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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.

Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published July 1st 2008)
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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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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
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
Babs
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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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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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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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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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
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
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
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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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
Kathy
I normally enjoy writing reviews, but when I'm reading through a series as enjoyable as Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness Mysteries, I don't want to stop for anything, writing reviews included. I have just finished A Royal Threesome, which includes the first three novels in this absolutely page-turner series. Her Royal Spyness is the first novel, introducing Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, the daughter of the late Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch of Scotland and sister of the current Duke. The ...more
Janice Liedl
Playful and historically evocative, the royally-related mysteries of Lady Georgiana are well-represented by this outing which features a Bavarian princess, Wallis Simpson and an inconvenient string of the dead and dying. Georgie's still struggling to get by in Depression-era London, far away from her annoying brother, the duke (aka Binky) and his even-more-annoying wife, Fig, who're holed up at the Rannoch estates in Scotland. It's beans on toast for our resourceful heroine who's making ends mee ...more
Jennifer Rayment
This second installment of Her Royal Spyness is just as delightful as the first. I thoroughly enjoy the books in this series as they are wickedly funny and full of richly developed and likeable characters. The stories, while not very fast paced, are interesting,fun and hold your attention. Plenty of twists and turns in this installment and the mystery is not so easily solved. Really enjoyed the scenes involving Georgie, her granddad and his neighbor. Not enough of Darcy in this one though. Love ...more
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
Marty
Georgie is still in financial difficulties and now finds herself playing hostess to a Bavarian princess and her chaperone and maid. The princess, who is supposedly just out of the convent school, learned English by sneaking out and going to American gangster movies. The Queen thinks that maybe this young lady will take David’s mind off Mrs. Simpson, but of course, royalty don’t think of costs. There is a bit of international intrigue in this story. Hitler and communism play a role in the story. ...more
ZaBeth
Apr 22, 2014 ZaBeth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to ZaBeth by: jodi
A good friend gifted me with this second book in the series and based on her recommendation I’d wait to get the first and dove right in to the Royal Spyness Series. As I starting reading it I first I thought this series might have been the inspiration for the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries that I’ve been recently watching on Netflix. It was the right time period, but I soon realized that Victoria was not of the same extroverted character that Miss Fisher is and looked further to discover that th ...more
Joan
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
Lucy
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
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Anna
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!
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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.

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