Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Series #8)

Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Series #8)

by Rhys Bowen
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Queen of Hearts 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Weakest In The Series. A very disappointing addition to an otherwise delightful series. This time around I found myself skimming entire chunks because it dragged so badly. The crime doesn't take place until almost 200 pages in and by that time the book reads like disjointed sections because the entire first half takes place aboard a ship, then it moves to Reno (where Georgie's mother is trying for a quick divorce) then it goes to California...by the time we got to Hollywood I didn't care anymore. Plus, the entire Hollywood plot device seems totally far-fetched and contrived--cheesy. Charlie Chaplin is a character and serves no purpose. Darcy arrives, of course, and seems not only unsure of himself but scatterbrained when the murder takes place. The character of Belinda totally annoyed me last time and this time around...this character needs to change or go. She's become a sleazy gold-digger and her presence is absolutely the most contrived element of the story. She is no longer charming or fun--just tacky. Queenie has become so predictable the fun is also gone there and annoyance takes its place. The villain is obvious from the beginning. At one point, Claire says that her trip to Hollywood was 'stupid' and a mistake. That pretty much sums up this volume of the series. I hope the next one proves much better.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Lady Georgiana Bannoch, granddaughter of Queen Victoria and cousin (of sorts) to King George, 35th in line to throne, actually is a penniless person trained in the royal manner with no place to go and nothing to do. She is the daughter of a well-known and often-married mother, Edwina, who invites Georgie to accompany her to America where she wishes to obtain a quickie divorce in Reno. Of course, along the way, they are diverted to Hollywood where a larger-than-life movie mogul named Cy Goldman induces Edwina to star in a period movie about Mary Tudor and the future Queen Elizabeth. Needless to say, where Georgie is, mysteries and murders are sure to follow. The first mystery begins on the transatlantic ship when a jewel thief steals a valuable ruby from an Indian princess. Presumably the thief is well-known but as yet unidentified to Scotland Yard, and Darcy O’Mara, Georgie’s love, is on the trail, enabling him to follow to the West Coast, where the rest of the story plays out, including the murder and its solution. The Royal Spyness mysteries are always whimsically written and fun to read. This latest novel in the series is no less amusing and enjoyable, far from the noir genre but light and in places even comic, and is recommended.
katlou More than 1 year ago
Although Lady Georgian Rannoch's mother is completely self-centered and mostly ignores Georgie, Claire has seemed to find some use for her daughter as an adult child. Georgie wisely takes advantage of her mother's whims to include her on unexpected adventures. Claire Daniels has finally decided she will marry her wealthy German industrialist, but she must first divorce her American husband. The quickest way to do that is to travel to Reno, Nevada in the States, so Claire invites, or rather she swoops into Kingsdowne Place in Kent to scoop up Georgie to accompany Mummy dearest to America. What's especially generous of clueless Claire is that she realizes Georgie needs clothes for the trip. Of course, it's just possible that Claire only wants Georgie to look presentable to be with a famous actress of the London stage. While Georgie is the Lady and 35th in line to the British throne, she is penniless and much dependent on the way the wind blows. A five-day voyage to America provides Georgie with much adventure and reunites her mother with an old acting buddy, Stella Brightwell, who had found fame in American movies. Stella is traveling with Cy Goldman, the impresario of Golden Pictures, who made her a star and is her lover. It's not long before a plan is hatched to help Claire get her quickie divorce and star in a movie with Stella. The crossing also produces Darcy O'Mara, Georgie's love, who is working on behalf of the Crown to snag a jewelery thief supposedly aboard the ship, possibly within Georgie's circle of acquaintances. As one coincidence usually leads to another with Georgie, she finds herself in the midst of movie making Hollywood in the 1930s and being surprised by her English best friend, Belinda, who shows up, as she so often does, unannounced. Charlie Chaplin makes an appearance in a delightful side note role, and shows his admiration of the female sex. It seems bed hopping isn't just an English sport. When the whole troupe retires to Cy Goldman's Hollywood hills home, the action really heats up in more ways than one, and Georgie and Darcy must once again unscramble a murder scene with unexpected results. The Royal Spyness series is a constant source of entertainment and suspenseful adventure. The intermingling of humor in a story of financial downfalls, royal missions, and perplexing murders is a successful formula that shows no cracks. Rhys Bowen has created a perfect cast of characters to love, hate, and even occasionally become