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Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.
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Publisher's Summary

The Royal Spyness series continues with an all-new mystery of "the British monarchy...a wedding in Transylvania...[and] wonderful characters." (#1 New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris).

Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned. Now it's up to Georgie to save the nuptial festivities before the couple's vows become: to love and to cherish, till undeath do them part.

©2010 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Katalin 04-12-15
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    "One of my favorites of the series"

    This book is one of my favorite books in the Royal Spyness series. There is a lot of adventure & some new characters, but the best part is all the narration of the different foreign visitors. Great cozy listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 12-09-14
    AudioAddict 12-09-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Royal fun in Transylvania"

    STORY (mystery) - I usually find humorous mysteries stupid and totally lacking any entertainment value, but I love this series and this book. The main character, Georgiana, who is a distant relative of the English Queen, travels to a castle in Transylvania to be a bridesmaid for a dear friend. She takes with her Queenie, her bumbling Cockney maid. When she arrives at the castle, she finds that her promiscuous best friend, Belinda, has finagled her way onto the guest list, as has Georgiana's mysterious romantic interest, Darcy O'Mara.

    Things become creepy as the characters get near the castle. They hear wolves howl, and peasant villagers stare at their coach and cross themselves. Upon arrival at the castle, they meet Count Dragomere, a mysterious Romanian servant. Georgie thinks she sees someone wearing a black cape climbing up the castle wall late at night, and she is later visited by a dark stranger standing over her bed. She doesn't believe in vampires, but the hints are hard to ignore. Then there's a murder and a suspicious death. I won't give anything away, but Georgie and company set out to solve the mystery, and there's lots of royal fun along the way.

    PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren must be heard to be believed. She's my favorite female narrator, hands down. She gives the pompous royal characters a humorous twist and performs great foreign accents. The voice of promiscuous Belinda is a hoot, as well as her portrayal of the Cockney maid Queenie. Listen!

    OVERALL - This is Book 4 of the series and the mystery in each book stands alone, though there is character development that runs throughout the series. It is light and humorous, even though there's a murder and some mild promiscuity. I would recommend this book for girls/women high school age and above. You'll thoroughly enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 01-01-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "So far my favorite from the series"

    This is such a FUN listen series, you have got to get it if you are in the mood to kick back and listen to some awesome, talented voice talents and some mystery, mixed with humor, love, suspense and well british humor. GET the series, you won't regret it. This is one is far my favorite, due to very colorful characters and the the talent of the narrator. You will laugh out loud and identify with the characters!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toulon Belle Prescott, AZ, United States 07-25-15
    Toulon Belle Prescott, AZ, United States 07-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I would pay to have "Queenie" removed from series"

    Queenie--Lady Georgie's so called maid is the Most Annoying character in any book I have listened to. Her character adds nothing to the series and I find myself fast forwarding thru her parts. Nobody would put up with such an incompetent servant. Normally a character who is portrayed as "flawed" has some redeeming qualities--unfortunately this one has none.

    This book and all of the future books would be greatly enhanced with the removal of this Odious, Incompetent and Annoying creature!

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    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 07-23-15
    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Absolute joy!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Every one of the books in this series is terrific! They are very funny and have a great mystery. These books provide you with hours of true joy! Check out the whole series!


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    Michael 07-05-15
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    The narration was entertaining and added to the atmosphere. These should be read in order for better understanding of references.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-07-15
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Vampires...?"

    As always, I enjoyed another great Georgiana adventure. In this edition she is to represent the Royal family by attending a wedding of the Prince of Transylvania, at a family castle in Transylvania. Hilarity ensues when she is, at the last minute, indentured with a maid who is anything but cultured or proficient. Upon her arrival, after a long journey fraught with strange events, she is to find out that her presence there may not be by chance or simple representation. A fun romp with some of the reoccurring characters, in a spooky old castle, cut off from civilization. Imaginations are heightened and running rampant, after the death of one of the guests, that may or may not have been murder. Katherine Kellgren does a fantastic job as Georgiana and takes all the characters on an exciting ride.

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    Voracious Reader NY 04-29-15
    Voracious Reader NY 04-29-15 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "Guess Who Crashes Royal Wedding in Transylvania?"
    What did you love best about Royal Blood?

    Georgie doesn't wait to be rescued. She rescues herself -- very impressively when trapped in the oubliette. I admire her intelligence and unflappable calm. I expected her to unload a lot more concerns on Darcy when he appeared, but in retrospect she told him just the right amount. She is in rare form solving this mystery, recalling details and inferring their significance. She's my hero.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her independence in rescuing herself. Her bravery in standing up to Patrascue when he tried to intimidate her with the threat of prison. Her awkward dilemma in getting engaged to Siegfried.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. I love all the voices, especially Darcy's. Great accent. My only complaint was for a couple characters she dropped the level of her voice - Patrascue & Dragomir - and I had to keep adjusting my volume to hear them and then suddenly be jolted by a very loud Georgie or Queenie.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who will come to a wedding in Transylvania?


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best that I've read so far in the series .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. K. Tennessee 04-11-15
    L. K. Tennessee 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful "Wodehousian" Whodunnit"

    Rhys Bowen channels P. G. Wodehouse and Bram Stoker in a marvelous screwball mystery that still has me laughing. Even the brief book description accompanying this audiobook had me smiling. Great idea for an entry in the series and Bowen delivers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 03-22-15
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much of the Masked Ball duplicated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this to a friend if they read the Masked Ball at Broxley Manor. Too much is duplicated.

    If they hadn't read the other, than I might recommend this one


    What was most disappointing about Rhys Bowen’s story?

    This story felt rushed and she seemed to be pushing the characters to do things. I does not flow as well as her other books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Katherine is fine and I have grown to expect her for Georgie. But not Katherine's best work either.


    Do you think Royal Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this book, needs to be left alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Not one of Mrs Bowen's best. But I still love the characters and want to see what happens to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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