on 8 January 2011
Found this next to the bed in a holiday rental house in France the other week and was delighted. I am a sucker for the old fashioned cosy who-dunnits without too much blood and where the violence is safe. So this reads like a classic from the era, but is in fact a modern take on the period (with extra stuff that works in hindsight) so the villain is Mrs Simpson, the Mutt is the Prince of Wales, the Client is Queen Mary and the central character is the reluctant virgin daughter of an earl who moonlights as a maid to make ends meet. Gentle fun and I shall be trawling Amazon for the rest of the series.
Lady Georgiana is having a hard time in London. Thanks to the summer heat, she's finding few takers for her house cleaning service. But she things her friend Belinda has just handed her a winning meal ticket - dinner companion for out of town men. But advertising it as an escort service proves to be disastrous, and it is strongly suggested that Georgie return home to Scotland avert a royal scandal.
To her surprise, Georgie is greeted at Castle Rannoch with open arms. Her sister-in-law, Fig, is being driven crazy by a house full of demanding Americans. Since Her Majesty requested a place for them to stay, Fig can't demand they leave. So she enlists Georgie's help in running them off.
But the more pressing matter is the accidents that keep happening to the royal family. It looks like someone is trying to kill off the heirs to the throne. Worse yet, it might even be someone from the upper class. Georgie sets out to figure out who it is before things turn deadly. Can she do it?
This is another delightful romp from the pen of Rhys Bowen. The cast of characters is sharply drawn, and I had to laugh at the way Georgie described them at times. I got interested enough in 1930's England to see how many of these characters are real.
The book is always entertaining with the memorable characters. The plots a little slow in the first half, but it really picks up steam in the second, providing us with a memorable climax.
This is a fun, lighthearted mystery. If you need a smile of your face, you've come to the right place.
This is the third book in a new cozy mystery series by the author, and it is a winner. This 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. While there, she meets old acquaintances, makes new friends, and feels romantic stirrings for an irresistible and handsome Irish peer, Unfortunately, she is flat broke, as her brother, Binky, cut off her allowance due to a reversal of fortune.
So, what is a girl to do, especially a royal who is not supposed to work? Well, having already tried a stint as a cleaning lady, Georgie decides to do something else. What Georgie comes up with is sure to set tongues wagging were members of her set to find out, and it would certainly get the Queen in a tizzy were she to discover Georgie's new occupation and means of support. Apparently, Georgie has decided to advertise herself as an escort, and what she thinks the duties of an escort are is at odds with what her clients think they are.
Of course, all this is great fun, and it leads to Georgie being set up on a secret assignment involving the Royal Family by Scotland Yard. So, mystery abounds. There is also a certain amount of hilarity when Georgie is on her family's estate in Scotland, and her brother and sister-in-law are entertaining a group of Americans that includes Ernest and Wallis Simpson. Coincidentally, the Prince of Wales is close by at Balmoral. This leads to a lot of delicious and humorous encounters.
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. Those who enjoy cozy British mysteries will find this one to be an entertaining and humorous romp.