I’ve read quite a few in this series, which feature the Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line to the English throne, descended from Queen Victoria, and set in the 1930s. They are great fun, as Lady Georgiana is not averse to a bit of amateur sleuthing and has the unfortunate tendency to have dead bodies turn up wherever she goes.
In this book, Lady Georgiana has been asked by Her Majesty the Queen (Mary, wife of King George V) to help out the Dowager Duchess of Eynsford. The Duke of Eynsford, her son, is refusing to marry and produce an heir; her other son John died in the Great War; and her daughter Irene married unsuitably and now has two children and no husband. She has discovered that John married in Australia before he joined up, and has a living son, who would be heir to the Duchy. The Dowager Duchess asks Lady Georgiana to come to Altringham and help with acclimatising the heir to the Duchy with his new position. Well, as far as Georgie is concerned, anything would be better than having to go back to Scotland, broke and living under her sister-in-law’s rigid rule. So she and her dozy maid Queenie head off to Altringham. Unfortunately, it’s not a happy family living under that roof, and ill-feeling amongst the family members doesn’t get any better when violence ensues. Georgie begins to wonder if she’s made the right choice taking on this commission.
These are great, easy-read mysteries, with great characters and set in the heady world of upper class British society. Georgie makes herself indispensable as usual, and we are quite sure that all will be well by the end of the story. These books are all great reads, starting from the first in the series Her Royal Spyness.