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A Royal Pain It s s London and Lady Georgiana thirty fourth in line to the throne has a lot on her plate but little in her cupboards in this national bestseller Baked beans and boiled eggs That s what my ho

  • Title: A Royal Pain
  • Author: Rhys Bowen
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  • It s 1930s London, and Lady Georgiana thirty fourth in line to the throne has a lot on her plate, but little in her cupboards, in this national bestseller Baked beans and boiled eggs That s what my houseguest, the Bavarian Princess, will have to eat if I don t get help posthaste The Queen of England has requested I entertain said princess, placing her inIt s 1930s London, and Lady Georgiana thirty fourth in line to the throne has a lot on her plate, but little in her cupboards, in this national bestseller .Baked beans and boiled eggs That s what my houseguest, the Bavarian Princess, will have to eat if I don t get help posthaste The Queen of England has requested I entertain said princess, placing her in the playboy prince s path in hopes he might finally marry But queens never consider money, of which I have little And which is why I moonlight as a maid in disguise My plans 1 Clean house in manner of palace2 Blackmail brother Binky into sending a few quid3 Un teach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies lest she address queen as old broad , and 4 Keep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like fish.Then there s the matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni s unwitting involvement with the communist party It s enough to drive a girl mad

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    About "Rhys Bowen"

    1. Rhys Bowen

      I m a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s It s lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award winning short stories I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California wintersWhen I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.Series Constable Evan Mystery Molly Murphy Mysteries Her Royal Spyness MysteriesAwards Agatha Award Best Novel 2001 Murphy s LawReviewer s Choice Award Historical Mystery 2001 Murphy s Law

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    1. Review written May 26, 20164.3 Stars - Simply wonderfully cozy 9 hrs mystery fun Book #2My latest reading passion (started last fall) are all these lighthearted cozy mysteri novels. A genre even better as audiobooks. I really liked the serial starter, Her Royal Spyness (4.2), back in January. It was with a good feeling I started this second part.London June, 1934So much fun to once again meet the Queen's amateur spy. Lady Georgie (aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of [...]


    2. A fun vacation read. I enjoyed the antics in this book. Lady Georgie is 34th in line for the throne, but penniless and living in London without an allowance.In this story, she does some maturing in terms of seeing people as equals. As in the first book, the mystery is a small part of the story. This series is a fun, light, fluffy look at social status and societywith a few dead bodies and mystery sprinkled throughout. A fun read.


    3. Another fun cosy mystery with the penniless Lady Georgiana (Great Granddaughter of Queen Victoria & 34th in line to the throne)In this instalment, Georgie has been asked by the Queen to entertain a visiting foreign Princess, who the Queen hopes will catch the eye of the Prince of Wales and turn him away from “that dreadful Simpson woman”. But things are never simple & before long there are dead bodies, communists & shoplifting to deal with all while attending Royal Functions, Par [...]


    4. "A Royal Pain" is the second in the Lady Georgiana series by Rhys Bowen. In this one, set in Depression era London, Georgie's house cleaning business isn't going that well but she is scraping by, living alone in Rannoch House and eating baked beans and toast. One day she is summoned to Buck House by Queen Mary. It seems the Queen is very concerned about her son David's inappropriate attachment to "that awful American woman", Wallis Simpson, and has decided to try to entice him to a more suitable [...]


    5. What a hysterical and riotous treat this series is turning out to be. Had P. G. Wodehouse ever written mysteries - I can see them having felt like this.


    6. I simply loved this second installment of the continuing adventures of Lady Georgiana. I found much of it hilarious and on audio it is a scream! It really comes through with Hanni's German accent and her "gangster-speak." Katherine Hellgren, the narrator does a great job, as usual, with all the accents, it makes it so much fun to listen to. I think it really enhances all of it, especially the voices of all the males with their 1930's cant, like Gussie and poor Tubby. It really makes me feel like [...]


    7. I enjoyed this second novel about Lady Georgianna "Georgie" Rannoch. Even though it is a mystery that has several murders, overall, it is lighthearted and fun. I like the character of Georgie, and her misadventures are a delight to read. Lady Georgianna Rannoch, thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, is summoned to tea by the queen. This is never a good omen for Georgie. When she is received by the queen, she is asked to entertain a young, German princess as her houseguest. Georgie, knowi [...]


    8. Rhys Bowen's A Royal Pain, the follow up to Her Royal Spyness, is as good if not better than the first book! I thoroughly enjoyed this from beginning to end, and even have the dark eye circles to show for it. I simply could not put it down.We meet Georgie again, who's still dealing rather matter-of-factly with her penniless existence and is as humorous and witty as ever. To make her life worse (and amuse us further), the Queen's decided that visiting Princess Hannelore (Hanni) of Bavaria should [...]


    9. 1.5 starsOnce again I expected more, and once again I find myself dissatisfied. It takes forever for the 'mystery' to begin in full force. Georgie is repetitive, whiny, and incredibly dense. Like the first book, she doesn't really solve anything but gets thrown into the answer by the villain's actions - always conveniently at the right time/place. On top of that, the writing was jarring. The choice of words from characters, the incredible articulation of anti-communist proponents, and all the 'h [...]


    10. Sometimes I just read a book and sit back and just say wow. That was the case with this book. It was amazing and I finished it in less than a day.I find Georgie absolutely hilarious and down-to-earth. Even though she was raised in nobility I love the fact that she has no problems with playing the part of a maid to survive, it's great! The Princess Hanni was also absolutely hilarious in this book, with her gangster talk. I'd like to learn a bit more about Darcy, he is still surrounded with a lot [...]


    11. 4 1/2 stars. What a fun book! All the characters are so engaging and delightful, except of course for the ones who aren't supposed to be. The plot led me astray a couple of times and worked out quite nicely in the end.



