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A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,696 Ratings  ·  676 Reviews
It's 1930s London, and Lady Georgiana -- thirty-fourth in line to the throne -- has a lot on her plate, but little in her cupboards, in this national bestseller...

Baked beans and boiled eggs. That's what my houseguest, the Bavarian princess, will have to eat if I don't get help posthaste. The Queen of England has requested I entertain said princess, placing her in the play
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley Hardcover
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"A Royal Pain" is the second in the Lady Georgiana series by Rhys Bowen. In this one, set in Depression era London, Georgie's house cleaning business isn't going that well but she is scraping by, living alone in Rannoch House and eating baked beans and toast. One day she is summoned to Buck House by Queen Mary. It seems the Queen is very concerned about her son David's inappropriate attachment to "that awful American woman", Wallis Simpson, and has decided to try to entice him to a more suitable ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Lady Georgiana Rannoch, second cousin of the king and 34th in line to the throne, has run away from her brother's cold, bleak estate in Scotland and is ensconced in her family's London house without servants or an income. Keeping herself going by secretly opening up houses for the wealthy when they visit London, she is dismayed when the Queen asks her to play hostess to the visiting Bavarian Princess Hannelore. The Queen secretly hopes that she can distract her son David, the Prince of Wales awa ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
I simply loved this second installment of the continuing adventures of Lady Georgiana. I found much of it hilarious and on audio it is a scream! It really comes through with Hanni's German accent and her "gangster-speak." Katherine Hellgren, the narrator does a great job, as usual, with all the accents, it makes it so much fun to listen to. I think it really enhances all of it, especially the voices of all the males with their 1930's cant, like Gussie and poor Tubby. It really makes me feel like ...more
Sep 05, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I enjoyed this second novel about Lady Georgianna "Georgie" Rannoch. Even though it is a mystery that has several murders, overall, it is lighthearted and fun. I like the character of Georgie, and her misadventures are a delight to read.

Lady Georgianna Rannoch, thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, is summoned to tea by the queen. This is never a good omen for Georgie. When she is received by the queen, she is asked to entertain a young, German princess as her houseguest. Georgie, knowi
May 15, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Rhys Bowen's A Royal Pain, the follow up to Her Royal Spyness, is as good if not better than the first book! I thoroughly enjoyed this from beginning to end, and even have the dark eye circles to show for it. I simply could not put it down.

We meet Georgie again, who's still dealing rather matter-of-factly with her penniless existence and is as humorous and witty as ever. To make her life worse (and amuse us further), the Queen's decided that visiting Princess Hannelore (Hanni) of Bavaria should
Sometimes I just read a book and sit back and just say wow. That was the case with this book. It was amazing and I finished it in less than a day.

I find Georgie absolutely hilarious and down-to-earth. Even though she was raised in nobility I love the fact that she has no problems with playing the part of a maid to survive, it's great! The Princess Hanni was also absolutely hilarious in this book, with her gangster talk. I'd like to learn a bit more about Darcy, he is still surrounded with a lot
Melissa McShane
I'm reading this series fifteen minutes at a time, during my break at work, and that seems to be working out just fine. As in the first book, Bowen takes a long run at the mystery, so I'm finding it easier to think of the series as historical fiction that happens to have a mystery attached to it. As it happens, I figured out the mystery well before the end, so that way of thinking made the book rather more enjoyable than frustrating. The characters are still interesting, and I find myself warmin ...more
4 1/2 stars. What a fun book! All the characters are so engaging and delightful, except of course for the ones who aren't supposed to be. The plot led me astray a couple of times and worked out quite nicely in the end.
Jun 04, 2012 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in the A Royal Spyness Mystery series, and it’s just as fun and entertaining as the first. Lady Georgiana is a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria and thirty fourth in line to the throne, but almost totally broke, so to afford the wardrobe and lifestyle expected of a royal she periodically hires herself out as a maid—incognito, of course. This time around her life is complicated by Queen Mary’s request that Georgie host a young and beautiful but hard to handle Bavarian princ ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Sally906 rated it really liked it
ROYAL PAIN is the second book in Rhys Bowen’s ‘Her Royal Spyness’ series starring the lovely Lady Georgiana (Georgie), thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Being well-connected does not mean she is very wealth – far from it as her father lost all his money. So as not to be a burden on her brother, and to make ends meet, Georgie works secretly at cleaning London houses for her own social set. She is even developing a few domestic skills of her own, althou ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Okay, I was all ready to say that this was it - I'm not continuing with this series. However, I was not done with the book. I was about 92% done when I was ready to throw in the towel: then the last 7% hooked me again. Oh my god - I'm hooked by the heroine's potential romance and love interest. I can't believe it. The woman who professes to not really like romances.

