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review 2017-09-05 19:35
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service - Rhys Bowen
I have only recently discovered Rhys Bowen. I knew of her as an author, but I had not read any of her books. This was my second book by her, but the first in this series.

I loved the whole conceptual idea of this series. Fictional characters placed and set in real life events with real life people. A great cozy mystery set in the early set during the Hitler/Mussolini pre-war era with a little romance, scandal and lots of royalty.

As I said this was my first book in this series and I am so sad that I haven't been following it all along.
Guess I have some additional reading to do! Look out tumbling TBR pile!

Thanks to Berkley Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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review 2017-08-21 11:20
On her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Royal Spyness, #11)
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service - Rhys Bowen

There is no getting around that these books are the very definition of cozy; they're also charming in a way that endears them to even a thoroughly unromantic soul such as mine.  And while the focus of the series is an overall sweetness and innocence, Bowen occasionally slips edgier tragedies in that makes them all the more heartbreaking.  I think Bowen manages to capture perfectly a certain naiveté at a time in history when the world was at a tipping point, before everyone found out how truly evil humanity can be.


This eleventh book is a good example of this, even though the mystery itself wasn't quite as finely crafted as some of her others.  Anyone who has read the series will be thoroughly at home with Georgie and Belinda (another one!), Darcy and Fig.  And Queenie was left behind in this one - YAY!  This time Georgie is in Mussolini's Italy and there are dodgy goings-on at a house party the Queen has sent Georgie to, in order to spy on her son and that hussy Wallis Simpson.


I guessed the murderer early on (too much page time) but the story never failed to keep me amused, and there was a scene between Georgie and a German soldier that purely broke my heart for it's sweetness and naiveté.  


The ending for Belinda's story line was just way too convenient, in the way these story lines always are, but in spite of that, I'm happy to see it wrapped up and I'm looking forward to the next book - may the fates keep Bowen from turning it into a wedding-in-peril story.

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review 2017-07-21 21:49
Book Review: Hush Now, Don't You Cry
Hush Now, Don't You Cry (Molly Murphy Series #11) - Rhys Bowen

Book: Hush Now, Don't You Cry


Author: Rhys Bowen


Genre: Historical Mystery/Fiction


Summary: Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York Police Department, have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Newport, Rhode Island, estate of Alderman Brian Hannan in the spring of 1904. Molly doesn't entirely trust the offer. Hannan - an ambitious man - has his eye on a Senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it. When Hannan is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly's suspicions are quickly justified, and as much as she wants to keep her promise to Daniel that she won't do any more sleuthing now, there isn't much she can do once the chase is on. Rhys Bowen's brilliant wit and charm are on full display in Hush Now, Don't You Cry, another outstanding addition to her Agatha Award - and Anthony Award-winning historical series. -Minotaur Books, 2012.



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review 2017-05-27 10:01
Evenly Bodies (Constable Evans, #10)
Evanly Bodies - Rhys Bowen

The Constable Evans Mysteries are slower paced than your average cozy; they have a similar atmosphere and pacing as M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth, but, in my opinion, much better written; less formulaic but just as quirky.


Evan Evans is happily adjusting to married life when an organisational shake up at work suddenly has him part of a major crimes task force with all new co-workers and a murder investigation.  In his quiet little village things are all shaken up too when a Pakistani family moves in and opens up a new shop.  Evan's wife Bronwyn befriends the daughter of the newcomers and, when the girl runs away to avoid an arranged marriage, Bronwyn is both enraged and accused of helping her hide.


For a book that was written 11 years ago, this is a heartbreakingly relevant storyline.  Bowen tackles all the hot button issues of today without really drawing any conclusions except that sometimes the right thing is not really the best thing.


The criminal plotting gets a bit overly convoluted towards the end; it feels like she got herself all snarled up at one point, but she gets back on track and the ending is rather breathtaking.  It's only really now hitting me that she went there in a cozy and managed to keep it cozy.


Bowen is undoubtedly a skilled writer and while this series doesn't have the high energy of Her Royal Spyness, it's still a great read.






Total pages: 210

$$:  $3.00

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review 2017-02-07 04:04
In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II - Rhys Bowen

This was a great book with neighbors hiding secrets from other neighbors. Friends hiding secrets from other friends. Even family members hiding secrets from other family members. War is all around, the Germans are bombing all over London. People with puzzle solving experience are needed and kept from others, told to keep their jobs a secret from everyone. They are trying to break any coded messages they intercept from the Germans. English POW's are coerced into being German spies and sent back home to relay messages and information to German officials.

All this is going on and right in the center of all this is Farleigh Field. Home of Lord Westerham, his wife and five daughters. The book centers on his family, his neighbors and close friends of his family.

I found this book highly entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mission to find the spy which the man in the parachute that didn't open led to a lot of suspects which just kept me guessing. I could have kept on guessing for days, because I wasn't even close. Ha!

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