A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #2)
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A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #2)

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1930s London. Poor Lady Georgiana-thirty-fourth in line to the throne-has nothing to serve her Bavarian princess houseguest, even though the Queen of England has requested that she entertain her. Then there's the matter of the body in the bookshop and the princess's unwitting involvement with the Communist party. It's enough to drive a girl mad.

Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published July 1st 2008)
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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
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
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...more
Melissa Proffitt
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Susan Jane McLeod
"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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
The hints were so heavy handed as to whom the baddie was that you got irritated with the heroine, Lady Georgie, first cousin to the King himself (George son of Edward and grandson of Queen Victoria. She is entirely fictional. In any case, the princess is American and trying to hide the fact by loving gangster talk. Queen May thinks she is just the cute little thing to make her son Edward lose interest in Mrs. Simpson and wants Georgina to take her in and show her around to parties where her son...more
This was a little too much of the exact same book as the first one in the series. Georgie is still working as a maid - complete with close calls on almost every job since the people who would hire her brand of domestic are also part of her social circle - and things haven't moved forward with Darcy.

As far as the mystery goes, there were major clues and connections that were maddeningly overlooked by supposedly intelligent, competent people. That is not the proper way to keep a mystery unsolved...more
Bhowen isn't the strongest, suspense-wise — and it's quite a ways through the book before you start to realize what exactly the "mystery" is, but the characters are endearing, if somewhat libertine, and the story moves quickly. Not bad for a light, mid-week read.
Crystal S
I figured out the bad guy pretty early on, but it was a fun ride anyway. Georgie is a hoot and I like that she's not purposely seeking out trouble, it just seems to find her. We need more Darcy though!
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...more
#2 in the Royal Spyness mystery series. Winner of 2009 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel and Finalist 2008 Agatha Award for Best Novel and Finalist 2009 Bruce Alexander Award. I initially found this series about Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 34th in line for the throne of England, set in the 1930s to be slow going. I'm very glad I stuck with it. The 7th in the series was published in 2013 and the entries get better and better.

Royal Spyness mystery - Lady Georgiana must chaperone a young Bavaria...more
Light and entertaining.... rather a souffle of a mystery novel without much mystery. Fans of Marion Chesney and the like should enjoy it.
A little disappointed in this. More silly than the first, and not as funny. Still entertaining. I'm hoping the third will be better.
Stewie's Mom
I really am enjoying this series. It's fun and a quick read with a rather good mystery included with the adventures of Georgie!
A good second book. It picks up the story, introduces new characters, and keeps the interest of the reader.
Something is rotten in the House of Rannoch. Perhaps it is Georgie's finances, which, despite her moonlighting as a posh house cleaner, are pretty near rock bottom. Perhaps it is the visiting Bavarian princess, whom Georgie is saddled with by the queen despite her lack of funds, staff, and culinary know-how beyond boiled eggs on toast. Perhaps it is the Princess Hannelore's propensity to speak English culled from American gangster movies--"Please do not call Her Majesty a doll, babe, or broad"--...more
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