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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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    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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ScienceTeacher 11-11-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keenan Anchorage Alaska 09-27-14
    Keenan Anchorage Alaska 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 09-19-14
    Christina 09-19-14
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    "I want more"
    If you could sum up A Royal Pain in three words, what would they be?

    A great read


    What other book might you compare A Royal Pain to and why?

    Agatha Christie's Tuppance series. A smart witty headstrong but naive woman paired with a solid level headed male solves seemingly unsolvable crimes...what else can I say


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

    Yes. I love her voice, her smooth cadence and the changes she does for the other characters is brilliant


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

    When her clumsiness came on in front of the queen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MovieLover 09-03-14
    MovieLover 09-03-14
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    "Just fun to listen"
    Where does A Royal Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the series so far


    What other book might you compare A Royal Pain to and why?

    The stories are great and I look forward to the next book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Always love the scenes with Darcy


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

    It catches me off guard with a phrase or an accent and I laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Just love the performance of all the characters and accents

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tog 08-03-14
    Tog 08-03-14
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    "A fun, well done followup to a good start"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. Several times. Not this book specifically, but the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Hanny" because she had a fire and spunk that was as infectious as it was aggravating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really stand out as a favorite. The entire thing was solid and well done.


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

    I laughed in a few places. The interactions with Hanny were just too good.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the first one, this is a true mystery and was easy enough to solve by simply thinking about the crime. Solving it wasn't the end, however.The very end felt a little contrived, but not so much that it detracted from the rest of the book.

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    Jennifer 06-11-14
    Jennifer 06-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun"

    I find these books are fun to listen to. The reader has a pleasant voice which seems to really fit the character.

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    Kathy 05-12-14
    Kathy 05-12-14
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    "Cozy Fun"

    This series by Rhys Bowen is lots of fun to read and better to listen to. Not a complex mystery by any means but a great cozy and pure enjoyment. Katherine Kellgren is fantastic. She makes the books such fun with different accents. Set in the early 1930's our heroine is 34th in line for the British throne and helps HM (Her Royal Majesty, the Queen) while trying to make life on her own.

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    Adam Shields 04-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "More bodies keep piling up around the 34th in line"

    A good narrator really makes or breaks the audiobook.

    In this case, Katherine Kellgren has done a great job with the light humor that sets this these two books (and presumably the whole series) apart from a lot of other cozy mysteries.

    This second books feels less like Dorothy Sayers. Georgie, the 34th in line for the throne, has established herself in London. She is living out from under the influence of her brother and his wife, but also without any financial support. So in spite of her title and position, she is broke. In the last book she started a house cleaning service to make money while trying to discover her place in London society (she grew up in a Scottish Castle) and keep her work a secret from the Queen.

    But Georgie has caught the eye of the Queen for another reason. After Georgie solved a murder and got her brother released from jail, the Queen is interested in Georgie’s other uses and so asks Georgie to host an 18 year old Bavarian Princess and introduce her to London Society. (Of course, Georgie is broke and can’t afford to do that, but you don’t say no to the Queen.)

    Eventually dead bodies start piling up and there is a concern that someone may be trying to kill the princess or maybe blame the princess for a murder in order to create international hostility.

    In this book, Georgie is much more clearly using detective skills and reasoning and putting clues together than in the last book (which was presented as more accidental discovery.) But the series resists the Sherlock Holmes style random small clues and instead is more of a modern detective novel with interviews, clues and more police-style beat work. (Georgie’s grandfather is a retired beat cop that she turns to a lot in this book.)

    The series continues to be quite enjoyable and I will keep reading, probably picking up the next one on kindle as a change of pace.

    (originally posted at my blog, Bookwi.se)

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  • G. Faye Page
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    8/27/17
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    "Good read."

    Funny, great narrator, and a good mystery, too. No blood and guts keeps you interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katharine
    United Kingdom
    12/8/15
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    "Sparkling fun"

    Delightful romp with an excellent narrator. Lots of twists, turns and shocks in the plot held my interest and the heroine is delightful. My only criticism would be that I thought the ending was a little rushed but otherwise it was a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. F. Hartshorn
    Leicester, UK
    4/14/14
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    "Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Royal Pain to be better than the print version?

    I have the printed version but have not opened it since listening to this great audio edition read by Katherine Kellgren.


    What other book might you compare A Royal Pain to, and why?

    This series is comparable to the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. They are both in the same era with Ladys dealing with murders each with a lighthearted style about them.


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

    Katherine brings the characters to life in this and other ones in the series. Mrs Huggins does seem to have a similar voice to Queeny in the later books (but they may be related).


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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