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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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    Charleen M. Pflugerville, Texas United States 03-04-13
    Charleen M. Pflugerville, Texas United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "An Anglophile's romp through post-war England"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    Its a toss up between the brilliant narration from Katherine Kellgren, and the hilarious mystery. It fringes on a door farce at a couple of points, but Rhys Bowen prevents it from being too campy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! A number of times I leaped from my seat and cried, "I know who the murderer is!"...but I was wrong on most of my guesses.


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

    Georgiana was, by far, my favorite. Belinda got all the best lines though!


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

    More intrigue than you can shake a feather duster at!


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    Tonya Davis, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Tonya Davis, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun!!"
    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    The narrator, Katherine Kellgren. Her voices, for the various, characters were wonderful. And the characters, themselves, were terrific.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a fun, easy listen on a long drive. Clever enough to keep my attention. Very funny at times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Enjoyed the plot climax at the costume party. Though I admit I was already certain it was "Twistwen" who was responsible for the body in the bath tub.


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

    I haven't a clue. That's not my tag line......I really haven't a clue!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm already on the second book. This series should keep me happy on the road for quite some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arie 03-04-13
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    "Entertaining"

    A nice listen. It doesn't need a lot of thought to enjoy the story, in fact the less you think about it the better you like it. Funny in places and the characters were, for the most part engaging. There was just enough mystery to make it interesting.
    Perfect for listening to when you are doing something monotonous like laundry, cleaning or cooking.

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    TravisD 02-28-13
    TravisD 02-28-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Chuckle and Smile"

    If you like this genre, Rhys Bowen is very good. I like this genre and find them good fun. Well-written and very well-performed. Will buy them all. Wish I could say that about other authors' series.

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    Stephanie CONCORD, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Stephanie CONCORD, CA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Nancy Drew meets Downton Abbey"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A light and fun read. 34th in line for the throne, not money, but still expected to live a posh life...what is a girl to do?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Georgie list her skills learned at finishing school, she knows where to seat someone at dinner and how to climb down a drainpipe to meet ski instructors at a pub.


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

    Georgie's grandfather, the living one.


    Any additional comments?

    I do a lot of driving and this series has kept me entertained nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 02-25-13
    Robin 02-25-13
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    "Loved it!"

    The story and performance were both great! I am looking forward to the next one!

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    Danielle Carbondale, IL, United States 02-25-13
    Danielle Carbondale, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Well narrated, fluffy, cute story"
    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    Maybe for a break. If I want something light hearted and a story that is easy to follow while being distracted.


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

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The snarky descriptions of the sister-in-law were funny.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Cute and silly story, well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-25-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "A fun read"

    Just a simple, lighthearted mystery with a great sense of humor. Exactly what I love about Audible sales! Hard not to like.

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    Barbara Davis 02-22-13
    Barbara Davis 02-22-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Charming mystery set in England 1932"

    I enjoyed this first novel in the series more than the second one, "A Royal Pain". These are fun, charming little novels about a 21 year old member of the English royal family who is 34th in line for the throne, single, dead broke, resourceful and willing to do light cleaning to make ends meet--and solve murders as well.

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    Summer Hater Houston, Texas 02-21-13
    Summer Hater Houston, Texas 02-21-13 Member Since 2011

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

    Entertaining. Wholesome. Engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    All of them. Love Darcy.


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

    She seems that she was born to it, but I think she thinks all American women are mannish - whatev - she's still quite entertaining.


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

    I've been stuck on fantasy/sci fi for quite awhile but couldn't find anything new of interest so I downloaded this series with fairly low expectations. I'm so glad I did! These are lovely cozies and to come in on a 6 book series is a true stroke of audiobook luck. I love them!


    Any additional comments?

    Been a Bowen fan for decades. I wish all of her books were on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. F. Hartshorn
    Leicester, UK
    4/9/14
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    "Body found in Dukes bath!!!"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series of audiobooks is among the best for easy listening. Lots of humorous episodes with a minor Royal who also has a cockney grandad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Georgie, short for Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is the poor relation but gets called in to the palace to be the Queens spy. This leads to hilarious scenes between Georgie and Fig (the sister-in-law); who holds the purse strings of her brother Binky (the Duke); as she tries to get money or a maid to come down from the Scottish Castle to the London residences were she tries to look after herself without servants.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Georgie's meetings with her ex-policeman Grandad (the royal one haunts the castle battlements) as they investigate the Murder in their bath while dodging someone who wants her out of the way.


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

    Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren brings the book to life with the range of voices and accents she brings to this audiobook. Looking forward to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    6/28/14
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    "Brilliant Book"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, certainly one of my favourites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.


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

    Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.


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

    Yes, but one does have to sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • L
    8/7/15
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    "Great, light-hearted fun"

    This is a great, light-hearted story with a classic feel to it. It kind of reminded me of the old Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot series. Not a complicated tale, and it was easy to work out how the culprit was, but it was still fun to listen as the heroine of the story put the pieces together. I liked the narrator, she did a good job with the characters and added to the fun. This is an ideal book for a lazy afternoon when you want something entertaining but uncomplicated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zeinab
    Giza, Egypt
    12/2/14
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    "Very Amusing"
    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    A very enjoyable books. Light entertaining and quite jolly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    Definitely. I really enjoyed this one


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Her scenes with HRM. The characterization was very funny.


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

    I actually finished it in about 2 days. More's the pity!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the next book I purchase from this series. I listen to audio books as I do the house work. The time flies by and I don't feel the load of the chores!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacwills
    United Kingdom
    11/16/14
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    "A fun lightweight story"

    This is not going to win an intellectual review but it was fun and kept me amused on the way to work. I will probably get another in the series at some point because it is easy listening. Enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget
    Aymestrey, United Kingdom
    11/18/13
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    "Dreadful narration"
    What did you like best about Her Royal Spyness? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept behind the story. But the story itself is slow-moving and very badly read. The accents are too heavy and unbelievable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I lost interest before getting to anything interesting. The pace of the book was too slow


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less use of accents


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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