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Another hilarious mystery featuring penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie, ?a feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers? (Jacqueline Winspear).
The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which 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 ta
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley Hardcover
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Stephanie
"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
Julie
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
Christa
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
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Hannah
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
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Jonathan
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
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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
Jaylia3
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
Barbara
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
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Susan
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
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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!
Lauren
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
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Sally906
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
Jane
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
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Susan Jane McLeod
"Saturday, June 11, 1932
Diary,
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
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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
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Sue Smith
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
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Edel
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
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Julia
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
Betty
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
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 France...to 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
Sarah
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
Sue
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
Betty
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.
Gerry
Lady Georgiana Rannoch presents us with a pleasant romp through 1930s London when she is detailed to entertain a Bavarian princess by Her Majesty the Queen.

Not particularly keen on her duty, she engages her grandfather and his lady friend as butler and maid in her London flat. The Bavarian brings with her a companion, not well liked, and a German-speaking maid, even less well liked.

They attend social functions aplenty and it is there that the first misfortune befalls them. Another follows when t
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Kara

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.
Min
Jan 10, 2009 Min rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
A light, breezy kind of read. I really like Georgie, and she is quite amusing most of the time. Many of the characters are pretty standard: the flighty but useful best friend, the charming and hero-like love interest, the reliable, down-to-earth relative. The only really false notes for me were the scenes with the Queen. It was pretty obvious that the Queen is there only to make Georgie go out sleuthing - which she does rather poorly, though with accidentally successful results.
Both in this boo
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Poonam
Another fun book in this series. I laughed out loud in several places. Enjoyed it. The mystery does not start till 40% of the book. I really like the main protagonist of this series. Easy to guess the culprit.
Sandi
A fun historical mystery set in England in the 1930s. While the plot was a bit outlandish the characters were developed well and the narration by Katherine Kellgren enhanced the entertainment.
cloudyskye
So happy - this one just confirmed that I've at last found a good (not too dark) crime series set in nineteen thirties England. I like the heroine (who is actually telling the story) and what a yummy romantic interest she's got! - Or has she? Lovely tension here, just the way I like it. That said, Darcy is not quite as often on the scene as I would like it. Never mind, the story never gets boring. (B.T.W.: I read this mostly on the bus or train, and typically arrived at my destination with 9 pag ...more
Susan
A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen is the second book in her Royal Spyness humorous historical mystery series set in 1930s England. Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (“Georgie” to her friends) is 34th in line to the throne of England, and flat broke. She is expected to uphold the traditions of her “set” – she’s definitely not supposed to work for a living. But she needs to eat, so she disguises herself and covertly cleans houses for cash. At least, that’s what she does until the Queen assigns he ...more
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