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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 in the play 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 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 palace. 2) Blackmail brother, Binky, into sending a few quid. 3) Unteach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies -- lest she address the queen as "old broad." 4) Keep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like a 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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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 in the play 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 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 palace. 2) Blackmail brother, Binky, into sending a few quid. 3) Unteach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies -- lest she address the queen as "old broad." 4) Keep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like a 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...

30 review for A Royal Pain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written May 26, 2016 4.3 Stars - Simply wonderfully cozy 9 hrs mystery fun Book #2 My 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, 1934 So much fun to once again meet the Queen's amateur spy. Lady Georgie (aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of Review written May 26, 2016 4.3 Stars - Simply wonderfully cozy 9 hrs mystery fun Book #2 My 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, 1934 So much fun to once again meet the Queen's amateur spy. Lady Georgie (aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of King George V of England) is a unforgettable lovely penniless aristocrat. — When the Queen ask it's hard to say no... ‘But flirting does not come easily to someone brought up in a remote castle with tartan wallpaper in the bathrooms, bagpipes at dawn and men who wear kilts.’ This Rhys Bowen serial could probably be a future favorite of mine. Not a lot of hot romance stuff (and fuss) but with a truly entertaining action-packed female chick lit feel during the interwar period. And there is a dashing goodlooking Irish mysterious hero to dream about. — A Royal Pain had it all. I'm Georgie addictive by now. I listened to the audiobook (9 hrs) this time too. Flawlessly well and enjoying narrated by Katherine Kellgren. She is one of the best for this kind of stories. I LIKE - ...eager to start the next part

  2. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    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 society.....with a few dead bodies and mystery sprinkled throughout. A fun read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoey

    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, Parties 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, Parties with the Smart Set & visits to the country with very little money & hiding her secret cleaning business from the world. And of course, the mysterious (& gorgeous) Darcy O’Mara popping in & out to save the day. 11/10 for the audio narration by Katherine Kellgren She really makes the book I believe.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Another fun cozy mystery so ably narrated. I enjoyed it - lovely relaxed listening.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    "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 "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 girl. Georgie is shocked and much dismayed to hear that the Queen has invited Princess Hannelore of Bavaria to London and that she will be staying with Georgie at Rannoch House! Georgie agrees (one never says "no" to Her Majesty) and then sets about trying to find a way to get servants to help at Rannoch House and enough money to feed the entourage coming from Bavaria. She finds a cook and a butler when she enlists the unlikely help of her Cockney grandfather and his neighbor/lady-friend, Mrs. Huggins, who agree to come to the house and give her a hand. The Princess and her companion, Baroness Rottenmeister, show up a few days later and Lady Georgie finds herself with quite a handful in Princess Hanni. As the story unfolds, dead bodies begin piling up and Georgie is once again asked to help sort out what is happening. There are Communists and debauched nobility, drugs and wild parties. All in all, it's a pretty entertaining story with a decent mystery and of course a little romance as Lady Georgie trys to find the right man for her and avoid Lord "Fishface" or being sent to the country to be a companion to her old maid aunt.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    1.5 stars Once 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 1.5 stars Once 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 'haha, Adolph Hitler!' didn't seem to fit with the plot at all. Either this is the 1930s or its not. What I disliked the most, however, is the constant bombardment about sex. It is a topic of conversation from almost every character and it is very much obnoxious and crude. Even minor characters are thrown into awkward and horrible situations. In fact, I think I might be done with this series for the near rape scene alone. Yet despite the fact that this book has almost nothing going for it, there is something rather likable in the setting. I find I am drawn back. We'll see. ALSO, once again I must complain, Georgie is not a blond. What is up with you cover-designers

