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Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1)

Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1)

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by Rhys Bowen

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans mysteries turns her attentions to “a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers.”*

London, 1932. Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the English throne, is flat broke. She's



The New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans mysteries turns her attentions to “a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers.”*

London, 1932. Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the English throne, is flat broke. She's bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed. London is a 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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“An insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire and drawing room comedy of errors.”—*New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear

“The perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts.”—New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie

“Fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing will be quite pleased.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Georgie’s high spirits and the author’s frothy prose are utterly captivating.”—The Denver Post

“A smashing romp.”—Booklist (starred review)

Library Journal

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

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Royal Spyness Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is the author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, 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 now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

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Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Ealisaid More than 1 year ago
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.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Joyce Davis More than 1 year ago
Plot a trifle hackneyed, but charming well-drawn characters blended with a detailed historical background makes a delightful 'can't-put-it-down' read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Kimi_and_Stevies_Mom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
A-Novel-A-Day--- More than 1 year ago
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.
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I love this series. once I read the first one, I couldn't stop reading them
Louise-T More than 1 year ago
So much fun! Although some of the characters are a little predictable and stereotypical, our main girl, Georgie, keeps the story moving quickly along. The first-person approach to telling the story will be interesting as the series continues. I fully intend to read more!
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druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This book was somewhat humourous but not much mystery solving had a hard time finishing. ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review***
Grammykf More than 1 year ago
Love anything that involves real historic character. Great Series. Believable Heroine. Now reading the rest.
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I had quite a few laughs in this book. The author did a delightful job of showing higher class vs. Lower class lifestyles and why never the twain shooukd meet. Read this, it is an hilarious spoof and fun read. Bright heroine and courageous too.
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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and a lot of fun to read! This book contains a nice touch of social history as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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