We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.
Regular Price:$21.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, 34th in line for the throne - and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress.

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea.

To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorced houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission - namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.

©2009 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Katherine Kellgren is completely winning as guileless, gullible, plucky Georgie. With the castle overrun by visitors - including the notorious American Mrs. Wallis Simpson; her paramour, the Prince of Wales; and an assortment of gentry and staff - Kellgren shifts accents and attitudes with ease. Phryne Fisher fans will love Kellgren’s Lady Georgiana." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1961 )
5 star
 (980)
4 star
 (752)
3 star
 (197)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
4.3 (1673 )
5 star
 (787)
4 star
 (639)
3 star
 (212)
2 star
 (26)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.6 (1698 )
5 star
 (1203)
4 star
 (393)
3 star
 (86)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (6)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 01-17-11
    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 01-17-11 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    332
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    45
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    123
    0
    Overall
    "The joy continues!"

    The Royal Spyness series is, in my opinion, Rhys Bowen's best effort so far and Royal Flush is definitely a worthy addition to the series. Katherine Kellgren is marvelous and becomes the characters. I enjoyed this series to the max . If you haven't heard them, definitely start with the first one in the series and continue on through them all - you won't regret it!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A Worcester, MA, United States 12-16-11
    A Worcester, MA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    215
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    175
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cute series"

    The description of this book is just so misleading. Her Royal Spyness is a fun series of light mystery stories that take place in late 1930's England. The royal storyline mentioned in the description is tangential to the main plot. Accidents are happening, people are getting killed and it's Her Royal Spyness Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, who figures it all out and helps to capture the bad guy.

    If you want a lighthearted, easy listen, try this series.





    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charles Santa Fe, NM, United States 09-20-11
    Charles Santa Fe, NM, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    79
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best of the Early Spyness Novels"
    If you could sum up Royal Flush in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous engrossing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were brilliantly done, the humor was superb and the narrator suited the story perfectly. The plot was superior to the plots in the two earlier books; the villain was far less obvious and there were more twists to the plot. There is one minor error in the book but it is not annoying or major [a character is said to be Brazilian but has a Spanish name and speaks in Spanish].


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the Americans at Castle Rannoch often made me laugh out loud. The action scenes were excellent, too. The author writes details very convincingly, making it easy to create a mental picture of what she describes.


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

    The book made me laugh many times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an extremely funny book that definitely takes the reader away from the world and into the author's world. The narrator is brilliant with the ability to give each character the absolutely perfect voice. If you want a cheap vacation, listen to this book!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 03-31-12
    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2010

    60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    154
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Royally Good Time"

    I have purchased and listened to all Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness books. The narrator is marvelous, with a command of a wide range of accents. The setting is well-illustrated, the writing hilarious and thrilling by turns. I strongly recommend this series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Sterling, VA, United States 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer Sterling, VA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Continues the "Royal Spyness" storyline"

    This is fun, entertaining listening. The humorous portrayal of the English aristocracy, with a nod to real historical figures, was enjoyable, and the performance is flawless. But I don't know how long I'll be be able to sustain interest in the ever-thwarted romance between Georgie and Darcy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 04-19-14
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 04-19-14 Member Since 2013

    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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    391
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    175
    174
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    27
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Darcy to the rescue!"

    STORY (light historical mystery) - Royal Flush is Book 3 in the Royal Spyness series, which is set in Europe back in the 1930's. This particular book involves a series of mysterious attempts at murdering members of the Royal Family. As always in this series, there's a complicated mystery, action, romance and tons of fun! I'm very hard to please when it comes to humorous fiction and usually think it's just cozy fluff, but not this series. You will need to pay attention to try to figure out whodunnit, and you will be pleasantly surprised to see how it ends.

    What I love best about this series is the slowly budding romance between the main character, Georgianna, and the mysterious Darcy O'Mara. (Is he a spy? If so, who does he spy for?) They flirt and progress just a little bit in each book, and he always shows up to rescue her when she gets into dangerous situations. There's one scene between them at the end which was so adorable it had me smiling as I was driving. I'm sure people wondered what was on my mind!

    PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren is amazing. She does so many accents and voices -- a true artist. The voice she gives promiscuous Belinda is an absolute hoot.

    OVERALL (actual rating 4.5) - The mysteries in this series begin and end in the same book so they can stand alone, but you should listen in order to follow the romance and character development. I don't think there's any cursing or sex, although there are references to sexual attraction and loose lifestyles. I wouldn't really recommend this for men because of Georgie's girlish antics, but highly recommended for women!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Calliope Toronto, ON, Canada 04-18-13
    Calliope Toronto, ON, Canada 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    118
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    104
    103
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not as good as the first ones"

    I still love the character and the narration, but the aviation parts (and character) were reaching, I thought. I hope the next in the series is better, or I'll probably stop - which would be a shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan San Jose, US, Canada 09-07-12
    Susan San Jose, US, Canada 09-07-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great light entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Royal Flush the most enjoyable?

    It moves along at a good pace, was interesting but didn't require that I hear every word. There are some humorous moments as well.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is easy to listen to...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for a car trip where you need to pay attention to the road first and the book second. It isn't so complex that you get lost in the plot but it is fun and moves along. I have listened to several in this series and they are just "fun"!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Solange Kamloops, BC, Canada 06-13-12
    Solange Kamloops, BC, Canada 06-13-12 Member Since 2007

    Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Light but still entertaining"
    If you could sum up Royal Flush in three words, what would they be?

    Fluffy, fun, frivolous


    If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

    I have enjoyed the whole series except the Queenie character (maid). Really, the woman is as stupid as a ton of bricks and so Georgiana must be too, to keep her.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgiana herself, star of her own life, and also Belinda - love that breathy little voice.


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

    No extremes...good listening for when you don't want to be challenged or intrigued too deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this kind of book in between longer, darker or deeper historical and crime novels. It's a great balance! I have to admit that I have fallen asleep to most of these books, but because I intended to, not because they were boring!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    03-26-12
    03-26-12 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Delightful Mystery with a twist!"
    Where does Royal Flush rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


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

    Yes, many turns and twists!


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

    No, but I was delighted with the voices and accents of the various characters! Kellgren does an exceptional job and will keep you listening!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 75 results PREVIOUS128NEXT
Sort by:
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    7/7/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A throughly good listen"
    Where does Royal Flush rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book would be in my top ten, along with the previous two by this author.


    What other book might you compare Royal Flush to, and why?

    Very similar in style to previous books from this author.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Love the different accents she comes up with, very easy to put a face to the accent. She is almost (but not quite) in the same league as Ian Carmichael. Coming from me that is high praise indeed.


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

    Several times I had a giggle, especially with the haggis hunting!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third in the series, and is every bit as good as the first two. I actually bought three extra credits so I could buy more. Looking forward to listening to those, by which time my regular credits should be due. I will be spending those on the remaining two books in the series. Then what am I going to do?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. F. Hartshorn
    Leicester, UK
    4/14/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Accidents in the Highlands."
    Would you listen to Royal Flush again? Why?

    I shall leave it a month or two and then listen again. This series is so easy to listen to and is great in the background for trips to see my grandchildren who are about 4 hours away by car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fiction but with a hint of possible truth in the storyline. Wallis Simpson and the future King and other scandals in royal circles.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favourite?

    Belinda always stands out as favorite. The way she shouts 'Georgie' when they meet in that posh voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Accidents or planned sabotage against the royals?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.