Frankly, much of the book was tedious. Its supposed to be humorous, that Georgie, thirty-four in line to the throne on England, is
Nov 05, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2013
Unlike the first book in this series, I felt like I was taking way too long to read through this one. For one reason, I felt the author aptly named this book, as the 'Royal Pain' certainly was! I got tired of her antics, leaving Georgie in her dust.

Also, Georgie seemed to do a few fantastical - and stupid - things, unlike her adventure in the first book.

All in all, while the storyline was interesting, I felt like it was a bit of work to get through this one due to some of the unpleasant charact
Oct 25, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
Once again I expected more, and once again I find myself dissatisfied. It takes forever for the 'mystery' to begin in full force. Georgie is repetitive, whiny, and incredibly dense. Like the first book, she doesn't really solve anything but gets thrown into the answer by the villain's actions - always conveniently at the right time/place.
On top of that, the writing was jarring. The choice of words from characters, the incredible articulation of anti-communist proponents, and all the 'h
Jul 15, 2014 Kara rated it it was ok

A surprising downer, the second book in the series has a horrible scene where the main character is sexually assaulted, plus we get to see all the foundations being laid in '32 for the fascist and communist bloodshed coming up in the 40's. Ugh - NOT what I look for in a book marketed as a "cozy."

If Bowen wants a reoccurring antagonist for her heroine - less Adolph Hitler and more Wallis Simpson please.
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
I'd read this before (but that was in print). The audiobook, however, far exceeds that. Some narrators do such a wonderful job. Katie Kellgren is one of the best.

This Lady Georgiana mystery/adventure exceeds the first book by far. Intrigue, romance, and crazy foreigners -- all included in a wonderful historical package. I love these!
Aug 14, 2015 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is a fun series. The author does a great job of getting the flavor of the 1930s and the society that Georgie lives in.
The mystery rolls out fairly slowly. There are parties and outings at country houses and tea and visits to the Palace, but the tempo isn't quick. This isn't a edge of your seat can't wait to see what happens next type of mystery. And that's fine, just know what you're getting.
What I like about the mystery is the clues are there if you know how to put them together. The auth
Another great, funny rollicking tale in which Georgianna plays the lead. Being thirty fourth in line to be British throne does have its pros (name recognition, big homes) and its cons (being at the call of the queen, having to play diplomatic ambassador to visiting princesses).
Of course, the dead bodies start to accumulate, the police force is otherwise engaged, and leave it up to sweet, plucky Georgie to solve the mysteries which involve communist bookstores, secret societies, and a love sick
Jan 28, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
First things first: The Royal Spyness series is ridiculous fluff.

I love it.

This is what I want out of fluff. The story hangs together, the characters are fun, and the pace is just right. For a mystery series, it’s mystery lite, which would bother me except that I really enjoy the rest of the novel’s subplots and characters. While I did figure out a few big parts of the whodunnit fairly early, Ms. Bowen throws in enough twists that I still enjoyed the journey.

Georgie is a fun heroine, mostly bec
Mar 12, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Where I got the book: bought retail at an author event.

A Royal Pain is the second in the Royal Spyness series, set in the 1930s and starring Lady Georgiana, who is 34th in line to the British throne and thus has access to the Palace and the upper echelons of society.

