On her majesty's frightfully secret service

Rhys Bowen

Book - 2017

"In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportun...ity presents itself in a most unexpected way--my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding. What luck! A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that's as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn't be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare."--

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Series
Bowen, Rhys. Royal Spyness mysteries ; 11.
Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
290 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780425283509
042528350X
Main Author
Rhys Bowen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Thirty-fourth in line for the British throne, Lady Georgiana doesn't think she has anything to lose by abdicating her place in line in order to marry her Catholic fiancé. The queen assures Georgie that she'll set things in motion to grant her request—in exchange for one little favor. The Prince of Wales and that awful Mrs. Simpson will be attending a house party in Italy. Georgie is to attend and make sure the couple doesn't try to elope. Georgie will also check in on her friend Belinda, who is hiding her unmarried "confinement" in Italy. In addition to His Royal Highness, the house party includes Georgie's aloof mother and her profiteering German boyfriend, a blackmailing count, a priest, and a couple of Nazis. The blackmailer is murdered and, like any good mystery-novel guest list, everyone had reason to want him dead. This eleventh outing is as charming as its predecessors. The road seems clear for Georgie and Darcy to wed, unless the prolific Bowen has something up her sleeve for the couple's pending nuptials. A sure winner for series fans. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Bowen's 11th series historical mystery (following Crowned and Dangerous) takes a serious turn on the eve of World War II as Lady Georgiana heads to Italy to spy on her cousin the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson at a house party also attended by Mussolini's top adviser and high-ranking German military officers. Festivities turn dark when a blackmailer is murdered, yet the courageous Georgie is as candid and refreshing as always.—LH Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Agatha Award–winner Bowen's amusing 11th Royal Spyness mystery (after 2016's Crowned and Dangerous) takes Lady Georgiana "Georgie" Rannoch, 35th in line to the British throne, to Italy in the spring of 1935. She joins a house party hosted at a lavish estate near Stresa on Lake Maggiore, where her mission, on behalf of Queen Mary, is to keep an eye on that woman (aka Wallis Simpson), the paramour of the Prince of Wales. Meanwhile, a high-level conference among representatives of England, France, and Italy to discuss the Nazi threat is taking place at Stresa. A murder doesn't occur until late in the action, but series fans know not to expect thrills and chills. The story's main pleasure lies in the picture of Georgie's world, where she takes tea with Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace and records Mrs. Simpson's imperious behavior. Another delight is the large cast, which includes horrible countesses, terrifyingly efficient lady's maids, grim-faced nuns, and Nazis, both brash and bashful. Fans of light mysteries will be rewarded. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding. What luck!A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that's as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn't be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare.."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After taking a mission from the queen, royal sleuth Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles tasks from her mother and Darcy while attending a villa party in the Italian lake country.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Agreeing to help her cousin the queen thwart an elopement between the Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson, royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch offers assistance to her pregnant friend while clashing with an old rival from finishing school. By the best-selling author of Crowned and Dangerous.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it’s all in a day’s work when you’re thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.  What luck! A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that’s as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn’t be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare...