Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Her Royal Spyness

I know a couple of people who believe that you can't read a book twice.
Or at least they never do.
I guess they figure it's a waste of time.
If there's a book I love, or find comfort in, I will read it several times.
Or more.
Last year while at the library I discovered a series that I gobbled up, and really enjoyed.
The first book is Her Royal Spyness (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen, a cozy mystery about a woman, Lady Georgiana who is 34th in line to the British throne. At 21 with her allowance cut off, she is penniless, and has escaped the family home in Scotland to the family home in London where she is trying to find a way to earn money, if royalty are allowed to actually have jobs. When she finds a body in the bathtub of her family's London house, she has to find the killer and clear her brother from police suspicion. In addition, Queen Mary has asked her to spy on her cousin David's relationship with an unsuitable married American woman, Wallis Simpson.
Subsequent books in the series involve Georgie, as her friends and family call her, being surrounded by the British elite, family friends, international playboys, and those who wish to be around royalty.
They're quite clever books, and so far there have been five books published in this series, and as I said, I've read them all.
What I did last week, however, was also get a copy of the audiobook for the first in the series.
Even though listening to Her Royal Spyness again does not count towards my total of books read in 2012 (up to 45 books so far), I'm not concerned. The narrator is so outstanding that she makes it a true pleasure to listen to this book. Her mastery in invoking and utilizing varying voices and dialects for the characters puts her on par with Jim Dale who did such a masterful job of narrating the Harry Potter books (U.S. versions).
If you're looking for some great entertainment, and a heroine you can truly like, check out this series.

If you're looking for a way to listen while you work, then definitely get the audiobook. You won't regret it.
More information on Rhys Bowen's can be found at her Website.

1 comment:

charlotte said...

sounds great!