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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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    Patricia Meggett, SC, United States 09-16-12
    Patricia Meggett, SC, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Reader is great!"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although not as complicated a plot as many books I listen to, it is a funny quick listen.Georgie is a hoot and falls from one pickle into another,some she exticates herself from and some she needs help with The reader Katherine Kellgrin is very good and handles all the differenct characters and accents well.If I were reading it, I would have skimmed through it quickly but for me, the reader made it a better experience worth the time..


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

    Georgie on her knees in a maid's uniform sweeping out a fireplace,trying not to be recognized. Everywhere she goes, she is in danger of being recognized.


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

    Darcy


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

    I almost did. I couldn't sleep but didn't want to get up so I spent much of the night plugged in with Georgie and her world.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definately listen to the other books in the series as a change of pace from heavier listens

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    Kay 09-05-12
    Kay 09-05-12
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    "Fun read"

    I really didn't know what to expect with this book. It turns out that it was a good mystery, good plot, nice descriptions and an overall enjoyable read. The time period and royalty slant made it even more fun. I don't understand why the author chose to have a character with a speech impediment, since it became annoying to me after a while. Or maybe the character was annoying even without the speech problem. :-)
    Well written and it was easy for me to visualize scenes, conversations, characters, etc. That's important for me.
    The narrator was great - handled multiple accents well and consistently.
    Two thumbs up!!

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    Lizzy L. Alexandria, VA 08-26-12
    Lizzy L. Alexandria, VA 08-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling and Incredibly Fun Series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book and the entire series to many of my friends and family. The characters are fabulous and Katherine Kellgren brings each of them to life with a distinct voice- very impressive. The stories are engaging, charming and comedic, and paint a dynamic picture of 1930's aristocratic London. Each book left me wanting more and I was sad to get to book 5 knowing that the next book in the series doesn't come out until November. I'll be counting the days...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie is undeniably endearing and her little foibles make you root for her throughout each of her melees. I really like that she is an imperfect, but strong female lead and that she is the one to initiate the action in the story. That being said, there are so many characters to love. Melinda, as the saucy best friend is great, Georgie's granddad brings in another fun-loving dynamic, and my heart definitely races whenever Darcy O'Mara shows up.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren's performance was one of the best I've heard on Audible, and I've been a member for a long time. She is able to give voice to both male and female characters of varying age and rank and with impressive accents. In my experience, it is very rare that one narrator can manage a cast of characters that encompass such diversity, but Ms. Kellgren truly brought Ms. Bowen's characters, large and small, to life. I'll be seeking out more of her work, and I'm also hoping she might take on Ms. Bowen's other mystery series- The Molly Murphy series.


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

    Being that this is a mystery, I wouldn't want to spoil the read- but I'd say the culmination of Georgie's detective work had me holding my breath.


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    Alice Wisconsin 08-22-12
    Alice Wisconsin 08-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good fun"
    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked this first book in the series enough to continue the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The presentation of the class divisions in Great Britain is interesting. Of course we have class divisions in the U.S., but it is good to remember the way it permeated every aspect of London society and perhaps still does.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know. She was fine.


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

    I was surprised by the ending, which is always a pleasure.


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    melrailey Georgia, United States 08-19-12
    melrailey Georgia, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Fun Cozy Mystery"

    I was sold on these books by the name alone. And it's that kind of humor that just really makes this book. One of those little things that I always enjoy is a good little cozy mystery and this is the definition of a cozy. Georgie is a terrific character. She's fun, hilarious and caring. Plus, she thinks pretty quickly on her toes. Rhys Bowen created terrific side characters in Belinda, Georgie's non-royal grandfather, her mother, and some insignificant little Irishman named Darcy. ;) The series is also set in a wonderful time period. It's a time when women are just starting to stand on their own but there's still enough of the old aristocracy and ways around that they're limited. I can just feel that Georgie is going to end up being one of the trailblazers for women.

    The mystery wasn't too predictable but I did figure out who did it before the reveal in the story. I didn't mind that though because I was having so much fun listening to the story. The narrator Katherine Kellgren was perfect for the book. I don't think I've listened to any of her work before but I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for her in the future.

    Actually, there's a good chance that I'll move straight to book two in the series from here.

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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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    Kindle Customer 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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