Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Series #4)

Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Series #4)

by Rhys Bowen

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ISBN-13: 9780425243749
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Royal Spyness Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 55,560
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 the author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, 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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Royal Blood (Royal Spyness Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 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!
dd196406 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I love this series by Rhys Bowen. This one was especially good with Georgie attending a royal wedding in Transylvania. Much talk of vampires and werewolves. Very enjoyable read.
VivienneR on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lady Georgiana is invited - no, instructed - to attend a wedding in Transylvania. She is accompanied by Queenie, a delightful Cockney serving as maid. Although far-fetched, and overly-concerned with vampires, this is a fun read. I'm looking forward to Queenie appearing in subsequent books.
delphimo on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is the Royal Spyness Mystery series set in England before WWII. The series appears to be light mystery, with much comic relief about the antics of the royalty. Duty trumps any personal yearnings. Lady Georgiana Rannoch stands at 34th in the line to the throne, a seemingly minor character. In this escapade, Georgiana goes to Transylvania as a bridesmaid for a schoolmate, as snow and murder intrudes upon the orchestrated event. The story presents a sad look at the duties of royalty and the grudges among the various players. The story is quick reading, and leaves the reader very little historic insight. The problems leading up to WWI are quickly mentioned and then forgotten, as is a chance meeting with Hitler.
justinefrances on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lady Georgiana is a lovely character and her tales are always amusing. This one takes her to Romania for a royal wedding and, while the plot was a bit transparent, Bowen still manages to make me laugh. Not serious literature by any means, but nonetheless enjoyable.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I didn't enjoy this book as well as the other books in the series. This time Lady Georgiana travels to Transylvania to represent the Royal Family at another Royal wedding. Georgie gets mixed up in a murder of high military officer and helps Darcey O'Mara solve the murders. Since the bride is a childhood school friend Georgie is in the wedding party and needs her own personal maid to dress her. For this she hires Queenie a new character to the series who can't do anything right. I found the vampire aspect ridiculous in this book. Georgie's friend Belinda, her mother, and Darcey are all there in Transylvania.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lady Georgiana Rannoch (Georgie to her friends), is again desperate. She has no job, no money, and her sister-in-law Fig has announced that she and Binky (Georgie's brother) will be joining her at Rannoch House in London. Georgie moved to London to avoid living with Fig, and wonders what to do now.Once again, her relationship to the Queen works in her favour: Georgie is asked to represent the her Family at the wedding of her cousin (and old schoolmate) Princess Maria Theresa in Romania.Along with a clumsy, inexperienced maid, and an overbearing chaperon, Georgie sets off for Romania. The wedding is to be held at Maria Theresa's ancestral home, a gloomy, isolated castle which was reportedly once inhabited by Vlad the Impaler, complete with a shadowy figure who prowls the halls at night.The groom is from the Bulgarian royal family, and of course is accompanied by retainers and guards of his own. After dinner one night the Bulgarian Field Marshall Pirin collapses due to an apparent heart attack. Or is the ghostly prowler responsible for his death?Luckily, the seemingly ubiquitous Darcy O'Mara is with the groom's party, and helps Georgie and her hapless maid to determine what's going on.The fourth Royal Spyness mystery, despite the grim setting, is as charming as its predecessors. Highly recommended!
katie.funk on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Royal Spyness series had been on my radar for months before I gave it a shot. Light, clever, quick reads, following Georgie on her haphazard adventures offers one benefit that few series can claim: each book is better than the last. This one is my favorite so far--loads of Darcy and a bit of spoofing on the current vampire trend in fiction.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Felt like it was written halfheartedly while searching for a plot
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Georgie is living on tea and toast and socked in by a deadly London fog when she discovers that her brother, Binky, and his odious wife, Fig, are coming to London for the winter. But she is rescued, if only temporarily, by a royal request to represent the royal family at the wedding of Princess Maria Theresa of Romania to Prince Nicholas of Bulgaria. Since she was at school with the princess, she has been requested to be an attendant at the wedding which is being held in castle in Transylvania. So off she goes with a completely unsuitable maid in training and an assigned companion from heck. No sooner does she arrive than she and others start seeing a mysterious, pale young man and visions of vampires start dancing in Georgie's head. When a powerful military man is murdered, Georgie gets caught up once again in a mystery. Luckliy the dashing Darcy O'Mara is also in attendance to help solve the crime.I love this series. It gets better with each book. The characters are delightful and I think the sound and feel of the books is just right for the time and setting. I enjoy this peek into the lives of 1930's royals.
NovelChatter on LibraryThing 24 days 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.
wjane 8 months ago
Royal Blood (The Royal Spyness Series Book 4) by Rhys Bowen is delightful. Lady Georgiana travels to Transylvania for a royal wedding at the request of the Queen. I absolutely love this series. There are so many crazy escapades, mysteries of who did what, and to whom, a little romance and murders. I’m looking forward to reading my next book by Rhys Bowen.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lady Georgiana is invited to a castle in Transylvania to be a royal representative at a wedding. But once she gets there, she sees stuff that seems to involve vampires. And that's before someone drops dead. What's really happening? Plenty of fun as always, although the book does have a bit of a slow start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. The heroine is likeable, the maid is a hoot, and I loved the spooky setting. A great way to spend a couple of hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual this was a very well written, occasionally humorous, and yet again not sure who the perpetrator was until almost the very end.
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A great read
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This is a great book.
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