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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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    Lulu 08-19-12
    Lulu 08-19-12

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "A Fantastically Funny Start to a Great Series"

    Make no mistake. This book is pure silliness. There is nothing educational or thought provoking about it. It has no redeeming value and will likely not live forever or even for the next 10 years as a classic. But it was a lot of fun. And sometimes making a book fun is more difficult than making it educational or thought provoking.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, their silly names and affectations. I appreciated the lighthearted and definitely fantastical peek into a time and a certain class of people I will never now or understand.

    The heroine never takes herself seriously. Her relationship to the royal family makes her life more difficult not less and the real relationship in her life lies not with her royal side, but her cockney grandfather.

    The plot is secondary to the characters and their time and place. But it had enough twists and turns to justify itself as eligible for the mystery section and moved the book along, never allowing it to become bogged down in the muck of fact or reality.

    The narrator was wonderful. She handled all of the characters very well, and her vocal interpretation of Georgie's best friend was delightful. This is another series where if the narrator changes, the books won't be nearly as interesting or engaging.

    If you like lighthearted mysteries that keep you entertained, this book is for you.

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    Alexis 08-16-12
    Alexis 08-16-12 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Cute and cozy in a very good way!"

    Cozy mysteries aren’t my usual cup of tea. My life is cozy enough on its own! But the London Olympics must have wet my appetite for all sorts of tea, and this British period cozy found its way onto my player.

    Very cute! This is a happy little book that keeps you reading because the main character is so very likeable. Lady Georgiana is a royal relative. She’s just out of finishing school, unmarried, and almost completely without funds. Instead of sitting around moping or hoping for a white knight to save her, she musters all her considerable pluck and tries to learn to support herself!

    This will only work out, of course, if no one finds out that a peer is trying to work to support herself. That would certainly never do! Oh, and then there’s the body in the bathtub. Best they not find out about that either….

    The charms are the characters, a strong sense of the 1930’s London setting, and a dollop of wry British humor.

    There’s no real tension to be found here. It won’t leave you jumpy or completely surprised by the mystery element, and any spying going on is more social in nature. This is…well, cozy, but in a good way. Unlike other cozy mysteries, this one kept me happily reading. In fact, the next book in the series is already in my listening queue. I’d highly recommend it to people looking for a fun, light read!

    The narrator was excellent. She captured Lady Georgie well, and did a wonderful job voicing the many other characters.

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    Cheryl Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-13-12
    Cheryl Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    Very entertaining and well written. Ended a little abruptly but still an enjoyable story and characters with a little mystery too.


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    Jean 08-07-12
    Jean 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Royally Cute! A fun listen."
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first book I listened to using my Kindle Fire. The volume of the audio is good as I have listened to other books which were not "loud" enough to hear without headphones. I like to listen while I garden and headphones don't work with a lot of moving around. The Kindle's speaker volume was just fine to leave the Kindle nearby and I could do my work. I also listen to books while do some household chores and this was a fun listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I just enjoyed the depression era story--it's the place where "Downton Abbey" is probably headed for all the Downton Abbey fans. Whereas Downton Abbey is royalty at its height, Her Royal Spyness is royalty trying to live without, and with a mystery and love interests thrown in for good listening!

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    Tanya 08-07-12
    Tanya 08-07-12
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    "charming story and characters - fabulous narrator"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    I loved the cheerful, engaging story and all the characters - mostly fictional people with some historical figures mixed in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Lady Georgiana, is charming - plucky but prone to mishaps.


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

    I love this narrator! She sounds a lot like Julie Andrews, and does a great job voicing the characters quite distinctively.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm buying more books in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly WHITMORE LAKE, MI, United States 07-31-12
    Kelly WHITMORE LAKE, MI, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Much fun!"

    This book was a lot of fun and the narrator is absolutely fabulous. Her very distinctive voices for the many different characters is a joy to hear. The story was pretty good, though I kept listening wondering when the mystery was going to begin. It actually doesn't start until about halfway through the book. I really enjoyed the characters and the look at an interesting period of history. I'm going to listen to the next books in the series.

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    Beverly Familar Redondo Beach, CA USA 07-30-12
    Beverly Familar Redondo Beach, CA USA 07-30-12 Member Since 2005

    Green Yogini

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    "I found this entertaining."
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy Katherine Kellgren as narrator. She is what motivated me to listen to this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the story amusing with a nice twist at the end.


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    Marilyn 07-25-12
    Marilyn 07-25-12
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    "Very Entertaining!"

    What fun! The narrator is awesome and varies her voice among her characters superbly. The royalty aspect is an entertaining glimpse into the royal world. The characters are well developed. The writing is terrific and I found myself laughing out loud at times. Can't wait to start the 2nd book in the series.

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    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 07-09-12
    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Light, fun, period piece"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    This is an easy summer listen. Nothing too serious. Well written. I found the historical elements quite interesting.


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    Mary-pat Sherman california 07-05-12
    Mary-pat Sherman california 07-05-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Fun Read"

    Even makes Queen Elizabeth seem more human. What a fun concept. A Royal spy and mystery solver!

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