Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Bowen, author of the successful "Molly Murphy" and "Constable Evans" series, turns her attention to 1930s London and Lady Georgiana, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and 34th in line to the English throne. Despite their high-class breeding, the Rannoch family is quite broke, and Georgie must make ends meet in London with no money and no staff to take care of her needs. Then someone murders the odious Frenchman who had planned to seize the Rannochs' Scottish estate. Because Lady Georgiana asks questions to save her brother, who is the prime suspect, the killer's attention turns to her. Delightfully naïve, charming, and quite smart, Georgie is a breath of fresh air. Don't miss this delightful cozy series launch. Bowen lives in Northern California. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ3/1/07.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Library Journal
Making her series debut, penniless Lady Victoria ends up defending her royal name when a dead Frenchman winds up in her bathtub in 1930s London. Agatha Award winner Bowen lives in San Rafael, CA. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425222522
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Royal Spyness Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 108,726
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won seven, including both Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries set in Wales. She was born in England and lives in Northern California.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    well crafted Depression Era mystery

    The year is 1932 and Great Britain is in the middle of the Depression which is even affecting the aristocracy. Lady Victoria Georgiana ¿Georgie¿ Charlotte Eugenie is ultra feeling the pinch of poverty while living with her brother Binky the Duke of Rannoch at Rannoch Castle in the wilds of Scotland. When she hears him and her sister-in-law trying to marry her off to Prince Siegfried of Romania, who she believes has the Fish-Face of a cod, she bolts for London. --- She works at Harrods for only a few hours before her own mother gets her fired. While learning to live in a house without any servants Binky comes on a business matter. Gaston de Mauxville has proof that her father gambled Rannoch Castle away to him. When Georgie comes back to Rannoch House after leaving on an errand she finds de Mauxville dead in the bathtub and Binky nowhere to be found. When Scotland Yard arrests him for the murder of de Mauxville Georgie tries to find out who the really killer is because Binky is too wishy-washy to even contemplate murder. A series of accidents any one of which could have killed Georgie has her wondering if someone close to her is the killer --- Rhys Bowen has two successful historical mystery series to her credit and this book starts a fresh one that will succeed as well. It is very different in tone and scope from her other words as she takes reader into the lives of the aristocracy at a time when poverty is beginning to take root. Readers will adore Georgie who finds that life is better when she ignores her thirty something line to the crown so she can live life her way. HER ROYAL SPYNESS is a well crafted Depression Era mystery with an interesting pool of suspects. --- Harriet Klausner

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Her Royal Spyness

    Georgie is a fun, engaging character that not only do you enjoy reading her story but you almost want her to jump off the page and hang out for a day. I rarely ever fall for a character this quickly but Georgie is just so much fun. She has a sense of self that you rarely find in fiction or in real life for that matter. She knows who she is, it's that simple. There is no illusion or pretense to her.


    As far as the story goes, it quick and fun. I managed to read the book in one sitting simply because I didn't want to stop reading it. It had me engaged from the start. Once Georgie arrives in London, she finds herself unemployed with no money and a big old house that she doesn't know how to run. She has no servants to clean or take care of her so she ends up boiling water and giving herself sponge baths to clean up and eats as little as she can get away with.


    The rest of the books is a fast paced whirlwind. She meets Mr. Darcy O'Mara, a penniless Irish Peer who she can't help but be attracted to even when she thinks he may be the bad guy and runs into her old school friend Belinda Warburton-Stoke, a budding fashion designer who is living way beyond her means. Both of these characters are well written and you find yourself wishing they could join Georgie in jumping out of the story. They and the other supporting characters add to the book. There is not badly written or un-needed character which is a refreshing change.


    The mystery itself, the whole point of the book, is cleverly done and well mapped out. After finding the dead man in her bathtub, Georgie does what she can to protect her brother, who has come under suspicion, and find the real murderer. After several near death experiences, including a near drowning, a fall down the stairs, and a falling statue; Georgie uses her brain and quite a bit of luck to solve the case.


    Now this is were my real only problem with the mystery aspect of it appears. I figured out who the killer was way, way before Georgie did. Normally, this would ruin the story for me as I like a book that surprises me by the killer's identity but I will forgive this book and this author for that. The villain is so much fun and whiny at the end that you can't help but get a chuckle out of it.


    The is a light, quick read that is so well done that I almost wished there was more to it. I didn't want to the book to stop and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Fantastic Historical Mystery

    This was one of the most fantastic historical mysteries that I have read in a while. I honestly could not put it down. The main character, Georgie, is an extremely likable heroine. I liked the author's decision to write in the first person, which made each scene very vivid and intriguing. I got to see the inner workings of her mind, as she searched to unravel the mystery. I would highly recommend this book, and I can hardly wait to start book #2, A Royal Pain.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2010

    JUST AMAZING

    I can't even describe how amazing these books are. I end up reading them in a day or two because i can't put them down... i just wished Bowen came out with the new books FASTER!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    Cute Storyline

