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)
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..
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.
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.
I will definately listen to the other books in the series as a change of pace from heavier listens
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!!
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...
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.
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.
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.
I liked this first book in the series enough to continue the series.
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.
I don't know. She was fine.
I was surprised by the ending, which is always a pleasure.
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.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
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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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.
Very entertaining and well written. Ended a little abruptly but still an enjoyable story and characters with a little mystery too.
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.
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!
I loved the cheerful, engaging story and all the characters - mostly fictional people with some historical figures mixed in.
The main character, Lady Georgiana, is charming - plucky but prone to mishaps.
I love this narrator! She sounds a lot like Julie Andrews, and does a great job voicing the characters quite distinctively.
I'm buying more books in this series!
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