I look forward every year to the new book in Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series. Our heroine is Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line to the British throne and penniless. In this book, the year is 1935 and Lady Georgie is finally engaged to her beloved Darcy and they have been staying with his father in Ireland. Then Darcy has to go off on one of his mysterious assignments, and Georgie’s friend Belinda asks Georgie to join her in Italy, where Belinda is alone and scared as she awaits the birth of her illegitimate child. When the Queen finds out that Georgie is going to Italy, she asks her to join a house party to keep tabs on the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Simpson – Her Majesty is afraid that Mrs. Simpson’s divorce may be final or almost final and a secret wedding imminent. Of course, Georgie agrees. And of course, someone is murdered at the house party and intrigue of all sorts abounds.
These are fun, fast-paced and entertaining books. If you like cozy mysteries set among the English upper crust, you might want to give this book a try. I liked it a lot.
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (Royal Spyness mystery series Book 11) by Rhys Bowen, Berkley Publishing, August 2017, 298 pages.
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