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.
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"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)
Spunky heroine and the historical setting. She did not wait for someone else to solve her problems.
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.
When the two men came into the house she was working in and her efforts to remain unnoticed.
With a delightful heroine, well paced plot, believable characters and strong reader, there is nothing to dislike about this book. Good fun.
This book was delightful. It held my interest and was very funny. I loved it. I'm ready for another one by Rhys Bowen.
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.
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.
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
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.
The protagonist and her best friend
Her stiff upper lip, can-do attitude when meeting with the Queen as well as her relationship to her grandfather
This is a great book to listen to in the car or, my favorite when working in the garden.
I am able to listen to the book and play a game on my computer at the same time.
Gorgie because she seems more real.
When Georgi falls off the runway during the fashion show.
Cute, Funny, Surprise-less
Bertie, Georgianna's brother has the most amazing sense of entitlement I have ever seen. It's alternately hilarious and aggravating.
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.
Lots of class, not much cash - learning to live as a pauper royal.
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.
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
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.
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.
There were several
I am now a confirmed addict of Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren
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