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Her Royal Spyness (A Royal Spyness Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Now if you're thinking, "No problem, just get a job" then you need a few more details. See, Georgie is thirty-fourth in line for the throne of England and this is 1932 London. Even though she has no money, working is beneath her class. Beside, what can she really do?
Georgie doesn't let that stop her, however. She starts trying her hand at anything she can think of, as anonymously as possible of course. And she may have found the perfect way to make some money to support her self. That is, until she finds a very dead man in her own bathtub. How did he get there? And, more importantly, is Georgie's life in danger?
I've been a devoted fan of Rhys Bowen's work since I discovered it five years ago. So buying this book was a no brainer. And I must say I enjoyed it.
The mystery itself was a little slow, especially at the beginning. Once it got going, it held my interest until the end. And I was completely stumped, figuring it out only when Georgie did.
What kept me going was Georgie herself. She is lots of fun with a great sense of humor. Her narration had me grinning most of the way through the book. She's just the right mix of upper class and realist to be immediately likable.
This book is as much about Georgie's search to support herself as it is the mystery. If read as such, it will be very satisfying. Light and fun reading.
This work is absolutely hilarious. The plot, which has been told and retold here by other reviewers, simply put, concerns a young member of the royal family, set in England and Scotland, in 1932. The young lady has found herself cut off from what little family money there is, has no servants, is absolutely clueless as to how to even start a fire, much less prepare a meal other than toast and warmed over baked beans. She finds herself, on her own, in prewar London.
It has been pointed out by a couple of other reviewers that perhaps this work may be of more interest to women than to men. This could be true, but if you are like me, you will read just about anything as long as it is well written. Another point mentioned by a couple of reviewers is that the attitudes displayed by many of the characters in this book fit our times, socially, rather than those of England in the 1930s. I do respectfully disagree with this observation. The attitudes may not have been physically manifested during those times, but I can assure you the thoughts were there.Read more ›
The Queen, a sort of all-seeing head of the family, somehow knows Georgiana has come to London the moment she arrives, and summons her to ask her to check out the dubious romantic involvement the Prince has tangled himself up in. Why? Because everyone relies on Georgiana to have a bit of brains, which isn't quite so apparent unless it's relative to her brother the Duke, whom is known as not being clever at all.
Most of the book concerns Georgiana and her aristocratic but down-at-heel friends crashing parties for the food and trying to make some money with some odd ideas (in Georgiana's case, working at Harrod's and being fired the first day, and doing light cleaning for the very people who would actually recognize her!). What about the assignment for the Queen? Nothing until the end aside from a brief chance meeting. In the meantime, an actual murder mystery does rear its head (about mid-book) when Georgiana finds a man floating in the bathtub of the huge, empty London house she's staying in (she can't afford servants).Read more ›
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it was just fun. I had just finished reading a "serious" book and needed a change and this book was a lighthearted mysteryPublished 5 days ago by always looking
Cute story. A light read. Characters were developed throughout the story nicely. This is a beach or weekend book, you can put it down and pick up later without trying to remember... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Cindy
Very entertaining. Light/easy read that was great for a vacationPublished 13 days ago by Sarah H. Ridley
I couldn't stop reading this once I started. Fun and fresh. Interesting characters and enough historical figures to spice it upPublished 21 days ago by Judy Brown
Then it just keeps getting better and better.
I love the characters in and the tone of the story. It is certainly my cuppa. I am off to start the next in the series. Read more
Fun cozy mystery. Not intended to be great literature, but perfect for an audiobook while doing other things. Will definitely read more of the series.Published 1 month ago by Biblio Phile
These are fun. The narration is superb. But you should be aware there is a strong, ongoing homophobia in the books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harry Kelley