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Publisher's Summary

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she's culled from American gangster movies; cure said princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties.

Then there's the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hannis' unwitting involvement with the Communist Party. It's enough to drive a girl crazy.

Listen to more Royal Spyness mysteries.
©2008 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Macavity Award, Historical Mystery, 2009

"All the characters from the first book in this rollicking series are present here - Georgie's much-married actress mother, her kind-hearted and resourceful Cockney grandfather, her sophisticated friend Belinda and the enigmatic Darcy O'Mara, a penniless Irish peer to whom Georgie finds herself attracted. There are also fleeting references to the war clouds that are gathering in Europe and the rise of fascism at home and abroad, both of which are neatly tied in with the murders and their solution. It works - both as a grand period piece and a lighthearted and completely diverting mystery." (The Denver Post)

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  • Rachael
  • Brookfield, OH, United States
  • 07-17-12

Light and Fluffy

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

If my friend were looking for something that required almost no brain power to understand and enjoy, then, yes I would recommend this audiobook. But if that friend were looking for even a hint of mystery or intrigue, I would guide them elsewhere. This book is great if you just need to let your mind relax and unwind after a long, stressful day. It's a no-thought-required storyline.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

I'm still undecided on whether or not I'll continue this series. The first book was fun and fresh. But this time around, I had hoped for a little something more in terms of plot and character development. It seemed to me as though Rhys Bowen played it safe in this second endeavor. The things that I loved from the first book were either completely missing, or just got on my nerves this time around. The storyline is completely predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it just felt like a carbon copy of the first novel. Going into the book, I knew to expect something light, with very little thinking required, and that's exactly what this book gave me. And there was absolutely no character development. Our heroine Georgie is ditzy and naive, but completely likable in the first book, but this time around, it's just too much. She spends the majority of the book worrying about her possible exile to the countryside to become her great aunt's companion, and barely even concerns herself with the number of people dying around her. I had hoped that after the events of the first book that she would've become a little more savvy, but she seems to have gone the opposite direction instead.But, having said all of that, I'm still not sure if I'll abandon the series or not. Some of the side characters, like Georgie's grandad and mother were absolutely hilarious and I always looked forward to the scenes that they were in. And as I said before, it was a nice book to use to relax and unwind. I never worried if I zoned out and missed part of the story because there wasn't really a lot to miss in terms of moving the story ahead.

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Great

Loved it! I'd even pay for it with real money. Great series and excellent narration!!!!

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I'm hooked on this series.

so far I'm really enjoying this series. I cannot wait to hear what happens next between Georie & Darcy.

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A very leading squeal

I enjoyed not only the story line and twist of this book, but the ending set up well for books to come. That is very exciting for me since I am definitely one of those people who want to see a character grow and different stories and books to grow with them.

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Decent light entertainment

I’m totally into light entertainment. I use my books on tape to take the edge off, and to keep me from overthinking. This book does that.
If you want great literature, keep looking. My favorite part of these books is the Narator. Her voice reminds me of Julie Andrews in the sound of music.

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  • Maryann
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 11-07-17

Not for me

It was an ok book. Not much mystery until the end. I usually don't like female narrators as the higher pitch of female voices grates on me. But this lady's talent superceded her pitch. Every character had his/own voice. Excellent. Distinct tone tempo and temperment . She was the thing that kept me from returning the book. P.s. I'm female.

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Another Royal SPyness Winner!

The Spyness books by Rhys Bowen are light, funny, and entertaining. Wonderfully narrated with each character given their own distinctive voice, and a variety of accents. Characters are quirky and fun, the story though mostly predictable has a few unexpected turns. Great read! “Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry”

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Love this Series

Another great find! With this you get some history, some Royal family which I like and some good characters and mysteries that aren't obvious which I really like!

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A whodunit that's a complex, plot-driven story.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Royal Pain to be better than the print version?

The characters come alive in this audio version, that your imagination can't quite develop on its own. Katherine Kellgren does a great job in developing each character through her voice and intonation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

The most intense segment is when Lady Georgiana, is locked inside the meeting hall, where the Communist Party had just met, not knowing if she is alone or not. As she stealthily sneaks around in the dark, my heart started pounding as I feared her being detected.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

Belinda Warburton-Stoke, Is Lady Georgiana's best friend. Her breathy voice depicts the high society attitude of an aristocrat that could care less what others think.

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my new author to collect

And Katherine Kellergren is master voice actress and character separator who contributes greatly to the experience.