Her Royal Spyness 1 by Rhys Bowen (2008, Paperback)

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Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Series #1)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: July 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 336pp
  • Series: Royal Spyness Series , #1
  • ISBN-13:
    9780425222522
  • ISBN:
    0425222527
  • Edition Description: Reprint

Synopsis

INTRODUCING “A FEISTY NEW HEROINE” (JACQUELINE WINSPEAR) who's thirty-fourth in line for the throne—and flat broke.

From the Agatha Award-winning author of the Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans mysteries!

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.

Library Journal

Making her series debut, penniless Lady Victoria ends up defending her royal name when a dead Frenchman winds up in her bathtub in 1930s London. Agatha Award winner Bowen lives in San Rafael, CA. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Biography

Rhys Bowen has written more than a hundred books for children and young adults. She grew up in Great Britain and now lives in San Rafael, CA.

Specifications

  • Pub. Date: July 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 336pp
  • Series: Royal Spyness Series , #1
  • ISBN-13:
    9780425222522
  • ISBN:
    0425222527
  • Edition Description: Reprint

Reviews (10)

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 2 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Plot a trifle hackneyed, but charming well-drawn characters blended with a detailed historical background makes a delightful 'can't-put-it-down' read.

  • A-Novel-A-Day---
    5 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    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.

  • Anonymous
    5 years, 8 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Delightful little mystery to read. It's clever and entertaining. Can't wait for the next one to be released.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I love when I find a new series that hooks me from the beginning. Georgie is a delightful character that I will enjoy getting to know. I will definitely be picking up installment #2 of the series.

  • harstan
    7 years, 2 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    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

  • beniciar
    3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    2.0 / 5.0

    I bought this as a nook book and it only came with the first 7 chapters. What happened?

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 7 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    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!

  • Ryan_G
    4 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    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.

  • Kimi_and_Stevies_Mom
    4 years, 8 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    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.

  • Ealisaid
    3 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    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.