    12. Got to love another Royal cozy mystery read.With Georgiana on the case trying to solve who's doing it and why.Of course you think this person done it then you think that person. At times it's a mystery but it's enjoyable one.


    13. Now that I know there's less spying and more detecting, I enjoyed this one a lot, even though there's basically no twist you don't see coming from a mile away.


    14. ROYAL PAIN is the second book in Rhys Bowen’s ‘Her Royal Spyness’ series starring the lovely Lady Georgiana (Georgie), thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Being well-connected does not mean she is very wealth – far from it as her father lost all his money. So as not to be a burden on her brother, and to make ends meet, Georgie works secretly at cleaning London houses for her own social set. She is even developing a few domestic skills of her own [...]


    15. This is the second in the A Royal Spyness Mystery series, and it’s just as fun and entertaining as the first. Lady Georgiana is a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria and thirty fourth in line to the throne, but almost totally broke, so to afford the wardrobe and lifestyle expected of a royal she periodically hires herself out as a maid—incognito, of course. This time around her life is complicated by Queen Mary’s request that Georgie host a young and beautiful but hard to handle Bavarian [...]


    16. Okay, I was all ready to say that this was it - I'm not continuing with this series. However, I was not done with the book. I was about 92% done when I was ready to throw in the towel: then the last 7% hooked me again. Oh my god - I'm hooked by the heroine's potential romance and love interest. I can't believe it. The woman who professes to not really like romances. Frankly, much of the book was tedious. Its supposed to be humorous, that Georgie, thirty-four in line to the throne on England, is [...]


    17. Book 2 in the series. Nothing profound here, of course, but quite entertaining, with a boy-crazy Bavarian princess that HM wants to set up with the Prince of Wales and cut out That American Woman (Wallis Simpson). So Georgie has to host the princess, her companion, a German baroness, and her maid. Since she can't afford servants, her Cockney grandfather poses as her butler and his neighbor/girlfriend as her cook.Georgie takes the princess to a party, which turns out to be alcohol- and cocaine-fu [...]


    18. First things first: The Royal Spyness series is ridiculous fluff. I love it.This is what I want out of fluff. The story hangs together, the characters are fun, and the pace is just right. For a mystery series, it’s mystery lite, which would bother me except that I really enjoy the rest of the novel’s subplots and characters. While I did figure out a few big parts of the whodunnit fairly early, Ms. Bowen throws in enough twists that I still enjoyed the journey.Georgie is a fun heroine, mostly [...]


    19. The hints were so heavy handed as to whom the baddie was that you got irritated with the heroine, Lady Georgie, first cousin to the King himself (George son of Edward and grandson of Queen Victoria. She is entirely fictional. In any case, the princess is American and trying to hide the fact by loving gangster talk. Queen May thinks she is just the cute little thing to make her son Edward lose interest in Mrs. Simpson and wants Georgina to take her in and show her around to parties where her son [...]


    20. I'm reading this series fifteen minutes at a time, during my break at work, and that seems to be working out just fine. As in the first book, Bowen takes a long run at the mystery, so I'm finding it easier to think of the series as historical fiction that happens to have a mystery attached to it. As it happens, I figured out the mystery well before the end, so that way of thinking made the book rather more enjoyable than frustrating. The characters are still interesting, and I find myself warmin [...]


    21. Unlike the first book in this series, I felt like I was taking way too long to read through this one. For one reason, I felt the author aptly named this book, as the 'Royal Pain' certainly was! I got tired of her antics, leaving Georgie in her dust.Also, Georgie seemed to do a few fantastical - and stupid - things, unlike her adventure in the first book. All in all, while the storyline was interesting, I felt like it was a bit of work to get through this one due to some of the unpleasant charact [...]


    22. A surprising downer, the second book in the series has a horrible scene where the main character is sexually assaulted, plus we get to see all the foundations being laid in '32 for the fascist and communist bloodshed coming up in the 40's. Ugh - NOT what I look for in a book marketed as a "cozy."If Bowen wants a reoccurring antagonist for her heroine - less Adolph Hitler and more Wallis Simpson please.


    23. I'd read this before (but that was in print). The audiobook, however, far exceeds that. Some narrators do such a wonderful job. Katie Kellgren is one of the best.This Lady Georgiana mystery/adventure exceeds the first book by far. Intrigue, romance, and crazy foreigners -- all included in a wonderful historical package. I love these!


    24. I enjoyed the story line in this book, and the 1st one in the series. But, I did not like the way the author dwelt on the characters sex-lifes (or, in one case, lack thereof). Not really graphic, just constantly running through what would otherwise be a cute mystery.


    25. Okay, so maybe I was wrong about this series. I was just so bored with most of this book that I really shouldn’t claim to have read it. I still enjoy Georgie, the main character, but this story was utterly dull.


    26. I expected a book set in the 30's to be much cleaner. The author ruined a fun mystery with her lewdness. I won't be reading her again.


    27. I feel very lucky. Have kept in touch with a former book club buddy after our club ended, and she sent me a referral about the "Her Royal Spyness Mysteries" and she thought I would like this series. Well finally, a few years later I finally found a copy of Book #2 of the series call "A Royal Pain." And boy, is she right. This is an adorable book, and I feel that the series will be quite enjoyable as I move along.Sometimes I just read a book and just say wow. That was the case with this book. It [...]


    28. What a delight! Second in this series Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen, "A Royal Pain" continues the adventures of Lady Georgiana, 34th in line for the crown of Great Britain. Georgie has all of the responsibility of being a member of the royal family. She must comport herself with dignity at all times and be an asset to King George V and Queen Mary. Yet, she is virtually penniless.The queen is ever concerned about her son's involvement with the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. She asks Georgie [...]



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