Review: Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

March 28, 2014 2014, B, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. This book is listed as part of my series books.



Royal Blood
by Rhys Bowen
Series: Her Royal Spyness, Book 4
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by Berkley, 2010
E-book, Library
305 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: 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…”

Miss Deer-Harte said, her voice quivering. “We shall be set upon by wolves, at the very least. And what about vampires?”

“What tosh you do talk, Deer-Harte,” Lady Middlesex said. “Vampires. Whatever next.”

“But Transylvania is an absolute hotbed of vampires. It’s common knowledge.”

 What worked for me:

  • Reminded me a bit of some of Agatha Christie’s classic mysteries–a house party that’s cut off from the outside world.
  • Miss Deer-Harte…what a funny name! Especially since Lady Middlesex just calls her Deer-Harte and Lady Middlesex is portrayed as a typical upperclass British woman–oblivious to all the people around her.
  • These mysteries aren’t very serious and don’t take themselves too seriously.
  • I like Darcy and there’s mystery surrounding him which we haven’t found out about yet.
  • A bit of history (this takes place in the 1930’s) mixes in with the mysteries. Members of the British royal family, the royalty of Europe, Hitler. I like to find out what is made up and what isn’t. For example, the Bulgarian and Romanian royal families exist, but not the ones Ms. Bowen has in her story.
  • I like the time period.
  • There’s some romance which is nice and it develops a little more in each book!

What didn’t work:

  • I like Georgie, but she’s a bit ditzy!
  • Georgie and Fig seemed to get along in the last book, but in this book Fig is back to being her irritating, arrogant self. I thought that was a little too convenient for the plots of this book and the last one.

My thoughts:

This is a light-hearted mystery series. Though it’s not my favorite series I will keep reading them. It’s kind of like eating chips–you keep eating them. I do want to keep reading and find out what happens to Georgie. I figure they’re a nice break sometimes when I want something light.

What do you think? Have you read any of this series?

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