Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1)

Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1)

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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101207369
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Royal Spyness Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 7,583
File size: 385 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 171 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. It is light, funny, and smart. The author uses history very effectively to give the story weight and relevance. I actually enjoyed a few movies more after reading the series due to have a better understanding of the historical context. She also does a fantastic job of giving an after explanation when she takes historical liberties for the sake of the story. Enjoy!
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast, fun read. Despite her limited resources,as 34th in line for the throne she's been surrounded by servants for most of her life, she's a resourceful and intrepid heroine. I look forward to reading other books in the series.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read on May 14, 2012Read for Fun/Operation TBROverall Rating: 4.00Story Rating: 3.75Character Rating: 4.25Audio Rating (not part of the overall Rating): 5.00First thought when finished: What a romping good time!What I Loved: Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is a hoot and a half! She is stubborn, independent, and acutely aware of what she should/should not do as a relative of the Queen BUT also aware that she must make a living. Guess which one trumps the other? She tries being a maid that sets up houses before people arrive home and working at a departments store. She manages to get herself in trouble and it was lovely to trounce along with her. I really loved each and every minute of her escapades. What I Liked: The cast of character in Her Royal Spyness were as varied as a cast could get. There were some that made me giggle, others that made me squeamish, and one that made me swoon (though he is a bit of a cad). They added to Victoria's charms and in some cases added to her shenanigans. Her best friend was particularly fun and I am sure not overly approved by the queen :)Audio Rating: Katherine Kellgren did an extraordinary job narrating Her Royal Spyness. I felt like she was Victoria and she did fantastic with the male characters too. I really got lost in her telling of the story.Final Thought: If you like historical cozy mysteries--I highly recommend this one!
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book about a 1930s distant relative of the queen. She's 34th in line to the thrown, broke, unable to earn a living, educated basically to be a trophy wife. She comes to live in London on her own and has to learn to set a fire, cook and do everyday things. She gets fired after working on the cosmetics counter at Harrods after 5 hrs. She comes home one evening to find a murdered man in her bathtub. That begins the mystery. Very amusing and entertaining.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First in a new series by Rhys Bowen. Bowen also writes the Molly Murphy series set in 19th century New York, which is pretty good, and the Evan Evans series set in modern small town Wales, which I really enjoy. This one features Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne in 1930s England. Georgie is young and beautiful and flat broke. Since her education prepared her to marry and not much else, she hasn't got a lot of options. She could marry Fishface, the royal suitor the Palace is pushing at her, but that's not very appealing. So she tries to find other ways to earn some cash. Then a mysterious Frenchman turns up, claiming that he holds the title to her ancestral home. Just as she and her brother the earl begin to object, the man turns up dead. In their bathtub.This one was a fun read. I liked the setting and Georgie is an appealing character. It's not exactly deep, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The language gets a little racy, but it's pretty clean and very much a cozy. I also read the second in the series, A Royal Pain, which was also good, but had more sexual themes. Cautious thumbs up on this one.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift for my mom for Christmas, because I know her taste in books, and besides, I thought it sounded like a good read, too. After she finished reading it, she loaned it to me. Is that like buying her a bowling ball with my name engraved on it?
gwnhwyfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Funny, slightly romantic, lots of character development, historical (but certainly not stuffy!), very cozy. Figured out the "bad guy" half way through, though my reasoning was slightly off... ;) I do have an issue with the cover - Georgie has reddish-blonde hair! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adorable book. Lots of fun and fluff with a generous helping of murder mystery. I took this with me on vacation and tore through it in a couple of days. Looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Georgie, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, related to the king of England through his grandmother Queen Victoria, is 34th in line to the English throne. Georgie is the product of her father's second marriage to a "bolter", and at 21 is living in Castle Rannoch with no real income and no prospects.She determines to take charge of her own future when she overhears a conversation between her half brother Binky and his wife Fig about the Queen's intentions to use Georgie as marriage bait for a visiting Romanian Royal. Georgie decides to make her escape to Rannoch House in London despite the fact that she will have no maid or other help in the house with her. Queen Mary hears that she has come to London and commissions Georgie to be her eyes and ears in the Prince of Wales' escalating affair with an American woman.In the meantime Georgie has to decide how she will earn an income and life becomes rather complicated when a man is drowned fully clothed in a bath in Rannoch House. Both Georgie and her brother Binky are suspected because the dead man had been claiming that he was owed their dead father's estate through an old gambling debt. Meanwhile Georgie, always a rather clumsy person, begins to realise that the little accidents happening to her, each of which could so easily have been fatal, might not be so accidental after all. Who among her friends would want her dead?This is a cozy with a difference, a light and enjoyable read.I reviewed the second in the series A ROYAL PAIN recently. Bowen has set these novels at the beginning of the 1930s. England is in depression, unemployment is high, and here is an aristocracy that has not yet realised that the old way of life is nearly gone. Many of the minor aristocracy will soon be like Binky, struggling with the upkeep of two large houses, and many like Georgie will have to think in terms of getting "real" jobs. Some among Georgie's friends have already done so. There are some delightful characters to meet in these books including Georgie's Cockney grandfather.
