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A Royal Pain (Royal Spyness Series #2)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Exciting historical mystery

In 1934 England like the United States is reeling from the world wide Great Depression that even impacts the aristocracy. Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the crown has seen her allowance cut off by her brother Binky. She is staying in the family¿s London tow...
In 1934 England like the United States is reeling from the world wide Great Depression that even impacts the aristocracy. Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line for the crown has seen her allowance cut off by her brother Binky. She is staying in the family¿s London townhouse without any servants. The Queen worries about her son and his infatuation with Wallis Simpson so she conspires with Lady Georgie to find him someone else to interest the heir.--------------- The Princess of Bavaria Maria Theresa Hannelore Wilhelmina Mathilda (try signing that on your check) comes to England to stay with Georgie. The Princess learned her English from American gangster movies so sounds like Capone¿s moll and steals like a thug instead of a royal. Working incognito as a maid to bring in some quid, Georgie meets a member of the Socialist Party, who is murdered in the bookstore where he worked. Hannelore and Georgie find him Soon after at party a guest is slipped a mickey and falls off a balcony whose rail was tampered so it was weakened. Finally the Princess¿ chaperone aunt dies of a heart attack. Afraid that Hannelore is the target and her homicide would mean another great war to end all wars, the queen orders peace loving Georgie to investigate expense being no problem as long as Georgie funds it.----------- Talented Rhys Bowen always provides the audience with a sense of time and place with strong characters populating her historical mysteries. Her latest is amusing yet serious as fans will admire the courageous heroine who thinks ¿The world would see a new Georgy girl¿ if she had money, which means extorting from Binky the cheap. Fans will relish this fine tale starring a noble who may be dreaming of being someone of affluence, but accepts reality.------------ Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    A Fun Read! Great Addition to the Series!

    A Royal Pain is the second mystery staring Lady Georgiana {Georgie to her friends} Rannoch and her struggle to survive being close to the aristocratic top of the ladder, yet being more in the mix with the up and coming middle class. This series is enjoyable because of its witty heroine and her ability to solve mysteries and save the monarchy in spite of herself. A great read for those who enjoy English mysteries with sassy heroines.

    And if you like female English detectives, I recommend starting the series by Jacqueline Winspear, starring Maisie Dobbs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    What a great read!

    I am really enjoying this series.
    Hope she keeps it up.

    And its a series my wife and I can both enjoy and share.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Royal Reads

    What an interesting concept. I read the first book in the series and was quite surprised and delighted in the main character. All of the characters are pleasantly likable; well save one, but you find out who. The writing is similar in style to Agatha Christie and I believe that is why I bought the first book, "Her Royal Spyness". If you like stories on the royal family, albeit, in the past, this is the book for you. Cleverly written, and you might even get to meet the Queen.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

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    a fun and cozy mystery

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch is thirty-fourth in line for the throne, but her family has no money. Georgie left her family's Scottish Castle to live in their London home. There aren't many jobs for a woman in 1930's London, but especially for royalty. If the Queen finds out Georgie is working, she will insist on marrying her off to some deplorable foreign prince. So Georgie has to be careful that only her closest friends now she works as a temp maid.

    Since no one can refuse the Queen, in this second novel, Georgie finds herself playing hostess to Princess Hannelore from Bavaria, as the Queen is hoping to create a love match between Hanni and her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, and break up the relationship between the prince and Wallis Simpson. Georgie can't admit she hasn't any money to pay for servants in her London home, so her grand-dad on her non-royal side of the family and his neighbor agree to act as butler and cook for Georgie. But she has her hands full with the young princess, fresh from the convent school and man-crazy. Her English has been learned from American gangster movies.

    While trying to reign in the Princess and various parties, people all around Georgie are dropping dead and the police find it too coincidental that she is always around. She also keeps running into Darcy O'Mara, the sexy, penniless lord from Ireland.

    This is the second book I have read from Rhys Bowen, in her Royal Spyness series. A Royal Pain is a little more in depth than the first, creating a very good mystery. Georgie is daring and adventurous when it comes to solving mysteries, not so much when it comes to her love life. Her mother is a former actress who frequently marries rich men but has virtually no relationship with her daughter. Georgie's best friend is Belinda, a designer who hangs with the fast set. Georgie's half-brother is Binky and his uptight wife is named Fig, but they have only a small role in this book. This is a fun, cozy mystery with entertaining characters, the real Queen Mary and Wallis Simpson, the bane of her existence. It is full of intrigue, suspected communists, and German spies. It was very enjoyable and quick read.

    my rating 4/5
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