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UNTIL DEATH DO US PART...,
This review is from: Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the fourth book in a new cozy mystery series by the author, and it is a winner. This series is a charming, funny look at life among the upper crust in 1930s England, as seen through the eyes of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, known as Georgie to those near and dear. Her grandmother was one of Queen Victoria's daughters, making Georgie thirty-fourth in line to the throne.
Georgie is definitely a thoroughly modern Millie, who is currently living alone in her family's New Hyde Park London townhouse, where she fends for herself as best she can. Unfortunately, she is flat broke, as her brother, Binky, cut off her allowance due to a reversal of fortune. Tired of living hand to mouth, Georgie gets a bit of a respite when the Queen asks her to represent the royal family at a wedding in Transylvania. It also turns out that the bride to be is an old school chum of Georgie's.
Accompanied by Lady Middlesex, whom the Queen has asked to chaperone Georgie, as well as a new maid that she is breaking in, Georgie makes the trek to Transylvania, where everything seems just a little creepy. The castle, where the wedding is to take place, is rumored to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler, and is fraught with nerve-wracking bumps in the night that bring vampires to mind.
To make matters worse, her maid is clueless about just what it is that a maid is supposed to do. Our Georgie is definitely on edge, and when a rather unpleasant wedding guest mysteriously dies while dining, things seem that they cannot get any worse, though they do. Of course, this book would not be complete without the inclusion of her elusive heartthrob, the irresistible Irish Peer, Darcy O'Mara. Together they try to get to the bottom of the strange events at the castle, before it is too late.
As with all cozy mysteries, it is the lives of the characters that propel the story forward. While the mystery is intriguing, it is merely the framework around which the characters evolve. The combination of some history with mystery, as well as a touch of romance, is irresistible. Set within the social mores of the time, all the characters, both downstairs and upstairs, manage to add to the ambience of the book. Filled with sly humor, those who enjoy cozy British mysteries will find this one to be an entertaining and madcap romp.