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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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    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!

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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 10-21-14
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Royal Wedding in Transylvania!"

    Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.

    This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 09-05-14
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Funniest so far!"

    Just put Georgiana on a trip to a wedding and the fun breaks loose. There were so many things going on is so many different places that it was a challenge to keep up but so funny! Most of the usual wonderful characters showed up and did their thing and is was just overall a great story with great narration and lots of laughter in between.

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    Tog 08-03-14
    Tog 08-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.

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    "*Sigh* (bored, not wistful) vampires"
    What made the experience of listening to Royal Blood the most enjoyable?

    The voicework of the linguistic robot known to humanity as Katherine Kellgren. She is amazing.


    What other book might you compare Royal Blood to and why?

    Any in the series. Possibly the Phrinie Fisher series, though I've only seen a few episodes of the Australian TV series.


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

    I've listened to her on the entire Royal Spyness series, and she's been solid throughout.


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

    No. I listen as I drive to and from work, so have about 90 minutes per day. That said, this was my least favorite of the series so far, mainly because of the whole vampire angle. I don't get the appeal, and every mention of them made me want to skip ahead.


    Any additional comments?

    This features the introduction of Queenie, Georgie's hapless maid. While she's fine in this, the character is getting tiresome in the later books,

    This one is less of a mystery than the others, in that I don't recall a clear trail of clues leading to the culpret.

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    reader 07-17-14
    reader 07-17-14
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    "Suspenseful, but still cozy!"
    Would you listen to Royal Blood again? Why?

    Yes, because the characters are interesting and the plot keeps my attention. I look forward immensely to the next opportunity I have to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Royal Blood?

    When the Princess explains to her fiancé why she had agreed to marry him.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She really makes the characters come alive with her reading. It is hard to imagine how she can make them all sound so distinct--and the voices she uses are all exactly right for the pictures I have in my mind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made chuckle and smile rather than laugh uproariously, but that is just what I was looking for.


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    Adam Shields 06-10-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Georgie goes to a wedding in Transylvania."

    I am a big fan of fluff reading. Some turn the noses up at the idea of a book that does not fully engage the mind or bring up deep ideas. I am certainly not opposed to big idea books. But you just can’t only read big idea books, or you are distorting part of the purpose of reading.

    Her Royal Spyness series is a light cozy mystery series. They are set in the early 1930s with Georgie (the 34th in line to the throne) as the main character. Her family is broke and she is trying to make it on her own. But she keeps stumbling into (or being pushed by the Queen) into situations where she has to use her head to solve the mystery.

    Royal Blood is the fourth book in the series. And Georgie is starting to find her place as a detective. Her would be boyfriend Darcy, (if they can ever get together), is clearly some sort spy/secret service agent. There have been a number of hints, but it has not completely come out yet. So he is good muscle and and a stabilizing force, but it is mostly Georgie that is solving the mysteries.

    This is a cozy mystery, so I don’t expect any hard hitting crime drama. But I think the books are better when Georgie is actually taking charge and investigating instead of just falling into situations. At times Georgie’s lack of confidence and ‘woe is me’ attitude is over played. She is a royal, she has been trained in all of the social niceties and she has been providing for herself for the past year now. So some of the little girl issues need to start dropping away.

    Darcy and Georgie do not end up together at the end of this book (but there is a better footing than the previous book.) At some point the romance will be dragged out too long, but right now it is fine.

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    Ms. Patty 05-13-14
    Ms. Patty 05-13-14
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    "A romp in Transylvania"
    What made the experience of listening to Royal Blood the most enjoyable?

    I love Georgie, can't get enough of her approach to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot flowed well, always a new event or clue around the corner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Queenie in the dungeon.


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

    In a way it was, but I also wanted to savor it and look forward to my next morning's walk.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pleasant series. I space out my listens to each book, but look forward to escaping into Georgie's world.

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    cynthia FORT WORTH, TX, United States 04-05-14
    cynthia FORT WORTH, TX, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "You need to try this series!"

    I love mysteries but I'm usually not a fan of what I consider "cosy mysteries". Often the characters in these stories can be caricatures of stereotypes and seem silly. The Royal Spyness series avoids this by setting the series in an interesting historical period, and uses humor to make the more extreme characters an interesting part of the story. I am listening to the series in order and I enjoy it more with each new listen. My greatest praise goes to the narrator, Katherine Kellgren. I don't think I would enjoy the books half as much if I was just reading from the page. Ms. Kellgren gives a true virtuoso performance. Please don't ever try a new narrator for this series! She has such a distinctive voice for each character that you get swept up into this world. Yes, these are light mysteries, but extremely entertaining. If you love anything BBC set back
    in time then this is the series for you.

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    Barbara 03-14-14
    Barbara 03-14-14
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    "A fun lighthearted view of the 1930's."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Royal Blood to be better than the print version?

    I have never seen the print version but I enjoyed listening to this book a great deal.


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    Simone 02-12-14
    Simone 02-12-14 Member Since 2006

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    "A Breath of Fresh Air!"

    This series is like desert; a little treat!

    It’s light, amusing, witty, makes me laugh out loud, and provides a welcomed bit of fluffy escapism whenever I pick up an installment.

    The narrator is beyond excellent; pitch perfect!

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    "A British Janet Evanovich"

    The strength of these books are the humourous characters. Much in the line of Janet Evanovich the actually mystery is second to the funny carryings on of Georgie and her various relatives and "staff". If you were to read a synopsis of this particular book without knowing the others you would think it ridiculous, but Rhys Bowen is very good at making the ridiculous fully believable, and utterly entertaining!

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