Her Royal Spyness (Solves Her First Case), by Rhys Bowen
Is it just A Reader's Respite or is anyone else out there unreasonably attracted to cute book covers?
Most times our predilection for buying books based on cute covers comes back to bite us in the ass, but every once in a while we turn the last page feeling enormously pleased with ourselves.
This is one of those times.
Award-winning author Rhys Bowen - of Molly Murphy and Constable Evans fame - has hit a homerun with her newest mystery series, A Royal Spyness. Meet Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. She is thirty-fourth in line for the throne of England, dead broke, and she will be the first to tell you that is not a desirable place to be, especially for a single gal in 1930s London.
But Georgie, as she's pragmatically shortened her name to, is nothing if not practical. She's blazing her own path by setting up her own housekeeping service (in disguise, of course), finding love with a completely unsuitable man, of course, spying on Wallis Simpson for the Queen, and solving the mystery of a dead man who turned up in her bathtub.
What follows is a lighthearted romp with minor royalty and the usual suspects lurking around every corner. It's simply delightful.
Don't expect a convoluted plot here, folks. This is simply a fun little mystery that's less about the mystery and more about the fun, eccentric characters.
Title: Her Royal Spyness
Author: Rhys Bowen
Date: July 2008 (pbk)
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