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A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the throne - and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress. With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scan A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the throne - and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress. With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission - namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.


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A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the throne - and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress. With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scan A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the throne - and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress. With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission - namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.

30 review for Royal Flush

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate Bond

    I don't know that I would enjoy this series nearly as much as I have this far if I were actually reading the books, but the reader of the audiobooks, Katherine Kellgren, is really phenomenal. The mystery here is pretty lame, as was the case in the previous books, but Georgie is such a delightful protagonist, and the supporting characters (Georgie's flighty friend Belinda, serial divorcee mother, and, of course, Darcy the love interest being among the best of them) are a lot of fun. The changes i I don't know that I would enjoy this series nearly as much as I have this far if I were actually reading the books, but the reader of the audiobooks, Katherine Kellgren, is really phenomenal. The mystery here is pretty lame, as was the case in the previous books, but Georgie is such a delightful protagonist, and the supporting characters (Georgie's flighty friend Belinda, serial divorcee mother, and, of course, Darcy the love interest being among the best of them) are a lot of fun. The changes in Georgie's life are happening VERY slowly, and it occurs to me that this is why steampunk is such a popular genre: we get the romance and beauty of a previous time, but there are ingenious inventions that help people receive information and travel at something much more like a modern pace. It's a clever cheat, and series like this one suffer a bit in comparison. Georgie isn't a Miss Marple-ish old lady or a wealthy spinster; she is a penniless young royal, and at some point she WILL have to marry or something and move things forward. It's hard to sit and wait for something to happen knowing there are very few ways Georgie's life can actually turn out. ...but I just started the next book, so clearly it doesn't bother me that much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series but was just a little disappointed with this one. There was nothing new in it story wise and none of the characters developed in any way. It was entertaining in its own way but I was expecting more. I am also experiencing so many parallels between this series and Bowen's other long running series about Molly Murphy. Her boyfriend, Daniel, is just as erratic and unlikable as Georgie's Darcy is. I stopped reading that series when I grew tired of the weak I enjoyed the first two books in this series but was just a little disappointed with this one. There was nothing new in it story wise and none of the characters developed in any way. It was entertaining in its own way but I was expecting more. I am also experiencing so many parallels between this series and Bowen's other long running series about Molly Murphy. Her boyfriend, Daniel, is just as erratic and unlikable as Georgie's Darcy is. I stopped reading that series when I grew tired of the weakness of the obstacles the author was throwing up against the course of true love. Am I going to go the same way with Her Royal Spyness? I guess that remains to be seen. I will go on to read book 4 and hope that something actually happens.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zyra

    this series is so cozy, entertaining and addicting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annu

    Such a delightful read. As like the last two books, Georgie is such an amazing character. And as usual, Belinda was busy with her new conquest. This story takes place mostly at Castle Rannoch, so there was a lot of Fig in this book and I've started to like her inspite of what Georgie thinks about her. Grand-dad is such a sport in helping Georgie with her sleuthing. And finally we see some progress with Georgie and Darcy (I just want to see them full-fledgedly dating each other). The mystery was Such a delightful read. As like the last two books, Georgie is such an amazing character. And as usual, Belinda was busy with her new conquest. This story takes place mostly at Castle Rannoch, so there was a lot of Fig in this book and I've started to like her inspite of what Georgie thinks about her. Grand-dad is such a sport in helping Georgie with her sleuthing. And finally we see some progress with Georgie and Darcy (I just want to see them full-fledgedly dating each other). The mystery was quite good, although I figured out bits and pieces here and there. Definitely one of my favorite series 😁

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written June 27, 2016 3.7 Stars - Another enjoying crime adventure with the "Royal" family Book #3 8:30 hrs narrated by Katherine Kellgren. My new reading passion (started last fall) are all these lighthearted cozy mystery novels. A genre even better as audiobooks. I really liked the first two (Her Royal Spyness (4.2) and A Royal Pain (4.3)). It was yet again with a good feeling I started audiobook listening to a new part. London / Scotland August, 1934 Always fun to meet the Queen's amateur s Review written June 27, 2016 3.7 Stars - Another enjoying crime adventure with the "Royal" family Book #3 8:30 hrs narrated by Katherine Kellgren. My new reading passion (started last fall) are all these lighthearted cozy mystery novels. A genre even better as audiobooks. I really liked the first two (Her Royal Spyness (4.2) and A Royal Pain (4.3)). It was yet again with a good feeling I started audiobook listening to a new part. London / Scotland August, 1934 Always fun to meet the Queen's amateur spy. Lady Georgie (aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, cousin of King George V of England), this heroine is a unforgettable lovely penniless aristocrat. — When the Queen ask it's hard to say no... I LIKE - listening to cozy mysteries

