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review 2016-09-19 10:08
Her Royal Spyness #10...
Crowned and Dangerous: A Royal Spyness Mystery - Rhys Bowen

I normally really enjoy this series but this one didn't move me like the rest of the series has. There was a LOT of repetition and chatty dialogue but there really wasn't any adventure or action like there normally is. It was just kind of boring and the whole Queenie-the incompetent maid, the always broke & homeless Lady Georgiana & the continuously delayed wedding to Darcy thing is getting rather old.


If Queenie's stay with Lady Oona becomes permanent or at least straightens her up and if Georgiana finally ties the knot with Darcy, I will be a very happy reader! 



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It is past time for a change- spice it up and give us some new material please! 



*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~Genre: Mystery~ square


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text 2016-09-18 09:08
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 304 pages.
Crowned and Dangerous: A Royal Spyness Mystery - Rhys Bowen

The previous book in the series left off with such a huge cliffhanger regarding Georgiana & Darcy so I've been dying ever since to find out what happens. I hope

he's taking her to get married but it's been drawn out for so long, I'm not going to get my hopes up.


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review 2016-08-26 09:16
Crowned and Dangerous (Her Royal Spyness, #10)
Crowned and Dangerous: A Royal Spyness Mystery - Rhys Bowen

In just about any other cozy series, this one would be a 4 star read, but Bowen has set her own standard rather high, and this one comparatively speaking, doesn't quite match up.


My biggest beef with it was the oh so worn out trope of weddingtus interruptus, followed by the even worse "we can never be together again; I'm only thinking of you" cliche.  I get that she's trying to string this romance out as long as possible but I expected better from this author.


Even still, the read was a lot of fun; you can't help love these characters and in this adventure Bowen even gets me to warm to Queenie, the living embodiment of TSTL.  We get an up close and personal introduction to Darcy's family and a visit to the ancestral castle in Ireland.


The mystery was, so-so.  I think it was sort of obvious who the players were but not how the story was going to come together.  The author notes at the end what is historical fact and what she's taken liberties with and turned into (slight) fiction.


All in all a pleasant way to while away the afternoon.

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review 2015-09-29 19:38
Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen

This is the 9th book of 'A Royal Spyness Mystery' series.


Lady Georgiana Rannoch is thirty-fifth in line for the British throne unfortunately money doesn't come with the royalty or a place to live. Luckily the Queen "asked" Georgie to be a companion to Princess Marina of Greece who is to wed George, the King's youngest son and stay at the haunted Kensington Palace until the wedding.


Her duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s past affairs with women & men.  Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the whole matter must be hushed. As always, Georgie is right in the middle of the investigation trying to find the answer to each clue. 


This a fun mystery for the royal watcher in all of us! 

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review 2014-09-26 10:20
Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness, #8)
Queen of Hearts - Rhys Bowen

In the time between WWI and WWII, when everything about society is changing, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line to the English throne, is a charming throwback to Victorian aristocracy - no matter how hard she tries to be otherwise.  She is the sister of a Duke, frequently has tea with the Queen, and her mother is a famous stage actress infamous for her ability to rip through very rich men around the world, but Georgie is penniless and trying desperately to make her own way in the world.  She's in love with a penniless son of the aristocracy and despite her willingness to throw her values to the wind, she just can't catch a break.


In Queen of Hearts, Georgie's mother declares that she has finally agreed to marry her current beau, bazillionaire German industrialist, Max.  But first she must divorce her current husband, American bazillionaire oil magnate, Homer.  But he's always refused a divorce, citing religious beliefs, so it's off to Reno to acquire a quickie divorce and she pulls Georgie along with her for company, introducing Georgie to her first Atlantic cruise, New York City, and ultimately Hollywood (via Reno).  Along the way, a very clever jewel thief and eventually a dead body has Georgie scrambling for solutions while soaking up all that 1930's America has to offer.


This series and this book are a joy to read.  The author writes wonderful characters and puts them in vivid, descriptive settings and sets them upon very well plotted, clever mysteries.  At any given moment in this book the author had me absolutely convinced that character A, then character B,  - no, no, character C MUST be the culprit.  Georgie "investigates" without ever interrogating, making TSTL decisions or EVER thinking she is better than the authorities - even if she sometimes is.


I was initially reluctant to try this series - "Her Royal Spyness" just sounded too, too silly.  I had visions of an empty aristocrat going on undercover missions.  But Georgiana charmed me from the beginning with her sincere, practical, common sense outlook on the life she was given and her openness to the adventures and mysteries thrown in her path.  And Darcy...ahhh Darcy.


#9 soon please, Ms. Bowen.

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