Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness

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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.
Publisher: London : Constable, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781472120687
147212068X
Branch Call Number: MF BOWEN
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 20 cm

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hastout
Feb 12, 2020

My introduction to this series, read with a book group at work. Was a marvelous book and I truly didn't believe I enjoyed murder mysteries.

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hikerhi
Dec 06, 2019

I wanted a light read and this was the perfect choice. Enjoyable and about an interesting time in history. I will read the next in the series.

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kkmodel7
Oct 22, 2019

This book is a light read full of predictable plots and some less than period-accurate details. However, as a fun read between research books, it works. I enjoyed thinking about turn-of-the-century princes and princesses, as the recession is in full swing, slowly transitioning to civilian life, even if it was portrayed by petty pure-bloods getting up to unbelievable antics.

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StrangelyExuberant
Aug 20, 2019

I was looking for a light entertaining read to take up some time this summer. This book did not disappoint it was perfect for my intended purpose. It was funny in some places, frustrating in others, and enjoyable as a whole. The characters lacked the substance one would expect or want in a more serious crime based novel. But here it worked. For anyone looking for an easy read that would be a nice way to spend the time this is it. I really enjoyed the descriptions, and the pocket of 1930s London it depicted. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

RomanceAddict Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "The allure of the story wasn’t the mystery so much as it was Georgie and her friends. I loved her ingenuity and her way of managing people and situations, her determination and her sense of humor, and especially her friendships. Her management of her status/income disequilibrium created a tension that ebbed and grew from scene to scene, and it was fascinating and very fun."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/royal-spyness-rhys-bowen/

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dittamk
Jun 11, 2019

I really wanted to like this book, as I have really enjoyed other books by Rhys Bowen. However, similar to other readers, I found the book to be a little too light on plot (even for an easy read) and the characters without much depth.

JCLS_Medford_Jessica Nov 28, 2018

I found this book to be amusing and light. Some have given it fewer stars because of the aforementioned "lightness", but I was looking for some brain candy and I found it.

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 12, 2018

It's just bit too light for my taste & too predictable. Best as a timewaster.

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pozrob
Nov 28, 2017

This book should be filed and shelved in Teen Fiction, between The Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mystery series. Even the most ardent of Anglophiles would have a hard time with this one. A great grand-daughter of Queen Victoria becoming a scullery maid to make ends meet? It would be easier to believe she would turn into a pumpkin if she didn't return home before midnight. Give me a break. Will pass on the rest of the series.

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FVReader
Mar 04, 2017

A fun story but somewhat repetitive. Georgie seems to be based on both Miss Fisher (but a poorer version of) and Stephanie Plum, which makes for fun and games.
The mystery, however, is very light, predictable and easily solvable long before the end of the book.
Entertaining but not mysterious.

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