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If you haven't sampled this series, do yourself a favor. Start with the first and listen to them all. They are a wonderful mixture of humor, suspense and a bit of romance on the side. You will fall in love with the main characters as portrayed by the incomparable Katherine Kellgren.
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STORY - (mystery) A Royal Pain is Book 2 in the series, and I liked it even better than the first. It is set in 1932 England. The main character, Georgie, is a 21-year-old of Scottish noble birth who has moved to London and is learning to navigate the high-society single social scene. She also does some amateur sleuthing for the Queen. As the cover art suggests, this series is light and humorous. The characters are fun and likeable, even the bad ones, for the most part.
This story centers around the visit of a Bavarian princess (Hanni) who comes to stay with Georgie. When numerous people start dying or being killed, the mystery begins. Despite all the fun, the mystery is complicated, engaging and very exciting. There are lots of clues and suspects, so you will need to pay attention, and it will keep you guessing till the end.
PERFORMANCE - I must give out fives to narrators too easily because there are so many good ones, but then there's no room to rate a performance like this. I loved this narration. Every character has a different voice or accent. There's stuffy British royalty, cockney, Scottish, German, American, southern U.S. and probably more. And then the voice of Georgie's best friend Belinda, which is...well, just hear for yourself.
OVERALL - The story stands alone, but if you don't listen to the series in order you will miss some character development and, of course, the slow-moving romance Georgie seems to be building with Darcy. I don't recall any cursing, but there are some adult comments and situations. I'd recommend this for girls high school age through adult. Probably not a book for guys, though the mystery is really good. Great fun + complicated mystery + awesome performance = highly recommended book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Funny, great narrator, and a good mystery, too. No blood and guts keeps you interested.
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Disappointed that the last 15 minutes was the next book in the series I felt shortchanged
Another fun cosy mystery with the penniless Lady Georgiana (Great Granddaughter of Queen Victoria &amp; 34th in line to the throne)
In this instalment, Georgie has been asked by the Queen to entertain a visiting foreign Princess, who the Queen hopes will catch the eye of the Prince of Wales and turn him away from “that dreadful Simpson woman”. But things are never simple &amp; before long there are dead bodies, communists &amp; shoplifting to deal with all while attending Royal Functions, Parties with the Smart Set &amp; visits to the country with very little money &amp; hiding her secret cleaning business from the world. And of course, the mysterious (&amp; gorgeous) Darcy O’Mara popping in &amp; out to save the day.
11/10 for the audio narration by Katherine Kellgren She really makes the book I believe.