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate Howe

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 I'm living it up in London's high society in the 1930's! I love this decade! My only gripe is the elusive Irishman, Darcy is not as prevalent here as in the first book, but I loved the ending, so it made up for it. All in all, this is becoming a favorite series of mine, can't wait to listen to the next one! 4.5/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I give this story and the audiobook narrator 5 stars. The voices and different types of characters are done amazingly well! I'm hooked on the series and have already started book 3!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I read the first book in this cozy historical mystery series back in 2014. I liked it but obviously wasn't impressed enough to continue with the series at that time. For whatever reason, I decided to finally get around to book two though I decided to listen to the audiobook this time. And, boy, what a difference that made! The female narrator was awesome! Not only did she do an excellent job of differentiating all the voices, male and female, but she injected a sense of humor into her narration I read the first book in this cozy historical mystery series back in 2014. I liked it but obviously wasn't impressed enough to continue with the series at that time. For whatever reason, I decided to finally get around to book two though I decided to listen to the audiobook this time. And, boy, what a difference that made! The female narrator was awesome! Not only did she do an excellent job of differentiating all the voices, male and female, but she injected a sense of humor into her narration that I'm not sure would've come across if I had read this myself. I especially got a kick out of the way she read the roles of Belinda and the visiting Bavarian princess. It's still what I would call murder lite - and once again people don't start dropping dead until after the halfway mark - but even as just a bit of historical fiction it's still a lot of fun and an extremely pleasant way to spend a few hours. Lady Georgiana is thoroughly likeable and fairly grounded. And, like her, I'm interested in getting to know the Honorable Darcy O'Mara a lot better. Actual plot: 3 stars Narration: 5 stars Final score: 4 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    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 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 stay with Georgie for an undetermined length of time, and this princess is not only boy-mad, but has a shoplifting habit. Along the way, we get a lot more Darcy, more Granddad and meet a whole host of interesting new characters. Despite my love for the first book, I winced a bit at the thought of this dreaded royal pain, Princess Hanni, taking up a great deal of time in this second one. It's very hard to like a brat! Imagine my relief when I realized she might have her annoying sides, but she's impossible not to like. Without leaving any spoilers, I must say that Hanni gets increasingly interesting as her role in the bigger picture is revealed. Another positive result of Hanni's appearance is that Darcy and Georgie's previously stalled relationship has been kicked into gear again upped a notch! A Royal Pain reveals a great deal more about Darcy's mysterious background and hints that his "guardian angel" habit of being there whenever Georgie needs him has much deeper implications than just coincidence or a show of his interest in her. Despite Georgie's insecurity, Darcy clearly cares deeply for her. I can't wait to see more developments in the next book. Like in Her Royal Spyness, the murder mystery is set into motion reasonably early on, but only really takes center stage in the latter third of the book. However, unlike other cozy mysteries where I might complain that other unnecessary events take too much time, there's no such problem here. One of the greatest strength in this series is the character building; we have a whole host of incredibly vivid and colourful main and supporting characters, and it is so much fun to see their interpersonal relationships in play and learn more about their past - particularly the scandalous ones! Frankly, I so enjoyed taking part in Georgie's high-class world and social engagements that I didn't even notice she hadn't begun real investigating yet. All in all, A Royal Pain was spiffing good fun. It's too bad the next installment takes Georgie back to Castle Rannoch, because having Granddad there to aid her investigation really spiced it up. But who cares, when there's (hopefully) more Darcy? Onto the third book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    As you might have guessed, I am burning my way through this series at an alarming rate. Not even half way through the first book, I had to order the rest of the books in the series because I knew that I would be reading all of them in a matter of weeks. I have read the latest book in this series, Four Weddings and Maybe a Funeral (the last book to date)….I know—don’t ask me why but I read them completely out of order and I figured that I better remedy that situation and start from the beginning. B As you might have guessed, I am burning my way through this series at an alarming rate. Not even half way through the first book, I had to order the rest of the books in the series because I knew that I would be reading all of them in a matter of weeks. I have read the latest book in this series, Four Weddings and Maybe a Funeral (the last book to date)….I know—don’t ask me why but I read them completely out of order and I figured that I better remedy that situation and start from the beginning. But I wasn’t expecting to love this series as much as I do! The books are easy breezy reads and I have no trouble racing through them in a matter of days. They are interesting and simply fun! I think one of the things that I like best about this series is how fast each novel is. The mystery isn’t over complicated but yet there are enough red herrings and leads that keep me guessing and wondering who might have killed someone and why. I don’t have to sit and ponder and agonize over every little detail, but rather I can sit and look at the suspects and motives and sift through them and pick them up and examine them and set them down again. It’s hard to explain but this mystery series truly has an armchair detective feel and I love it. Its like solving a puzzle but at your leisure. I simply adore Georgie. She is absolutely hysterical, without even trying to be! I love how witty, sassy, and dry she is. I can’t get enough of her. She is someone who I would love to hang out with in real life. She kills me, but in a good way! There were plenty of times in this book where I laughed out loud at something she said or did and thought, my god she is me! Georgie is the absolute best! The only thing that I felt like this novel was missing was more of Darcy. I love Darcy and Georgie together especially, but Darcy brings an element of humor and charm to the story and I wished there had been more of him in this book, but I am eager for the next book (which I have at the ready of course) so I can get more of him! If you haven’t started this series, you need to. It’s fast paced, entertaining, and contains a spot of romance so basically you can’t go wrong with this one! Also, the ending was brilliant. I didn’t see that coming and I was throughly surprised at the identity of the killer and the motive! Well done! See my full review here