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    'With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mi 'With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission - namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.' ____________________________________ Royal Flush is the third book in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series, which follows clumsy and endearing Lady Georgiana Rannoch , thirty-fourth in line to the English throne, as she she stumbles through trying to make it on her own and solve some mysteries along the way. After a very embarassing faux pas in London, we're back to Scotland and Georgie's family home for this book. It was so shocking to see Fig being nice for a change, she was almost like a totally new character. But with a big and unwanted house party eathing them out of house and home, I suppose being nice to Georgie was her only way forward. We get to see a michevious side to Georgie as she sets out to make a stay a Rannoch as terrible as possible in order to drive the guests out. That made me love her character more. Plus with Fig panicking and begging for her help, she really takes charge in this book and I think it's the most confident we've ever seen her. I wasn't crazy about the previous book in the series, but this one has more than made up for that. I think Royal Flush has been my favorite in the series thus far. There was a healthy dose of both ridiculousness and danger, I adored it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I am honestly surprised that Royal Flush has not yet won any awards, because it brings us an even more enjoyable tale of adventure, intrigue and romance than the first two books, both of which I had already thought were close to perfection. It certainly deserves one. This third installment takes Georgie back to her childhood home of Castle Rannoch in Scotland, after her newest attempt at earning money (advertising herself as "escort" in a newspaper) brings disastrous results. I've always enjoyed I am honestly surprised that Royal Flush has not yet won any awards, because it brings us an even more enjoyable tale of adventure, intrigue and romance than the first two books, both of which I had already thought were close to perfection. It certainly deserves one. This third installment takes Georgie back to her childhood home of Castle Rannoch in Scotland, after her newest attempt at earning money (advertising herself as "escort" in a newspaper) brings disastrous results. I've always enjoyed Georgie's exploits in London, which are consistently laugh-out-loud because she is very much a fish out of water around her set. Despite this, I had also wanted to see her somewhere in which she's comfortable and supremely confident, so I was delighted with the relocation to Castle Rannoch. The beautiful countryside is vividly presented by Rhys Bowen's skillful writing, but what I loved most was seeing a different Georgie - one who is finally playing host instead of being left at others' mercy like she was in London. Georgie's definitely in her element here; she can climb hills, hunt and ride with the best of them, and she's surrounded by people who cares about her and whom she knows well. I must admit that it's not often that I care about female characters in mystery series, but I absolutely adore Georgie. She's smart and witty, spunky, and infinitely resourceful, so I was incredibly glad to see her spend time in a place where people respected and appreciated her. Old characters return; Georgie's loveable but spineless brother Binky, her odious sister-in-law Fig (who's actually quite likeable here, since she's relying on Georgie this time), Granddad, Belinda, the royals and the ridiculous Wallis Simpson. Luckily we get very little of the latter, and we meet new and interesting characters in Georgie's cousins, Lachan and Murdoch, along with a whole host of guests at Rannoch and Balmoral. I was gratified to see more eligible males hanging around Georgie and showing interest - God knows the girl needs a confidence boost, what with Darcy being a bit of a flake! And of Darcy, there is fortunately a great deal more in this book than there was in A Royal Pain. I call him a flake, but he finally raises the stakes a bit, actively following Georgie, initiating contact and becoming far more upfront with his feelings for her. I think I was even happier than Georgie to see real developments in their relationship and a confirmation that Darcy isn't just flirting. Their exchange at the end shows that he's still not ready to commit/hasn't mentally reached the point yet where he understands the full extent of his feelings, but at least he's far more proactive! Hopefully we'll see even more progress in the next book. Aside from the wonderful setting and historical details that Bowen's a master at weaving into the story, there is also nonstop action and a rather intriguing mystery, all moving along at breakneck speed. There's never a boring moment! Georgie's pulled even deeper into official service for the Crown this time; she's asked to solve the series of mysterious "accidents" that have been befalling those in line for the throne. The subsequent string of murders and crazy events keep Georgie busy from straight-out sleuthing, but the process is certainly interesting. Serious mystery buffs looking for a traditional mystery might be disappointed, but I enjoyed it all the same. Rhys Bowen has definitely set the bar high with Royal Flush, so I can't wait to read Royal Blood. Here's to hoping that it'll be even better!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Never thought I'd be glad of a headache. But I am! I started this yesterday a.m. when I had a migraine and could not stop listening. Well, I did a little to go to bed last night. But I picked it right up again this morning. Torn from the headlines! (Well,the headlines of 1932.) That's how I'd describe this book. I love books like this that are set amongst the controversies and scandals of a certain time. I also especially like this series for the characters. Plucky Lady Georgiana (34th in line to Never thought I'd be glad of a headache. But I am! I started this yesterday a.m. when I had a migraine and could not stop listening. Well, I did a little to go to bed last night. But I picked it right up again this morning. Torn from the headlines! (Well,the headlines of 1932.) That's how I'd describe this book. I love books like this that are set amongst the controversies and scandals of a certain time. I also especially like this series for the characters. Plucky Lady Georgiana (34th in line to the throne). Devastating Darcy O'Mara. And shameless Belinda! Added to all this is the wonderful narration/performance by Katherine "Katy" Kellgren. Can't wait to move on to book #4.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I'm hooked on this series of audiobooks! I am amazed at the skill of the narrator and how many different characters she can perform seamlessly going from American to Scot to Irish to Cockney to German to the Queen of England! Very entertaining!! I'm hooked on this series of audiobooks! I am amazed at the skill of the narrator and how many different characters she can perform seamlessly going from American to Scot to Irish to Cockney to German to the Queen of England! Very entertaining!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McShane

    Still enjoying this rather lightweight series, and maybe it's just that I was reading it in tiny installments on my break at work, but I didn't pick up on whodunit right away, so I call it good. I'm starting to be fond of the supporting cast, particularly Georgie's friend Belinda, who is just too shallow and sex-obsessed for words. And I *was* warming up to Darcy as Georgie's love interest; he's started to demonstrate that he's really interested in her, and there's evidence that his constant dis Still enjoying this rather lightweight series, and maybe it's just that I was reading it in tiny installments on my break at work, but I didn't pick up on whodunit right away, so I call it good. I'm starting to be fond of the supporting cast, particularly Georgie's friend Belinda, who is just too shallow and sex-obsessed for words. And I *was* warming up to Darcy as Georgie's love interest; he's started to demonstrate that he's really interested in her, and there's evidence that his constant disappearances are because he's some sort of secret government agent (or something), and he even tells Georgie's grandfather (probably my favorite character) that he's Georgie's "young man," and then he has to go and ruin it. (view spoiler)[At the end, Georgie asks him why he sticks with her, a strange phrase that implies that she's sort of a mess, which is untrue. And he says, in order, that a) at first he was interested in the challenge of getting into her pants, and then b) he thought she might be a good lay if he could get her to relax, and THEN c) he can't stop thinking about her like she's some kind of obsession. Not romantic. Not an attitude that makes me like him. And he was doing so well. (hide spoiler)] The series makes for good lunchtime reading, so I haven't given up on it yet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    Her Royal Spyness series is a fun fluffy historical mystery series set in mainly Britain and Scotland during the 1930's. The protagonist is Lady Georgiana who is 34th in line for the British crown. She is therefore burdened with family obligations but without the money or power to always fulfill or live up to them. She is a fun heroine to read about as she has a generally bubbly and funny personality, although she at times makes some silly decisions. In Royal Flush, the third book in the series, Her Royal Spyness series is a fun fluffy historical mystery series set in mainly Britain and Scotland during the 1930's. The protagonist is Lady Georgiana who is 34th in line for the British crown. She is therefore burdened with family obligations but without the money or power to always fulfill or live up to them. She is a fun heroine to read about as she has a generally bubbly and funny personality, although she at times makes some silly decisions. In Royal Flush, the third book in the series, due to a scandal of her own creation Lady Georgiana is forced to flee from London to her ancestral home of Castle Rannoch in Scotland. She is also secretly instructed to keep her eyes and ears open as other members of the British royal family are also in Scotland and have had several mysterious accidents occur recently. Of course shenanigans ensue and Lady Georgiana gets involved with the mystery and ends up assisting with finding the culprit. This is the third book in the series and it has started to develop a kind of pattern. There's a bit of frustration with the seemingly endless dangling of the potential romance between Lady Georgiana and a mysterious Irishman named Darcy. It's not a very complicated mystery series either as typically you can guess what's going on fairly early. However despite my grumblings it was still an enjoyable read. Lady Georgiana is a fun protagonist and usually the dialogue makes me laugh out loud a few times. If you are looking for a simple bit of historical fluff with some light mystery then you should give the Her Royal Spyness series a try.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Light to read, I finished this book in one sitting down, not noticing that it's past 5AM already. There are more mysterious things happening in this third novel than in previous ones, although these things were never the focus until the later part of the book. The questions and whodunits are like afterthoughts to the life and times of royalty and the high society in the early 30s. It's like going to a party and then suddenly remembering when the party is winding down that there's a murder to be Light to read, I finished this book in one sitting down, not noticing that it's past 5AM already. There are more mysterious things happening in this third novel than in previous ones, although these things were never the focus until the later part of the book. The questions and whodunits are like afterthoughts to the life and times of royalty and the high society in the early 30s. It's like going to a party and then suddenly remembering when the party is winding down that there's a murder to be solved. This book might not appeal to hardcore mystery/thriller readers, but for anyone who reads and appreciates any kind of fiction, this is a pleasant and funny read. Full of wit and humor, it has many laugh-out-loud moments brought about by Lady Georgina's clumsiness, naivete, or insights into the social set she's in. Lines like: "I had an impression of rock wall flashing past me, and the words formed themselves in my brain, I am about to die. Bother. And for some reason I was remarkably annoyed at being about to die a virgin." are witty gems that pepper the pages throughout. Enjoyable as usual.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    I'm so done with this series. The first book was good, the second was okay, this was a waste of time. It's just a boring rehash of the same predictable plot. Yes, the characters were quirky and interesting at first, but instead of being developed in the next books they have just been flattened into caricatures of themselves. Worst of all is Darcy. He shows up every time Georgie is in danger. Every. Single. Time. I had great hopes that (view spoiler)[he wouldn't be able to make an appearance for t I'm so done with this series. The first book was good, the second was okay, this was a waste of time. It's just a boring rehash of the same predictable plot. Yes, the characters were quirky and interesting at first, but instead of being developed in the next books they have just been flattened into caricatures of themselves. Worst of all is Darcy. He shows up every time Georgie is in danger. Every. Single. Time. I had great hopes that (view spoiler)[he wouldn't be able to make an appearance for the final confrontation. I mean, Georgie was on a plane! Flying! In the sky! I was sure this time Georgie would have had to fend off for herself, pull off some crazy stunt and land the plane herself, or maybe find a second parachute and jump off, miraculously redeeming herself as an action heroine. (hide spoiler)] But, of course, bloody Darcy just had to show up and treat us to another round of heroics and will-they-or-won't-they. So done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    JoLene

    I am continuing to enjoy this series. On this go-round, Georgie has the brilliant idea to rent herself out as a companion to visiting business men --- she'll get free dinner and possibly theater visit and they will get good company. Unfortunately her ad in the paper makes it seem like an prostitution ring :-). The police get wind and strongly "suggest" that she leave London for a while, so she runs back to the family seat in Scotland, where many of the high society types are gathering for some s I am continuing to enjoy this series. On this go-round, Georgie has the brilliant idea to rent herself out as a companion to visiting business men --- she'll get free dinner and possibly theater visit and they will get good company. Unfortunately her ad in the paper makes it seem like an prostitution ring :-). The police get wind and strongly "suggest" that she leave London for a while, so she runs back to the family seat in Scotland, where many of the high society types are gathering for some summer fun. This series continues to delight. Georgie and her friends/ family are hilarious and Bowen weaves in a lot of historical detail that makes for a fun read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    I always love a new Georgiana (34th in line to the crown), adventure. In this addition someone is knocking off or trying to knock off people who are in line for the crown. Georgiana gets herself unwittingly into a little pickle with the the police and in order to save her from soiling her reputation and that of the Royal Family she becomes indented to the police and placed on a secret mission. Great history of people and machinery are peppered through out and there is always a sweet secret roman I always love a new Georgiana (34th in line to the crown), adventure. In this addition someone is knocking off or trying to knock off people who are in line for the crown. Georgiana gets herself unwittingly into a little pickle with the the police and in order to save her from soiling her reputation and that of the Royal Family she becomes indented to the police and placed on a secret mission. Great history of people and machinery are peppered through out and there is always a sweet secret romance for Georgiana and the ever elusive Mr. Darcey. A wonderfully, fun series that always has a good mystery and some good laughs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen is the 3rd book in the Royal Spyness mystery series. Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, is forced back to her home in Scotland, Castle Runnoch, to avoid a scandal after a misunderstanding, where she is asked to look into accidents that are happening to the royal family. A delightful and fun mystery. The narrator of the audiobook is wonderful especially with all the character voices and adds to the experience. Lots of entertaining moments as Georgie plots with h Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen is the 3rd book in the Royal Spyness mystery series. Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, is forced back to her home in Scotland, Castle Runnoch, to avoid a scandal after a misunderstanding, where she is asked to look into accidents that are happening to the royal family. A delightful and fun mystery. The narrator of the audiobook is wonderful especially with all the character voices and adds to the experience. Lots of entertaining moments as Georgie plots with her sister-in-law in getting rid of unwanted guests. A light-hearted and very enjoyable book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zoey

    Another fun adventure with Lady Georgiana (34th in line to the British throne & Great Grandaughter of Queen Victoria) and again the audio narration by Katherine Kellgren is PERFECTION :) Another fun adventure with Lady Georgiana (34th in line to the British throne & Great Grandaughter of Queen Victoria) and again the audio narration by Katherine Kellgren is PERFECTION :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A Royal Flush 4 Stars Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 34th in line to the throne, gets herself into a bit of a pickle, and is sent home to Scotland to avoid scandal. Her sleuthing skills are an added bonus as the Home Office is concerned about a number of recent "accidents" involving the Prince of Wales, who just happens to be at Balmoral for the shooting. The mystery is intriguing although the culprit's identity becomes easy to ferret out, even if Georgie doesn't quite manage it in time. The problem is t A Royal Flush 4 Stars Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 34th in line to the throne, gets herself into a bit of a pickle, and is sent home to Scotland to avoid scandal. Her sleuthing skills are an added bonus as the Home Office is concerned about a number of recent "accidents" involving the Prince of Wales, who just happens to be at Balmoral for the shooting. The mystery is intriguing although the culprit's identity becomes easy to ferret out, even if Georgie doesn't quite manage it in time. The problem is that Georgie is an engaging, but somewhat clueless heroine, who wouldn't spot an important clue if it walked up and hijacked her (which is actually the case in this book). Bowen's historical research on the royal family is excellent, especially the details concerning Queen Victoria's oldest grandson, Prince Albert Victor, as well as the relationship between David, Prince of Wales, and Mrs. Wallis Simpson. The slow burn romance between Georgie and Darcy O'Mara has potential although the revelation toward the end of his initial thoughts and amorous plans for her lessen his appeal. Hopefully, he will soon be able to redeem himself. Overall, another entertaining installment in Rhys Bowen's charming cozy historical mystery series. However, readers interested in serious and complex storylines may be disappointed with this lighthearted fare.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    About fifty pages into Royal Flush, I figured out why I like this series as much as I do: it’s a mix of screwball comedy and murder mystery. I love screwball comedies, because they’re ridiculous, they know they’re ridiculous, but they never deign to break the fourth wall to make sure the audience knows they know they are ridiculous. They just revel in being fun. And that’s what the Royal Spyness series does: it fully embraces its zaniness and sees no reason to apologize for it. I’d even say that About fifty pages into Royal Flush, I figured out why I like this series as much as I do: it’s a mix of screwball comedy and murder mystery. I love screwball comedies, because they’re ridiculous, they know they’re ridiculous, but they never deign to break the fourth wall to make sure the audience knows they know they are ridiculous. They just revel in being fun. And that’s what the Royal Spyness series does: it fully embraces its zaniness and sees no reason to apologize for it. I’d even say that it might be one of the best examples I’ve found of a modern screwball comedy. Royal Flush is the first book in the series where the murder mystery drives the entire narrative. It makes sense: this is Georgie’s third crime-solving caper, and it would be weird to not acknowledge that this is becoming a regular habit of hers. I did think she was a little obtuse at a couple of points in the narrative, but it still leans towards a believable level. Recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I’m loving this series even more than the first time I listened to it. Too bad I can’t give it more than my previous 5 stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    This was another highly enjoyable addition to the series, made even more amusing by the wonderful audiobook narrator. Lady Georgiana (Georgie to family and friends), 34th in line for the British throne in 1932, manages to get herself into one pickle after another. When her latest effort to earn her keep goes hilariously awry, she is sent off to her ancestral estate in Scotland by the Home Office under the guise of keeping tabs on her royal relatives at the neighboring Balmoral Estate. It seems c This was another highly enjoyable addition to the series, made even more amusing by the wonderful audiobook narrator. Lady Georgiana (Georgie to family and friends), 34th in line for the British throne in 1932, manages to get herself into one pickle after another. When her latest effort to earn her keep goes hilariously awry, she is sent off to her ancestral estate in Scotland by the Home Office under the guise of keeping tabs on her royal relatives at the neighboring Balmoral Estate. It seems certain members of the royal family have been falling afoul of serious near-miss accidents and it's up to Georgie to find out if these are mere unlucky coincidences or if there is some foul plan afoot. Once again, the mystery aspect of the story is light fluff that's not all that hard to figure out - even for people like me who aren't even trying to figure it out. As an amateur sleuth I also have to admit that Georgie isn't all that great at deductive reasoning. More often than not clues sail right past her but, in that regard, perhaps she's more representative of what an actual amateur sleuth would be like. Darcy O'Mara, an impoverished member of the Irish Peerage, is back in the mix as Georgie's elusive love interest. Like Georgie, I find myself quite charmed by the dark-haired man of mystery who always seems to show up at just the right time. That said, I would've preferred it if Georgie had held onto her anger with him for longer than she did. She needs to make him work harder in my opinion. I also enjoyed the drama with the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson that's been percolating in the background for the last two books. If Wallis Simpson really was this obnoxious in real life, I have no idea what the Prince of Wales saw in her. All in all, this was a fun way to spend a few hours.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Third in the Her Royal Spyness historical-mystery series revolving around the Lady Georgiana, 34th in line from the throne and poorer than a church mouse. My Take Okay, it's a cute series with its premise as Lady Georgiana playing at amateur detective, but it seems to me that most of her detecting falls into the "oops" category. As in, oops, stumbled over that clue and, oops, there's another one. Darcy is going to have to marry her if only to keep her alive. It's Bowen's characters that keep me c Third in the Her Royal Spyness historical-mystery series revolving around the Lady Georgiana, 34th in line from the throne and poorer than a church mouse. My Take Okay, it's a cute series with its premise as Lady Georgiana playing at amateur detective, but it seems to me that most of her detecting falls into the "oops" category. As in, oops, stumbled over that clue and, oops, there's another one. Darcy is going to have to marry her if only to keep her alive. It's Bowen's characters that keep me coming back. I want to know what nasty thing Fig is going to say next. Bowen's Wallis Simpson is the most spiteful thing and I love it when Georgie or her mother slap her down. Then there's this...midpoint. It's a bit of a huh-what moment to read how unimportant the whole virginity thing has become after so many centuries of it being the most important impression. In the last story, Communists were plotting to assassinate the King and Queen and that paranoia has spilled over to Royal Flush. Although, Georgie does seem to spend most of her time helping Fig make her guests so uncomfortable that they'll leave, she also gets some time to gather up some very nice compliments as she stumbles her way through her "investigation". I really don't see where the Home Office or the queen justify having Georgie check things out as she's more the bumble than the sleuth. The Story A favor for Belinda gives Georgie another idea for income but Georgie's innocence ends up sending her into exile to Scotland. The Home Office wants her to keep an ear to the ground while she's at Balmoral. Seems there are a few too many "accidents" occurring around the young royals and others in the line of succession and all the evidence points to someone within that inner circle! Surprisingly, when Georgie shows up at Rannoch Castle, Fig is relieved to see her. Seems there's a houseful of royals, cousins, and Americans invited to make Wallis Simpson happy and they're eating and drinking Fig and Binky out of house and home besides demanding all sorts of entertainment. Then there's the speedboat trials on the lake attracting attention followed by the opening of the grouse season at Balmoral all mixed in with Georgie's main purpose this season. The Characters All the usual characters are here: Lady Georgiana; Darcy O'Mara, the Irish peer's heir and, Georgie speculates, spy; David, the Prince of Wales; and, the king and queen. Making up the house party at Rannoch Castle Binky's gotten his foot chewed up from a trap set along the path he always walked; Fig is actually thrilled to tears that Georgie showed up at Rannoch Castle...I know, I know, be still my heart!; Mr. and Mrs. Simpson; Lachan and Murdoch, Rannoch cousins; Prince Siegfried, a.k.a., Fishface, who points out to Georgie all the benefits of marrying him; Prince George; young Podge who is about to have some unexpected adventures; and, Grandfather who shows up as moral support for Georgie. The Speedboat Enthusiasts' Party Belinda Warburton-Stokes has a new beau in Count Paolo di Marola e Martini, an Italian obsessed with speed; Georgie's mother and Max, her industrialist German boyfriend; Augustus Gormsley; and, Ronny Padgett, the notorious aviatrix. Hugo Beasley-Bottome appears to be a bit of a wastrel bumming from country house to country house. He's certainly bummed an invite on the strength of having been at school with Binky to Rannoch Castle insulting Georgie along the way. Godfrey Beverley is a most unloved gossip columnist who is sneaking about trying to either spy or trick someone into giving it up. Major and Mrs. Padgett have a grace-and-favor home at Balmoral where the major runs the estate. The Cover The cover is consistent with earlier ones with its Art Deco, cartoon effect. The eye is drawn first to a white-gloved Lady Georgiana in an off-the-shoulder white gown, her waist encircled by a wide lilac belt facing us as she dances with someone in a tux inside a room. The visual path then sweeps right as we look thorugh a huge, paned window at a crowd of people chatting and dancing outside in an area enclosed by a tall hedge, a tower and buildings beyond that. The title is centered within a turquoise ribbon double-edged with purple trim across the bottom. I'm not sure if the title was inspired by the toilet tank that came off the wall or from the antagonist attempting to hurt everyone in the line of inheritance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I am continuing on with my reread of this series and this one was a solid edition to the series. Georgie is still trying to keep afloat when she comes up with a money making scheme. Unfortunately, it puts her in a bit of scandalous predicament and she is forced to head back to Scotland earlier then she wanted. While there the royal family is close by at Balmoral and she is asked to keep an eye on the "woman". Naturally as this occurs mysterious things start to happen and Georgie is asked to help I am continuing on with my reread of this series and this one was a solid edition to the series. Georgie is still trying to keep afloat when she comes up with a money making scheme. Unfortunately, it puts her in a bit of scandalous predicament and she is forced to head back to Scotland earlier then she wanted. While there the royal family is close by at Balmoral and she is asked to keep an eye on the "woman". Naturally as this occurs mysterious things start to happen and Georgie is asked to help look into it. Now I am on to read the next one soon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lesa Divine

    I enjoy this cozy mystery series. I read book 1&2 then 4-12 I don't know how I missed this book 3 smh but finally read it. I enjoyed the cozy royal mystery. The Royal family are having accidents but is it truly accidents or is someone trying to kill them off. Georgiana is on the case. I enjoy this cozy mystery series. I read book 1&2 then 4-12 I don't know how I missed this book 3 smh but finally read it. I enjoyed the cozy royal mystery. The Royal family are having accidents but is it truly accidents or is someone trying to kill them off. Georgiana is on the case.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    4.5 stars I'm glad I hung in with this series because this is the book where the various threads of plot and character seem to come together and it feels like I'm entering a real world. Georgie is a fun character, and I love seeing her find her way in the world. Her status as someone in line to the throne gives her privilege, but her complete lack of funds means she still has to fend for herself in many ways. In this adventure, Georgie has once again been tasked by the Queen with ensuring that th 4.5 stars I'm glad I hung in with this series because this is the book where the various threads of plot and character seem to come together and it feels like I'm entering a real world. Georgie is a fun character, and I love seeing her find her way in the world. Her status as someone in line to the throne gives her privilege, but her complete lack of funds means she still has to fend for herself in many ways. In this adventure, Georgie has once again been tasked by the Queen with ensuring that the Prince of Wales does not get ensnared by the unsuitable Wallis Simpson (um..good luck with that...) However, she has another danger to contend with. Persons in line to the throne keep meeting with life-threatening accidents. So, off Georgie goes to the family pile in Scotland - the way that gets engineered is truly funny - to stay with her often begrudging family while she hobnobs with the local aristocracy and sleuths around. The mystery in this book is a little formulaic, but I still enjoyed trying to puzzle it out and the suspense plot definitely fit the somewhat lighthearted tone of the story. And of course, Georgie's party girl best friend Belinda shows up to add fun and bring along colorful secondary characters to liven things up. Even more fun is the fact that the gorgeous (though also penniless) Irish peer who takes up so many of Georgie's thoughts is also there, and things finally look like they're starting to happen in Georgie's love life. I definitely enjoyed that side of the book. Georgie and her friends are a delight, and I will definitely stick with this series for now.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    It was a quick, fun read with lots of interesting historical situations, but this book was also quite annoying. For one thing, Georgie's blunders are entertaining as always, but I am sick of Darcy magically appearing every single time to rescue her. I'm starting to think that if she sneezed on a desert island he'd pop up out of a submarine and offer her a handkerchief. That's bad enough, but there's more. Okay, this is the kind of thing that drives me crazy in mystery books. There's been a shooti It was a quick, fun read with lots of interesting historical situations, but this book was also quite annoying. For one thing, Georgie's blunders are entertaining as always, but I am sick of Darcy magically appearing every single time to rescue her. I'm starting to think that if she sneezed on a desert island he'd pop up out of a submarine and offer her a handkerchief. That's bad enough, but there's more. Okay, this is the kind of thing that drives me crazy in mystery books. There's been a shooting & a man muses, "Why would one need two guns?" We turn the page to find out. Immediately we're in a new chapter in which you learn that Georgie didn't even bother to ask him what he meant. Sure, it's more dramatic this way, but it is incredibly silly and aggravating. If this were a book written in the 3rd person, it would work but it's in 1st. Georgie does eventually think to mention it to the police but of course by then it's way too late. And then the ending, complete with the murderer and motive... The ending is based on a conspiracy theory, not real historical fact, and the motive is nebulous. It's very easy to figure out "whodunnit" but I didn't really feel satisfied with the cliched melodramatic way it all goes down in the end. I couldn't help but wonder if the author is getting tired of writing this series or if she has too many going at once or something. All in all, Royal Flush diverted my mind from my mother's cancer diagnosis for a few hours, for which I am grateful, but it does have me questioning whether to read another of the Royal Spyness series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    laninaki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked the first two books in this series, but this was just more of the same. I was hoping Georgiana would stop being, well, Georgiana. How is she supposed to find "the bad guy" when she's always determined to take people at face value, in spite of several lessons in why this is dumb? She's not much of a detective....she usually finds said "bad guy" by complete accident. In this third installment, there was too much backstory, and aimless wandering. It'd be nice if Bowen would throw Georgie a I liked the first two books in this series, but this was just more of the same. I was hoping Georgiana would stop being, well, Georgiana. How is she supposed to find "the bad guy" when she's always determined to take people at face value, in spite of several lessons in why this is dumb? She's not much of a detective....she usually finds said "bad guy" by complete accident. In this third installment, there was too much backstory, and aimless wandering. It'd be nice if Bowen would throw Georgie a friggin' bone and give her decent leads/clues earlier in each novel. OR maybe just the brain power to do more with the clues she's given. And another source of irritation: Georgie's relationship with Darcy. It's gone from interesting to super frustrating. How hard is it to divulge a few more details about this guy, apart from his handsome appearance? Can we see a little more development in that arena? For the love....they've had three books to get this show on the road (and no, I don't mean them doing the deed). What's taking so long?

  28. 4 out of 5

    kari

    This is a fun series. It is a more sedate pace than some mysteries, but that adds to the enjoyment for me. The mystery is well done and while I did figure out whodunit, I still liked how it played out and it wasn't telegraphed so you'll have to see the clues. What I do like, and I've said this is other reviews of this series, is that the clues are actually there. The author doesn't withhold any information or surprise you with it. You just have to look at it correctly to see it. I also like the de This is a fun series. It is a more sedate pace than some mysteries, but that adds to the enjoyment for me. The mystery is well done and while I did figure out whodunit, I still liked how it played out and it wasn't telegraphed so you'll have to see the clues. What I do like, and I've said this is other reviews of this series, is that the clues are actually there. The author doesn't withhold any information or surprise you with it. You just have to look at it correctly to see it. I also like the developing romance between Georgie and Darcy. She is a very proper young lady and isn't going to fall into bed with the first handsome man who comes along. On the other hand, she very much wants to marry for love, not for dynastic reasons or to simply be matched up with the correct person. Due to her upbringing, she wants the connection to another person and I think it works. You can feel what she feels. A great series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Wow, this book was better than the last one, and I thought the last one was amazing! In Royal Flush Georgie goes back to her ancestral home of Rannoch and has to solve a plot concerning all of the people in line to the throne. I really love Georgie, her innocence alone is hilarious and refreshing. You see quite a bit more of Darcy in this book, also, which isn't a bad thing, though I wish we'd be told what he does for a living. Belinda again appears, and honestly she's a bit annoying in this book Wow, this book was better than the last one, and I thought the last one was amazing! In Royal Flush Georgie goes back to her ancestral home of Rannoch and has to solve a plot concerning all of the people in line to the throne. I really love Georgie, her innocence alone is hilarious and refreshing. You see quite a bit more of Darcy in this book, also, which isn't a bad thing, though I wish we'd be told what he does for a living. Belinda again appears, and honestly she's a bit annoying in this book, constantly correcting Georgie and everything she does. The mystery was very good, though I guessed the killer about 75 pages before the reveal. And what a reveal that was! It was probably one of the best I've read filled with excitement. I normally don't read more than two books in one series back to back but the next book looks mighty tempting. Highly recommend!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Hunting Accidents Lady Georgina has plan to earn money but it ends in a disaster and she is sent to Castle Rannock to help host a hunting party. Upon arrival Georgie finds that Binky has step into an animal trap and almost lost his leg. Fig,her sister-in-law is upset as the party of Americans are eating and drinking a lot. Before long she learns about near fatal accidents to members of the Royal Family. Darcy is present and he save Georgie when almost lost her life. Before the Royal Family is eli Hunting Accidents Lady Georgina has plan to earn money but it ends in a disaster and she is sent to Castle Rannock to help host a hunting party. Upon arrival Georgie finds that Binky has step into an animal trap and almost lost his leg. Fig,her sister-in-law is upset as the party of Americans are eating and drinking a lot. Before long she learns about near fatal accidents to members of the Royal Family. Darcy is present and he save Georgie when almost lost her life. Before the Royal Family is eliminated Georgie must find the answer.

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