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Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness

by Rhys Bowen

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Series: Her Royal Spyness (1)

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Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, a.k.a. Georgie, is a very minor royal, 34th in line to the throne, and half sister of the Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch. Unfortunately, it's the 1930s, and their father, the previous Duke, lost the family fortune and shot himself. Conditions at Castle Rannoch are grim, and made grimmer for Georgie when she discovers that a house party is planned to throw her together with Prince Siegfried of Romania, a potential suitor whom she has already rejected as "Fish-Face." Dull, stiff, unattractive.

She decides to go to London, with an invented excuse of a school friend's wedding, and find a way to support herself and, happily, avoid Siegfried.

Georgie is a very bright young woman with absolutely no practical training of any kind. She has been educated to be a minor royal and an ornament to society, not a self-supporting working woman. On her own in Rannoch House (her sister-in-law Fig [real name Hilda; the Duke, given name Hamish, is known as Binky] insisted they had no money to send a servant with her), she has to learn to lay a fire, cook, and take care of all the practical aspects of life that young ladies of her set never have to concern themselves with.

The experience gives her some practical education, but it's not sufficient to deal with discovering a dead body in her bathtub.

Georgie is a bright, engaging character, and Bowen surrounds her with other lively characters. This is a romp through England between the wars, with dark clouds on the horizon but right now the most threatening problem seeming to be the Prince of Wales's unsuitable fascination with the American, Wallis Simpson. Georgie's mother, a former actress, her non-royal grandfather, a former cop, and a variety of old school friends and acquaintances further enliven the story. These include Belinda Warburton-Stokes, an aspiring dress designer who is having difficulty getting her clients to actually pay her, Marissa, a imposing beauty with no head for drink, and Darcy O'Mara, an utterly charming, but impoverished and therefore unsuitable, Irish peer. Darcy teaches her the art of gate crashing for entertainment and meals, while Belinda instructs her in the fine art of writing convincing endorsements of her own clandestine cleaning service.

The mystery is decent, though we're a good distance from the end when a thumping Clue is dropped on Georgie's head and she misses it. Overall, this is just a lot of fun.

Recommended if you're looking for light reading.

I borrowed this book from a friend.
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  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
A step up from the general cozy mystery. For one thing, no animals were involved. The mystery wasn't much, but I enjoyed the main character and the premise - a minor member of the British royal family (36th in line for the throne) who is broke, and is trying to avoid being married off to the unpleasant prince of Romania. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
This is a light story about penniless royalty in England in the 1930s. I stopped reading about 25% into it. It is written very well and was entertaining, but I lost interest. It's just not my sort of story.
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Her Royal Spyness
4 Stars

Lady Victoria Georgina Charlotte Eugenie is 34th in line to the British throne. Unfortunately, she is also penniless and about to be married off to a pompous Romanian prince. To avoid this dreaded future, Georgie escapes to London where things go from bad to worse after she discovers the body of an arrogant Frenchman in her bathtub, and her brother, the Duke, is arrested for murder. Will Georgie be able to discover the real killer before it is too late?

A light hearted, charming and amusing cozy mystery that is not to be taken too seriously at all.

Set in 1930s London, a time period that is very familiar to me, the portrayal of the English aristocracy and upper classes is astute and incisive.

The mystery is rather obvious and it is easy to figure out the culprit, although the motive lacks foundation. Nevertheless, it is fun following along with Georgie as she stumbles across the various clues and almost gets herself killed on a number of occasions.

While the minor romance is engaging, Georgie's love interest needs work in order to fully fit the role of redeemable rake. It will be entertaining to see how that comes about.

Katherine Kellegrin's narration is superb. Her accents are spot on and she delivers each and every hilarious line of dialogue with wit and aplomb.

All in all, a lovely beginning to a promising series. Looking forward to Georgie's next adventure.
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  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Great fun read. Nice mystery that's not completely see-through, but doesn't tax the brain, either. I was over half way done with the book before I even realized it had really started. A bit fluffy, but perfect for when you just need a good story. ( )
  VanChocStrawberry | Apr 2, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425222527, Mass Market Paperback)

INTRODUCING ?A FEISTY NEW HEROINE? (JACQUELINE WINSPEAR) who?s thirty-fourth in line for the throne?and flat broke.

From the Agatha Award-winning author of the Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans mysteries!

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She?s bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she?ll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH?oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.

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Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. Shes bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where shell experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRHoh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.… (more)

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