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A Royal Pain

Bowen, Rhys (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy Prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry. But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she's culled from American gangster movies; cure said Princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties. Then there's the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni's unwitting involvement with the Communist Party.
Authors: Bowen, Rhys
Statement of Responsibility: Rhys Bowen
Title: A royal pain
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "A royal spyness mystery"
Summary: The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy Prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry. But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she's culled from American gangster movies; cure said Princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties. Then there's the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni's unwitting involvement with the Communist Party.
Subject Headings: London (England) History 20th century Fiction Aristocracy (Social class) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Aristocracy (Social class)
LCCN: 2008010406
ISBN: 0425221636
9780425221631
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY B
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This is the 2nd book in the series-loved it! Very creative & informative about the "Royals". I like that Georgie is from both sides "of the tracks" with her cousin the queen & her grandad a former Bobbie!

Feb 23, 2011
  • almalunas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great story! This is the second book in the Her Royal Spyness series that I have read and it is still delightful! Georgie goes on more on an adventure this time with her side-kick, Hanni. There is more sleuthing going on and her Granddad is involved more, which I like. While fast paced, the story develops nicely. Good twists in the book as well. Definitely a 5 star for a period mystery!

Jun 25, 2009
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2009
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie of Glen Garry and Rannoch (Georgie for short) may be thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, but England is still in a depression following the Great War and she’s still stone broke.
Learning to fend for herself is a new experience, but as Georgie learns to do without, she also learns to do for others – she hires herself out as a maid. Her cousin, Queen Mary, has no idea that Georgie must now work for a living (she would not be amused) and gives her a different kind of task – playing chaperone for a visiting princess of Bavaria in hopes that the young royal will lure her son, the Prince of Wales, away from that dreadful American woman, Mrs. Simpson.
However, the lively young princess is a Royal Handful, and her unbridled enthusiasm soon lands both ladies in a pot of hot water when they are accidentally linked to a murder, then to the Communist Party and then to more murders - not to mention getting in between Georgie and the dashing Darcy O’Mara...

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