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.
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"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)
Great series, this time set in deepest darkest Scotland near Balmoral. I love Georgiana, trying to make her way in the world in the midst of the Depression--despite the fact that the only useful skill she has ever been taught is where to seat a bishop at dinner, and her family's only expectation is that she make a good match, even if it means marrying "Fish Face". I loved the scene of her misadventure in advertising! And I can totally relate to her klutz instinct. Nonetheless, she never gives up, no matter how deranged the murderer! The narration by Katherine Kellgren is excellent and really brings the story to life. I'm truly in awe of her ability to slip from the Queen's English to Scottish brogue to Midlands flat to Cockney rhyming slang to Irish rogue to American nasal all so brilliantly and with such ease. Lots of fun!
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Fluffy, fun, frivolous
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.
Georgiana herself, star of her own life, and also Belinda - love that breathy little voice.
No extremes...good listening for when you don't want to be challenged or intrigued too deeply.
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!
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.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I quite enjoyed the first book, a little less the second and this, the third a lot less. Perhaps my problem is that I read them too close together... but it felt like sentences were copied and pasted from book to book. I like a fluffy, fun, "brain in neutral" read from time to time... but I felt like I had gone around the same block twice already, and I really couldn't suspend my disbelief for a lot of the new material. I like Georgie, the format of the book and I utterly love the narrator. However, it will take a while or a really good sell for me to pick up number four.
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.
At the top!
Yes, many turns and twists!
No, but I was delighted with the voices and accents of the various characters! Kellgren does an exceptional job and will keep you listening!
Light, enjoyable and charming.
The Royal Flush books are a nice addition to the cozy mystery genre
Yes, in the first Royal Flush - it was just as good this time around
No extreme reaction - I just enjoyed 8 hours of escape in to a vanished world :)
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!
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.
Favorite authors: Donna Gabaldon, Dorothy Dunnet, Anya Seton, Daphne Du Maurier, CS Forester,Alastair Mclean, Irving Stone, MM Kaye, L'amour
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.
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