is a feisty girl with a lot of spirit and good wit.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen - lots of fun!

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    KP United States 06-10-12
    KP United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Narration Makes This a Must-Listen"

    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.

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    Veronika MacLean 06-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny,cozy,perfect"

    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.

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    Janie Oxford, MI, United States 05-30-12
    Janie Oxford, MI, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Delightful"

    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.

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    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 05-29-12
    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightful"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John A. Prestbo Skillman, NJ USA 05-28-12
    John A. Prestbo Skillman, NJ USA 05-28-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Very Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're into the British, as my wife is, you'll find this book to be a fine cup of tea, indeed.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brings the right mix of upper-crust dialect and ordinary-folks emotion to the dialogue and description.


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

    The mystery is the weakest part of the story, but the characters are nicely drawn and distinguished by the narrator's skill.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R 05-21-12
    R 05-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "hopefully the first of many"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Judith 05-21-12
    Judith 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great writer, great narrater!!"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    The performance was excellant. The story kept my attention and i would enjoy reading more of Rhys Bowen's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie was great, Belinda was facinating.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a great narrater...her voices are amazing. She makes each character their own person.


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