by Rhys Bowen
Series: Her Royal Spyness #3
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by Berkley, 2009
Synopsis: With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie’s housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie’s shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch’s divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She’s also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission – namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.
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I haven’t mentioned yet that I am apt to be clumsy in moments of stress. Halfway down, my heel caught in a threadbare patch in the carpet. I pitched forward, grasped at the railing and ended up slithering down the last of the stairs arriving at the bottom in a most undignified way as I cannoned into a potted palm.
What I like about this book:
- Georgie doesn’t take herself too seriously and is very funny in parts of the book.
- I like the way the story includes historical figures in the book. I went searching on the Internet to see what parts were true or had real characters. Ms. Bowen also includes a “Historical Note” at the end and points out the historical parts of the book.
- Of course, it’s fun to read a book which includes royalty and in which Georgie is thirty-fourth in line to the throne!
- Ms. Bowen gets the feel and character of the time period–the Depression, but a time when the upper class in Britain might be poorer than before, but still lived in a different world and with lifestyle that ordinary people weren’t part of.
- So many of the characters have ridiculous nicknames: e.g., Binky (brother), Fig (sister-in-law), Podge (nephew).
What I don’t like:
- Sometimes the book seemed a little too light-hearted for a mystery with people getting killed.
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I didn’t like the second book in this series very well so I hadn’t continued reading the books. I’m glad I picked up the third book and read it. I’m not sure if I was just in a better mood to read this mystery or if I just didn’t enjoy the second book. Even though I thought the book was a little cavalier about the deaths I still enjoyed the book a lot. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?