neferteenie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's the 1930's, and Lady Georgiana is 34th in line for the British throne. Although just a minor a royal, she's still expected to act like royalty and be proper, even if she doesn't exactly have the financial means to do so. Her brother has cut her off financially, and so she's run away to London. Though when she gets there, she realizes that maybe she hasn't thoroughly thought out this running away thing. And then a dead body shows up in her bathtub...The story begins with a lot of back story, introducing characters and creating the setting. This is the first cozy mystery I've read, so I don't really have anything to judge it against. I thought it was well written and an entertaining read. I didn't fully figure out "whodunnit" until near the end, though I did figure it out before Lady Georgiana. But the story line was interesting, and I love that British monarchy is involved. I'm very interested in history, especially of monarchies. And the fact that a little bit was worked in is awesome. It was a nice, easy read to relieve my brain after studying for finals. :)
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, otherwise known as Georgie, is 34th in line to the throne which basically amounts to not much. She decides to move out of her brother's house and into a small family owned house in London to make her own way. But then she gets caught up into a mystery involving her family and it looks like someone might be trying to kill her.Her Royal Spyness is a fun beginning to this series that I will be looking forward to reading more of. I'll start by saying that this was such a fun read for me. I didn't even realize I had flew through the first hundred pages as I was just caught up in the story. Georgie has to try to make her own money which means finding a job which is unusual for a women like her. It was fun to read about her exploits throughout the novel and I enjoyed my time with her. The novel is set in the 1930's and it was filled with the atmosphere and details from that time period. I just loved it! This book had a Stephanie Plum-esque feel to it as the main character never knew what she was doing and caused more trouble than anything. All in all, a fun and enjoyable read and I will be looking forward to reading more by this author. It reminded me that I enjoy cozy mysteries once in awhile and was a great beginning to my theme for the Themed Reading Challenge.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Georgie is Royalty. Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie still has her problems which haunt her even though she stands 34th in line to the throne. Her half brother is a duke with no money so she gets no allowance for her daily expenses. Her sister-in-law, FIG, is extremely frugal so when Georgia decides to head to London to escape the cold of family Scottish castle, she has no servants and no money for food. When Fig sends her a message that the Duke will be arriving and to make sure that the house is ready, Georgie finds that she can manage the light housework needed to open a house and advertises in the paper for her services.Little does she realize that she will have to be cleaning up a lot more than dust covers and clean linens when she discovers a dead body drown in her own bathtub. This book was witty and refreshing even though it is set in the 1930's. The characters are entertaining and cause the reader to cheer for the good guys. I really enjoyed the background settings and the information leaked of what life was like back then.Thanks to ladyc72385 for the recommendation!
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In which we meet Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, known to her friends as "Georgie". Thirty-fourth in line to the throne, Georgie became virtually penniless when she turned 21, as her allowance was cut off. Frustrated living with her older half-brother "Binky" and his wife at the family's estate, Castle Rannoch, Georgie decides to strike out on her own, and removes herself to the family's London home, Rannoch House. After an unsuccessful few hours as a cosmetics salesgirl at Harrods, she decides to start her own housekeeping business. The only problem is that the only housekeeper she employs is herself.Binky joins her at Rannoch House when an unscrupulous Frenchman claims to have proof that their father gambled away the family lands. But when Georgie returns home to find the Frenchman drowned in the bath, with Binky the obvious suspect, she is certain that Binky is not smart enough to have committed the crime and sets out to clear his name.In the process, she encounters some hilarious and harrowing situations, including several attempts on her life.The book is written as a series of Georgie's diary entries, seems to me to detail the life of a young woman in 1930s London quite well.The sequel, A Royal Pain, is already available in paperback, and Royal Flush, the third in the series, has just been released in hardcover. They will be added to my toppling TBR pile soon!
edesvousges on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: In 1932 a 21-year old debutante (Georgie) flees her brother's Scottish home when she hears that a party is going to be given in order to set her up with an undesireable Romanian prince. In London, where she has taken refuge, she has an adventure (that's right--singular, as in ONE), then discovers a dead body. She then goes on to try to figure out whodunnit.Readability: Insultingly easy and as such, very hard to get in to. About 100 pages into the novel, the mystery finally starts. RED FLAG.Predictability: To be honest, I didn't know whodunnit! To be fair, neither did Georgie...Couldn't Put it Down Factor: I had no trouble putting it down.Recommend it?: Not really, though it is a quick and easy read that takes you to a different city. Sometimes that's JUST what you need.Overall Rating: Two stars. One for getting it published and the second for keeping me guessing til the end.
Maggie-the-Cat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the Molly Murphy mystery series because of the spunk of the heroine. Lady Georginna(Georgie) has just as much spunk and is surrounded by fun friends. Waiting patiently to purchase the second book and read the third.