Review: Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1) by Rhys Bowen

People. It finally happened.

I have had gifted Her Royal Spyness by my mom at least 4 times. Yes I have 4 copies of this book on my book shelf at any given time. I have read a number of Bowen’s books and I comment every single time about how I haven’t read this series.

I recently read Four Weddings and Maybe a Funeral…..which was the last book in the series. Talk about late to the party. I thought it was a great read but obviously I was missing a huge back story between Darcy and Georgie. I vowed then that I would remedy that situation and read Her Royal Spyness.

And then I didn’t.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago. I had been knee deep in some heavy duty books both in length and content and I just needed a break. Something easy, fast paced, and generally relaxing. I finally—finally—after a number of years (eight by my count), picked up this book to read.


Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg… She’s gate-crashed a wedding… She’s making money by secretly cleaning houses… And she’s been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub… and someone is definitely trying to kill her (summary from Goodreads).


Aren’t mothers always right? In this case mine was. This was a fantastic read and just what I needed! Georgie was hysterical and I loved her posh upbringing and yet she is some how penniless. The contrast between the two makes for fantastic and funny plots within the story. I adored Georgie from the get go.

I couldn’t get enough of this book and damn near finished it in one sitting. I instantly knew I needed the rest of the books in the series and spend an entire Sunday visiting every bookstore in my town desperately hunting for at least the first 5 books (mission accomplished by the way).

Darcy was dashing, sexy, charming, and I’ll be honest, I would date him even if he was a penniless thief who just wanted into my pants. Georgie and Darcy have amazing chemistry and I loved that it wasn’t a typical attraction where it had to ‘grown on them’ through a number of books. Their attraction was instant and clear and I thought that was refreshing and frankly a nice change from some other historical mysteries that I have read. I love love love this series so far.

The mystery itself wasn’t overly complex but what I loved was learning the why. I had a couple of theories but found that I was completely off base in the end. It was a great read and I am looking forward to binge reading this series—-because let’s be honest, I can’t read just one!

Book Info and Rating

Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published 2007)
ISBN 0425215679 (ISBN13: 9780425215678)
Book copy provided by personal collection, all opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: cozy historical mystery



6 thoughts on “Review: Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1) by Rhys Bowen

  1. I can relate – I’ve had a couple of books on my TBR pile for years and when I finally pick them up last year to read I LOVED them and was kicking myself for not having read hem sooner. Why do we do this! Lol!
    Great review BTW thanks for sharing. x

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