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A Royal Pain It s s 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 bestsellerBaked 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 marryBut queens never consider money, of which I have little And which is why I moonlight as a maid in disguise My plansClean house in manner of palace Blackmail brother, Binky, into sending a few quid Unteach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies lest she address the queen as old broadKeep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like a fishThen there s the matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni s unwitting involvement with the communist party It s enough to drive a girl mad

  • Hardcover
  • 307 pages
  • A Royal Pain
  • Rhys Bowen
  • English
  • 07 October 2019
  • 0425221636

About the Author: Rhys Bowen

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.I have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a 1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s It s lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award winning short stories I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California wintersWhen I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.Series Constable Evan Mystery Molly Murphy Mysteries Her Royal Spyness MysteriesAwards Agatha Award Best Novel 2001 Murphy s LawReviewer s Choice Award Historical Mystery 2001 Murphy s Law



10 thoughts on “A Royal Pain

  1. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I read the first book in this series at the end of 2017 and then left it on the backburner because I was already engaged in this author s Molly Murphy series Well Molly has become a bit morose and her relationship with Daniel is going nowhere fast so I am giving that a breather for while..In the meantime Lady Georgiana is much better entertainment She is funny and her actions are a lotlight hearted than poor Molly s I also enjoy her supporting characters , especially her crazy mothe I read the first book in this series at the end of 2017 and then left it on the backburner because I was already engaged in this author s Molly Murphy series Well Molly has become a bit morose and her relationship with Daniel is going nowhere fast so I am giving that a breather for while..In the meantime Lady Georgiana is much better entertainment She is funny and her actions are a lotlight hearted than poor Molly s I also enjoy her supporting characters , especially her crazy mother and her rock solid grandfather Oh and the Queen of course She is just wonderful.In this second book Georgie is instructed by the Queen to care for a visiting princess from Bavaria who she hopes may tempt Prince David away from Wallis Simpson We all know that will not work, but the princess leads Georgie into all kinds of difficulties All good fun and I am looking forward to book three

  2. Ingie Ingie says:

    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 Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of 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 Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of King George V of England is a unforgettable lovely penniless aristocrat When the Queen ask it s hard to say no But flirting does not come easily to someone brought up in a remote castle with tartan wallpaper in the bathrooms, bagpipes at dawn and men who wear kilts This Rhys Bowen serial could probably be a future favorite of mine Not a lot of hot romance stuff and fuss but with a truly entertaining action packed female chick lit feel during the interwar period And there is a dashing goodlooking Irish mysterious hero to dream about A Royal Pain had it all I m Georgie addictive by now I listened to the audiobook 9 hrs this time too Flawlessly well and enjoying narrated by Katherine Kellgren She is one of the best for this kind of stories I LIKE eager to start the next part

  3. Petra Petra says:

    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.

  4. Amy Amy says:

    1.5 starsOnce again I expected , 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 articulation of anti communist proponents, and all the h 1.5 starsOnce again I expected , 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 articulation of anti communist proponents, and all the haha, Adolph Hitler didn t seem to fit with the plot at all Either this is the 1930s or its not What I disliked the most, however, is the constant bombardment about sex It is a topic of conversation from almost every character and it is very much obnoxious and crude Even minor characters are thrown into awkward and horrible situations In fact, I think I might be done with this series for the near rape scene alone Yet despite the fact that this book has almost nothing going for it, there is something rather likable in the setting I find I am drawn back We ll see ALSO, once again I must complain, Georgie is not a blond What is up with you cover designers

  5. Zoey Zoey says:

    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 all while attending Royal Functions, Parties with the Sm 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 all while attending Royal Functions, Parties with the Smart Set visits to the country with very little money hiding her secret cleaning business from the world And of course, the mysterious gorgeous Darcy O Mara popping in out to save the day.11 10 for the audio narration by Katherine Kellgren She really makes the book I believe

  6. beachbum bookworm beachbum bookworm says:

    synopsis from GoodreadsIt 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 bestsellerBaked 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 consider money, of which I have li synopsis from GoodreadsIt 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 bestsellerBaked 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 consider money, of which I have little And which is why I moonlight as a maid in disguise My plans 1 Clean house in manner of palace.2 Blackmail brother, Binky, into sending a few quid.3 Unteach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies lest she address the queen as old broad 4 Keep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like a fish.Then there s the matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni s unwitting involvement with the communist party It s enough to drive a girl madLet me start by saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read I still use a five star rating system or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee teawhich is my idea of cozy The following is how I rate my cozies 1 cup of coffee did not finish or will not continue on in series.2 cups of coffee this book has potential, but on the fence about whether I will read the next book.3 cups of coffee good will definitely continue series, but did have some issues4 cups of coffee great will definitely continue series minor issues5 cups of coffee EXCEPTIONAL What I think about when I give my ratings 1 There called cozies for a reason, and that being said I know they are not for everybody I love them Therefore the first thing I think about is how cozy are they Thecheese the better for me lol The horrible puns in the titles LOVE THEM Yes if you re wondering I am the person who loves laffy taffy jokes.2 Characters and relationships with secondary characters3 Setting theme4 The mysteryI triedI tried to tell Georgie that nothing good comes from being summoned to Buckingham palace for tea with HM She insisted that when HM summons you go So that s how it all started.Broke, no servants, and we have to take in a baroness Seriouslyuggthis can t go well We did threatenI mean talk Georgie s brother Binky and sister in law Fig to send some money, and persuaded her grandfather and his neighbor friend to fill in as a butler and maid.I mean what could go wrong lol When the Baroness arrived we were shocked by her obsession with gansters , American slangnot to mention her tendencies towards the five finger discount.Soon the bodies are piling up.and enter in Chief Inspector BurnellyeahGeorgie is defiently not his favorite gal.This series is a royal delight I love all Georgie s antics, Belinda s romps, Darcy, Binky, and even Fig The mystery is fun, fast paced, and kept me guessing If you enjoy historical cozies I royally recommend this book Check out my blog at everyday is a great reading day

  7. Kate Howe Kate Howe says:

    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.

  8. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Another fun cozy mystery so ably narrated I enjoyed it lovely relaxed listening.

  9. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    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 asuitable 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 asuitable girl Georgie is shocked and much dismayed to hear that the Queen has invited Princess Hannelore of Bavaria to London and that she will be staying with Georgie at Rannoch House Georgie agrees one never says no to Her Majesty and then sets about trying to find a way to get servants to help at Rannoch House and enough money to feed the entourage coming from Bavaria She finds a cook and a butler when she enlists the unlikely help of her Cockney grandfather and his neighbor lady friend, Mrs Huggins, who agree to come to the house and give her a hand The Princess and her companion, Baroness Rottenmeister, show up a few days later and Lady Georgie finds herself with quite a handful in Princess Hanni.As the story unfolds, dead bodies begin piling up and Georgie is once again asked to help sort out what is happening There are Communists and debauched nobility, drugs and wild parties All in all, it s a pretty entertaining story with a decent mystery and of course a little romance as Lady Georgie trys to find the right man for her and avoid Lord Fishface or being sent to the country to be a companion to her old maid aunt

  10. Julie Julie says:

    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 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 I m living it up in London s high society in the 1930 s I love this decade My only gripe is the elusive Irishman, Darcy is not as prevalent here as in the first book, but I loved the ending, so it made up for it All in all, this is becoming a favorite series of mine, can t wait to listen to the next one 4.5 5

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