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 fiance, 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.
Read on May 14, 2012
Read for Fun/Operation TBR
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating (not part of the overall Rating): 5.00
First thought when finished: What a romping good time!
What I Loved: Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is a hoot and a half! She is stubborn, independent, and acutely aware of what she should/should not do as a relative of the Queen BUT also aware that she must make a living. Guess which one trumps the other? She tries being a maid that sets up houses before people arrive home and working at a departments store. She manages to get herself in trouble and it was lovely to trounce along with her. I really loved each and every minute of her escapades.
What I Liked: The cast of character in Her Royal Spyness were as varied as a cast could get. There were some that made me giggle, others that made me squeamish, and one that made me swoon (though he is a bit of a cad). They added to Victoria’s charms and in some cases added to her shenanigans. Her best friend was particularly fun and I am sure not overly approved by the queen 🙂
Audio Rating: Katherine Kellgren did an extraordinary job narrating Her Royal Spyness. I felt like she was Victoria and she did fantastic with the male characters too. I really got lost in her telling of the story.
Final Thought: If you like historical cozy mysteries–I highly recommend this one!