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A Royal Pain 3 Stars Lady Georgiana Rannach plays hostess to a Bavarian Princess with a penchant for trouble, and soon finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation when she and the princess stumble across a dead body in a bookshop. The pacing of this sequel is slightly off with the first half of the story dedicated to Georgie's annoying houseguests. Thankfully, the mystery comes along just in time and gets interesting once the bodies start piling up. While Georgie is a charming and lika A Royal Pain 3 Stars Lady Georgiana Rannach plays hostess to a Bavarian Princess with a penchant for trouble, and soon finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation when she and the princess stumble across a dead body in a bookshop. The pacing of this sequel is slightly off with the first half of the story dedicated to Georgie's annoying houseguests. Thankfully, the mystery comes along just in time and gets interesting once the bodies start piling up. While Georgie is a charming and likable heroine, she can be very obtuse at times and is oblivious to the clues even when they are staring her in the face. Consequently, the identity of the culprits is glaringly obvious to the reader, but Georgie fails to see it until it is almost too late. On the romance front, Georgie's relationship with Darcy O'Mara is clearly on the slow burn side. Speaking of O'Mara, there are hints in this one that there is more to him than meets the eye ... Kathrine Kellgren's narration of the audiobook is fantastic, and I was sad to learn from another listener that she passed away recently. Overall, a slow beginning but entertaining nonetheless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    A Royal Pain is book 2 in the Her Royal Spyness Mysteries by Rhys Bowen. The Queen of England was worried about her eldest son relationship with an American woman. Using Lady Georgiana to entertain a Bavarian princess to allure her son away from her. However, for Lady Georgiana, this assignment was a nightmare and bodies started to pile up. The readers of A Royal Pain will continue to follow Lady Georgiana to see if the Princes of Wales marries the Bavarian princess. A Royal Pain is the second b A Royal Pain is book 2 in the Her Royal Spyness Mysteries by Rhys Bowen. The Queen of England was worried about her eldest son relationship with an American woman. Using Lady Georgiana to entertain a Bavarian princess to allure her son away from her. However, for Lady Georgiana, this assignment was a nightmare and bodies started to pile up. The readers of A Royal Pain will continue to follow Lady Georgiana to see if the Princes of Wales marries the Bavarian princess. A Royal Pain is the second book I read in this series and love it. A Royal Pain was a mystery with dead bodies everywhere. However, I could not stop laughing with some of the antics that the characters get up to throughout the book. A Royal Pain is well written and researched by Rhys Bowen, and I enjoy that she throws in a little bit of English Royal History within the plot. I like Rhys Bowen portrayal of her characters and the way they interact with each other. Rhys Bowen does a fantastic job of describing her settings that allows me to be transported back to early nineteen century London. I recommend this book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The title says it all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    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 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, knowing she can't refuse the queen, agrees, but is faced with numerous problems in having a visitor. Since her family is almost destitute, Georgie's allowance has been cut off. Georgie has been living alone in her family's London home with no servants, and most of the rooms are closed up. She has no money, so she eats baked beans. She is at a loss as to how she will find servants and food, but she puts her mind to it and comes up with a plan. Georgie asks her grandfather and his neighbor to help out by pretending to be her butler and her cook. She