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Publisher's Summary

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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Can’t wait

I think this is my favourite series. I felt so sad to read the last pages. I certainly hope that Georgie and Darcy continue to work as a team and the series continues for many many more books. I do wish there was a little more naughty bits like there were in previous books in the series.
Being married does not the end of mischief and desire. Keep them coming please

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Georgie Solves it again!

I absolutely loved this instalment of the Royal Spyness series. The story was fun and the narration was very good.

There were several places where I laughed out loud and was guessing all along the way of who the killer was... I didn't get it right.

This is my favorite series and I look forward to what's next for Georgie and Darcy

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  • Gabrielle Chartley
  • 2021-10-18

Loved the story, endured the narration.

Possibly the best plot since 12 clues of Christmas, royal intrigue, a surprising villain, all the people we love to love (minus ZouZou) and those we love to hate (Mrs Simpson at her awful best!)

HOWEVER. 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 good job with Mrs. Simpson, a decent job with Belinda & Mum, a passable 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.

PS: We thankfully avoid the "stupid foreign policeman" caricature which has been carbon-copied throughout the series and is not just repetitive, but also insulting for those of us who are neither British nor American. There really is a xenophobic "all foreigners are idiots" undercurrent to Rhys Bowen's writing in this stereotype.

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  • Augusta
  • 2021-10-15

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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  • Mary Alice Wojciechowski
  • 2021-10-19

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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  • Beth
  • 2021-10-12

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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  • Zoey
  • 2021-11-03

New narrator please!!

LOVE..the Royal Spyness series and Rhys!! I just cannot handle this narrator. Oh how I miss Katherine Kellgren, never to be replicated. I continue to listen because I love all the characters however, Lady Georgie has lost her sweetness, let’s not speak of the other characters. I agree with those who expressed the loss of continuity.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 2021-10-16

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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  • AmazonianCat
  • 2021-11-09

Another good story

I love Georgie and Darcy. This is a fun book since they are together for the entire story. I still miss Katherine Kellgren as narrator, but Jasmine is growing on me. If you are a Spyness fan, I recommend...if you are just a fan of sweet Christmas romance (with a bit of cosy murder) then also I recommend. I hope Ms. Bowen keeps them coming!!

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  • Desert Crone
  • 2021-11-09

Not the usual feel

SPOILER HERE; I love, love, love this series. I usually listen to each book at least twice. I've been eager to start each new audible book. This is the first time I haven't been engaged in the story. It felt like it dragged and then finally the action, and then, predictably, she is pregnant. I'm not the least bit interested in what comes next. No idea why and I feel terrible for saying so but with close to 800 books lined up to be started, I think I'm done with the series. So many books, so little time.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-11-08

Excellent, as usual

Rhys Bowen has done it again. A truly excellent story — exciting, well-written, and well told. You truly get the impression of being in the Royal’s Norfolk estate, eating the food, seeing the environment, inhaling the atmosphere.
All the interesting characters you’d expect in her novels are there, including real life people such as the king and queen and other members of the royal family. And Mrs. Simpson.
Can’t wait to read the next book in the series and discover what’s in the future for Georgiana and Darcy, especially since war is looming.
But all in all, an excellent book.

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  • Madeline B.
  • 2021-12-03

Boring

It was a long drawn out and mostly boring story. The narrator did not fit with earlier character narrations. Rhys Bowen tapped into my OCD need to complete the series but will not get me again with another. Very disappointing.