Crowned and Dangerous (Royal Spyness Series #10)

Crowned and Dangerous (Royal Spyness Series #10)

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by Rhys Bowen
     
 

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Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules...

With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to

Overview

Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules...

With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to make me his wife! 

Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand. 

Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it—for better or worse.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 06/13/2016
Set in late 1934, Bowen’s outstanding 10th Royal Spyness Mystery (after 2015’s Malice at the Palace) opens on the road to Gretna Green, Scotland, where distant heir to the British throne Lady Georgiana Rannoch and the Honorable Darcy O’Mara plan to elope. En route, Darcy learns that his father, Lord Kilhenny, is in custody for killing Timothy Roach, the wealthy American who bought Kilhenny Castle and the adjacent horse-racing stable. Lord Kilhenny argued with Roach, his fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and he drank too much on the evening in question to remember whether he’s guilty, so he’ll likely hang for the crime. To save Georgie from scandal, Darcy ends his engagement to her and returns home to County Kildare, Ireland. Bowen adds romance to this blend of Christie and Wodehouse for a stylish, head-scratcher of a whodunit. Colorful set pieces and larger-than-life characters enrich the clever plot, which enchants and satisfies while forwarding the series arc. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.)
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Praise for the Royal Spyness Mysteries

"Wonderful characters…A delight."-Charlaine Harris

"Fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing will be quite pleased."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Georgie's high spirits and the author's frothy prose are utterly captivating."-The Denver Post

"The perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts."-Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass

"A smashing romp."-Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425283486
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/02/2016
Series:
Royal Spyness Series , #10
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
19,275
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

