So all in all a fun, light hearted little mystery which sets up the rest of the series very well I look forward to reading many Book 3 of my recent audiobook listening binge I ve owned this in Audible for a while now.
I m not sure what my experience reading the print of this would be, but in audio, it is great fun The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, does a fabulous job with voices for different characters, which elevates the whole thing The basic story is that Georgie, 34th in line to the throne of England, is trying to make a living after being cut off by her brother Along the way a dead body shows up in her bathtub and she seems to be in danger as well Other books in the series may be heavier on the mystery but this one wasfocused on setting up the characters and social situations Georgie really even didn t do the spying the Queen requested of her either, so maybe that continues acrossbooks I didn t care so much, it was fun as it was, but those looking for a serious mystery may be disappointed.
This is probably a good series for audiobook fans who have exhausted Gail Carriger Same era, same best friend who loves fashion, less steampunk and werewolves.
Oh good, a new shelf Vaginal Mystery Bored of the corsets, there are only so many virgins to read about who get pregnant in the Epilogue, you know This is the start of a new fetish Lady mysteries I ve listed a few before, Deanna Raybourn being my fave, so I downloaded the firsts to a few other series.
This one I really enjoyed although it was very fluffy It was mainly the main character that made it engaging, Georgie is 34th in line to the throne, so it was an interesting new angle, her being poor and very well bred and funny I had a lot of fun, the characters were great EXCEPT the love interest for some reason The mystery wasn t particularly deep but it was a fun ride If the romantic interest had beenfully fleshed out and believable I would have given this 4 or 5 stars I will read another, but not excited about the coupling that seemed to happen randomly at the end of the book.
Review written January 1, 20164.
2 Stars Fun, fun, fun Yes, amusing fun and a surprising good mystery I m on forI ve been listening to the 8 hrs audiobook very well narrated by Katherine Kellgren Her Royal Spyness is the first serial part of 10 so far in the mostly happy reviewed Her Royal Spyness series labeled in the cozy mystery genre A great start to a new audiobook year Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932 Our young heroine Georgie has a slightly stupid and rather self absorbed brother of fine noble title Duke of Atholt and Rannoch , a greedy and stingy sister in law, and a big Royal family that sets the limits of what is possible and not possible for a young 22 year old lady without income or wealth Lady Georgiana is actually Thirty fourth in line for the British throne and daughter of a Scottish Duke and an English actress later divorced Poor as a church mouse, but resourceful, is Georgie now leaving her brother and the family castle Rannoch far away up in the chilly Scotland for muchexciting opportunities in London The words hot, lot, and got were not apart of a ladies vocabulary The large old city house is cold and life is pretty hard to manage without a helping maid or servants Poor Georgie who just learned a lot of unnecessary stuff as etiquette, talking fine French and to behave in a noble lady s way, don t even know how to make fire and heat from the stoves Add a empty purse and starving stomach Then there is a dead man in the bathtub, a lot of handsome young gentlemen, strange things are happening andHMaka Her Majesty the Queen ask for a favor a spy favor Is he one of us, or strictly NOCD Which, in case you don t know is shorthand for Not our class, dear Ha ha, this is truly in the jolly good lighthearted mystery genre Novels like this one are often called cozy historical mysteries and is maybe my very new audiobook passion I just wantof them Not much of kisses just a few or long romance parts historical chick lit but hilarious characters, good whodunnits cases, all those important British upperclass problems, good crime solving and a few exciting suspense scenes Everything set in a past 1930s time with interesting meetings with a demanding Queen.
It will be manyof sweet Georgie s adventures as Her Royal Spyness I want to knowand follow her hilarious struggles in life Loving it My happy applauses I LIKE this great start to a new audiobook year An excellent read It was a fun story and I liked the descriptions of things from that time period I felt like I was there in 1930s London The characters were likeable too, especially Georgie A very resourceful girl with nine lives This story reminded me of Agatha Christie s Tommy and Tuppence stories, even though those take place a decade earlier than this one.
I am looking forward to starting the next in the series This is a wonderful escape read and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This is the first novel in a series set in the Britain of the 1930s featuring Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, aka Georgie Thirty fourth in line for the British throne and daughter of a Scottish Duke and an English actress, she has failed to find a suitable husband during her coming out season and is bored of lingering like an unwanted guest in the family estate, cold and draughty Castle Rannoch in the wilds of Scotland Her brother the current Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch known as Binky , penniless after their father gambled away the family fortune, has cut off her allowance in the hope that will force her into marriage Georgie boldly escapes to London where she camps out in the family town house She has no idea how to cook or light a fire or manage without servants but she has her wits and intelligence to fall back on as well as several old friends from finishing school.
Don t let the title of the book put you off as the story is not nearly as corny as it sounds In fact there is very little spying at all but the title may be a hint of things to come in later episodes As the blurb on the book cover will tell you Georgie s life becomes complicated by a body turning up in her bathtub and she must set out to solve the mystery of how he got there This was an often funny historical cosy mystery as the somewhat hapless Georgie gets herself into and out of messy situations and I am looking forward to seeing how the series develops 3.
Trying to write this review without using the clich words cute and cozy is so hard, because it was It s cozy in the way only the British royal family can be Picture the lovely Helen Mirren sitting in a clearing at Balmoral, and that prancing deer the epitome of visceral restraint That s this book At its center, penniless Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, is looking to strike out on her own, and earn a living an unheard of endeavor for someone with royal blood in the 1930s Why can t she be content to marry a distant wealthy relative, like all the other young ladies of good, royal breeding Leave it to stubborn Georgiana to get embroiled in murder, black mail, and seduction in the process This is the stuff that makes for fabulous reading While this book was nominated for the Agatha Award in 2007, I d say that the mystery element wasn t its strongest point Although it s my belief that that isnt necessarily a bad thing I see this book as an introduction to Georgie, her family, and Depression era London Everyone had fallen on hard times, and that included members of the aristocracy It was also startlingly witty and hilarious I listened to the audio edition of this book and the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, did a wonderful job of intoning the accent and demeanor of all of the characters I look forward to reading the next book in the series If you like historical cozy mystery books like this one, might I recommend the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood That is also an awesome series set in 1920s Australia, and I find that it s even better when you listen to the audio editions Check out the first book in the series, Cocaine Blues.
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 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 QueenEverything Seems To Be Going Swimmingly Until She Finds A Body In Her Bathtub And Someone Is Definitely Trying To Kill HerLengthHrs AndMins Oh, dear Another female 1930s light crime novel Badly written by another English authoress living in the USA On a bandwagon.
Some fun, a not bad, if obvious, denouement.
If you want to read it, skim read it quickly and it will be fairly enjoyable.
Badly paced, weak stereotypical characters, full of anachronistic words and phrases, and behaviours London 1932 Narrator Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke She bolted from Scotland and engagement to Fishface Prince Stiegfriend for London, where she has a built a fire in the hearth b fallen for an absolutely unsuitable Irish peerc made a few quid housekeeping incognita, andd been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy sonWhen an arrogant Frenchman trying to swipe her family estate winds up dead in her bathtub, how can she clear her very long family name