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)
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!
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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.
Fabulous engrossing 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].
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.
The book made me laugh many times.
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!
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.
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Yes, I would. I just a real FUN listen and the characters are well developed. I have to say, sometimes all the books in the series are a bit predictable, but as I said, it's not a "deep listen", rather than a fun listen.
I have only read this genre from Rhys Bowen, so cannot really compare.
Great skill, variety of true sounding accents, sometimes she does get a bit to carry away and gets very loud.
Royalty and Mischief
Just get the series. If you are looking for superb English, and deep and meaty books, than this is not the one. But this is a lighthearted, fresh read. Highly recommend it.
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!
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.
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.
She is easy to listen to...
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"!
I'm very much enjoying this series, however, I found that the treatment of death in this one in particular was flippant. Dead body, gasp, tea and brandy anyone? Nonetheless, it was a good installment and I look forward to continuing the series.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
I always love a new Georgiana (34th in line to the crown), adventure. In this addition someone is knocking off or trying to knock off people who are in line for the crown. Georgiana gets herself unwittingly into a little pickle with the the police and in order to save her from soiling her reputation and that of the Royal Family she becomes indented to the police and placed on a secret mission.
Great history of people and machinery are peppered through out and there is always a sweet secret romance for Georgiana and the ever elusive Mr. Darcey. A wonderfully, fun series that always has a good mystery and some good laughs.
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!
"A throughly good listen"
This book would be in my top ten, along with the previous two by this author.
Very similar in style to previous books from this author.
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.
Several times I had a giggle, especially with the haggis hunting!
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?
Really enjoyed this book, light hearted and lough out loud funny in places it's well worth a listen!
"Accidents in the Highlands."
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.
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.
Belinda always stands out as favorite. The way she shouts 'Georgie' when they meet in that posh voice.
Accidents or planned sabotage against the royals?
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