Review: A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness #2) by Rhys Bowen

As you might have guessed, I am burning my way through this series at an alarming rate. Not even half way through the first book, I had to order the rest of the books in the series because I knew that I would be reading all of them in a matter of weeks.

I have read the latest book in this series, Four Weddings and Maybe a Funeral (the last book to date)….I know—don’t ask me why but I read them completely out of order and I figured that I better remedy that situation and start from the beginning.

But I wasn’t expecting to love this series as much as I do! The books are easy breezy reads and I have no trouble racing through them in a matter of days. They are interesting and simply fun!


1930s London. Poor Lady Georgiana-thirty-fourth in line to the throne-has nothing to serve her Bavarian princess houseguest, even though the Queen of England has requested that she entertain her. Then there’s the matter of the body in the bookshop and the princess’s unwitting involvement with the Communist party. It’s enough to drive a girl mad (summary from Goodreads).


I think one of the things that I like best about this series is how fast each novel is. The mystery isn’t over complicated but yet there are enough red herrings and leads that keep me guessing and wondering who might have killed someone and why. I don’t have to sit and ponder and agonize over every little detail, but rather I can sit and look at the suspects and motives and sift through them and pick them up and examine them and set them down again. It’s hard to explain but this mystery series truly has an armchair detective feel and I love it. Its like solving a puzzle but at your leisure.

I simply adore Georgie. She is absolutely hysterical, without even trying to be! I love how witty, sassy, and dry she is. I can’t get enough of her. She is someone who I would love to hang out with in real life. She kills me, but in a good way! There were plenty of times in this book where I laughed out loud at something she said or did and thought, my god she is me! Georgie is the absolute best!

The only thing that I felt like this novel was missing was more of Darcy. I love Darcy and Georgie together especially, but Darcy brings an element of humor and charm to the story and I wished there had been more of him in this book, but I am eager for the next book (which I have at the ready of course) so I can get more of him! If you haven’t started this series, you need to. It’s fast paced, entertaining, and contains a spot of romance so basically you can’t go wrong with this one!

Also, the ending was brilliant. I didn’t see that coming and I was throughly surprised at the identity of the killer and the motive! Well done!

Book Info and Rating

Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published July 1st 2008)
ISBN 042522872X (ISBN13: 9780425228722)
Book copy provided by, personal collection. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: mystery


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