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41: Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Book Forty-One

Title: Her Royal Spyness
Author: Rhys Bowen
Genre: Historical Mystery, Chick-Lit
Page Count: 336

Synopsis/Thoughts: Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (otherwise known as Georgie) is thirty-fourth in line for the throne, which hasn't been doing her any good lately. Despite her fancy title, she is completely broke. It is the middle of the Great Depression, and everyone is economizing. Unfortunately, her brother Binky has economized by cutting off the meager allowance she had been receiving. Left with no money and no way to support herself, and under pressure from Binky to marry the unpleasant Prince Seigfried of Romania, Georgie flees to London in hopes that she will somehow be able to make her own way there. She starts a business cleaning houses incognito (think of the scandal there would be if a member of the royal family was discovered to be working as a maid!), and things seem to be looking up when a mysterious Frenchman appears, claiming that Castle Rannoch, the family seat, is rightfully his. As if that wasn't bad enough, several days later he shows up dead, drowned in the bathtub at Rannoch House! Georgie and her brother are the prime suspects, and it's up to her to clear their names before it's too late.

This was a pretty good book, but nothing too special. The mystery aspect of the book is very weak. The solution was obvious and I thought the main character was pretty dense to not have put the pieces together sooner. Also the love interest, usually pretty prominent in books like this, was surprisingly poorly developed. I really didn't care for the guy at all. Those complaints aside, I did find most of the characters likable and interesting. Georgie, despite her privileged upbringing and lack of experience, wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and work for a living when the necessity arose. I liked watching her grow as a character from someone who had been coddled by servants and family all her life to someone who was independent and could take care of herself. My curiosity has been piqued by Her Majesty's assignment for Georgie, so I will probably read the next book.
Tags: chicklit, historical fiction, mystery
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