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    Description

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she's culled from American gangster movies; cure said princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties.

    Then there's the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hannis' unwitting involvement with the Communist Party. It's enough to drive a girl crazy.

    ©2008 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

    Commentaires

    • Macavity Award, Historical Mystery, 2009

    "All the characters from the first book in this rollicking series are present here - Georgie's much-married actress mother, her kind-hearted and resourceful Cockney grandfather, her sophisticated friend Belinda and the enigmatic Darcy O'Mara, a penniless Irish peer to whom Georgie finds herself attracted. There are also fleeting references to the war clouds that are gathering in Europe and the rise of fascism at home and abroad, both of which are neatly tied in with the murders and their solution. It works - both as a grand period piece and a lighthearted and completely diverting mystery." (The Denver Post)

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    • AudioAddict
    • 08/03/2014

    A Royal HOOT!

    STORY - (mystery) A Royal Pain is Book 2 in the series, and I liked it even better than the first. It is set in 1932 England. The main character, Georgie, is a 21-year-old of Scottish noble birth who has moved to London and is learning to navigate the high-society single social scene. She also does some amateur sleuthing for the Queen. As the cover art suggests, this series is light and humorous. The characters are fun and likeable, even the bad ones, for the most part.

    This story centers around the visit of a Bavarian princess (Hanni) who comes to stay with Georgie. When numerous people start dying or being killed, the mystery begins. Despite all the fun, the mystery is complicated, engaging and very exciting. There are lots of clues and suspects, so you will need to pay attention, and it will keep you guessing till the end.

    PERFORMANCE - I must give out fives to narrators too easily because there are so many good ones, but then there's no room to rate a performance like this. I loved this narration. Every character has a different voice or accent. There's stuffy British royalty, cockney, Scottish, German, American, southern U.S. and probably more. And then the voice of Georgie's best friend Belinda, which is...well, just hear for yourself.

    OVERALL - The story stands alone, but if you don't listen to the series in order you will miss some character development and, of course, the slow-moving romance Georgie seems to be building with Darcy. I don't recall any cursing, but there are some adult comments and situations. I'd recommend this for girls high school age through adult. Probably not a book for guys, though the mystery is really good. Great fun + complicated mystery + awesome performance = highly recommended book.

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    • Coffee Lover
    • 17/01/2011

    More Royal Fun!

    If you haven't sampled this series, do yourself a favor. Start with the first and listen to them all. They are a wonderful mixture of humor, suspense and a bit of romance on the side. You will fall in love with the main characters as portrayed by the incomparable Katherine Kellgren.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 14/10/2011

    Absolutely fantastic narrator!

    I suspect I'd enjoy this even more were I English, or more
    knowledgeable about the English cast system, accents, and
    so on. Even without that, this (as others in the series) is a
    fantastic listen.

    Books available on Audible have a lot of great narrators. But also
    some who are just ho-hum, and some that are annoying (depending,
    of course, on your personal preferences). IMHO, Katherine Kellgren
    ranks among the best of the best.

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    • Mike T.
    • 10/11/2014

    Not as good as the first book.

    The first book was fresh and funny (if still a bit of a fluff read). This one is not as good. The story is thin, almost nonexistent at first and doesn't pick up until the end. About the ending though (No spoiler) - It's not a bad ending but to say that it's rushed is an understatement. Characters are still enjoyable to listen to thanks to Kellgren's excellent performance. If not for Kellgren I'd say, give this one a miss.

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    • Loves2Read
    • 16/01/2012

    Second Royal Spyness Mystery does not disappoint

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light mysteries and particularly if they listen while they drive. You don't have to have listened to the first book, but I think you will have missed out on the build-up of the characters. It is the characters that make it so funny. Although the situation here is amusing too. Lady Georgiana has to chaperone a Bavarian princess who is the Royal Pain of the title.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

    The most memorable moment for me was when the Princess's love interest was stabbed upstairs while Georgie was downstairs. A nasty bit of business that made the book more serious for several chapters.

    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Frankly, I am not sure that I would sit down and read any of these books - it is Katherine Kellgren's performance that makes them enjoyable for me. She brings out every bit of comedy there is by

    Any additional comments?

    These are light hearted mysteries for entertainment purposes.

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    • Terry
    • 29/08/2012

    Georgie at her best

    What did you love best about A Royal Pain?

    She is so funny...so innocent. Loved her as a maid...and as an escort LOL

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    • BJG
    • 12/05/2011

    A delight

    This series is so charming. Not the most challenging mystery in the world, but the characters are interesting, the setting is charming and narriator is top notch. I recomend this series to anyone who likes their murders cozy and Agatha Christy-ish.

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    • Marie
    • 17/11/2012

    Love the easy listening, british humor genre

    If you love british humor, love mysteries and love to make some fun of the "stiff british upper lift" than these series are for you. They are easy listening and delightful. I'd say if on sale, get two, regular priced, wait til you have listen to number one, and if you enjoy it, go for it.

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    • Mary
    • 01/02/2012

    Fun

    What made the experience of listening to A Royal Pain the most enjoyable?

    Great book for light, fun, listening. Good in the car, or while out walking.

    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find the naraters voice a bit grating, but ok.

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    • Simone
    • 22/12/2013

    Such a Pleasant Surprise

    Again I am surprised by how much l like this series! On the surface, it didn’t really seem like my style (fluffy cute comedy) but it’s great! I'm enjoying it so much.

    I think the narrator makes all the difference, she’s tremendous. (Katherine Kellgren)

    I’m definitely in for more instalments, but spaced out between longer heavier books because I want to conserve the “breath of fresh air” feeling these books instil in me.

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    • emma
    • 29/09/2019

    Königliches Vergnügen

    Wunderbar geschrieben, hinreißend erzählt, manchmal nicht ganz einfach zu verstehen durch die verschiedenen Dialekte, aber immer spannend:
    Absolut empfehlenswert!

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