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.
"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)
This book was light and fun. It was the perfect thing to listen to in the car after a long day at work. It made me laugh and always put me in a good mood. The mystery took a while to develop but, by the last couple of chapters, I had theories on who had done it and why and was eager to get to the end to see if I was correct.
I like shelling out the $$ for an enjoyable, feel-good listen when I'm on the road. I don't want to think about it but I want it well-written and well-performed. Delighted, as always.
Cozy Mystery Addict!
The 1930's, the political landscape, the communists, the class conflict, fashion, royal family...this book is chock full of fun insights and info all whilst reading a great murder mystery.
YES! I'm listening to it for the 3rd or 4th time now.
Ms Kellgren needs to work on her scottish brogue: all her Celtic characters sound like they come for County Cork. Other than that (which I found irritating), the book moves along very well. Listening to this series is fundamental fun!
Melinda, such a party girl !
I could listen on one sitting but can't sit that long.
Audible version is much more lively than reading it yourself. But the printed version is still very enjoyable.
After reading the first in the series, I wanted to read them all. And after the second one, they became predictable, but still enjoyable.
If you want a book that has a pleasant resolution, this is one of them. I enjoyed this book and the series so much that I am now becoming involved the author's other series.
Rhys writes an utterly entertaining story with a great blend of humor, history, romance and mystery! I think Katherine Kellgren is one of THE best narrators. Her voice is pleasing to the ear and she has the voice actors ability to take on a dozen different voices and accents. Do start with the first in this series.
I'm still loving this series. They're such fun and cute cozy mysteries. Bowen has done a wonderful job of growing the characters through each book and building on the relationships. Of course, I wish the relationship between Georgie and Darcy would move just wee bit faster :) Kellgren also does an excellent job on the narration.
I can't say the book is "bad", just pretty poorly written in my opinion. I'm assuming it's part of series because it refers back to things not in this book that apparently a reader should already know.
The main gist of the story makes little sense. Why would someone ask the main character to become involved? And the main character is told not to tell her role to anyone yet she seems to broadcast it to just about everyone.
A bit entertaining but certainly not much literary value.
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