Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Series #4)

Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Series #4)

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by Rhys Bowen
     
 

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With her hateful brother Binky in town, Lady Georgiana has been desperately seeking an escape. So when an invitation from the Queen arrives to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvani-legendary home of vampires-Georgiana is delighted to accept. But when the bride starts acting a little batty and a prominent wedding guest is poisoned, something must be done

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With her hateful brother Binky in town, Lady Georgiana has been desperately seeking an escape. So when an invitation from the Queen arrives to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvani-legendary home of vampires-Georgiana is delighted to accept. But when the bride starts acting a little batty and a prominent wedding guest is poisoned, something must be done lest the couple's vows become "till undeath do they part..."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Agatha-winner Bowen successfully mixes Wodehousian farce with a whodunit plot in her fourth 1930s mystery starring Lady Georgiana Rannoch (after 2009's Royal Flush). When the queen asks Georgiana, a distant relative of George V, to attend the wedding of a royal cousin and old schoolmate, Princess Maria Theresa, in Romania, the impoverished 22-year-old must scramble to come up with a maid to maintain appearances. She ends up with Queenie Hepplewhite, a clumsy if well-meaning servant who lost a previous job after setting fire to her mistress's clothing. Once in Romania, the pair find themselves in the midst of a sensitive murder case at the remote castle where the nuptials are to take place. Field Marshal Pirin, head of the Bulgarian army and a close adviser to his country's king, collapses during a festive meal and is later found to have been poisoned. Bowen once again demonstrates her mastery of the light, romantic mystery. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

A member of the British Royal Family travels to Transylvania for a wedding beset by werewolves and murder.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch may be 34th in line to the throne, but her family is poor, and she must fend for herself in their London house. When Queen Mary sends her as a representative to the wedding of Princess Maria Theresa, an old school chum also known as Fatty Matty, she has no choice but to go. Having no money to hire a maid, she takes on the untrained Queenie, packs her tiara and meager wardrobe, and travels with the chaperone the Queen has provided, the intrepid Lady Middlesex, and her companion, Miss Deer-Harte. Arriving at the castle, they discover that the guests include Georgiana's love interest, the mysterious Darcy O'Mara, her much-married mother, and her best friend, whose affairs are legendary. When a cordially disliked general is poisoned at the dinner table, a small group conspire to disguise the death as a heart attack until after the wedding. Georgiana's sleuthing experience (Royal Flush, 2009, etc.) makes her sensitive to many undercurrents. The now-slim bride appears nervous, and an unidentified man seen around the castle invades Georgiana's room. Although she knows better, she can't help suspecting that werewolves haunt the grounds. She vows to do all she can to find the murderer and flee Transylvania before she's married off to a homosexual prince.

A lighthearted pastiche of pre–World War II mysteries, enjoyable for readers who know not to take the dark doings too seriously.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425243749
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Royal Spyness Series, #4
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
109,280
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won seven, including both 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 lives in Northern California.

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Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 70 reviews.
joannegrace More than 1 year ago
Story about a down to earth English gal from high society, not very comfortable with her position, having lots of built-in downfalls to it. Humorous descriptions of her situations and reactions to them, and her dealings with others. Mystery type plot involving a murder or two, which kept me guessing, and so engaged my interest.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
If it's halloween time, then this "royal blood" story is for you! Set in Transylvania, a spooky castle, storms, things(and i mean people) crawling up walls in the middle of the night....this book was great!! It was so much fun! The addition of a maid to Lady Georgiana's story was wonderful and hilarious. I recommend this series!!
NovelChatter More than 1 year ago
The last thing her Ladyship expected to see while peering into the dark, Transylvanian night was some "thing" or some "one" climbing up Bran Castle wall. Such are the things that tend to happen to poor Lady Georgiana Rannoch. She's twenty-two, "depressedly" single, and thirty-fourth in line to the British throne. The King is her second cousin, and his wife, Her Majesty Queen Mary, loves to give Georgie little tasks. Most recently, she dispatched Georgie to keep tabs on the Prince of Wales' new American lady friend. Prior to that, Her Majesty put Georgie in charge of a visiting German princess with a fondness for shoplifting and American gangster slang. This time Queen Mary appointed Lady Georgiana to represent the Royal family at the wedding of Georgie's old school mate, Princess Maria Theresa of Romania, to Prince Nicholas of Bulgaria. Adding to the atmosphere of the royal wedding is its location, the dark and dreary Castle Bran, Transylvania, purported home to vampires and werewolves. And then there's Prince Seigfried, whom Georgiana unceremoniously dumped earlier in the year, ensconced in the bedroom right next to hers. In Royal Blood, the highly anticipated fourth book in author Rhys Bowen's "Royal Spyness" series, we find Lady Georgiana in the middle of another murder, and this time a mysterious vial is found in her room. Everyone is snowed in, the pass is closed, and there are no tracks leading from the castle. Just who is trying to frame Lady Georgiana and why? Among the supporting cast of players in Royal Blood are many familiar faces in this series: Georgie's trusty bed-hopping best friend, Belinda Warburton-Stokes, Georgie's brother Binky, the current duke, and his tiresome, penny pinching wife Fig. As always, the mysterious and handsome Darcy O'Mara pops up at just the right moment! New additions to the mix are: Georgie's royal traveling companion Lady Middlesex, Queenie Hepplewhite her bumbling new maid, and a mysteriously dark butler named Dragomir. Let me be honest, I love this series and was somewhat apprehensive about reviewing Royal Blood. Often times, at this point in a series, the plot and characters can become flat and repetitive. Not so in Rhys Bowen's latest! Quite the opposite, the characters remain fresh and interesting. The plot is crisp, and the turns are sharp and deadly. Ms. Bowen wisely gives the reader just enough information about the history of the players to allow a first time reader to feel right at home in Castle Bran. Rhys Bowen has written another brilliant, not-to-be-missed addition to this well loved series. Source: This book was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected by review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is full of mishaps and mystery. The stories keep getting better and better!! I highly enjoy these books and recommend them to mystery lovers. The author's wit always has me smiling or laughing out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series, can't wait for the next!
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*walks and stops at Dhirens door. I take a deep breath then quietly knock on the door. I look down at my shoes and wait holdding in my breath.*
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I am enjoying all of the "Royal" books but this has been my fav so far. LOVE the vampire, spooky theme. Very entertaining.
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All of the Lady Georgiana mysteries are wonderful but I love this one the best. Queenie is awesome!
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