talks her brother, Binky, into sending a small amount of money for food and a maid by threatening to bring the German princess to Scotland to be his houseguest. When the princess, Hannelore "Hanni" arrives, Georgie's life becomes even more complicated. The princess insists on using unseemly American euphemisms when she speaks, and is much too interested in gangsters. Georgie has her work cut out trying to keep the princess in line. The princess shoplifts, chases numerous young men, and acts decidedly improper on most occasions. Georgie thinks she already has her hands full, but then the bodies start to pile up. Within a week, Georgie sees one person fall to his death in what appears to be an accident, finds one young man stabbed to death, and has to deal with the loss of the princess' companion from an apparent heart attack. As Georgie discovers some political motivations that make the deaths seem too coincidental, she tries to tie the events together. All the while, she is watching Darcy O'Mara, a destitute young man that she has a secret attachment to, as he seems to bask in Princess Hanni's attentions. Lady Georgianna Rannoch is a great character. She is a young, twenty-one year old member of the royal family who is independent enough to live on her own and secretly moonlight as a maid who opens up houses before their owners arrive. She fears being sent to the country as a lady in waiting to an elder member of the royal family and knows she is in danger of being married off to a prince that she loathes. Georgie manages to find murder and mayhem wherever she goes, but she is intelligent enough to keep her cool and solve the problems she encounters. I hope that her story will continue with future books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.50 Perfect summer books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    An enjoyable read but still somewhat lacking in character development and plot. I feel these characters have the potential to be a fantastic series, so I will continue on to book three.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 trying to make her way in the world as a penniless royal. Much of the humor is supposed to come from her reduced circumstances and having to do things for herself that she never had to before (like get a job so she has money; make her own breakfast, lunch, etc; clean). I don't find this amusing. This is life for most of us. But it was a recurring character and love interest, Darcy O'Mara, a supposedly penniless Irish lord, that hooked me in the end. Darcy is very amusing and seems feckless and frivolous, though very charming. However, he does come to Georgie's aid a few times and helps her out of some perilous situations. It turns out, he may be more than he seems. This is what caught me and I'm sure I'll give the next in the series a go; even though I don't find Georgie's living situation amusing. I'll read to find out what happens between her and Darcy!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    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 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 would be. Well, people just start dying like flies around them leaving Georgie's grandfather to point out that all these deaths couldn't be coincidence. Then the mystery gets solved by the baddie trying to assassinate the King and Queen. So really, all of the heroine's detective work was for nothing. Which leaves you feeling even more annoyed. In fact, I have just decided to drop this from two stars to one!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    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 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 of mystery, and I hope the next book explains more about him. The mystery was excellent, a lot of murderous plot, and assassination attempts. There are actually four murders in this book, but the author ties them together wonderfully, I confess the mystery had me stumped, and et after it was revealed it made so much sense. A very good book, I'm really looking forward to the next one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dagny