Unfortunately, Georgie is flat broke but can't reveal the fact due to her social position, so she sneaks around London doing cleaning jobs for money. When the Queen orders her to take in a young German princess for a while, Georgie h
Susan Jane McLeod
Sep 27, 2011 Susan Jane McLeod rated it it was amazing
"Saturday, June 11, 1932
German princess arrives today. Sense impending doom."
But what actually ensues is another madcap adventure for the charming Lady Georgiana Rannoch. Tasked by the Queen to entertain the decidedly odd princess, Georgie must do so while struggling to make a living and keep up appearances. Being a minor royal does not, alas, come with the funds necessary to do either. And Georgie also has an unfortunate habit of stumbling across dead bodies and dark plots, complicatin
Ryan G
Dec 30, 2010 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So says the heroine of the book, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie of Glen Garry and Rannoch, know to her friends as Georgie. This is the second book the Royal Spyness Mystery series, the first of which was Her Royal Spyness. As is the first book, Georgie is a fun, engaging character that you can't help but like. She is trying to deal with the fact that she is a broke member of the royal family, who has duties to perform for the crown but no way to pay for it. Because she is in line for ...more
Lori McD
Quite a fun romp of a cozy mystery, set in the early 1930s in London, pre-WWII... Lady Georgie is trying to be independent, but it's tough being 34th in line for the throne without an income or even an allowance. She's decided to stay in London sans maid or help to get away from her annoying sister-in-law Fig. But to make some extra cash, Georgie's set up a service to open houses for English gentry -- just a bit of dusting and light housework.

Except, Her Majesty (Queen May), aka HM, has asked Ge
Sue Smith
Mar 30, 2011 Sue Smith rated it liked it
Well, old bean (where do they get expressions like that anyways?!)- being the second book into the 'Her Royal Spyness' series, it wasn't too bad. The heroine- Georgie Raddock- is a pretty hapless detective for the most part, but since she's basically guilted into the role by the Royals, I suppose that's to be expected. And since she doesn't really break with the role (by becoming competent that is), it seems to work!

This adventure finds bodies falling around Georgie while she is given the charge
Jun 09, 2012 Edel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mystery, fiction
I just love this series by Rhys Bowen.This time Lady Georgina(34th to the throne) has been asked by her majesty to look after Princess Hannelore of Bavaria while she is visiting England.. Her majesty is trying to distract her son from Wallis Simpson and is hoping the very pretty princess could grab his attention
As soon as Princess Hannelore arrives things start to go wrong and it is not long until someone dies. As the body count contines to grow it is up to Georgie to find out who is doing it be
Oct 26, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2009-list
A nice chitter chattery read, just right for a gloomy October day. Lady Georgiana (Georgie to her friends), is Maisie Dobbs light, which makes for interesting comparisons - London between the wars? check; older relative from the lower classes warming protagnonist's heart and serving tea and hearty soup? check; independent young woman raised in an upper class environment trying to make a go of earning a living? check; flighty friends from school who are really salt of the earth supporters? check. ...more
Chaperoning Ahead

Georgiana has been asked by the Queen to have a Princess Hennelore from Bavaria as a hose guest. She is 18; is just out a convent and will be accompanied by a Baroness. Georgie has been living along at Rannock House and has no money to hire staff or for food . Her maternal Grandfather comes to her aid. There are a number of accidents and a couple of bodies. The ending is a surprise. I thoroughly enjoy these stories so I have a lot of good reading ahead.
Jennifer Phelps
Aug 10, 2014 Jennifer Phelps rated it liked it
I have been steadily making my way through the entire Royal Spyness series after perusing my local library for some quick beach reads. These books have everything I love from the time period - 1930's... to the locations - England, South of the quirky characters. Georgie - Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie - is 34th in line for the throne and dead broke. Her "status" does not allow for her to take a job and her future of being married off to a third rate aristocrat is bleak in ...more
This second book in the "Her Royal Spyness" series was every bit as light and fun as the first. It's hard to call these stories anything but fluff, but the mystery in this one (though still not very challenging) had more depth and was more intriguing than the one in Book #1. As for the supporting cast brought in for this one, I have to say that Bowen hit the mark! Hanni, the grim baroness, and Mrs. 'uggins were all hilarious. They really gave the story a certain sparkle, though it is Georgie who ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Listened to on audiobooks. I enjoyed the history and the humor and the narrator is really good with various accents and distinct voices. As with the first, I found it took too long to get to the mystery and there was too little suspense. To be fair, it took me far too long to get through it because I was listening during dog walks and I took pitifully few walks this spring. It really needs to be read or listened to quickly for maximum enjoyment. At times I felt like the author did not trust the ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Meghan rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-mystery
I really enjoyed the first novel (Her Royal Spyness) so I was looking forward to reading this book. However, it didn't really have the same feeling. In fact, the writing felt quite different almost as though they were written by two different authors. A Royal Pain felt more thrown together as though it was written quickly and with less care. It is noticeably less developed and nuanced than Her Royal Spyness.

I happen to have the first three books in one edition so I will be reading the next one.
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"I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set
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