Friday, April 16, 2010

Her Royal Spyness

In 1932 Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch ("Georgie" to her friends) has just turned 21 and had her allowance cut off by her impecunious half-brother, the Duke of Rannoch ("Binkie").  As a member of the British royal family, no matter how minor--she's 34th in line for the throne, by her calculations--her education has been more decorative than practical; nonetheless, Georgie sets off for London (without even a maid, much to her sister-in-law's horror) to make her own way in the world somehow.  Becoming a detective wasn't an option she had in mind, but she turns her hand to it all the same when she comes home one night to find a body in the bath, and her brother is accused of the murder.

This is the first in mystery writer Rhys Bowen's new cozy series.  I quite liked her contemporary mysteries set in Wales, featuring Constable Evan Evans, though her other historical series, set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York and featuring Irish immigrant Molly Murphy, didn't grab me so much.  This book was great fun, though, and reminded me strongly of Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series, though that's set about ten years earlier.  Great characters and lots of humor. 

Originally posted at MySpace 12/14/07

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