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Queen of Hearts
on 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.