Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness

Book - 2007
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The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless twenty-something member of the extended royal family. Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey. But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her fiancZ Fish-Face, for London, where she has: a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hoursb) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royalc) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), andd) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son. Then an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family's 800-year-old estate for himself, winds up dead in her bathtub. Now her most important job is to clear her very long family name.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425215678
Branch Call Number: PR6052.O848 H47 2007
Bowen, R
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 21 cm


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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 Siegfried) -- for London, where she has:

a) built a fire in the hearth
b) fallen for an absolutely unsuitable Irish peer
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Apr 12, 2018

It's just bit too light for my taste & too predictable. Best as a timewaster.

Nov 28, 2017

This book should be filed and shelved in Teen Fiction, between The Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mystery series. Even the most ardent of Anglophiles would have a hard time with this one. A great grand-daughter of Queen Victoria becoming a scullery maid to make ends meet? It would be easier to believe she would turn into a pumpkin if she didn't return home before midnight. Give me a break. Will pass on the rest of the series.

Mar 04, 2017

A fun story but somewhat repetitive. Georgie seems to be based on both Miss Fisher (but a poorer version of) and Stephanie Plum, which makes for fun and games.
The mystery, however, is very light, predictable and easily solvable long before the end of the book.
Entertaining but not mysterious.

Jun 21, 2016

I adore this series by Rhys Bowen. It is funny and charming. An excellent beach book, characters developed just enough to keep you interested but not so detailed plots that you feel lost if you put it down for a day or two

Jan 17, 2016

I'd become sick of cozies and have avoided them for years. This book was entertaining and fun without being cutesy.

MsNavillus Dec 28, 2015

Read this one for the humor. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a perplexing mystery. The plot is entirely predictable.

martha_w Sep 26, 2015

This is an extremely fun mystery set in 1930s England, focusing on a minor member of the royal family (34th in line to the throne!) who turns amateur sleuth to clear her brother's name after he is accused of murder. Georgie is an extremely likable narrator, the cast of supporting characters was well-developed, the slight romantic subplot with an Irishman was enjoyable (and clearly to be continued in future books), and the entire book was a totally funny, fluffy read. I will definitely be reading the rest of these.

Apr 08, 2014

A charming tale, told by a very skilled writer. The book is, arguably, a female version of P.G. Wodehouse, in that it features those upper-class British families so many of us are intrigued by, but in this case from the female point of view. I enjoyed this story very much, and will be looking for more. It's a nice, comfortable way to pass some time reading and not have to feel depressed about the world afterward!

Mar 17, 2014

A hilarious debut from an author that understands the upper crust durng the 1930s. Although it starts slow, the journey is worth it - Georgie's situation gets more and more dire and her solutions are more outrageous. Until it is all wrapped up in a very satisfying conclusion.

Oct 11, 2013


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