Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness Rhys Bowen

Georgie's in some trouble. Her late father gambled away their family money and her brother, thinking she'd be married by now, has completely cut her off from their limited funds. And, of course, Georgie is actually Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter of a Duke and 34th in line to the throne, which means she can't do anything as common as getting a job (even though she tries.) When someone claiming to hold the deed to her ancestral home shows up dead in her bathtub, it's up to Georgie to find to real killer, and fast. But first she must spy for the queen (on the Prince's new and completely unsuitable girlfriend) and avoid being married off to a rather horrid Romanian prince. Oh! And of course, a completely unsuitable Irish (and Catholic!) minor royal who just happens to make Georgie's knees go completely weak.

A very fun mystery that takes place in London between the wars. More Wodehouse than Winspear, Georgie's first person narrative is hilarious. I love the light-hearted chicklit feel without the invented self-doubt drama. Georgie gets herself in plenty of pickles, but she has courage, a clear head, and the ability to laugh at herself. Plus, fabulous frocks, house parties, learning to use the coal chute, and lots of summons from the Queen herself. Like, if Heather Wells had her act a bit more together, and was royal, and lived in the 1930s. Which all adds up to make her a favorite main character.

Lucky for us, this is a series, so there's plenty more Georgie to come!

Book Provided by... my local library

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