Author: Rhys Bowen
From the New York Times betselling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for “fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing.” (Publishers Weekly) Lady Georgiana Rannoch won’t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn’t one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing. While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple. George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses. Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.
Opinion: I really liked the fact that this story really starts to progress the series. I mean from the standpoint of character development. One thing I will say about the previous books is that the characters really didn’t seem to change much. Well, this book is completely different. Georgie’s older brother changes in that he makes it more clear that Georgie has a home with him. Belinda changes because she gets herself into an interesting predicament for a woman during that time; and there will be repurcussions for quite some time. Then there is Georgie’s mother who finally takes note of the fact that her daughter is penniless and tells her to ask if she ever needs anything. (I personally think she should just give her daughter an allowance, but that’s me). Lastly there is Georgie and Darcy. They’ve been playing the we-are-engaged-but-some-times-it’s-not-so-clear dance for ages. It’s finally nice to see some closure to that. There was an interesting supernatural element to the story that has not been present in the previous books. What I particularly liked was the fact that most of the story took place at Kensington Palace where Prince William and Duchess Kate have the 1A apartment. The mystery didn’t take place in that particular apartment though.
Another great read by the author. I cannot wait to see what she does with Darcy and Georgie in the next book.