Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness

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.Eve...

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Title:Her Royal Spyness
Author:Rhys Bowen
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Her Royal Spyness Reviews

  • Susan

    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.

  • Carolyn

    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

    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. 3.5★

  • Ingie

    I've been listening to the 8 hrs audiobook very well narrated by

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    is the first serial part (of 10 so far) in the mostly happy reviewed

    series (labeled in the cozy-mystery genre).

    A great start to a new audiobook year.

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    I've been listening to the 8 hrs audiobook very well narrated by

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    is the first serial part (of 10 so far) in the mostly happy reviewed

    series (labeled in the cozy-mystery genre).

    A great start to a new audiobook year.

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    Our young heroine Georgie has a slightly stupid and rather self-absorbed brother of fine noble title (

    ), 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 much more exciting opportunities in London.

    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.

    , a lot of handsome young gentlemen, strange things are happening and

    (aka Her Majesty the Queen) ask for a favor ...a spy favor.

    . Novels like this one are often called

    and is maybe my very new audiobook passion. I just want more of 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 many more of sweet Georgie's adventures as

    . I want to know more and follow her hilarious struggles in life.

    Loving it. My happy applauses!

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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    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 an

    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 was more focused 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 across more books. 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.

  • Zyra

    a light read. mystery was way too easy. i guessed it right away at the first hint.

    london in 1932. i liked that i got to read about royals. Georgina's character was smart, easygoing and fun to read. I really liked the author's writing style. i was hoping for a laugh out loud read. though it was highly entertaining with amusing lines. i didn't find it that funny.

  • Phrynne

    I am not a total cosy fan but this book starts the series with a very clever premise. Set in the 1930s in the UK, Georgie is 34th in line to the throne. She actually has afternoon teas with the Queen in Buckingham Palace which is just wonderful!

    There is not a lot of spying going on in this book despite the title. The Queen does send Georgie to a weekend house party to spy on her son and Wallis Simpson, but that part is very small. Most of the book revolves around a dead body in a bath and repea

    I am not a total cosy fan but this book starts the series with a very clever premise. Set in the 1930s in the UK, Georgie is 34th in line to the throne. She actually has afternoon teas with the Queen in Buckingham Palace which is just wonderful!

    There is not a lot of spying going on in this book despite the title. The Queen does send Georgie to a weekend house party to spy on her son and Wallis Simpson, but that part is very small. Most of the book revolves around a dead body in a bath and repeated attacks on Georgie's life.

    Georgie is an interesting character, not just because of her illustrious royal connections. She is smart, aware that she has been spoiled by her upbringing and not one to do the wrong thing. I like her attitude.

    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 more!

  • Felicia

    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 be

    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 been more fully 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.

  • Idarah

    Trying to write this review without using the cliché 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

    Trying to write this review without using the cliché 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,

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  • Vinaya

    Let's say one of your friends sets you up on a blind date with a guy you know nothing about. You go to the restaurant to meet him, and you're filled with trepidation because the whole experiment could go either way. You've heard really good things about him from your friend, but for all you know, she could just be biased, or your tastes may not match.

    You get to the restaurant, you find your blind date, and he's not bad to look at. In fact, he's quite appealing. You chat casually over cocktails

    Let's say one of your friends sets you up on a blind date with a guy you know nothing about. You go to the restaurant to meet him, and you're filled with trepidation because the whole experiment could go either way. You've heard really good things about him from your friend, but for all you know, she could just be biased, or your tastes may not match.

    You get to the restaurant, you find your blind date, and he's not bad to look at. In fact, he's quite appealing. You chat casually over cocktails and starters, and everything's going surprisingly well. Blind dates haven't worked out so well for you in the past. This one may be the jackpot, however. The guy seems smart, he manages to make you laugh out loud a couple of times, and the food and ambience are adding to the mystique. You mentally thank your friend and settle down to have a good evening.

    The waiter comes over to ask you for your main course choices. Your date asks for the cheapest, blandest-looking food on the menu. Uh-oh, you're a hearty-eating type of girl. But you decide to give him another chance, and ask him about your his job. It's like unleashing a veritable torrent. He tells you how underpaid he is, how everyone's out to get him, how he's so frickin' broke all the time, how his momma was a slut and his daddy was a clumsy fool, and how he's trying to escape a relationship with a fortune-hunter who sounds more than a little slutty and shifty. Oh, and he thinks his boss is embezzling from the company.

    You perk up, because it sounds like there will at least be an element of drama to enliven his dreary recital. You ask him if he is doing anything to confirm his suspicions. He tells you his best friend, who is completely innocent, has been arrested for the crime. Did you rescue him? you ask. He tells you that he has made some inquiries amongst the people who work in the company but nothing is forthcoming yet. He also tells you that he has drafted a couple of friends who move in the same circles to keep an eye out for his boss and report any suspicious behaviour. But what are

    doing about it? you ask insistently, and he waffles on a bit, and you realize, much to your disgust, that he is just expecting the answer to fall in his lap, without much positive action on his part.

    You don't want to be rude and walk out in the middle of the date, because he doesn't seem like a completely horrible person or anything, just a weak-willed nobody, and maybe he doesn't deserve quite the amount of scorn you're mentally heaping on his head. You struggle through the rest of the evening, hoping in vain to spot some of the charm and humor you thought you saw in him at the beginning of the evening. You get nothing. Zilch. Nada. You finally get to the end of the evening, pay the tab, and walk out heaving a sigh of relief, when he tells you hesitantly that he would like to see you again. Hell, no! You bid him farewell politely and walk off, wondering to yourself how something that had such potential could turn out to be such a bust.

  • John Frankham

    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

    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 peer

    c) made a few quid housekeeping incognita, and

    d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son

    When an arrogant Frenchman trying to swipe her family estate winds up dead in her bathtub, how can she clear her very long family name?"

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