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.
"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)
I would listen to Her Royal Spyness again because I found it very entertaining and funny. I would probably hear new things I missed the first time. Plus, in my opinion, it would be a book listening to again.
I thought the funny parts were Georgie's clumsiness and her lack of ability to clean and care for her needs.
At the beginning of the book I was beginning to wonder if I was going to enjoy listening to Katherine Kellgren's narration, but the more I listened the better I enjoyed her. I can't think of anyone better that could do the book justice. I would look for other books by her.
This book made me laugh! I also found myself telling my husband bits of it, which I never do.
I loved the characters and how the narrator portrayed them. I loved Belinda and Georgie's grandpa. I have just bought the rest of the books in the series.
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Her normal accent is quite reminiscent of Lady Mary of Downton Abbey. Which is, I suppose, to say it is quite upper crust--the haute ton, etc.
The mystery was no mystery, except I do admit to being surprised by one twist. I rather think I would have enjoyed it more as a quick read, but it was interesting to hear "the voices," so I may be wrong about that. Other reviews I read (on the audible.com website) said how funny they found the book. It didn't make me laugh aloud. On the other hand, were it billed as a YA book, I would have given it a higher rating.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I first listened to the sample because the plot sounded good. I bought it because the narrator was excellent! I was not disappointed.
What do you do if you are a ROYAL but penniless? Your royal father is dead but your mother, a beautiful often married non-royal. Your maternal grandfather is an ex-bobbie. Your half brother is a ROYAL married to penny pincher who has little love for you.
Why you go off to London to the "family" house. With no money, no servants can be hired to lay fires or turn on the boiler for heating the water for the bath. Thank God for the grandfather who can teach!
Ok, lodging in hand and house tidied (by your hand). Next item is MONEY. You can't hire yourself out as a maid...what would the queen say! Besides, you don't really know how to do the job. But having open the family town house, you could do that and none would be the wiser...hopefully.
When dressed as a maid, you enter empty homes, get things readied and leave. If someone enters unexpected, no one notices you if you keep your head down, do your work and get out.
This is how it starts.
There is the Queen who wants our heroine to do her a favor and spy on Cousin Dave and "that woman".
There is a ROYAL the family things would be a "good match" (doubtful).
Brother comes to town.
Strange things start to happen. Is she just more clumsy than normal or is someone trying to kill her?
A dead body is found in the bathtub.
Brother leaves town.
Who is the dead man? Why was he killed? Who did it? (Can't blame it on the butler, there is none.) Did Brother do it? Surely not!
There is still house party to go to to meet her potential husband, to watch Cousin David and Mrs. Simpson, while pondering who the murderer is as all suspects will be in attendance. All this will make it hard to enjoy the perks of being a royal when she is not only trying to ferret out a killer but avoid being the next victim!
I enjoy the protagonist, who is an independent woman ahead of her time. I also love her grandfather.
The heroine learning to care for herself against obstacles, familial and sinister.
She is very good, brings distinction to each character. I can see each character in my imagination.
The narrator was very entertaining. She did a great job with the voice of all of the characters.. The story moved right along so it was hard to stop listening.
This was the first book by Katherine Kellgren that I have read. I will definitely listen to more. The story was light and fast paced. Great entertainment.
Better material to work with.
No, just this one.
Again, poor matereial to work with.
Way too long an intro till she gets to London.
I lost interest very early on with the characters.
I haven't read the print version. I might not but to listen while driving, it is light and fun.
Nothing too serious or dark
With humor and some wit, the author introduces us to the character and characters of the royal family.
I am interested to see if the characters distaste for anyone outside 'the peerage' and americans especially, is just the characters view or if that distain is the authors opinion.
Well performed. I will definitely try at least one more book in the series.
Another pro: while the author skates on the edges of the main characters moral degradation, so far it's nice to 'read' a book where the main character has not chucked all sense of decency for the 'modern' world.
This is the first book I've read by this author. It was a entertaining but yet a solid mystery. Listen closely......Some of the heroines narrative was especially humorous as her antics solve the mystery. Its worth the buy!
Bloody well awesome!
I loved them all. She had such a wonderful accent for each character and it was very easy to tell who was who. She gave each character such personality; it was like you were right there as part of the story.
I happened upon this book and absolutely love this story. The story line keeps you coming back for more. I had a hard time turning this off.
"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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