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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.
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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)

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    Solange 06-13-12
    Solange 06-13-12

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

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    "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
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    Kathleen Rogers Massachusetts 04-18-12
    Kathleen Rogers Massachusetts 04-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Cute, but not completely ridiculous"

    Low level royal takes on investigations, back in the day (1930's). Amusing writing, decent plots, and the requisite romance. Light and entertaining.

    Kellgren's narration is a plus--she is vocally nimble and it really elevated the material.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-26-12
    Nancy 03-26-12
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    "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
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    Kay 03-26-12
    Kay 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Spiffing!"
    If you could sum up Royal Flush in three words, what would they be?

    Light, enjoyable and charming.


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

    The Royal Flush books are a nice addition to the cozy mystery genre


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

    Yes, in the first Royal Flush - it was just as good this time around


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

    No extreme reaction - I just enjoyed 8 hours of escape in to a vanished world :)


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Manassas, VA, United States 03-26-12
    Shannon Manassas, VA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and quirky..."
    Any additional comments?

    I love non-gruesome murder/mystery novels so I had fun with this one. It's a cute story with endearing characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Yarrow, British Columbia, Canada 01-18-12
    Karen Yarrow, British Columbia, Canada 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another winner"

    I have enjoyed this series very much and this installment is right up there with the rest of them.
    Georgie is priceless as is the cast of characters that follow her around. The narrator Katherine Kellgren absolutely makes this book, have to give 50/50 credit to both her and the author. Between the two of them, this is a super winning series and I cannot wait to move onto the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Long Beach, CA, United States 12-04-11
    Stephanie Long Beach, CA, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2010

    Favorite authors: Donna Gabaldon, Dorothy Dunnet, Anya Seton, Daphne Du Maurier, CS Forester,Alastair Mclean, Irving Stone, MM Kaye, L'amour

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    "great entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to all my gal pals. Very entertaining and Katherine Kellgren gets the acents down perfectly. This is the type of book that i would prefer listening to as the reader sets the tone and makes you laugh and feel you are there.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 11-30-11
    Catherine 11-30-11
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    "Always a Fun Read with a Great Narrator"

    I enjoy not only the characters and the story but the glimpse into the time and place in history. A gifted reader makes it even better.

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    Ursula 11-22-11
    Ursula 11-22-11
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    "Love this series of books"

    If you enjoy a historically based novel, have a background knowledge of the English royal family, enjoy a strong female character, like mysteries, & enjoy twisted humour - then you will love this series. There is a bit of romance, but it doesn't overshadow the storyline. The reader does a great job depicting the cast of characters. Would love to hear more by this author.

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    Mary Courtney 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Royal Spyness"
    Where does Royal Flush rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can't really rank Royal Flush...I've listened to way too many. But, the Royal Spyness series is great fun. The books are all light-hearted murder mysteries with fun characters. There is just enough twist in the plots to keep the reader guessing about Who Done It!


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

    Katherine Kellgren's voice is wonderful to listen to. She varies her characters that the reader recognizes each one early into the books. A great narrator!!!


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

    I laughed at all of these books! They are easy listening and great fun.


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