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A Royal Pain Audiobook

A Royal Pain

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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.

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    Corinne O'Rourke Valhalla, NY, US 03-06-15
    Corinne O'Rourke Valhalla, NY, US 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun series"

    I Like the narration want to meet Darcy O'Marra. A bit predictable but definitely enjoyable :) will be back for more

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    Susan 02-25-15
    Susan 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Somewhat of a Royal Pain itself"

    I loved the first of this series, and I think Katherine Kellgren is a fantastic narrator - there are absolutely no flaws in the narratation.

    The story in this one though, was pretty lame with dragging on and on with the whiny irritating Princess and the rather unremarkable Georgie so unlike herself in the previous book, and the only balance to the whiny Princess being a bunch of hating on Wallis Simpson.

    At about 60% of the way through, I was ready to throw in the towel and just quit listening. But, I felt like there was something wrong with _me_ for that reaction, seeing as I had love-love-loved the first book, so I stuck with it.

    Now I have the satisfaction of having finished this audiobook, but it didn't really get any better at all. Katherine Kellgren saved the effort from being a total loss however, because even listening to her narrate an annoyingly dull and bad story was an auditory delight, if I zoned out the words and the storyline.

    I was very disappointed.

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    Robert 02-20-15
    Robert 02-20-15

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "Loved it!"

    The narrator and the series continues without disappointing. I will definitely continue this series. Just the right mix of comedy, mystery, and romance. Nothing heavy--just a light listen for when I want to be entertained without having to think too much.

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    Haley 02-17-15
    Haley 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect with a cup of hot tea"

    Love the narration. The characters are funny and loveable. The perfect series to listen to while curling up with a cup of tea:)

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    AnnaLee Kruyer 01-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another fun read"

    I love this narrator and I love this author. I have already begun downloading the next book in the series!

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    patricia washington 01-18-15
    patricia washington 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about A Royal Pain?

    The story was fun!! The narrator was fabulous!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was really good, and I didn't want to stop hearing it. She just continued to get into trouble, kind of like when you have options she seemed to pick the worst ones,


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to her performances, and she is good, even when she is thinking she makes you think you are actually hearing her thoughts, and I loved her interpretation of fig and the baroness so good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know, I am not good at that.


    Any additional comments?

    I just think the narrator really makes this book and boy is she good

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    Patricia S. 01-05-15
    Patricia S. 01-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Relief from Pain!"

    This book provided me with an easy night after surgery rest not sleep and an enjoyable story for that rest.

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    Louise Ricci Midwest 12-31-14
    Louise Ricci Midwest 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Not your typical Grandma

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    "Can't Stop Listening"
    What did you love best about A Royal Pain?

    The story is light, fun, but contain a sense of mystery, which it should since all the books in this series are murder mysteries.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that Georgiana thinks of herself as an average person despite her royal blood. The characters are fun and enjoyable. I also like that the relationship between Georgie and Darcy is progressing.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings the characters to life! Also, pronouncing some of the names and British slang, especially the cockney slang, is helpful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is always something in the Royal Spyness books that makes me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories encompass a part of British history where my knowledge is lacking. It's inspired in me a need to research the royal family and learn more about this time period.

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    ScienceTeacher 11-11-14 Member Since 2016

    Retired science teacher, sci-fi, historical romance, comedy... favorite authors... Evanovich, Patterson, Carr, Roberts, and many others.

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    "Better and Better!"
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    Yes, So funny and smart!


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

    When Georgy almost gets caught.


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

    Georgy and Darcy!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Her Royal Clumsiness!


    Any additional comments?

    I love all of the regular characters because you fell like you have met them.

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    Keenan Anchorage Alaska 09-27-14
    Keenan Anchorage Alaska 09-27-14 Member Since 2014

    Keenan

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    "Laughed out loud."
    Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

    Yes, I think I will listen to it again because I enjoyed the story so much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie is my favorite character, spunky little aristocrat that she is.


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

    Belinda, Georgie's best friend. She has kind of a Tallulah Bankhead slinkiness about her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite moment in the book was when George and her friend Gussie went for an after-dinner walk in a garden. I laughed out loud and it crosses my mind from time to time, making me smile throughout the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Rhys Bowen's writing and Katherine Kellgren's reading compliment each other perfectly to produce a fun escapist story.

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