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)
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.
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.
Georgiana was, by far, my favorite. Belinda got all the best lines though!
More intrigue than you can shake a feather duster at!
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren. Her voices, for the various, characters were wonderful. And the characters, themselves, were terrific.
That it was a fun, easy listen on a long drive. Clever enough to keep my attention. Very funny at times.
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.
I haven't a clue. That's not my tag line......I really haven't a clue!
I'm already on the second book. This series should keep me happy on the road for quite some time.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Georgie's grandfather, the living one.
I do a lot of driving and this series has kept me entertained nicely.
Maybe for a break. If I want something light hearted and a story that is easy to follow while being distracted.
The snarky descriptions of the sister-in-law were funny.
Cute and silly story, well read.
Totally addicted to Audible.
Just a simple, lighthearted mystery with a great sense of humor. Exactly what I love about Audible sales! Hard not to like.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Entertaining. Wholesome. Engaging.
All of them. Love Darcy.
She seems that she was born to it, but I think she thinks all American women are mannish - whatev - she's still quite entertaining.
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!
Been a Bowen fan for decades. I wish all of her books were on Audible.
"Body found in Dukes bath!!!"
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.
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.
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.
Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.
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.
Very high, certainly one of my favourites.
Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.
Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.
Yes, but one does have to sleep!
I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.
"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.
A very enjoyable books. Light entertaining and quite jolly.
Definitely. I really enjoyed this one
Her scenes with HRM. The characterization was very funny.
I actually finished it in about 2 days. More's the pity!
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!
"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.
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.
I lost interest before getting to anything interesting. The pace of the book was too slow
Less use of accents
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