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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.
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily - Audible on 06-11-12

I’ve Been Charmed

I’m writing a review of the first book in this series, but that’s because you need to begin at the beginning and keep going. But you don’t want to miss any of the books in Bowen’s adorable and delightful Royal Spyness series. These books are total charmers. They tell the story of Lady Georgiana Rannoch, cousin to the Queen, in 1930s England. She’s a minor royal who's completely penniless, but expected to keep up with the Joneses. Uninterested in marrying for money, she’s trying to figure out how to make her own way in the world, with very few suitable options available to her. And then there’s the fact that keeps running into dead bodies (as tends to happen in these cozy mysteries). You may be rolling your eyes, but trust me: these books are absolutely wonderful little gems. And while I would never dare discourage reading, you really ought to listen to them. Katherine Kellgren is the real star here. She gives perfect voice to all of the characters Georgie encounters: her Cockney grandfather, a handsome Irish rogue, a crazy German princess who’s obsessed with American gangster movies, a stuffy butler, and even Wallis Simpson and Coco Chanel. I can’t wait for the next one!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 08-16-10

Happy addition to a difficult genre

I love a good mystery and am frequently disappointed. This one was very satisfying. The story is set during an interesting time in history, the early 1930s; the characters span a range of social classes due to the main character's position as a fiscally destitute minor royal whose mixed parentage includes a Cockney grandfather. She thinks out of the box which places her in situations that would be precluded by strict adherence to class code. The story contains enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing, but all the necessary clues are provided, so the conclusion is logical.
The narrator does a fantastic job with the voices and accents.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. F. Hartshorn on 04-09-14

Body found in Dukes bath!!!

Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series of audiobooks is among the best for easy listening. Lots of humorous episodes with a minor Royal who also has a cockney grandad.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

Georgie, short for Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is the poor relation but gets called in to the palace to be the Queens spy. This leads to hilarious scenes between Georgie and Fig (the sister-in-law); who holds the purse strings of her brother Binky (the Duke); as she tries to get money or a maid to come down from the Scottish Castle to the London residences were she tries to look after herself without servants.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Georgie's meetings with her ex-policeman Grandad (the royal one haunts the castle battlements) as they investigate the Murder in their bath while dodging someone who wants her out of the way.

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

Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.

Any additional comments?

Katherine Kellgren brings the book to life with the range of voices and accents she brings to this audiobook. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Rm Walters on 06-28-14

Brilliant Book

Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high, certainly one of my favourites.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

Having more or less worked out who the murderer was, I was delighted to find I was correct.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Wonderful use of accents, with just the right emphasis.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but one does have to sleep!

Any additional comments?

I will certainly be investing in the rest of the series over the coming months.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 05-26-16

a cosy mystery

After a couple of serious books I was ready for something light and this fitted the bill perfectly. I've always had a soft spot for between the wars mysteries, and this is an easy listen. perfect for mid autumn...

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1 out of 5 stars
By Friederike Mansfeld on 10-09-17

Oh dear!

I was looking for light entertainment so wasn't expecting too much, and yet this audiobook managed to underwhelm me! I didn't really like the narrator's voice but she did the voices fairly well, so that's probably down to personal taste. The story was basically just a whole string of anachronisms loosely woven together and the big reveal was highly disappointing.

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