I love this series even though it is more for the American market. They are good yarns and very funny. They are "cosy" mysteries and nice to snuggle up to. For those who enjoy Jessica Fletcher and Andrea Frazer.
As spring of 1934 begins, Lady Georgiana is looking for a new place to live. Fortunately, she is soon sent to the Kingsdowne Place. The current Duke is a confirmed bachelor, but the family has just learned about a nephew who could inherit everything and keep the title going. Unfortunately, he has been raised in Australia and will need someone to show him the proper manners of the upper crust.
Georgie arrives to find a house full of tension which is only made worse when the heir arrives. Still, she is not expecting to find someone murdered. Will she solve the crime before the wrong person gets accused?
These books are always a fun trip back to 1930's England, and this book is no exception. The story moves along at a brisk pace, and I always had a hard time putting it down. Much of that is due to the great characters. All our old favorites show up at least once, and the new characters are very well drawn. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing some of them again. All of it leads to a surprising but logical conclusion. And I got a laugh or two along the way at the situations Georgie finds herself in.
A new book from Rhys Bowen is always a treat, and this one is no exception. Her many fans will love it, and anyone who likes a classic cozy in a historical setting will want to give it a try.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch continues to live hand-to-mouth, yet manages to eat well by landing plum assignments. In this case, she is asked by Her Majesty the Queen to undertake to train an “uncivilized” Australian youth, Jack Altringham, in the ways of nobility since he is an apparent heir to a dukedom. It seems the present duke is disinclined to provide an heir and the young man is discovered to be his nephew and the next in line. He is the offspring of the duke’s brother who married a young lady in Australia and was subsequently killed during World War I, and has grown up on a sheep farm shearing bovines.
And what would a Royal Spyness Mystery be without a murder or other crime to be solved? So shortly after Georgiana travels to the duke’s estate to meet and coach Jack in what fork to use, the duke announces he is going to adopt his valet and make him his heir. The next day, the duke is found dead in a glen on the estate, and it doesn’t look good for Jack, whose knife is found in the corpse’s back.
Like the other novels in the series, the plot combines humor and crime-solving, with Georgiana helping to crack the mystery. It is good, old-fashioned fun. She is a fun character, and the writing is equally charming. The plot is clever and the story, despite the death, is lighthearted.
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.
Not the full five stars. I love this series. I find it funny and with great characters. But this one was not as good as the previous ones though readable and enjoyable. Nearly halfway through before anything really happens!! Still a good book.