- Series: A Royal Spyness Mystery (Book 9)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; BCE edition (August 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780425260388
- ISBN-13: 978-0425260388
- ASIN: 0425260380
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 320 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Royal Spyness Mysteries
“Wonderful characters...A delight.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
“An insightful blend of old-fashioned whodunnit, clever satire and drawing room comedy of errors.”—New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear
“Brilliant...This is so much more than a murder mystery. It’s part love story, part social commentary, part fun and part downright terrifying. And completely riveting.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny
“The perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts.”—New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie
“Fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing will be quite pleased.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Georgie’s high spirits and the author’s frothy prose are utterly captivating.”—The Denver Post
“A smashing romp.”—Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is the author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.
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Bowen builds a story around the real-life antics of Prince George, who was known to party and like both sexes, and Princess Marina, who was brought forward to tame the frisky royal, and works other members of the royal family, like Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Beatrice and her sister Louise, into the story quite well. The setting is Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria grew up, a location supposedly haunted by a ghost.
Of course, the best laid plans often go awry, and in this case, when a dead body turns up in the likeliest place, scandal involving the royal family threatens to erupt, and Georgianna must do everything in her power to ensure that does not happen. Of course, no novel in this series would be complete without the appearance of Georgiana's beau, the dashing Honorable Darcy O'Mara, who has a few surprises up his sleeve.
This book is a lighthearted romp, laced with sly humor. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not the mystery itself that is paramount. Rather, it is the journey to its final resolution that is at the heart of the book. Fans of the series, as well as those who enjoy the cozy mystery genre, will like this book.
In this book Queen Mary has asked Georgie to act as a companion for Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, who's the bride-to-be of the Queen's youngest son Prince George. George is something of a wild child whose escapades include intemperate partying, possible drug use, and amorous exploits that make his brother, the future Edward VIII, look like a parent-pleasing Puritan, so the Queen wants to ensure that nothing untoward happens to disrupt the scheduled wedding. But the first night Georgie and Marina spend at Kensington Palace, Georgie spots a body in the courtyard. As it's someone who's rumored to be an ex-lover of Prince George the whole thing has to be kept hushed up as much as possible--the princess must not know!--so Georgie and her discreet investigative skills are again put to use.
After the last episode in Hollywood it was wonderful to have Georgie back in England, since in this series I prefer class to crass. Georgie's charming Irish fiancé--the elusive penniless Lord Darcy--is in the midst of a police operation that brings him into the story too (hooray!), but there may be changes in their relationship. Georgie's savvy best friend Brenda has troubles of her own this time, Georgie's Cockney, non-royal, ex-police officer grandfather is on hand to give advice, and Georgie's incompetent but loyal maid Queenie is seeing ghosts. . .
There's some interesting history in the story this time, and an author's note at the back of the book fills in more of the real life details. Georgie's part of the story ends with an exciting cliffhanger--I can't wait to see what she gets into next.