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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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From the New York Times betselling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for "fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing." (Publishers Weekly)

Lady Georgiana Rannoch wont deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isnt one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

 

While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The Kings youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.

 

My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about Georges libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isnt so simple.

 

George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince Georges mistresses.

 

Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

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Downton Abbey fans will rejoice for Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, whoand#8217;s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuthand#133;

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once againand#151;which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother meets movie mogul Cy Goldman who insists on casting her in his next picture. Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Motherand#8217;s movie and Darcyand#8217;s larceny lead everyone to Cyand#8217;s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and thereand#8217;s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead. As if there wasnand#8217;t enough drama alreadyand#133;

and#160;

Synopsis:

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.

 

Royal Flush

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.

 

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 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 now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

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Cora, February 6, 2015 (view all comments by Cora)
I recently read Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers, and there was also a body in the bathtub. Of course, I didn’t realize this connection when I picked up the books. I wanted to read another book set in a similar time period, 1932, but written by a contemporary author (2007).

The bathtub connection was a complete surprise, and I have to admit that the coincidence made me chuckle. I did wonder if Bowen had read Sayers.

This is a charming cozy mystery.

Brief Summary:

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch, has an extraordinarily long name and is a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and thirty-fourth in line to the throne. She is also penniless, and her sister-in-law sends her off to London to make her way in life.

Georgie is more than happy to leave and avoid her fate: she tells the reader that her destiny was to marry “some lunatic, buck-toothed, chinless, spineless, and utterly awful European royal, thus cementing ties with a future enemy.” She’s also in the unfortunate position to have been educated to do nothing, but she can curtsy properly.

In London, she tries several normal occupations, the most amusing of which is starting a domestic agency, which she owns and operates alone. She hides her identity from her peers who hire her. It could, after all, be embarrassing to find that your hired maid is a peer and heir to the throne. Some delightful escapades follow, including the Queen asking Georgie to spy on her son who is dating an American divorcée��"yes, that story.

When a body shows up in the bathtub and her brother, lovable and sweet but inept, is the prime suspect, Lady Georgie works to solve the crime and falls into an occupation that suits her: amateur sleuth.

My Response:

This book is funny, witty, charming, and well written. Rhys captures the changing morals and attitudes of the time as well as the snobbery of the aristocracy. There are plenty of eclectic characters, and Lady Georgie is delightful, naïve, and determined to break free of her aristocratic burden. I’m looking forward to more Royal Spyness Mysteries.

Think Downton Abbey 1932 with a large dose of humor and plenty light-hearted adventures.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Knowing I enjoy cozy mysteries, a friend loaned me her copy. I enjoyed this so much that I plan to purchase a copy for myself, and for my mother as a gift. It's 1932, and Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch (aka Georgie) is flat broke. However, being 34th in line to the English throne, her options are limited-- one doesn't work as a "common" laborer when one is royalty, however far removed. Since Georgie has no interest in marrying "Fish-Face" (better known as Prince Siegfried of Romania), she flees Scotland to find her own way in London and work (incognito, naturally). Trying to work without being recognized is difficult enough, but when an arrogant Frenchman winds up dead in her bathtub and her brother is arrested for murder, things really start to get complicated, and Georgie risks life and honor to clear her brother's name.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425222522
Author:
Bowen, Rhys
Publisher:
Berkley Prime Crime
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Aristocracy (Social class)
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
A Royal Spyness Mystery
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes a 16-page teaser
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Berkley Prime Crime - English 9780425222522 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by , Downton Abbey fans will rejoice for Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, whoand#8217;s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuthand#133;

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once againand#151;which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother meets movie mogul Cy Goldman who insists on casting her in his next picture. Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Motherand#8217;s movie and Darcyand#8217;s larceny lead everyone to Cyand#8217;s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and thereand#8217;s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead. As if there wasnand#8217;t enough drama alreadyand#133;

and#160;

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

 

Royal Flush

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.

 

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