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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 30 September 2014
This is the eighth in this series (which started with Her Royal Spyness) and follows on directly from the previous story, Heirs and Graces. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line to the British throne is still at Kingsdown Place, seat of the dukes of Eynsford, but the only other people there with her now are "a dowager duchess, her two half-dotty sisters and several dozen servants". Bored, but not willing to go back to no home, with no prospects other than a `suitable' marriage, Georgiana is delighted but surprised when her mother arrives. Whisked off to America, Georgie is in for a lot of new experiences, not least of which is getting chatted up by Charlie Chaplin.

Georgie has an unfortunate habit of finding herself in the middle of murder mysteries, and this story is no different. But there's a lot of action that takes place before any unforeseen deaths, and Georgie meets up with old friends and acquaintances along the way. As with all these stories, this is an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read, of a young lady making her own independent way in the world of the 1930s. Georgie is a delightful character, and together with her lovely young man Darcy, her best friend Belinda, her rags to riches mother, and her gormless maid Queenie make for a wonderful cast.
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Lady Georgiana is surprised when her mother, the actress Claire Daniels, sweeps back into her life offering a trip to America. It seems that Claire’s boyfriend Max wants to marry her, and to do that, Claire needs to head to Reno, Nevada, to get a quickie divorce. She’s looking for company on the long boat and train ride, and wants Georgie to join her. Since Georgie has never had the opportunity to go, she readily agrees.

However, danger starts on the ship crossing the Atlantic. Georgie thinks she sees someone fall overboard. Then a jewel is stolen. However, Claire is offered a part in a movie, so the duo head from Reno to Hollywood only to find the intrigue has followed them. Can Georgie make sense of what is happening?

I was wondering just how author Rhys Bowen was going to give us a good story with the book taking place partially at sea and partially in Hollywood. I need not have worried. The plot works well spanning all those miles and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Even with the change of scenery, we still get many of the series regulars, and they are always fun. The cast of new characters were great as well, and I enjoyed the cameos by some of the real celebrities from the time.

This was a nice change of pace for the series, really letting us see Georgie in a new light. I’m already looking forward to reading her next adventure.
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on 29 December 2014
Not one of the best in this series, I think that the Author is now into just turning out the next book for the sake of it , The story is thin and the characters are a bit feeble in this one , A disappointment as I have really enjoyed the earlier books , Not sure if I would bother with any more from this series .
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Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Mystery), by Rhys Bowen. In this eighth book in the popular British mystery series, following on HEIRS AND GRACES, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne is jobless and broke. She is still at Kingsdown Place, seat of the dukes of Eynsford; the only other people there with her now are "a dowager duchess, her two half-dotty sisters and several dozen servants". Georgie is bored, but not willing to go back to no home, with no prospects other than a `suitable' marriage. Then her mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, Claire Daniels, turns up. Claire is hearing wedding bells once again so she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno, all expenses paid by her new hubby-to-be, the German national Max. Georgiana readily agrees to go with her: she’s never been to the States.

They voyage across the Atlantic in luxury, adventure in the air, wealthy men aboard. Georgie’s mother meets movie mogul Cy Goldman who insists on casting her in his next picture; meanwhile, Georgie finds herself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief, in which the lead investigator happens to be her dashing beau, Darcy. The new movie and Darcy’s larceny take everyone to Cy’s magnificent new Hollywood home, constructed by numerous raids on the historic buildings of Europe, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging out. The house is magnificent, the animals Cy has collected for his outdoor zoo are lively, but the producer soon turns up dead.

Rhys Bowen was born in Bath, Somerset, now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband. She is the New York Times bestselling author of many award-winning series including the Royal Spyness, the Constable Evans mysteries, and her award-winning series of atmospheric historical dramas featuring feisty Irish immigrant Molly Murphy in old New York City. Her books have been nominated for every major mystery award in the US; she has won 9 including Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards. The author was at the recent Boucher.con international convention of mystery authors and fans, but as I’d read none of her previous work, I failed to seek her out. My loss. This cozy, which just won the Agatha Award for best historical mystery, is a lighter than air page turner; though, mind you, it’s surely chick lit. I gather most of the series regulars turn up, as well as some new characters; the cameos of some of the real celebrities of the time are fun. It’s an easy, enjoyable read, centered on a young woman who must make her own way in the 1930s. Georgie, her best friend Belinda-- in a similarly difficult situation; Georgie’s rags to riches mother Claire, and gormless maid Queenie create quite the soufflé between them. If it’s to your taste – if you are a DOWNTON ABBEY fan, then enjoy.
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on 13 October 2015
I have read all the série. This one has disapointed me .We don't feel Lady Georgiana like in the others books. The story is so incredible that nothing seems real. Although Sir Charlie Chaplin is in the current story it doesn't give us more than the weak plot.
Also the autor uses caricatures of people to please some readers.There are characters like the old self made man jewish productor of Holywood who does not know anything about arts, the very good english pure blood who are peniless but very educated , the "stupid "americans police , the mexican employee drunken etc....Everything to please Mrs Bowen prejudices.
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on 24 November 2014
Drama is hard to come by in the entire first half of the novel. I was a good five hours into the audiobook before the murder happened, which meant that the drama rather relied on the sexcapades of various characters, including Charlie Chaplin, who was not portrayed in a very positive light!

To go with that was a cast of absolutely vapid characters. Even our heroine and hero were pretty boring, petty and driven by money. They can’t get married because Darcy wants to keep Georgie ‘the way she deserves’ – an excuse so ridiculous it has to be a forced reason to keep them apart. Because there really isn’t a good reason to keep them apart, except for perpetuation of the ‘romantic tension’ in later episodes of the series. Quote marks because there wasn’t really any romantic tension – Darcy was only in the book for about five minutes, and he didn’t do a great deal in that time.

There was some good intrigue with the story of the jewel thief, and a couple of mildly entertaining moments, but they were overshadowed by the fact that the characters were at best unmemorable, at worst unpleasant. If this is the eighth book of the series, I really don’t know how any reader has lasted this long with it.
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on 3 January 2016
I love this series, each as good as the last. The cast of characters are all there and the setting is decidedly more glamorous than usual. Great fun.
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on 19 June 2015
Very enjoyable.
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on 17 December 2014
Great book as always by Rhys Bowen
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on 8 August 2014
Read all these books nice light reading
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