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Her Royal Spyness Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime; Reprint edition (July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425222527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425222522
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant...Part love story, part social commentary, part fun and part downright terrifying. And completely riveting...This book is perfect (Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

It's the perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts (Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author)

A feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers (Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author)

Whimsical...Bowen successfully melds a whodunit with comedy as few contemporary writers can (Publishers Weekly)

[A] charming, delightfully fresh of historical cozies who like Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series will snap this up (Library Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A mix of Wodehousian farce and whodunit that is sure to appeal to Downtown Abbey fans, Lady Georgie - 34th in line to the throne, flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression - is embroiled in a mystery. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Lady Georgiana has a problem. She's over the age where she should be married, but she's still single. And her brother has just cut off her allowance.

Now if you're thinking, "No problem, just get a job" then you need a few more details. See, Georgie is thirty-fourth in line for the throne of England and this is 1932 London. Even though she has no money, working is beneath her class. Beside, what can she really do?

Georgie doesn't let that stop her, however. She starts trying her hand at anything she can think of, as anonymously as possible of course. And she may have found the perfect way to make some money to support her self. That is, until she finds a very dead man in her own bathtub. How did he get there? And, more importantly, is Georgie's life in danger?

I've been a devoted fan of Rhys Bowen's work since I discovered it five years ago. So buying this book was a no brainer. And I must say I enjoyed it.

The mystery itself was a little slow, especially at the beginning. Once it got going, it held my interest until the end. And I was completely stumped, figuring it out only when Georgie did.

What kept me going was Georgie herself. She is lots of fun with a great sense of humor. Her narration had me grinning most of the way through the book. She's just the right mix of upper class and realist to be immediately likable.

This book is as much about Georgie's search to support herself as it is the mystery. If read as such, it will be very satisfying. Light and fun reading.
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HER ROYAL SPYNESS (Cozy-Lady Victoria-England-1930s) - G
Bowen, Rhys - 1st in series
Berkeley Prime Crime, 2008, US Paperback - ISBN: 9780425222522

First Sentence: There are two disadvantages to being a minor royal.

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie may be 34th in line for the throne, but she is also broke. She is staying at the family mansion, Rennoch House, in London and learning to be self-sufficient.

A disagreeable Frenchman shows up at the door looking for her brother. He claims their father, a gambler who had lost the family fortune, had also lost the family home, Castle Rennoch. Victoria later finds the Frenchman dead in the bathtub and her brother her brother headed back to the Castle. She doesn't believe her brother killed the Frenchman; how she just has to prove it.

This first book in Ms. Bowen's new series introduces us to a cast of delightful characters. While some seem to be social stereotypes, it's hard not to be drawn to Lady Victoria and her non-titled grandfather, an ex-policeman. In fact, almost the first half of the book introduces us to the characters. Only after that do we get into the mystery, which is decently done except for way too many coincidences.

The book is a bit too light for my taste, but it is a fun.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1932, a well-brought-up young lady, 34th in line to the English throne, simply does not take up paid employment, no matter how hard up her family is, or given that she has had her allowance cut off. But Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie does not care for the conventions. She's determined to make her own way in the world, so she bolts from the family home in Scotland and heads to London. But once there, she finds that she not only has to learn how to build a fire and dust, but also discovers that life may have become much more complicated than she could ever have imagined. The Queen commands her to spy on her son's current amour, Wallis Simpson, she finds herself having feelings for a totally unsuitable Catholic Irishman who's way too charming for his own good, and she's beginning to worry somebody's trying to kill her.

This is a delightful story; Lady Georgiana is cheerful and flippant about her class in life, yet very alive to the distinctions in Society that make so many people worse off than her; she loves her family and friends yet does not shy away from their failings; and she's determined that anybody trying to make trouble for her family will not get away with it, if she has anything to do with it.

The style of writing is light and engaging, and the story is complex enough to keep the reader's interest, and intriguing and a jolly good `detective'-type story along with it. Definitely recommended, and I shall be looking out for more in this series.
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Format: Hardcover
And the body of a dead Frenchman is exactly what Lady Georgiana, the heroine of this book, finds in her bath at the start of this comic murder mystery.

This is the first in a series of, currently, three "Royal Spyness" mysteries by Rhys Bowen, who is also the author of the "Molly Malone" and "Constable Evans" mystery series. The heroine and central character is a delightful but penniless minor royal called Lady Georgiana (full name Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, but known to her friends as Georgie), great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and half-sister of the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch.

The book is set in 1932. On overhearing that Queen Mary has asked her brother to organise a house party in the hope of marrying her off to Prince Seigfried of Romania, who she can't stand, Georgie escapes to the family home in London, Rannoch House. This does not get her away from the Queen's plans for long: instead HM asks Georgie to spy on the Prince of Wales and report back on whether he is really serious about this american woman, Mrs Simpson, who the prince seems to be spending a lot of time with.

Before this gets very far, Georgie finds the aforementioned foreign body in the bath at Rannoch House. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that both Georgie and her brother would have had a strong motive to murder the dead man, and the Duke is arrested. While trying to keep an eye on the Prince of Wales, find evidence to clear her brother's name, and surreptitiously earn a few pennies to keep body and soul together, Georgie comes to suspect that someone is trying to murder her too. But why?
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