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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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    Ryan United States 04-20-13
    Ryan United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Truly Royal Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Darcy saves Georgie from Tristram. Nothing's more exciting than a damsel in distress.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jodinofasgard 04-19-13

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    "An Audible pleasure"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Easy on the ears


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

    To me it was a combination of Nora from the Thin Man meeting the cast from the film Gosford Park


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

    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


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    TLP NJ 04-19-13
    TLP NJ 04-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Really Like this series!"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    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.


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    Jeanette 04-19-13
    Jeanette 04-19-13
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    "Addictive Series!"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again once I complete the entire series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Darcy. Everything he says will make you chuckle.


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

    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.


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    Liza 04-18-13
    Liza 04-18-13
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    "Funny, romantic & captivating. Better than Agatha"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 04-17-13
    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2013

    I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!

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    "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Light, Refreshing, Intriguing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    No. This is the first and I geatly enjoyed her different portrayals of the characters. She never failed to keep in character.


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

    It made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Amusing"

    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?).

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    Maureen 04-15-13
    Maureen 04-15-13
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    "Fun read while doing chores"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    ole time fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    love period pieces and this did not disappoint


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

    Laugh, she is a bit of a clux


    Any additional comments?

    Made me want to read or listen to the other stories from this author

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    Michael Weston, MA, United States 04-11-13
    Michael Weston, MA, United States 04-11-13
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    "Frivilous and fun."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Spring Valley, CA, United States 04-11-13
    Amazon Customer Spring Valley, CA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining piece of fluff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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