This is the first novel in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series and it is a jewel. Katherine Kellgren brings the characters to life and will have you la..Show More »ughing out loud. Not that there isn't suspense in plenty and some romantic interest as well. Audible has all of this series on the site now and if you haven't heard them, you are in for a major treat!
If you haven't sampled this series, do yourself a favor. Start with the first and listen to them all. They are a wonderful mixture of humor, suspens..Show More »e and a bit of romance on the side. You will fall in love with the main characters as portrayed by the incomparable Katherine Kellgren.
I love this series and this book is very good but I took one star off because there is some very cliche vampire stuff. Not a huge part of the book but..Show More » enough to be just a little distracting. In general though, I love Lady Georgie. There is just enough scene setting to establish a very charming version of Europe in the late 30's and each character is distinct and interesting. The mysteries aren't all that challenging or complicated but I don't mind.
This was a great easy read. Lots of fun and well done. The books are easy to figure out but there are always some nice things added in and the charac..Show More »ters are funny and light hearted. Georgie is getting more clever and it would be nice to actually have her figure it out before she gets herself in a pickle. Having said that though, there are lots of adventures, parties and interesting (and often shallow) people. The narrator is enjoyable. Ms Bowen is good at coming up with interesting ideas and is entertaining. If you are interested in an easy fun time, this is a book you will enjoy. Funny characters and lots of bridget jonesque girl fun with a good accent.
Listened for FUN! Part of my 25 Christmas Reads for 2012 Overall Rating: 4.50 Story Rating: 4...Show More »50 Character Rating 4.50
Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.50 Christmas Rating: Just plain fun!
First thought when finished: Rhys Bowen hit it out of the park with The Twelve Clues of Christmas. It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!
Just my thoughts: The Twelve Clues of Christmas was a jolly good time! I had a blast while listening and was thrilled to delve back into her royal spyness. This is one fun series for those that like amateur sleuth stories. Check it out when you get a chance! These have a small carry over story but I think they can be read out of order or as standalones.
About the audio: Narrated by Katherine Kellgren and she did a bang up job! Her voices were spot on, the pacing was fantastic, and the reading was delightful.
Final thought: I recommend the Royal Spyness series to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries!