A Royal Pain

A Royal Pain

Book - 2008
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The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy Prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry. But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she's culled from American gangster movies; cure said Princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties. Then there's the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni's unwitting involvement with the Communist Party.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008.
ISBN: 9780425221631
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,21 cm.


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Sep 22, 2020

The book dragged till the middle then the mystery began to develop. The first half was devoted to a teenage boy crazy German Princess. I enjoyed the first more

May 13, 2020

Another charming addition to the Her Royal Spyness mystery series. Communists, princesses and murder - what more could you ask for?

Jan 02, 2020

This was another fun, light read although not as satisfying as the first in the series. I liked that the main character has begun to look beyond the class structure in society. I really liked the development of Georgie’s relationship with her grandfather.

The author uses well-known events in British history (1930s) especially repeats in many of these novels in general - minimal historical details - about the affair of the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Wallis Simpson. The author must use a template to churn out this series of novels as they are so similar in wording and characters don't seem to change much (the incompetent Queenie, the mother's and Belinda's lifestyle). The sleuthing is minimal and fairly easy to guess who dunnit well before the conclusion. It is an easy and quick read, but if you are looking for something more substantial, then Jacqueline Winspeare's series is better.

Aug 02, 2017

I enjoyed the antics in this book.
In this story, Georgie does some maturing in terms of seeing people as equals.
As in the first book, the mystery is a small part of the story. The series seems to be a character-driven one where the characters' relationships and thoughts grow with each book.
This series is a fun, light and entertaining look at social status and society.....with a few dead bodies and mystery sprinkled throughout.
A fun read.

Aug 21, 2016


Mar 27, 2015

I was more pleased with book 1, than this one. Book 2 seemed like 1/2 a good book and 1/2 was terrible. I really enjoyed Georgie and her grandfather. And her adventures in London. But was really turned off by the sex topics more prevalent in this book. Her mother is practically a prostitute, making her living by sleeping with rich men. Her best friend sleeps with any man she meets at a party. There is a fairly graphic attempted rape of the main character. Where she recalls her friend saying "if rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it". I was horrified and nearly did not finish the book. No consequences ever came to the would be rapist. And Georgie just shrugged it off. As for Georgie's actual active sleuthing, it only occurs in the last 7 chapters, for the other 30 chapters she is pretty clueless and useless. Could have given this one a skip.

Mar 29, 2013

This is the 2nd book in the series-loved it! Very creative & informative about the "Royals". I like that Georgie is from both sides "of the tracks" with her cousin the queen & her grandad a former Bobbie!

Feb 23, 2011

Great story! This is the second book in the Her Royal Spyness series that I have read and it is still delightful! Georgie goes on more on an adventure this time with her side-kick, Hanni. There is more sleuthing going on and her Granddad is involved more, which I like. While fast paced, the story develops nicely. Good twists in the book as well. Definitely a 5 star for a period mystery!

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL Shelf Life column Sept. 8, 2008


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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie of Glen Garry and Rannoch (Georgie for short) may be thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, but England is still in a depression following the Great War and she’s still stone broke.
Learning to fend for herself is a new experience, but as Georgie learns to do without, she also learns to do for others – she hires herself out as a maid. Her cousin, Queen Mary, has no idea that Georgie must now work for a living (she would not be amused) and gives her a different kind of task – playing chaperone for a visiting princess of Bavaria in hopes that the young royal will lure her son, the Prince of Wales, away from that dreadful American woman, Mrs. Simpson.
However, the lively young princess is a Royal Handful, and her unbridled enthusiasm soon lands both ladies in a pot of hot water when they are accidentally linked to a murder, then to the Communist Party and then to more murders - not to mention getting in between Georgie and the dashing Darcy O’Mara...

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