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Her Royal Spyness

Bowen, Rhys (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless twenty-something member of the extended royal family.

Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey. But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her fianc? Fish-Face, for London, where she has:

a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hours
b) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royal
c) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), and
d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son.

Then an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family's 800-year-old estate for himself, winds up dead in her bathtub. Now her most important job is to clear her very long family name.

Baker & Taylor
A penniless twenty-something member of the British nobility, Lady Victoria puts her sleuthing talents to work when an arrogant Frenchman, who is determined to gain control of her family's eight-hundred-year-old estate for himself, ends up dead in her bathtub.

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My ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Glen Garry and Rannach. And I am, as they say, flat broke. A girl of my standing - that is, thirty-fourth in line for the throne - is good for only a few things: perfecting my curtsy, hosting fetes - oh, and marrying into a noble family for the ever-so-romantic reason of securing allies.
But my brother Binky cut off my meager allowance. So I bolted from Scotland - and a marriage to Fish-Face (I mean, Prince Siegfried of Romania - and headed to London, where I have:
a) worked behind a Harrods cosmetics counter for all of five hours before getting sacked
b) built a fire in the hearth - entirely on my own, thank you very much
c) started to fall for a minor royal who's Catholic, Irish, and unsuitable in every way
d) made a few quid housekeeping (incognita, of course), and
e) been personally summoned by the Queen herself to spy on her playboy son
Less than thrilled with this last bit, I'm wondering what to do when an arrogant Frenchman, who - coincidentally enough - is trying to swipe the estate that's been in my family for eight hundred years, winds up dead in my bathtub. Now, my new job is to clear my very long family name.

Baker
& Taylor

A penniless twenty-something member of the extended British royal family, Lady Victoria, the daughter of the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch, puts her sleuthing talents to work when an arrogant Frenchman, who is determined to gain control of her family's eight-hundred-year-old estate for himself, ends up dead in her bathtub. By the author of Evan Blessed.

Authors: Bowen, Rhys
Statement of Responsibility: Rhys Bowen
Title: Her royal spyness
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 21 cm.
Subject Headings: Aristocracy (Social class) Fiction London (England) Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Historical fiction
Spy stories
Topical Term: Aristocracy (Social class)
LCCN: 2007002677
ISBN: 9780425215678
0425215679
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY B
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Apr 08, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A charming tale, told by a very skilled writer. The book is, arguably, a female version of P.G. Wodehouse, in that it features those upper-class British families so many of us are intrigued by, but in this case from the female point of view. I enjoyed this story very much, and will be looking for more. It's a nice, comfortable way to pass some time reading and not have to feel depressed about the world afterward!

Mar 17, 2014
  • KarenW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A hilarious debut from an author that understands the upper crust durng the 1930s. Although it starts slow, the journey is worth it - Georgie's situation gets more and more dire and her solutions are more outrageous. Until it is all wrapped up in a very satisfying conclusion.

Jun 09, 2013
  • sra963 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved finding this fun series.

Book 1 great start to a new series. Didn't know there was such strict rules of behavior - silly! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series

Dec 30, 2012
  • (Staff) Elaine Bird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun read with enjoyable characters and a different setting,1930s England. I am planning to read the next in the series and hope it is just as enjoyable. If you enjoylight mysteries I highly recommend.

Dec 29, 2011
  • fdenlinger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this. It is light reading and kept me turning pages. The setting is beautiful & the characters are hilarious.

Nov 28, 2011
  • Carmine1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A really good read. Very light and fun mystery. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series!

Nov 10, 2011
  • ElectricMayhem rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've read all the the authors series set in Wales and I thought I would try this series set in the 1930s. It was a fun take on that time period. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

Wow! I must admit, I had my doubts before I started to read this book…but look at me now, I am just dying to read the second! Love it!! Good balance of mystery and romance. I would definitely recommend this book! Just amazing, simply amazing. I love the conclusion that Rhys Bowen executed wonderfully! One of my top picks.

Feb 22, 2011
  • almalunas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first book that I have read by Rhys Bowen. Her style of writing is right up my alley. Her development of Georgie is great. A fast read, but still captures your interest with good plot.
Set in the 30s Britain, I love the sense of the era you get from the author. Funny quips and good supporting characters make this book a fun time! Definitely not the last book I will be reading by Ms. Bowen.

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