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Publisher's Summary

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub... and someone is definitely trying to kill her.

©2007 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook, 2011

"Rhys Bowen has crafted an insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire, and drawing room comedy of errors -- and created a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers." (Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs novels)

"Kellgren finds unique voices for quirky characters such as Georgie’s adorable grandfather and estranged mother, Wallis Simpson, and a sexy Irish lord. Kellgren will make listeners want to meet the kilt-clad ghosts who play bagpipes in Scotland’s castle corridors and tartan-wallpapered bathrooms." (AudioFile)

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A Box of Bonbons

What perfect timing for me...like flopping onto the couch with a box of bonbons, painting your toenails bright pink, smearing deep conditioner on your hair, and forgetting the day has any plans for you whatsoever. Ahhhhhh.

I've seen these titles go by and shown no interest, until the new *7th in the series* piqued my hyper-curiosity -- 7th? that's an investment from a publisher. Going to the source, reviewers I trust admitted these aren't the best pieces of literature they've read -- but it was clear they had a great time doing so. (I've given real literary gems this many stars, but using very different criteria.) I decided to give Her Royal Spyness a try, beginning with number 1 in the series.

This was just the right light hearted fun I needed for coming off a deep read that wouldn't get out of my head -- like a pint of Haagen daz for the brain. I picked up the second in the series (Royal Pain) and it seems the magic had already worn off. I'm sure I'll eventually find myself plopped back on the couch with Her Royal Spyness in the future, 'cause there's no shame in girls just wanting, and needing, to have fun (and bonbons and pedicures).

*About the narrator: I owe this to Kellgren, whom I have b-l-l-l-lasted in the past! Loathed is a strong word, but I would actually avoid books if she was doing the narrating. I purchased this without looking, and to my surprise, thought Kellgren as equal to my enjoying this book, as the story; she was a blast.

36 of 44 people found this review helpful

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A fun read; light and entertaining

I was attracted to this book from the title alone. Everything else about it was a bit of a turn-off, from the location, era and even to the genre itself; I'm not one for mystery serials. This book came up during a sale, and I wanted to try something a bit different than my usual fare.

I was very impressed by the writing and the narration. The prose aren't anything amazing, but the story is nicely paced and the characters are a hoot. I also enjoyed the introduction to the crazy little pocket of humanity on the outer fringe of the royal family. It was educational and amusing.

The mystery at the center of this plot was very interesting, and did keep me guessing for a while. It wasn't the most logical plot in the world, and if I felt like being nit-picky about it, I could probably find several things to be unhappy about.

As it stands, the book was just the right sort of light read for me at the time. I have put the sequel on my wishlist and I'll probably pick up more of the series if it goes on sale. That about says it all, doesn't it?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Both a Light Read & a Good Mystery

This is a charming book. Both a light read & a good mystery. I didn't guess the identity of the fiend until the end & that's always a good thing. The story is set in 1930's London which is a plus to me as I'm a sucker for an English mystery. I really enjoyed Kellren's narration.

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  • Marie
  • Tyler, TX, United States
  • 05-11-13

Bought all 6 of these and am hoping for more.

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I read these books, one right after the other and never got tired of them. If you like cozy mysteries with a little romance, and dislike graphic violence and listening to dry descriptions of sex, you will like these books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Could not get past the first hour

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Predictable to a fault. A tad silly. Not worth the time or money. Wished it were better, as the concept seemed good. Would not try anther.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love at first listen!

Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

After listening to Katherine Kellgren's expert narration, I cannot imagine reading the print edition of any of these books. The voices and the characters were so wonderfully brought to life it would feel like a disappointment to read this series rather than listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Belinda- her accent and approach to life is priceless. Having listened further in the series, I can say she keeps getting better and better.

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

I'd have to say Belinda as well- her vocalization is fantastic. Many of Belinda's comments made me laugh out loud.

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

39th from the throne, your life is still on the line. <br/><br/>Or- No pantsuits for amateurs.

Any additional comments?

A total delight. I have been savoring these, and only listening to Her Royal Spyness books once I have worked my way through the others in my queue. These are a wonderful treat and a great reward.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very light

I was looking for something light but not this light. Hoping for some noir, some humor or at least some attitude, but with a feminine twist. Did not get any of that. What kept me going was Katherine Kellgren’s narration, which is always brilliant. This is only somewhat entertaining. At least the romance angle was low key and I was glad it never degraded to cheap thrills. I will not be continuing in this series.

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$4.95 & Kellgren, what's not to love?

Her reading of The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place sold me on Katherine Kellgren, so although I generally don't trust the hype for cozys, particularly historical cozys, I fell for HRS when tempted by a sale. I'm not sure whether or not I'll follow the series - it may take more sales to tempt me (Hint) - but the book is a lot of fun - the heroine a ditz who admits her ditziness and prevails in spite of herself and a full complement of upstairs/downstairs characters all perfectly voiced by Ms. Kellgren, Although I'm not an expert on the period, I have read enough about the 1930's (mainly Evelyn Waugh and the Mitfords in the fiction category and quite a bit of history), and Ms. Bowen gets the tone of that era spot on.

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Cute

Cute with a mildly amusing story line. Interesting take on royal interactions and the society's changing attitudes on women leading into modern times.

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Wonderful Listen! Funny, well read, good fun

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

I would highly recommend it, but it's not really a mystery as it's been advertised. It's more of an amusing comedy of the life of a minor royal in 1930s London - a single woman trying to distract her family (including the Queen) who's trying to marry her off while she tries to figure out what she's going to do with her life on her own in the big city. It is wonderfully read by a woman with great talent in not only reading dialogue, but creating credible voices for the characters.<br/><br/>It's more of a comedy with some amateur detective work, rather than a mystery with some amusing situations popping up occasionally.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful