Synopses & Reviews
Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royalbut now shes off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene
My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once againwhich 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 all but forgets about Max and matrimonyespecially when movie mogul Cy Goldman 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!
Mothers movie and Darcys larceny lead everyone to Cys Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and theres enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up deadas if there wasnt enough drama already
"Agatha-winner Bowen successfully mixes Wodehousian farce with a whodunit plot in her fourth 1930s mystery starring Lady Georgiana Rannoch (after 2009's Royal Flush). When the queen asks Georgiana, a distant relative of George V, to attend the wedding of a royal cousin and old schoolmate, Princess Maria Theresa, in Romania, the impoverished 22-year-old must scramble to come up with a maid to maintain appearances. She ends up with Queenie Hepplewhite, a clumsy if well-meaning servant who lost a previous job after setting fire to her mistress's clothing. Once in Romania, the pair find themselves in the midst of a sensitive murder case at the remote castle where the nuptials are to take place. Field Marshal Pirin, head of the Bulgarian army and a close adviser to his country's king, collapses during a festive meal and is later found to have been poisoned. Bowen once again demonstrates her mastery of the light, romantic mystery. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Praise for the Royal Spyness Mysteries
“The perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts.”—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass
“Wonderful characters…A delight.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels
“Whimsical…Bowen successfully melds a whodunit with comedy as few contemporary writers can.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Brilliant…So much more than a murder mystery. Its part love story, part social commentary, part fun and part downright terrifying. And completely riveting. I adore this book.”—Louise Penny, author of How The Light Gets In
“A smashing romp.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Hilarious adventure…What an absolute delight! With a witty and clever plot, its clear that Agatha Christie is alive and kicking, and whats more, shes funny!”—Hannah Dennison, author of Thieves! a Vicky Hill Exclusive! Mystery
“Delightfully naïve, charming and quite smart, Georgie is a breath of fresh air.”—Library Journal
“Charming and lighthearted as ever.”—Kirkus Reviews
Penniless and thirty-fourth in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre-looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.
Now it's up to Georgie to save the nuptial festivities before the couple's vows become: to love and to cherish, till "undeath" do them part...
The Royal Spyness series continues with an all-new mystery of "the British monarchy...a wedding in Transylvania...[and] wonderful characters." (#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris).
With her hateful brother Binky in town, Lady Georgiana has been desperately seeking an escape. So when an invitation from the Queen arrives to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvani-legendary home of vampires-Georgiana is delighted to accept. But when the bride starts acting a little batty and a prominent wedding guest is poisoned, something must be done lest the couple's vows become "till undeath do they part..."
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.