Malice at the Palace : Royal Spyness

  • by Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Royal Spyness
  • 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2016
From the New York Times best-selling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for "fans of P. G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing" (Publishers Weekly).
Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being 35th in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.
While my beau, Darcy, is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the queen - especially one that includes lodging. The king's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London, and, above all, dispel any rumors about George's libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn't so simple. George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men - including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George's mistresses. Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds - and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places - the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

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Queenie Must Die!

I have read or listened to all of the other titles in this series, and looked forward to this one, but somehow this one just didn't work for me. I think it is the over-the-top narration on this one. Every accent, every reaction, every word is a caricature. The posh accents were too snooty, even for royalty, and Queenie made me grit my teeth. I watch more BBC than American television, so I know British accents, and these are just too, too much.

I listened to some of the previous novel again before writing this, and the narration here is very similar, but in this book, it just irritates me. I think the story is less engaging for one thing. I felt like this was just the same characters doing exactly the same things. I'm tired of Georgie being poor and settling for whatever comes her way, putting up with selfish relatives and friends, stumbling into a mystery, and waiting around for Darcy. There, that's the whole book.

Most of all, I'm sick to death of Queenie. I know Georgie can't afford a top-notch maid, but the only murder I'm interested in reading about right now is Queenie's. No sane person would put up with her. Georgie should fire her or kill her and get Darcy to help her hide the body. Kellgren's voicing of Queenie is loud, harsh, and grating, more so than in previous books.

Maybe it's also just me getting tired of Belinda's selfishness, too, but I wanted to at least have the satisfaction of Georgie telling her off.

Take my advice, pass on this one!
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- Tracey Rains

I'm Pretty Over Queenie

The story was okay.

Not enough Darcy - Why?

Queenie needs to grow up or get fired. Who would put up with her acting like a child? Really? Walking down the stairs in front of royalty with jam all over her face?

Belinda is a user and should be discarded; since the last installment it became clear she was using Georgie for her connections. OR she needs to be more grateful for her relationship with Georgie. A LOT more.

Please make the next installments more real.
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- Kimberly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios