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Royal Blood Audiobook
Royal Blood
Written by: 
Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: 
Katherine Kellgren
Royal Blood Audiobook

Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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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.

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    Debbie M. 09-18-13
    Debbie M. 09-18-13
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    "Another fun listen, but an A- read and a B+ story"
    Any additional comments?

    This series is perfect light entertainment! It's the only one where I've immediately downloaded the next book in the series rather than alternating with other genres or, heaven forbid, a more "literary" book. I've rated all of them 5-stars except this one for several reasons --

    1) In several places, Katherine Kellgren makes Georgie sound like Belinda ... for the first time in the series, which only serves to accentuate how good she normally is at breathing different personalities into each character.

    2) I lost some respect for Georgie, who is such an independent and grounded young woman, when she starts to seriously consider the existence of vampires and werewolves.

    3) Why would such a no-nonsense young woman as Georgie suffer as incompetent a maid as Queenie, no matter what her other character strengths? Not very believable, but I'll read on to see what Rhys Bowen plans for Queenie.

    Despite these compalints, I highly recommend the entire series! (BTW, I find listening at 1.25x via the Audible app to be perfect.)

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    Julie G. Jones 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely light mystery."

    I love the Royal Spyness series. Hearing how "the other half" lived in that period is good fun and I enjoy trying to figure out "who dunnit". Overall an enjoyable series and Katheryn Kellgren is an excellent narrator. Her voice characterizations alone make the books worth listening to.

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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
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    "Adore this series!"

    It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.

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    Melissa 07-25-13
    Melissa 07-25-13
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    "Read one of these books, read them all"

    These books have too many recurring things through out all of the series. Starting to get old.

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    Joie California 06-30-13
    Joie California 06-30-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Love the Series"

    Good, clean fun. The conflicts created by the lack of money and royal protocol create a lot of interest especially for this American. There is just enough actual historical circumstances and characters to make the plot seem believable and the author has a great sense of humor. Very enjoyable.

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    Leigh Billingsley California 06-29-13
    Leigh Billingsley California 06-29-13 Member Since 2016

    Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"

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    "Another dynamic pairing!"

    The Royal Spyness Mystery series by Rhys Bowen is wonderful -- very fun set of stories. Katherine Kellgren is a very enjoyable narrator and easy to listen to. I wish there were more in the series -- can't wait to find out what happens next!

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    Sondra Bellaire, TX, United States 05-13-13
    Sondra Bellaire, TX, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this series!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I am not sure edge of the seat is the right description, but I want to see how Georgie is going to handle herself in each book.


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

    I have not listened to Katherine Kellgren before, but she does an excellent job in this series. She has a different voice for each character. I would have no trouble knowing which character if speaking if they were not identified.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I am on the next to the last in this series. I love all things British and this series just feeds that love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shmck28 05-10-13
    shmck28 05-10-13
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    "Love the Gothic Castle!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Darcy O'Mara in all of "Her Royal Spyness" mysteries.


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

    Katherine Kellgren does a superb job of narrating! One is always able to tell the difference between two characters who are having a conversation when Kellgren narrates. She is able to consistently give different accents and intonations to all the characters throughout the entire book. You are never left guessing as to who just said what to whom.


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    Calliope 05-10-13
    Calliope 05-10-13
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    "The fun is back! Terrific listen"

    I was worried because the last installment in the series didn't live up to the good fun I'd experienced with the first and (to a lesser extent) the second book, but this one redeemed the series and author in my mind. What really sets these books apart is the fun and sense of humour, and there's no shortage of that in this story of murder in an isolated castle in Transylvania. Yes, it's still a murder mystery, but with novice maids, aristocratic bed-hopping, and imaginings of vampires, it's so much more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 04-26-13
    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Welll narrated book without much substance"
    What did you like best about Royal Blood? What did you like least?

    This book had very well drawn characters and an excellent narrator. It was somewhat like a radio play, but performed by one reader. I cannot say enough about how well Katherine Kellgren performed on this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    No, although she creates colorful characters, I prefer other genres.


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

    She's excellent. She was able to deliver the goods -- she understood these colorful and cooky characters and was able to impart their idiosyncrasies to the audience


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

    For me, no, but I am sure she has fans. I can see a Masterpiece Theater production of this book, but it is not for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is fine, it is just not what I was looking for. However, it was well done and well written. I like a "thicker" plot in my mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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