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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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    Nimue 09-01-13
    Nimue 09-01-13

    Avid audible listener!

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    "Katherine Kellgren makes this series superb"

    Katherine Kellgren is an excellent narrator. As good, or better, than Barbara Rosenblat or Kate Reading.
    These aren't the type of books I would normally read but listening to Katherine Kellgren reading this series is a true joy. She makes the characters come alive.
    This story wasn't as enjoyable as the last. I knew the culprit as soon as the character was introduced, so not much from a mystery perspective.
    I will keep on with the series. Highly recommended because of the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara R. Southern Arizona 08-27-13
    Sara R. Southern Arizona 08-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun way to while away the time on the treadmill"
    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    This was the first Rhys Bowen book I tried. I have tried another as well. I enjoyed both.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It felt a tad cut off, as if the author/editor wanted to make 'sure' I knew there would be more to the series.


    Did A Royal Pain inspire you to do anything?

    It kept me on the treadmill!


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    Bernie 08-21-13
    Bernie 08-21-13
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    "Do yourself a favor"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Her Royal Spyness so much that I referred the series to my friends and family.
    In the second book, A Royal Pain, I was so disappointed with the German Princess Character that I almost did not get book number three. Do yourself a favor, skip this book and go on to book three. This was just as enjoyable as one. I think I have found a new series to follow (as long as a book two is not repeated).


    Has A Royal Pain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I thought that book number one was a fluke and was not going to continue with the series. I am so glad I did. Now getting number four.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is brilliant and I will follow her as a narrator


    Could you see A Royal Pain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could see this series being on TV. Everyone loves the Royals. But please no more mistakes like A Royal Pain.


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    Gayle 08-19-13
    Gayle 08-19-13
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    "Light, fun, but..."

    Was looking for something light and fun, which this was. Not sure I'd spend a credit on it if I had something else in mind. If looking for something not too heavy but engaging, I think I'd choose Beth Hoffman's Looking for Me instead.

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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
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    "Adored this series!"

    It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.

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    Eddie Lynn 05-15-13
    Eddie Lynn 05-15-13 Member Since 2016

    No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.

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    "It made me want a cup of tea!"

    I am totally geeked out by this series. They are fun to listen to, twisty enough to keep my attention and so immersed in the time period that I feel as if I am there. You can't tell it by this review, but my grammar improves with each listen. The reader is just wonderful and I am eager to listen to more.

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    Chad E. 05-11-13
    Chad E. 05-11-13

    Love audiobooks for commuting and anywhere really.

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    "An Enjoyable Second Outing with Lady Georgiana"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend who was interested in the period of time between WWI and WWII who also had an interest in the Royal Family of Great Britain and who also loved mysteries.


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

    It did in a way that kept me guessing on who I suspected to be the villain as well as where the plot was going. It is by no means a hardcore mystery, but enough clues and red herrings are set out to where it is fair in the grand tradition of English mysteries.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is very expressive and to my non-native ear good at the various regional and societal dialects. I


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this audiobook for the story as well as it's performance. This is especially recommended to someone who is interested in light mystery without criminal procedural bogging down the story. I believe mystery novels set in or written during this time place are more entertaining as novels because many modern criminal detections were not yet invented or widely used.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-10-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Funny Sleuthing Around"
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    Had me cracking up in the first chapter. The other book in this series that I enjoyed very much was, "The Twelve Clues of Christmas", they were both great, fun, smart mysteries, with great narration. I love the regular characters and the guest characters never disappoint. This will not be my last, "Royal", and the Christmas story will be a seasonal, yearly listen. Enjoy.

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    Janie 04-02-13
    Janie 04-02-13

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    "Love this series - too fun...!!!!!"

    Another delicious visit with Lady Georgiana. She is such a delightful character who is trying to walk a fine line between the role of royalty and commoner, worldly and sheltered, sleuth and scared witless, aggressive and shy..................... It all works to create a character who is 3-dimensional and still maintains her grace and aristocratic upbringing at all times.

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    amanda United States 03-31-13
    amanda United States 03-31-13
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    "Loved it great continuation and growth character"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Funny and a good , if predictable, mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love Georgina! She is perky and unstoppable!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Love the accent!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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