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I mean, I don't know if this is 100% a four star read on close inspection, but it provided me so much joy and entertainment on my drives to and from very stressful workdays. The fabulous Katherine Kellgren (whose death earlier this year was incredibly sad) narrates this so wonderfully. I love all the characters and setting and just a fun cozy historical mystery series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    victoria.p

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    R.A.

    That one scene... *massive cringe*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally906

    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, althou 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, although she can’t get the hang of ironing. The King and Queen are at their wit's end trying to keep their playboy son, the Prince of Wales, away from his scandalous affair with the very much married American woman, Mrs. Wallace Simpson. Queen Mary sends for Georgie and informs her that she has a plan to distract the prince. Her Majesty has agreed to host a young and very beautiful Bavarian princess, Hannelore (Hanni), in he hope that her royal son divert his attentions from Wallace Simpson. All Georgie has to do is entertain the princess and ensure she conveniently crosses paths with the prince at certain choice social gatherings. Georgie is in trouble now, she has to find a way to hire servants and entertain foreign royalty with no money. After all, one doesn't say no to the Queen. The trouble deepens when Hanni arrives accompanied by a bad-tempered baroness and English mastered from watching American gangster movies at her convent school. Georgie soon realises that where Hanni goes trouble follows, and then the first body shows up quickly followed by a second. At the Queen’s command Georgie is tasked to solve the crime before the police do, and before the public finds out as the murder has potential political implications that could trigger another World War. The investigations are set against a backdrop of country house weekends, shopping trips, garden parties and keeping Hanni chaste. ROYAL PAIN is a fun read and even though I had my suspicions as to who ‘done it’ before Georgie – I didn’t come up with the why at all. Reading it is a perfect way to unwind at the end of a busy day.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jaylia3

    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 princ 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 princess who the Queen hopes will draw her son’s attention away from that married American, Wallace Simpson. Currently servant-less, Georgie has to enlist her non-royal, retired police officer grandfather to act as her butler, which turns out to be handy when several people in the vicinity of the boy-crazy princess start dying. It’s a precarious time for Europe. The Great Depression is still making life difficult, Hitler is rising to power in Germany, and black shirt fascists are clashing with communists in Britain. The Queen is afraid the unexplained deaths and the investigation the police are beginning to launch could lead to an international incident, possibly war, so she wants Georgie to do some sleuthing and figure out who is behind it all before the police call in the princess for questioning. There’s wild parties, royal functions, invitations to country estates, and excursions to a communist bookstore in a dicey part of London. Georgie’s bold friend Belinda and her dashing but inscrutable love interest Darcy are back, and Georgie’s actress mother modeled on The Bolter pops in from time to time with some trenchant observations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    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 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-fueled. One of Georgie's brother's friends falls through the balcony railing and is killed. More deaths will follow. HM doesn't doubt the loyalty of her police force, but she does think Georgiana is smarter, so she orders Georgie to investigate the suspicious deaths that keep occurring. When Georgiana finally figures it all out, she can only hope to get to the Palace in time to prevent communist assassins from killing the King and Queen. Fortunately, she gets some assistance from the dashing but penniless Darcy O'Mara, who also turns out to be more than he seems. As I said, quite a fun read with historical tidbits along the way. Queen Elizabeth II even gets a reference when HM says she is writing a letter to "my granddaughter Elizabeth." 3.5 stars, bumped up to 4.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    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 bec 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 because she’s likeable but flawed. For all that she’s broke and out cleaning houses on the DL, she’s a clueless snob. Since she’s forced by circumstance to solve mysteries rather than believing herself a super sleuth, her occasional lapses in judgment and connecting the dots make sense. I don’t think I’m going to last very long before I read the next book in the series. Right now all I want to do is go get the rest of the series and shut myself up and read. Who needs food or work or other responsibilities when there’s well-written ridiculous fluff to be read? Highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This was a little too much of the exact same book as the first one in the series. Georgie is still working as a maid - complete with close calls on almost every job since the people who would hire her brand of domestic are also part of her social circle - and things haven't moved forward with Darcy. As far as the mystery goes, there were major clues and connections that were maddeningly overlooked by supposedly intelligent, competent people. That is not the proper way to keep a mystery unsolved This was a little too much of the exact same book as the first one in the series. Georgie is still working as a maid - complete with close calls on almost every job since the people who would hire her brand of domestic are also part of her social circle - and things haven't moved forward with Darcy. As far as the mystery goes, there were major clues and connections that were maddeningly overlooked by supposedly intelligent, competent people. That is not the proper way to keep a mystery unsolved until the end of the book. One other important note: Georgie is very nearly raped by one of her circle of friends and it is brushed aside like, "Oh, dear, he tried to force himself upon me. That was unfortunate." If the author was trying to make a statement about how sexual assault by an acquaintance was viewed and treated in the 1930s, it was not successful. Instead, it comes across as if the author herself thinks it was no big deal.

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