    I found this book to be a quick read, easy to follow and an enjoyable way to pass time in an airport or at home. The lead character, Georgie, is sweet, easy to like, and a person you want to get to know better. Her immediate family is just eccentric enough to hope Georgie always gets the last word in. And of course her royal relatives seem fairly true to form. Rhys Bowen uses some real people and places, but not quite enough for my tastes. Hopefully they will play a bigger part in her coming novels. I also hope in the next novels in this series Georgie has a little more spunk. All and all I do recommend reading this novel.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    This was a really wonderful, light-hearted mystery. Georgie is a

    This was a really wonderful, light-hearted mystery. Georgie is an endearing, if somewhat silly, heroine, and the mystery was engaging without taxing one's brain cells too much. The historical details lent it a nice feel, and overall, it was a fun, quick, and cheerful read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Her Royal Spyness (2007) is the first is Rhys Bowen's new Royal Spyness mystery series, as the complete title, Her Royal Spyness Solves Her First Case, suggests. The year is 1932 and, like many others, the Rannoch family is in monetary distress thanks to the stock market crash of 1929. Unlike most people, the Rannoch's problems stem from finding money to maintain a scary, draft castle in the Scottish highlands when the family estate has, for all intents and purposes, run dry.

    Younger sister to the new Duke of Antholt and Rannoch, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (Georgie to most everyone) knows that she is on the cusp of a great change. What Georgie does not expect is to leave her home in Scotland for the hustle and bustle of England to seek her fortunes, which will hopefully amount to more than the non-existent allowance from her family. Thirty-fourth in line to the English thrown on one side, daughter of a stunningly beautiful and unreliable actress on the other, Georgie is ill-equipped for life alone in a big city. She is even less equipped when it comes to finding a job to continue living in said city--Swiss Finishing Schools do not pride themselves on their resume building courses after all.

    With limited options are her disposal, Georgie has no choice but to find a job. As if that isn't complicated enough she also has to spy on the Queen's playboy son to see if he is really involved with an American and deal with a beastly Frenchman who claims he owns the Rannoch family estate. When said Frenchman turns up dead in said family's home, well, things only get worse as Georgie is thrown headfirst into a murder investigation.

    Her Royal Spyness is a fun, light read by a critically-acclaimed mystery writer. Fan's of Bowen's Molly Murpy Mysteries (starting with Murphy's Law) will definitely enjoy this book and realize that the similarities between the series do not stop at their strong-willed heroines. Bowen also once again include a bad-boy Irish love interest in the form of one Darcy O'Meara--a more likable character than Molly's Detective Daniel O'Sullivan if not perhaps as original a character. Fans of historical, humorous mysteries will also enjoy this title.

    That said, the story does often run thin on mystery. The narrative also verges toward the pretentious though, to be fair, that might be a necessary fault when the narrator is practically royalty. (And, on a completely personal level, I found Georgie's best-friend Belinda completely insufferable but that might be me.) In the world of mysteries, Georgie is a relatively young narrator at twenty-two years of age. As a result off-the-case chatter often involves youthful topics like suitors and (excessively) bedroom matters (nothing bawdy though of course). If you want a true mystery this might not be your book, if you want a quick and fun mystery Her Royal Spyness is just the ticket.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Fun read

    Read the abridged version from Readers Digest partners for sight. This story had me from page one. The insigt of a minor royal, not such a royal life. It was not very hard to figure out who the bad guy was here but delightful enough for me to purchase number two in this series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2011

    Great Read for any historical/mystery fans

    Plot a trifle hackneyed, but charming well-drawn characters blended with a detailed historical background makes a delightful 'can't-put-it-down' read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    A Royal Dissapointment!

    This was my first Rhys Bowen novel to read and I was a bit dissapointed. Nice story idea, but action was dull and other characters were not very convincing. Easy book to put down. Will try the second book and see if its any better. I took a chance and read the first of Ms. Bowen's Molly Murphy Series and it was fantastic. Highly recommend "Murphy's Law". Hopefully Georgianna will get a little more personality and spunk and the "Royal Mystery" series will improve.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    I enjoyed what I could read of it...

    I bought this as a nook book and it only came with the first 7 chapters. What happened?

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2008

    Clever

    Delightful little mystery to read. It's clever and entertaining. Can't wait for the next one to be released.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Quick and Entertaining Mystery

    The first volume in a new series, "Her Royal Spyness" is quick, light, and fun. Georgie is a wonderful protagonist: smart, witty, and down to earth. The supporting cast -- especially Georgie's Granddad and best friend Belinda -- are just as well developed, and add a humorous note to the story.

    Recommended to fans of Elizabeth Peters. -- lyradora

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Love this book

    Great characters and a lot of fun to read! This book contains a nice touch of social history as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    I truly enjoyed this read. I was absolutely hooked I was after t

    I truly enjoyed this read. I was absolutely hooked I was after the first page. That is rare these days. A clever author. I am eager to read more. 

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    Posted January 6, 2014

    To austin

    Wanna chat

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    Posted January 6, 2014

    Austin

    Yeah:( why did u tell himbu had to go and ure still on?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Brook

    Its ok so will you go out with me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Jake

    Sorry bout me and stacy

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