frustrated with. Oh, those of you fans who are reading these books as quick as they hit the stores know to what I refer concerning the frustration part. I'm guessing the cold Pacific Ocean comes in handy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Georgie and Darcy are at it once sgain. Howevrr, why is Georgie always so much smarter than the police? Is it because of her aristocracy, her brilliance, or just the number of murders she has now solved? And how long will she and Darcy be platonic? That part of the books are becoming a little boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find myself enjoying this series less with each new book. The plots are becoming rote and unimaginative, and frankly many of the characters are starting to annoy me: Georgie's mother comes off as a sociopath, Belinda is a one-note slut and Darcy seems creepy. The only interesting thing about this book was the minor sub-plot about a jewel thief, which makes it really too bad it was a murder mystery.
Loves2rd More than 1 year ago
Rhys Bowen has done it again! Lady Georgiana’s new adventure brings her, and a much-needed new wardrobe, to Hollywood! Both, compliments of her Mummy!  Fans of this series will be happy to have Georgie’s beau, Darcy O’Mara, also crossing the Atlantic in hopes of nabbing a jewel thief for Scotland Yard. Her friend & former schoolmate, Belinda joins in on the California adventure hoping to snare a rich one for herself.  And of course, the tale would not be complete without the loyal, yet incompetent, Queenie returning as Georgie’s bumbling lady’s maid. Naturally, there is a murder followed by mayhem combining British aristocracy and Hollywood big-wigs. Queen of Hearts is a delightful, fun romp to 1930’s Hollywood! Aptly written characters include movie mogul Cy Goldman, Stella Brightwell his mistress and once silent movie star trying to make it in the talkies; Craig Hart, a “in the closet” heart throb and even Charlie Chaplin!  You won’t be disappointed, unless you are hoping for Georgie & Darcy to finally consummate their relationship. Maybe next time…
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
Such a fun series. I absolutely love Georgie! The characters in this series are so much fun. I really would love to be friends with Georgie, 35th in line to the throne of England. Her relationship with her mother is not exactly traditional, but Georgie decides to accompany her mother to America anyway. They are headed to Reno to acquire a divorce from mum's most recent husband. However, they end up on a side trip to Hollywood since mum is an actress. Wherever Georgie goes murder occurs and this book is no different. What kind of mystery would it be if there was no murder? Fabulous settings and wonderful plot.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Queen of Hearts is the eight book in the A Royal Spyness series.. This is probably my favorite of a cozy book set in England. I always enjoy reading about Georgie's latest escapades. Although this book does have Georgie and her Mother in the United States. Georgie's mother, Claire Daniels, is needing to travel to Reno, Nevada so that she might obtain a “quickie” divorce. During the trip to New York they meet Cy Goldman, movie studio owner, Stella Brightwell, who Claire has worked with during her acting career. One could say that Claire and Stella are like oil and water. They also meet Princess Promila, who soon claims to have had a very valuable ring stolen. Georgie soon finds out the her boyfriend, Darcy, is also on board. Darcy is on a case involving the theft of valuable jewels and it it is thought that the thieves are on board and soon Georgie is helping him. Aboard ship Goldman tries to convince Claire to be in one of his movies. She turns him down, thinking she will only be in the States a couple days. Once Claire finds out about the residency she hires someone to take her and they are off to Hollywood. After a few days in the studio, Goldman invites everyone to the extravagant house he is having built. While there, Goldman is murdered. It now up to Georgie and Darcy to determine who the killer and jewel thief are. Along the way Georgie and Claire are able to meet Charlie Chaplin. The only recurring character in the book is Georgie's maid, Queenie who continues to make Georgie's life frustrating. Looking forward to the next book where Georgie will be back home in England.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ve been reading several “new to me” books after hearing only wonder thing about the authors and series. Rhys Bowen has been on my list, so I’ve finally read on of her books. I’ve been missing out! Lady Georgiana Rannoch, protagonist of the Royal Spyness series, is such a wonderfully fresh character! She reminded me so much of a combination of Rose from the Titanic move, and a Christie heroine. She was simply delightful! Author Bowen has penned an excellent mystery. The journey from England to America on the luxury liner added an amazing feel to the story. The mystery was tight and flawless. I kept changing my mind about the killer and was still wrong when I read the reveal. Author Bowen’s writing is everything I was told it would be and more. I’m happy I have the nest book in the series on hand so I can dive right into it. Speaking of the next book, check the sneak peek of MALICE AT THE PALACE, book nine in the series.
