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Her Royal Spynessby Rhys Bowen
Rhys Bowen's excellent new mystery series starts here with Her Royal Spyness. Lady Georgie has left dreary Scotland and her horrid sister-in-law. Broke and living in her family's cavernous townhouse in London, Georgie quickly finds herself embroiled in murder, intrigue, and finding a clandestine job. Along the way she is aided by her clever Cockney grandfather, a fast-living old school chum with a well-stocked closet, and a handsome Irish rogue who isn't quite what he appears to be. Bowen's characters and prose are as lively and engaging as Lady Georgie herself.
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As thirty-fifth in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. Its forks on the left, knives on the right—not in His Majestys back
Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasnt landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham—the Dukes newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society.
The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of Englands most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward.
And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jacks hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Dukes back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasnt enough of a handful, now hes suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but Id bet the crown jewels it wasnt he who killed the Duke
Now in one volume—the first three charming and lighthearted” (Kirkus Reviews) Royal Spyness Mysteries from national bestselling author Rhys Bowen, featuring the elegant, titled, and stony-broke sleuth Lady Georgiana Rannoch.
Her Royal Spyness
Georgie is forced to earn her keep as a housekeeper in London when the Queen summons her to spy on the playboy prince. But when a Frenchman winds up dead in Georgies bathtub, its her job to clear her very long family name.
A Royal Pain
While entertaining a Bavarian princess at the Queens behest, Georgie finds herself investigating the rather more worrisome matter of the dead body in the bookshop, as well as her royal guests unwitting involvement in the communist party.
After being saved from scandal by her on-again-but-mostly-off-again beau, Darcy OMara, Georgie is shipped home, where Scotland Yard asks her to keep an eye on a shooting party and prevent someone from killing the Prince of Wales instead of quails.
She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the New Yearand#151;before a Christmas killer wrings another neckand#133;
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to meand#151;well, actually, my true love, Darcy Oand#8217;Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And Iand#8217;m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.
So itand#8217;s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie, falls out of a tree dead.and#160; On my second day, another so-called accident results in a death and#150; and thereand#8217;s yet another on my third.and#160; Perhaps a recent prison break could have something to do with itand#133;that, or a long-standing witchand#8217;s curse. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.
Includes an English Christmas companion, full of holiday recipes, games, and more!
About the Author
Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won seven, including both Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of 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 lives in Northern California.
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