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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.
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!
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