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Luvmyangels More than 1 year ago
I love all of Rhys Bowen's books and am looking forward to the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the new adventure . can't wait for the next one .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i paid 99 cents for this book i would have said it was a waste of my time and a boring read; however, the thought of having spent $12.99 for it makes me angry. What a waste of time and money!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A no sale the borrower
kpTX More than 1 year ago
Loved it and loved a peek at depression Hollywood!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rhys does it again. Georgie has another fun adventure. Highly recommend.
carolintallahassee More than 1 year ago
This latest saga in the bizarre life of Lady Georgiana, her former actress for a Mother, very self absorbed is she. Georgie's handsome beaux Darcy is back as well. Very good plot line, interesting side characters. Love this entire series, witty, fun, and should be made into a BBC series!Highly recommend! Thanks!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Hollywood Royalty   Lady Georgiana is surprised when her mother, the actress Claire Daniels, sweeps back into her life offering a trip to America.  It seems that Claire’s boyfriend Max wants to marry her, and to do that, Claire needs to head to Reno, Nevada, to get a quickie divorce.  She’s looking for company on the long boat and train ride, and wants Georgie to join her.  Since Georgie has never had the opportunity to go, she readily agrees.   However, danger starts on the ship crossing the Atlantic.  Georgie thinks she sees someone fall overboard.  Then a jewel is stolen.  However, Claire is offered a part in a movie, so the duo head from Reno to Hollywood only to find the intrigue has followed them.  Can Georgie make sense of what is happening?   I was wondering just how author Rhys Bowen was going to give us a good story with the book taking place partially at sea and partially in Hollywood.  I need not have worried.  The plot works well spanning all those miles and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next.  Even with the change of scenery, we still get many of the series regulars, and they are always fun.  The cast of new characters were great as well, and I enjoyed the cameos by some of the real celebrities from the time.   This was a nice change of pace for the series, really letting us see Georgie in a new light.  I’m already looking forward to reading her next adventure.
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the change of location. Traveling to America offers an adventure filled ocean voyage and then a glimpse at America at that time. Georgie's mother and her maid are true to form and funny (as usual), although the maid really is a bit much. It is nice to see Georgie and Darcy speaking out and acting out their feelings for each other. Now if only all those interruptions would go away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait for this new book in the series to come out and read it in one-and-a-half days. I love your writing Rhys and look forward to each new book. Both the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy series are among my favorite cozys. From the first minute you open the books until it ends the reader is kept interested and the characters are amazing. The romance between Georgie and Darcy is both suspenseful and true love. Anyone who reads your books will be delighted with the choice and want for more and I do. Thank you and I can't wait for the next book in both series.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and quick read.  As always  this was a great addition to the series.  This was fun to see them in America this time.  Can't wait for the next book in the series.