A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) by Rhys Bowen

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

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 playboy prince's path, in hopes he might finally marry.But queens never conside...

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

TitleA Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2)
Release DateJul 1st, 2008
PublisherBerkley Hardcover
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

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

  • Ingie
    Review written May 26, 20164.3 Stars - Simply wonderfully cozy 9 hrs mystery fun Book #2My latest reading passion (started last fall) are all these lighthearted cozy mysteri novels. A genre even better as audiobooks. I really liked the serial starter, Her Royal Spyness (4.2), back in January. It was with a good feeling I started this second part.London June, 1934So much fun to once again meet the Queen's amateur spy. Lady Georgie (aka Lady Victor...
  • Petra
    A fun vacation read. I enjoyed the antics in this book. Lady Georgie is 34th in line for the throne, but penniless and living in London without an allowance.In this story, she does some maturing in terms of seeing people as equals. As in the first book, the mystery is a small part of the story. This series is a fun, light, fluffy look at social status and society.....with a few dead bodies and mystery sprinkled throughout. A fun read.
  • Siv30
    המשך קורותיה של ג'ורג'יאנה, הממוקמת במקום 34 לכס המלוכה. ג'ורג'יאנה חסרת הכל, נקראת שוב ושוב למלכה מרי, בכדי לסייע במשימות קטנות שרק היא יכולה לבצע.הפעם ג'ורג'יאנה נקראת לארח את הנסיכה הולונורה מבוואריה מטעם המלכה.הולונורה הצעירה בת 18, זה עתה סיימה את ל...
  • Zoey
    Another fun cosy mystery with the penniless Lady Georgiana (Great Granddaughter of Queen Victoria & 34th in line to the throne)In this instalment, Georgie has been asked by the Queen to entertain a visiting foreign Princess, who the Queen hopes will catch the eye of the Prince of Wales and turn him away from “that dreadful Simpson woman”. But things are never simple & before long there are dead bodies, communists & shoplifting to deal with al...
  • Kathryn
    Another fun cozy mystery so ably narrated. I enjoyed it - lovely relaxed listening.
  • 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 h...
  • Amy
    1.5 starsOnce 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 articul...
  • Kate Howe
    What a hysterical and riotous treat this series is turning out to be. Had P. G. Wodehouse ever written mysteries - I can see them having felt like this.
  • 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 G...
  • Veronica
    I read the first book in this cozy historical mystery series back in 2014. I liked it but obviously wasn't impressed enough to continue with the series at that time. For whatever reason, I decided to finally get around to book two though I decided to listen to the audiobook this time. And, boy, what a difference that made! The female narrator was awesome! Not only did she do an excellent job of differentiating all the voices, male and female, but...
  • Lauren
    A Royal Pain3 StarsLady Georgiana Rannach plays hostess to a Bavarian Princess with a penchant for trouble, and soon finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation when she and the princess stumble across a dead body in a bookshop. The pacing of this sequel is slightly off with the first half of the story dedicated to Georgie's annoying houseguests. Thankfully, the mystery comes along just in time and gets interesting once the bodies sta...
  • Jenny
    A Royal Pain is book 2 in the Her Royal Spyness Mysteries by Rhys Bowen. The Queen of England was worried about her eldest son relationship with an American woman. Using Lady Georgiana to entertain a Bavarian princess to allure her son away from her. However, for Lady Georgiana, this assignment was a nightmare and bodies started to pile up. The readers of A Royal Pain will continue to follow Lady Georgiana to see if the Princes of Wales marries t...
  • Julie
    The title says it all.
  • The Lit Bitch
    As you might have guessed, I am burning my way through this series at an alarming rate. Not even half way through the first book, I had to order the rest of the books in the series because I knew that I would be reading all of them in a matter of weeks.I have read the latest book in this series, Four Weddings and Maybe a Funeral (the last book to date)….I know—don’t ask me why but I read them completely out of order and I figured that I bet...
  • 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,...
  • 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 visi...
  • Bart
    Actual rating: 3.50Perfect summer books.
  • 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,...
  • 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 he...
  • 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 mo...
  • Dagny
    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.
  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    **Find this and other reviews, plus fun stuff, on my blogs! Booklikes or Blogspot**Basic InfoFormat: Kindle. Pages/Length: n/aGenre: Historical Fiction; Mystery Reason For Reading: Continue series. At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: Slight triangles Cliff Hanger: NoTriggers: n/aRating: 4 StarsScore SheetAll out of tenCover: 8Plot: 8Characters: 8World Building: 8Flow: 7b>Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 7Ending: 8Total: 7/10In DepthBest ...
  • Teresa
    I mean, I don't know if this is 100% a four star read on close inspection, but it provided me so much joy and entertainment on my drives to and from very stressful workdays. The fabulous Katherine Kellgren (whose death earlier this year was incredibly sad) narrates this so wonderfully. I love all the characters and setting and just a fun cozy historical mystery series.
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  • victoria.p
    Now that I know there's less spying and more detecting, I enjoyed this one a lot, even though there's basically no twist you don't see coming from a mile away.
  • R.A.
    That one scene... *massive cringe*
  • 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 i...
  • 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...
  • Pamela Shropshire
    Book 2 in the series. Nothing profound here, of course, but quite entertaining, with a boy-crazy Bavarian princess that HM wants to set up with the Prince of Wales and cut out That American Woman (Wallis Simpson). So Georgie has to host the princess, her companion, a German baroness, and her maid. Since she can't afford servants, her Cockney grandfather poses as her butler and his neighbor/girlfriend as her cook.Georgie takes the princess to a pa...
  • 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 en...