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Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer in this all-new installment in the New York Times best-selling Royal Spyness series from Rhys Bowen.

Georgie is excited for her first Christmas as a married woman in her lovely new home. She suggests to her dashing husband, Darcy, that they have a little house party, but when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt Ermintrude, there is an abrupt change in plans. She has moved to a house on the edge of the Sandringham estate, near the royal family, and wants to invite Darcy and his new bride for Christmas. Aunt Ermintrude hints that the queen would like Georgie nearby. Georgie had not known that Aunt Ermintrude was a former lady-in-waiting and close confidante of her royal highness. The letter is therefore almost a royal request, so Georgie, Darcy, and their Christmas guests, Mummy, Grandad, Fig, and Binky, all head to Sandringham.

Georgie soon learns that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the prince of Wales, will also be in attendance. It is now crystal clear to Georgie that the queen expects her to do a bit of spying. There is tension in the air from the get-go, and when Georgie pays a visit to the queen, she learns that there is more to her request than just some simple eavesdropping. There have been a couple of strange accidents at the estate recently. Two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances, and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt. Georgie begins to suspect that a member of the royal family is the real target, but her investigation will put her new husband and love of her life, Darcy, in the crosshairs of a killer.

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Fun story but narration was disappointing

I enjoy these books as fun little escapes but this narrator was disappointing her “Darcy” was particularly sub par.

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Loved the story, endured the narration.

The good: this is one of the best plots since 12 clues of Christmas. Royal intrigue, a surprising villain, all the good things.

The bad: I just can't get used to the new narrator's personification of the characters.

Kellgren's Georgie sounded earnest, courageous, naive but determined.

Blackborow's Georgie ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE FIG: whiny, arrogant, entitled, and just not very likable.

Blackborow does a decent job with Belinda & Mum, an OK job with Grandad, but Darcy sounds soft and effeminate rather than strong and sexy, and the narration has lost Kellgren's impressive (and accurate) range of Scottish, Irish, and English accents.

As other reviewers have said, Katherine Kellgren's extraordinary reading of books 1-11 made them profoundly enjoyable. Listening to 12 onwards, not so much.

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Love this series

Great story line. I loved this series and this book is as good as others. Can’t wait until the next.

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Christmas Fun!

Rhys Bowen has gifted us with another of her fine mysteries, skillfully weaving historical facts through her imaginative narrative. The glimpses into British Christmas traditions are especially fun. When I finished reading and paused to evaluate the story, I realized that what is missing is the sexual tension between Darcy and Georgiana that ran through most of the earlier series, making it feel more generic murder mystery and less “Her Royal Spyness.” That said, it is still a highly enjoyable read that I can recommend to fans of the series, historical fiction, or mysteries in general. Anxiously awaiting the next installment!

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Another Great Georgie Story

I love the Royal Spyness series and have devoured every one in the series within a few days of release. I thought this was one of the better ones, partly because it has more interaction with the royal family than some of the others. And with Mrs. Simpson, which makes it especially delicious, especially when Georgie's mother is also on the scene.

Some personal hints with Georgie and Darcy are quite obvious, but who cares when there's another delightful Royal Spyness tale!? I did miss Belinda in this one, but all of the other usual characters are present.

I still miss the original series narrator, but the current one does a marvelous job. She's a great replacement.

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Another great Royal Spyness!

Love this series - one of my favorites!! Great story and twists!

Was a bit put off by the narrator initially… I believe in the last couple of books, she follow our beloved Katherine Kellgren’s speech patterns. For me, there was a noticeable change with Georgie this time.

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Delightful as always. I love Darcy and Georgiana .

Delightful as always. I love Darcy and Georgiana and all of their crew. Good listen.

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The evolution is wonderful.

Yeah! Darcy staying home but still mysterious. Jasmine is doing wonderful but I do miss Katherine.

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One of her best. Enjoyed the whole thing. I wonder where she will take the story line next?

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disappointing ending

I have either read the book or got the Audio book for each in this series. I was enjoying this mystery until the end when the main character did something not in line with her "character". Which is why I did not give this book a high rating.

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  • 10-17-21

Predictable

Not really much of a story and all very predictable almost from page one. Narration a bit lifeless …narrator probably a bit bored as well.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 10-12-21

God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen

This is another lovely Royal mystery, Lady Georgina had to find out "who's done it" when she is invited by the Queen to find out why men are dying in her estate. With lots of red herrings along the way. Brilliantly read by Jasmine Blackborow. 👍👍👍👌

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  • 10-22-21

Romantic and Suspenseful

I loved to hate some characters! Good to see women standing up for their rights too

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