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Royal Blood (A Royal Spyness Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Such are the things that tend to happen to poor Lady Georgiana Rannoch. She's twenty-two, "depressedly" single, and thirty-fourth in line to the British throne. The King is her second cousin, and his wife, Her Majesty Queen Mary, loves to give Georgie little tasks. Most recently, she dispatched Georgie to keep tabs on the Prince of Wales' new American lady friend. Prior to that, Her Majesty put Georgie in charge of a visiting German princess with a fondness for shoplifting and American gangster slang.
This time Queen Mary appointed Lady Georgiana to represent the Royal family at the wedding of Georgie's old school mate, Princess Maria Theresa of Romania, to Prince Nicholas of Bulgaria. Adding to the atmosphere of the royal wedding is its location, the dark and dreary Castle Bran, Transylvania, purported home to vampires and werewolves. And then there's Prince Seigfried, whom Georgiana unceremoniously dumped earlier in the year, ensconced in the bedroom right next to hers.
In Royal Blood, the highly anticipated fourth book in author Rhys Bowen's "Royal Spyness" series, we find Lady Georgiana in the middle of another murder, and this time a mysterious vial is found in her room. Everyone is snowed in, the pass is closed, and there are no tracks leading from the castle. Just who is trying to frame Lady Georgiana and why?
Among the supporting cast of players in Royal Blood are many familiar faces in this series: Georgie's trusty bed-hopping best friend, Belinda Warburton-Stokes, Georgie's brother Binky, the current duke, and his tiresome, penny pinching wife Fig.Read more ›
Yes, that's the castle reputed to be Dracula's, giving us the opportunity to anticipate vampires, werewolves and the like, and amusement, along with royal shenanigans, sex [both requited (friend Belinda) and unrequited (Georgiana)], and other assorted goings-on. The mystery is the apparent murder by poison of the head of the Bulgarian armed forces and a favorite of the king, possibly a cause of another Balkan war.
There are some cute moments in the novel, although the formula is becoming somewhat wearisome. Georgie's love life (or lack thereof) is becoming a little boring, while Belinda's is, of course, predictable. As for Georgie's ability to solve crimes, it is more like stumbling into situations that seem to be resolved while she is present. The writing moves the story along apace, and the 1930's royal atmosphere is interesting. The novel is recommended for readers, and they are many, who appreciate the genre.
Somehow, though you know going in that this isn't meant to be a "serious" murder mystery, this fourth entry in the series isn't nearly as much fun as the previous three. The pace rather plods and the usually sprightly and tongue-in-cheek humor seems forced. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. And it's hard to accept that a no-nonsense girl like Georgiana would ever seriously consider the possibility that vampires were real, even in a spooky castle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have 11 of these books that follow each other so I can read them again in order. I like them very much.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I love this series! Fresh main character and stories that keep me coming back for more. Haven't found a book in the series that didn't keep me up til the wee hours trying to finish... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am enjoying this simple series; it is surprisingly interesting and the characters are cleverly developed.Published 2 months ago by owlie
I can't believe it took me so long to find this series. Mystery combined with life in the upper classes during the depression is such a good starting place for all sorts of things... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hannah
A Castle, a killing, a vampire, and a royal wedding in Transylvania! Enjoyable suspense!Published 3 months ago by Retired Reader
Great read with a good mystery. Well developed characters who are both likeable and funny.Published 3 months ago by dezm1
I have read all of the Spyness mysteries and have enjoyed them all. I couldn't wait to finish one book to go to the next. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anita I. Mcintyre