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Mr. F. Hartshorn

Leicester, UK
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  • Royal Flush

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A throughly good listen

  • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 07-07-14

Accidents in the Highlands.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-14

Would you listen to Royal Flush again? Why?

I shall leave it a month or two and then listen again. This series is so easy to listen to and is great in the background for trips to see my grandchildren who are about 4 hours away by car.

What did you like best about this story?

It is fiction but with a hint of possible truth in the storyline. Wallis Simpson and the future King and other scandals in royal circles.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favourite?

Belinda always stands out as favorite. The way she shouts 'Georgie' when they meet in that posh voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Accidents or planned sabotage against the royals?

  • A Royal Pain

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read.

  • By G. Faye Page on 27-08-17

Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of A Royal Pain to be better than the print version?

I have the printed version but have not opened it since listening to this great audio edition read by Katherine Kellgren.

What other book might you compare A Royal Pain to, and why?

This series is comparable to the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. They are both in the same era with Ladys dealing with murders each with a lighthearted style about them.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Katherine brings the characters to life in this and other ones in the series. Mrs Huggins does seem to have a similar voice to Queeny in the later books (but they may be related).

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Murder in the bookshop (almost a library)

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  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body found in Dukes bath!!!

  • By Mr. F. Hartshorn on 09-04-14

Body found in Dukes bath!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-14

Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series of audiobooks is among the best for easy listening. Lots of humorous episodes with a minor Royal who also has a cockney grandad.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

Georgie, short for Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is the poor relation but gets called in to the palace to be the Queens spy. This leads to hilarious scenes between Georgie and Fig (the sister-in-law); who holds the purse strings of her brother Binky (the Duke); as she tries to get money or a maid to come down from the Scottish Castle to the London residences were she tries to look after herself without servants.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Georgie's meetings with her ex-policeman Grandad (the royal one haunts the castle battlements) as they investigate the Murder in their bath while dodging someone who wants her out of the way.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Full of laughs and old-fashion fun with thrills in a time between the World Wars.

Any additional comments?

Katherine Kellgren brings the book to life with the range of voices and accents she brings to this audiobook. Looking forward to the next in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful