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On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

(Royal Spyness #11)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,875 ratings  ·  580 reviews
When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Berkley Books
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Merrilee Gibson Yes, certainly--there is enough information provided by Ms. Bowen to make any of these books stand alone. As someone who has read the all the Royal…moreYes, certainly--there is enough information provided by Ms. Bowen to make any of these books stand alone. As someone who has read the all the Royal Spyness series from the very beginning, I have developed a sense of Georgie that is enriched by knowledge of the previous stories.(less)

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Holly
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Like catching up with old friends.
Karen
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tuesday morning I finished reading Rhys Bowen's On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service and as usual with books in this Royal Spyness Mystery Series I did not wish to put it down. Each time I was forced by reality to put it down I was most eager to get back to Dacy and Lady Georgiana Rannoch! You will have to wait a little longer as I feel so honored to have had this book on my table and to read before the August 1st Publication. We are now 11 books in on this A Royal Spyness Mystery and the ...more
Betty
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, historical
Another delightful adventure with Lady Georgiana. She received to letters to her from Queen Mary and Belinda. Queen Mary wanted to ask about her decision to forfeit the crown in order to marry Darcy. When the Queen learns Georgiana is planning on being in the area where a house party, the Duke Of Wales is attending get asked the hostess to invite Georgie. Arriving at the party, minus her maid Georgia finds her Mother, who tells she is being blackmailed by a guest. Of course, we know Darcy is nea ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A royal entry into the Royal Spyness Mysteries!

Author Rhys Bowen continues to overwhelm me with her knowledge of not only the 1930’s, but the royalty and aristocracy of the time. It’s as though she has traveled there and witnessed these things herself.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is thirty-fifth in line for the British crown. However, Georgiana is more interested in withdrawing from the line of succession so she can wed her love, Darcy O’Mara. I can’t say I blame her one bit! However, in, ON HER MAJ
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QNPoohBear
Lady Georgiana Rannoch has just spent several blissful weeks with her beloved Darcy. Now Darcy has gone off to make some money before the wedding, leaving Georgie behind with his father and Princess Alexandra. Then Zou Zou leaves for a flight contest making Lord Kilhenny less of a charming companion than Georgie wants right now. A letter from Belinda solves Georgie's problem of where to go next. Before she can dash off to Italy to wait for Belinda's big event, she needs to check in with her roya ...more
✨Susan✨
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, fun, mystery
What fun to catch up with all of these characters, as usual, Georgiana and Darcy are in the thick of things. This is a series that needs to be started with book one to truly enjoy all the idiosyncrasies of these wonderful characters. Highly recommend to those that love a fun mystery with a solid story.
Andy
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This episode is taking itself too seriously. Just because it's about Hitler doesn't mean it can't be funny. Nazis should be good fodder for comedy. They are inherently ridiculous and they hate it when you laugh at them.
Also, the cozy mystery aspect was a bit weak. I like mysteries where they give the reader clues. The mystery in this one is a locked door story with a feather. I figured out the feather but the locked door solution was silly.
The audio version is still worth it though for the amazi
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Alexandra
The mystery in this one is almost immaterial, what really is the meat and heart of this story are the relationships with Belinda and Darcy. And that's not a bad thing. Completely enjoyed it.
Kathy
Oh, Lady Georgie! You do make me so happy that I'm a reader and that I found Her Royal Spyness series four years ago. Having a new Royal Spyness book to look forward to each year is a guaranteed favorite read for the year. Rhys Bowen is a born storyteller that charms readers with her fascinating characters, witty dialogue, captivating settings, and suspenseful story lines. Always fun reads, there is still the serious undertone of a murder to be solved. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service ...more
Deanna
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rounding up from 3.5 stars. A relief to find it’s still a light-reading series that mostly works for me. Though mostly predictable, it’s not so that it makes the reading feel pointless. It’s the kind of series I read for a comfy revisit of the characters, locale, and timeline much more than for the particular story.
Jonathan
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Berkley. All opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.*

A great book is a book that makes me crave more. A book that transports me to the setting, and makes me feel as if I am participating in the mystery. On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service was a truly great book.

Georgie was wonderful. It is absolutely wonderful to see how much she’s progressed and matured throughout the series. She’s almost like a diffe
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Lauren
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Missing: One assertive, proactive female sleuth.

Georgie, please come back. I don’t know who this simpering, dependent damsel-in-distress is, but if this is who you are when you’re with Darcy: Run.

So Georgiana ends up at a house party in Italy, almost gets assaulted by another guest (this is not Rhys Bowen’s fault in the slightest, but I read the scene in question at the height of the Weinstein scandal and these books are supposed to be my escape from life, so that was way too much cold-water re
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Donna Huber
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Though I haven't read any of the other books in the series, I didn't feel too lost. I have a few questions about Georgie's family that is presumably answered in earlier books. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
Mark Baker
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Georgie is off the Italy in the spring of 1935. She is going to keep her friend Belinda company until she gives birth to her baby in secret. However, when the Queen finds out about Georgie’s plans, she worms Georgie’s way into a nearby house party to Georgie can learn if the Prince of Wales has secretly married Mrs. Simpson. When Georgie arrives, she finds a strange assortment of guests, which include her mother with another mission for Georgie. Can she accomplish any of it?

I look forward to thi
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Nell
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This series falls into the category I think of as palate cleansers between more serious books--light and refreshing. Perhaps I should make a shelf for those.

One has to like Georgie, who earnestly always tries to do the right thing. Though in reduced circumstances despite her royal connections, luckily she has friends who come through for her, and she returns the favor. Even murder seems less terrible in Georgie's world, where victims who get their throats slit or their faces half blown off are
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Katie
This series is always a solid 3 stars- nothing too deep and the plot is formulaic and fairly predictable, but I just really love them. In this installment, Georgie is sent to the Italian-Swiss border to find out some information for the Queen as she also visits Belinda in her confinement. Of course Darcy and her mother show up, and the mystery is pretty evident halfway through the book. I will continue to go through this series though, because they're so fun.
Paul Juniper
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sabrina
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
An entertaining, easy mystery involving a delightful Lady Rannoch who is once again on a secret mission for her majesty. I thoroughly enjoyed the book that I choose because it is a light-read in-between more serious stuff. I was also glad to see a little less of Queenie and liked the Italian setting quite a bit. Unfortunately, I suspected the murderer right away, taking away some of the fun.
This was written recently and took place in the past (1935), but I liked the few hints at the present like
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Roberta
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have just received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through Goodreads. I've read some of the books in the author's The Molly Murphy Series but is the first for me in this series.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch is engaged to Darcy O'Mara. He is Catholic and she is not. She is also 35th in line for the throne so, in order to marry a Catholic, she must get the Queen's OK and permission from Parliament as well as give up her right to the throne. For most Americans this is EYEROLL but for readers
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Toni
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was my first foray into this fun, well written, and well-developed series; and I must say, can't believe I missed ten 10 previous books! Well at least I can back I start from the beginning. Not to worry if you haven't read any either. Just pick one up and jump right in and join the sleuthing, you won't be lost. In this one, Georgie Rannoch, cousin to the Queen Mother, and 35th in line for the royal Crown, is on several missions. Her best friend, Belinda is hiding out in the Italian country-
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John
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Hannah
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another closed house mystery with an obvious villain. Why is it only the gentry that come under suspicion in these books and never the endless amounts of servants?

These books are like chips, I love and regret them at the same time.
Susan in NC
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5-4 stars; another fun outing with Lady Georgiana, but this one dragged a bit. I'm not sure if it was no Queenie for comic relief or the never-ending will they/ won't they between Georgie and her ever-elusive secret agent/fiancé Darcy, but this one failed to hold my attention.

I certainly hope Bowen will finally resolve Georgie's love life in her next book, but I could see her milking a few more adventures out of the pre-WWII political turmoil Georgie and her cousin Prince Edward and the notori
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Doreen
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing


“It wasn’t the first decision in my life that I regretted almost as soon as I uttered the words” (location 1585). I think Georgie could have made this statement many times. When your fiancé, your mother, and the Queen of England all ask you to do a little detective work on their behalf, how can you say “no.” Nothing is ever as simple as it might seem on first inspection and Georgie is quickly immersed in danger, mystery, and intrigue. The story reminded me of a P.G. Wodehouse novel with its quir
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Debbie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have only recently discovered Rhys Bowen. I knew of her as an author, but I had not read any of her books. This was my second book by her, but the first in this series.

I loved the whole conceptual idea of this series. Fictional characters placed and set in real life events with real life people. A great cozy mystery set in the early set during the Hitler/Mussolini pre-war era with a little romance, scandal and lots of royalty.

As I said this was my first book in this series and I am so sad that
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Angie
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy time spent with Georgie, and this was no exception! It's entry #11, and Georgie is still the poor relation of the Queen and hoping for marriage to her long-time boyfriend. Belinda is here as well with a little problem of her own. She, as well as the Queen, needs Georgie's help in a big way. And as ususal, Georgiana with her Rannoch sense of duty is compelled to do so. This leads her to Italy where she also finds her mother who begs for help as well. Poor Georgie! She is often aske ...more
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service
Her Royal Spyness, Book #11
By Rhys Bowen
ISBN#9780425283509
Author’s website: www.Rhysbowen.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Synopsis:

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most
...more
Fred
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service is the eleventh book in the A Royal Spyness Mystery series.

I love this lighthearted series set in 1930’s England and a wonderful cast of characters. Lady Georgianna Rannoch, or Georgie as most of her friends are prone to call her, has no pretensions with her title is a salt of the earth young lady. Darcy O’Mara has had his share of girlfriends but has decided that there is no one else but Georgianna. But there are two hurdles facing them, one Lady Geor
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Bonnie
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite writers. She is one of the most prolific writers of series. In her latest, she focuses on Lady Georgie, fifth to the throne in Britain, who is engaged to her long-time fiancé Darby O'Mara, but she needs the Queen's acceptance to leave the royal family. She finds a way to marry Darby and also be with her best friend Belinda who is expecting a baby when the Queen asks her to go to Italy where her son is with Mrs. Simpson, a divorcee hated by the Queen. The story is ...more
Kathy
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to amuse me. This latest book was a very light and silly little adventure that took our heroine Georgiana from the Kilhenny Castle in Ireland back to London as the queen had requested a meeting over tea. "Just observe. Just let me know the truth. That's all I ask." Seems she knew of a house party in Italy where her son would be attending with that troublesome American woman. The house party was close to the house rented by her friend in trouble, Belinda.
Of course there were
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