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.
"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)
Very fun story in a setting that we Americans seem to love.
I think that Ms. Kellgren has just the right voice for this story. Some of the ancillary characters run together a bit, but I couldn't imagine another Lady Georgina.
Add more suspense, intrigue, threat, etc. Perhaps after listening to the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb, this series seems lacking. I always felt completely comfortable while listening. Not at all in league with "Gone Girl" or "In Death". The clueless naive main character just seems to stumble upon the answers to the 'mystery'. Perhaps comparing her to Eve Dallas of J.D. Robb's "In Death" series is simply unfair.
I'm not sure. I've tried book two in the series to see if it gets better but so far it is pretty much the same. Dry, slow, dull. I feel no attachment to the main character and her much touted sleuthing abilities seem to be luck or just plain artificial.
The accents. The narrator is excellent with the different voices and with the proper accents. I could do without all the characters with obnoxious lisps. One was enough.
I listen to them at work, so probably. Worth the money/credit? Probably not.
Try out "In Death" if you found this book/series a bit boring.
Just want to start by saying that the narration for this book was fantastic.There were different male and female voices and accents and they were all very believable. Definitely a chick book, although my husband listened to the it without too much complaining and enjoyed it more than he thought he would. That said, it was very cute and entertaining with a number of plot twists and turns. The main character was funny without being ridiculous. It is refreshing to read a thoughtful mystery that isn't full of violence. I will definitely be reading more in the series.
Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.
Not really my usual type of book to read - but read some positive reviews and thought I'd give it a chance. Enjoyed the plot, but the mystery behind it was still a little weak. That said, the narration was just shy of amazing - made a decent book an incredible pleasure to listen to.
Yes. Well written mystery. Entertaining performer.
Yes - when enjoying a mystery, I'm always trying to solve "who dunnit". The plot kept changing and giving more and more options for me to choose the killer and his/her motives.
I liked her betrayal of the American - Mrs. Simpson. She wasn't a main character, but I was impressed that the actor could go from various British accents to an American in the 1930s (our accents are different in 2013).
No extreme reactions. As I listened, I was in awe of the performer. How did she keep all of those characters (and their different voices/inflections/accents) straight? She would switch from one to the next flawlessly.
I'm always looking for an audiobook for traveling in a car with a family that does not have explicit sex scenes described, or excessive gruesome violence. I'm also looking for a book with clean language. It would be great for audible to have a rating system so that people could find appropriate content - similar to the movie rating systems.
This book had clean language and handled the murder without describing all of the gory details. Some people with younger children may not want to hear the discussions about sex, but I didn't find them offensive with older teenagers in the car.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Georgie is a single girl who moves to London in 1932 to begin life on her own. She is physically clumsy, gets into all kinds of silly predicaments and her only luck seems to be bad. Her best friend, Belinda, is a slightly promiscuous party girl. Together they try to survive financially, navigate London's single social life and, of course, solve the mystery of the body Georgie finds in her bathtub!
This is the first in the series so there's lots of character-building, but once the murder mystery begins it's surprisingly engaging and will keep you thinking. So there's a very nice mystery component plus all the girly antics, which add up to a clever, fun, easy listen. The mystery is solved by the end of the book, but the door is left open for a future romance and, of course, more escapades.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. Many of the secondary characters are stuffy English socialites and IMHO their accents are intentionally "overdone," which serves to add more humor to the story.
OVERALL - (Actual overall rating 4.5) Highly recommended but for girls only. I usually avoid books of this genre so if you generally enjoy them, you will probably love this book.
This is the first read of the Royal Spyness. The book has a dry humor that keeps me smiling.
Treat yourself to this first in the Royal Spyness series. Lady Georgiana has an independent spirit combined with the spunk that ladies of her day weren't supposed to possess ... and if they did, they were supposed to curb it.
Fun and well-written, Katherine Kellgren's narration is spot on. You won't find your mind wandering and having to back up to relisten to what you missed. I hope you have credits saved, because after your first dose of Royal Spyness, you're going to want more ... and quickly!
The plot kept my interest. The characters were personable and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!
Loved Katherine's accent. One of her voices reminds me of Mrs.Banks in the Mary Poppins Movie. She did a great job!
This book (and the whole spyness series) is like excellent Ben and Jerry's ice cream: it has zero nutritional value, but you just know you're going to go back for another spoonful again and again until that pot is empty, and then you're going to go out and buy another one.
Most of the time I wandered around with a slight smirk on my face, I often snickered, a couple of times I was doubled over laughing and once I actually bit my nails and held my breath (while driving - not a good idea). I had to constantly remind myself not to pick up any of those outrageous accents (performed to perfection by Ms Kellgren, she absolutely brings the whole thing to life).
I can't believe I listened to the entire series (7 books, to date) in ~5 days, and now I will have to wait for the next. In the words of Belinda: "it's just too-too terrible, dahling!"
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