Crowned and Dangerous : Royal Spyness

  • by Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Royal Spyness
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....
With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motorcar, I soon discover that he isn't planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret - as I had hoped - but to make me his wife! Of course there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the king to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family's Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employs Darcy's father as a hired hand.
Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission - except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered, and Darcy's father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland, where he insists he's innocent, and it's up to us to prove it - for better or worse.


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Adorable, witty, wonderful mystery!

Crowned and Dangerous is Book 10 in the Royal Spyness series written by British author Janet Quin-Harkin using the pen name Rhys Bowen. I love this series and her Molly Murphy series. Both series are historical mysteries, and I have all of the books in my Audible library.

This novel is set in 1934 in London and rural Ireland. Her Royal Spyness is Lady Georgiana Runnoch, a young lady whose severely hen-pecked brother inherited the family castle and fortune leaving her without a home or funds. Georgie is 35th in line for the British throne and a favorite of the queen. She mostly solves murders. The repeating characters include Georgie, her brother and is shrew of a wife, Georgie's mother who left Georgie at age 2 to marry one of her many boyfriends and husbands, Georgie's best friend who has earned her somewhat loose reputation, Georgie's fumbling maid Queenie, Georgie's wonderful retired policeman grandfather who she adores, and Georgie's secret fiance Darcy O'Mara who is a rogueish Irish nobleman whose father disgraced the family by falling into debt and having to sell the castle held by the family for hundreds of years. Georgie's mother does not appear in this book, but the other characters I mentioned do. This book introduces other characters including a wealthy and adventurous Polish princess and Darcy's father who has been charged with murder in Ireland. It seems that Darcy and the Polish princess have a background together which Georgie was not aware of.

Darcy O'Mara has been determined to protect Georgie's virtue until marriage through several novels. Georgie does not want her virtue protected from Darcy, but he continues to win to her great frustration.

I've looked forward for several months to the 2 August 2016 release date of this novel. It does not disappoint; indeed, it exceeds expectations. Author Rhys Bowen/Janet Quin-Harkin is an absolute treasure.

Katherine Kellgren narrates this book and this series. More precisely she performs this series with total perfection. Kellgren is a American singer and actor who was trained in London. She has a totally unique voice for each character. She speaks the dialog in precisely the accent showing where the character was born and his or her station in life. Even if the novel is bad, and this one is wonderful, listening to Katherine Kellgren is worth the cost and the time of the book. Every Katherine Kellgren narration is a performance of great art.

I can give no novel a higher recommendation than this one as well as others in the series. The fare is light and adorable while still having real mystery.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

A great and fun listen!

The last couple of books in this series seemed to have lagged a tiny bit, but this book more than brought it all back up to speed! As Lady Georgianna and Darcy O'Mara are en route to Gretna Green to elope, he gets word that his father, Lord Kilhenny, has been arrested for murder. So he must rush to Ireland to be with him. Although he urges Georianna not to come--in fact, tries to break off their engagement so she won't be tainted by the gossip--she, of course, will find a way to be there.

Naturally, they are tackling this new mystery together. Not only has Rhys Bowen crafted a fun story, she seems to have brought some of the original charm back to it, including several new characters--a couple of whom might wind up being in future books perhaps. (I sure hope so!) But most of the characters we have come to love--Queenie the maid, Fig, her wretched sister-in-law, and of course, her beloved grandfather all make appearances. But they are less featured than some new people--Darcy's father and a Polish princess. Plus Darcy's elderly aunt and uncle. They are wonderful characters and I hope to see all of them playing roles in future books.

This book is a five star on every level. Although it is light reading in a way, that does not detract from the twists and turns of the plot. The characters are a hoot, and there were several places I laughed out loud. Love the series, and this is among the best so far! This series has decent mysteries, but the delightful characters and especially the stellar narration are the best reasons to listen!
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios