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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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    debra Los Gatos, CA, United States 02-19-12
    debra Los Gatos, CA, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A heroine you can love!"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    Spunky heroine and the historical setting. She did not wait for someone else to solve her problems.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was in the style of Amelia Pebody series or the Number one ladies' detective series.
    The heroine thinks for her self and thinks outside the box.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two men came into the house she was working in and her efforts to remain unnoticed.


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    Susan Roseville, MN, United States 02-18-12
    Susan Roseville, MN, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Well crafted delight"

    With a delightful heroine, well paced plot, believable characters and strong reader, there is nothing to dislike about this book. Good fun.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 02-16-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 02-16-12
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was delightful. It held my interest and was very funny. I loved it. I'm ready for another one by Rhys Bowen.

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    EvesDaughter 02-14-12
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    "Great Fun!"

    A really good mystery that might easily cross over into comedy. I've always wondered what it is about the Brits that has us American's so captivated, perhaps it is the lifestyle which we know nothing about. Imagine Georgie, practically an orphan with no money of her own living with her half brother and his wife at a time with the only thing most Royals had was their title and perhaps the family property which they couldn't afford to heat.

    After her 21st birthday "coming out" her allowance is stopped. The only thing Lady Georgiana has been taught to do is be a Lady. When she overhears the plans to marry her off to a fish faced Royal, without any plans other than to run, she announces a trip to London to help a fictitious friend. While she has all the right answers to make her escape, she didn't plan on what it would be like without a servant. She learns how truly invisible servants are having never noticed how a fire is lit, let alone laying the fire. Her friends think she is so clever because she has learned to dress herself.

    However, along with all the fun of watching a grown up, grow up is a true mystery of the man who drowned in her bathtub. We are treated to a host of characters including Georgie's Cockney grandfather and HRH (Her Royal Highness).

    While I am quite certain this book is a good read, I have to believe one would miss a lot of the fun without the proper accents. Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job with them all, making it quite fun.

    I'm ready for the next in the series.

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    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 02-14-12
    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I want more"

    I have all of the Royal Spyness books on audio. I have listened to them each about three times in the last year. They are fun, romantic, interesting and so darned enjoyable that I want to know when Ms. Bowen will be writing more. Does anyone know?

    The narrator is fantastic--I love Belinda's voice and really, all of them. Her "Wallis Simpson" is hilarious.

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    Susan Merritt Island, FL, United States 02-12-12
    Susan Merritt Island, FL, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Follows in wonderful footsteps of Agatha Christie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    Yes. With books like this, I love to listen to them; I never had the patience to read some of these stylized mysteries of manners but they come alive in audio format


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

    Many of Agatha christie's work. The main character becomes increasingly interesting as her back story comes into focus and you begin to care about her.


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

    The protagonist and her best friend


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her stiff upper lip, can-do attitude when meeting with the Queen as well as her relationship to her grandfather


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to listen to in the car or, my favorite when working in the garden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Boise, ID, United States 02-07-12
    Amy Boise, ID, United States 02-07-12
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    "complete fun"

    Truly an enjoyable story to listen to. I am looking forward to more stories to help me unwind from the stresses of the day.

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    darlene Aitkin, MN, United States 02-06-12
    darlene Aitkin, MN, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun witty and cute"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    I am able to listen to the book and play a game on my computer at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gorgie because she seems more real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Georgi falls off the runway during the fashion show.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really


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    "Funny, but the Title Doesn't Match the Book at All"
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Cute, Funny, Surprise-less


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bertie, Georgianna's brother has the most amazing sense of entitlement I have ever seen. It's alternately hilarious and aggravating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Georgie is stuck outside the window after trying to retrieve evidence from the dead man's room, she shows a quick wit by pretending to be a maid who was going the extra mile for her employer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lots of class, not much cash - learning to live as a pauper royal.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of Georgie's time as a maid could have been more fully developed. It was actually the most fun part of the book. After reading the book's title, I was expecting her to get orders from the queen to spy on the people she was working for.The queen seemed to know a lot about what was going on, so it wouldn't be a stretch for her to know what Georgie was up to and to use it for her own ends. That would have give the book more mystery. It was fun and enjoyable , but predictable.

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    Margo Cottondale, AL, United States 01-31-12
    Margo Cottondale, AL, United States 01-31-12
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    "Royal spyness, Royal READ"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    I personally like both versions. I enjoy reading, but I have a two hour commute to work each way, and Audiobooks are a real life saver for me. The performance was excellent, and the story just the type of


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development is excellent. The story is cute, not overly full of violence, but has surprising twists and turns that make it an entertaining listen.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her command of the characters, both in voice and personality, was excellent. Reading aloud is an art as well as a skill, and she delivers believable, entertaining characters who move the story along nicely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several


    Any additional comments?

    I am now a confirmed addict of Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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