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.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
This series is just fun. An innocent, naive, smart debutante who can get herself into some weird predicaments mostly because of the Queen...who can say no to the Queen? It's a touching series with romance and mystery. It's an enjoyable listen that keeps me driving way out of my way so I don't have to turn it off. In this one, Lady Georgiana finds herself in a Transylvanian castle for the wedding of her good friend, the Princess of Romania (who she almost doesn't remember) from her days at boarding school. Tagging along is her newly hired inept Lady's Maid, Queeny and best friend, Belinda. It just so happens that the handsome and love interest in her life, Darcy O'Mara is at the same wedding. Of course, someone is murdered and she and Darcy try to figure it out without becoming victims themselves either from vampires or human hands. I think Katherine Kellgren does a good job with the voices.
It's a fun and light mystery series made wonderful by a gifted narrator. I have loved each one so far.
These mysteries are not for everyone, but if you like the cozy mystery genre, the Royal Spyness series is quite entertaining. Royal Blood advanced the series quite well, adding a fun character, Queenie, Lady Georgiana's new and bumbling maid, to the story and moving Georgiana's relationship with the ever-mysterious but romantic Darcy O'Meara along.
Royal Blood has just enough cleverness to keep the story moving, and the political intrique even led me to look up the complicated history of the Balkan states between the great wars.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, makes listening to these books such a pleasure, too, and unlike the last book, I didn't figure out the mystery right away, so I kept on listening eagerly. Kellgren is a major reason to listen to these instead of reading -- she is delightful.
Yes, they're a little silly. Yes, the characters are unlikely and the predicaments are often unbelievable, but Rhys Bowen does a good job setting up a world of Depression-era British royalty where a lot of people --including the royals -- are down on their luck, and Georgianna is a plucky, independent heroine. Sure, they may be empty calories, but indulging now and then won't hurt anyone and can be delicious!
I loved the characters... I least liked the Vampires
AMAZING! Best Narrator!
I love the Royal Spyness books but this was my least favorite of them!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
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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