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Crowned and Dangerous 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well developed series and a plot which ends with the reader wanting more. Anxiously awaiting the next book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Can't wait for the next one.
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Anonymous 10 days ago
I hope this is not the end of this series. I have truly enjoyed these stories.
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dibbylodd 3 months ago
It is fun to see Georgie and Darcy set off to elope in Scotland, only to have a seeming disaster in his family side track them. We meet Darcy's estranged curmudgeon of a father and his amusingly eccentric great Aunt and Uncle. These add a wonderful additional depth to his character. Georgie is indefatigable in trying to help Darcy and his father. even when Darcy tried to insist that she is to have nothing to do with him. Another charming Bowen read.
Jani8 3 months ago
I love Ms. Bowen’s books about Georgie, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British Crown. The series takes place in the 1930’s and this time it is mostly set in Ireland. Georgie is engaged to the dashing Darcy O’Mara. They are on their way to Gretna Green to get married but have to change course because Darcy’s father is arrested of murder. The plot is fast paced and has a lot of twists and turns. The characters are well developed and include some new people in the plot. His eccentric (to say the least) Great Aunt and Uncle have many quirks and add to the plot. Princess Alexandra Zamanska, though she prefers Zou Zou, sparkles in the story. Georgie’s maid, Queenie, is hilarious as always and gives us a surprise at the end. Darcy continues to be gorgeous and is seen in a new light with his relationship with his curmudgeonly father. All in all, I love the newest book in the series.
Carstairs38 4 months ago
Elopement Interrupted by Murder When last we saw Lady Georgiana and her fiancée Darcy O’Mara, they were eloping. Now I thought that this would mean this book would find them figuring out their new life as a married couple, but Rhys Bowen couldn’t let them get off that easily. I’m glad she didn’t because there is a lot of fun to be had in Crowned and Dangerous. This book picks up minutes after the previous book ended. In fact, we are still in the car with Georgia and Darcy. But before Georgia and Darcy can tie the knot, they get the news that Darcy’s father has been arrested for murder. While Darcy is the son of an Irish lord, the O’Mara family is poor and Lord Kilhenny, Darcy’s father, has had to sell off the family estate. Now the current own of the family castle has been murdered and the police think that the hot headed Lord Kilhenny is the prime suspect. Naturally, Darcy dashes off to Ireland to help his estranged father. It isn’t long before Georgia decides she needs to stand by her future family, so she follows Darcy to help him clear his father’s name. But the evidence seems to point to Lord Kilhenny quite clearly as the killer. Can Georgie pull off the impossible? Or will a tainted family name ruin her chances of marrying Darcy? The book got off to a bit of a slow start, mainly because Georgie is once again wondering where she will live. This is a constant sub-plot in the books, and it is very obvious to us where she will be heading; she just needs to figure it out. Since this is the tenth book in the series, we’ve gotten a large group of Georgie’s family and friends that we’ve come to know and love. They mostly get cameos during this part before Georgie plunges full on into the case. It’s nice to see these characters and get updates on them since we love them, so the time wasn’t wasted, at least for fans of the series. However, once Georgie decides to head to Ireland, things really pick up. We are presented with a well-constructed puzzle that unravels with some great surprises and twists before we reach a logical ending. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen next. Since this book involves a member of Darcy’s family, we get more of him than in some of the books. I loved seeing him with his friends and family from his early years, and this gave him another facet to his character. We got some much needed development in a few of the other series regulars, and I hope it sticks in future books. Georgie, of course, continues to entertain. She is a lovable protagonist, and time with her is always pleasant. Plus we get an absolutely outstanding new character here. I would not complain at all if she is Georgie’s sidekick again in future books. Oh, and do Darcy and Georgie ever get married? Well, you’ll have to read this book to find that out. Fans of this series will be delighted to spend more time with Georgie as we get the next chapter of her life. And if you have yet to meet her, fix that today. You’ll race through the books and be enjoying Crowned and Dangerous before you know it. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Cellabella 4 months ago
As a Royal Spyness series fan, I was delighted with the happenings within this book. The book opens with Darcy and Lady Georgiana on their way to eloping only to have their plans halted by word that Darcy's father was accused of murdering the American buyer of their family's Castle. The book introduces readers to a handful of new characters with interesting personalities, life in an Irish county community in the 30's, and looks at the new role woman are beginning to play in the world. The author leaves the ending open for a variety of story-lines for the next issue in the Royal Spyness Series. I look forward to reading how Lady Georgiana and Darcy's lives progress.
tedfeit0 5 months ago
Lady Georgiana Bannoch’s long-time beau, Darcy O’Mara, finally takes the bull by the horns and inveigles her to join him on a trip by car to Scotland, where he intends to finally marry her. But nothing has ever gone smoothly in their relationship, and this adventure proves to be no exception. A blizzard blocks their path and they’re forced to find shelter for the night. And when they awaken, Darcy buys a newspaper and learns that his father has been arrested for the murder of the person who bought the family castle in Ireland. So, naturally, he hurries off to his father in an effort to prove him innocent, while Georgie returns the car to London, where she meets Princess Alexandra (“Zou Zou”) Zamanska, a rich Polish emigree who fled her native country after having seen her husband hacked to death. Darcy soon tells Georgie that their “engagement” is off because he won’t expose her to the pain and humiliation he anticipates as a result of his father’s situation. Obviously, he thinks him guilty. Instead, Georgie travels to Ireland to stand by Darcy and help prove the father’s innocence. Soon Zou Zou flies in to assist. So they proceed to find out what really happened. Now, among other questions to be solved: Can the two lovers eventually marry since Georgie is cousin to the king and 35th in the line of succession? Remember, this all takes place in the 1930s and she is forbidden as a result to marry a Catholic and the Prince of Wales had to abdicate to marry a twice-divorced American (the pair makes a cameo appearance in this novel). So, if all this is resolved, there’s plenty left for a follow-up novel to which we can look forward and discover if there are any new complications to overcome. It is a good romp and lots of fun, and is recommended
Muttcafe 5 months ago
As historical mysteries go, Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness novels are always a pleasure to read.  They combine the comfortable feel of a cozy with enough suspense to prevent the books from becoming trite.  In Crowned and Dangerous, Georgie is on the cusp of eloping.  The happy event is foiled by a combination of weather and misfortune.  Darcy’s estranged father is accused of murdering his employer.  His arrest separates the couple and threatens to put an end to their engagement.  Thankfully, Georgie is made of sterner stuff, not only readily disobeying Darcy’s mandate but proceeding to insist on challenging his father’s assumed guilt.  What looks to be a straightforward murder committed in a fit of range ends up being a far more complicated affair involving American gangsters, gambling, and stolen money.   Crowned and Dangerous is easily as entertaining as its predecessors.  Georgie’s intelligence, pluck and determination make her an admirable lead.  Crowned and Dangerous is a delightful cozy certain to please historical fans with its fast paced story, well drawn characters and touch of romance. 5/5 I received a copy of Crowned and Dangerous from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. —Crittermom
LisaKsBooksReviews 5 months ago
Always a majestic treat, the Royal Spyness Mysteries are the crown jewels of historical mysteries. Author Rhys Bowen writes hysterical fiction like no other author. Her details to these period pieces are spot on. When she does “change history” for the purpose of the stories, she’s always forth right about it on her Historical Notes page at the back of her books. CROWNED AND DANGEROUS is a glowing gem in an already sparkling series. Rhys Bowen brings life to the 1930’s in such a way, readers will feel a part of the adventure. This is my third book in the Royal Spyness mysteries so far, and it is the best of the three. As in the others I’ve read, protagonist, Lady Georgiana Rannoch is a delightful character. Once again I found myself caught up in her excitement and enthusiasm. She makes every book more memorable than the one before. An excellent plot, combined with flawless writing, CROWNED AND DANGEROUS, indeed, the entire Royal Spyness series, is a cut above other historicals. You don’t have to be a mystery fan to read this series. Readers of romance, history, and adventure genres will all enjoy reading the Royal Spyness Mysteries!