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Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
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Royal Flush

by Rhys Bowen

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Series: Her Royal Spyness (3)

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Fun little murder-mysteries; love the narrator, katherine kellgren (also did the bloody jack series). would give these a 5 if the author/characters weren't so obsessed with who is and is not a virgin and so frequently bringing up the sex lives (or lack thereof) of the characters, especially the main character, Georgeanna ( )
  jenni1st | Nov 30, 2018 |
Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a.k.a. Georgie, is still in London, living alone in Rannoch House, and trying to support herself with her cleaning business. Unfortunately, her clientele are all in the country for the summer, and business has dried up for the moment. She has the brilliant idea of hiring herself out as a dinner companion for men traveling alone--and this goes wrong in exactly the way you'd expect.

Georgie finds herself packed off to Castle Rannoch by Scotland Yard to avoid scandal. En route, she finds herself more or less coerced into helping Special Branch with a little problem: the royal heirs have been experiencing an unlikely series of potentially fatal accidents, and she is to keep her eyes and ears open, looking for anyone in their social set who might be responsible.

She's in for a series of bizarre accidents herself, along with the reappearance of Darcy O'Mara, the appearance of a gossip columnist in pursuit of her mother and any other scandal he can uncover, and the dread Simpson Woman, along with her humiliated husband, as a guest at Castle Rannoch, much to the distress of her sister-in-law, Fig.

One entertaining aspect of this latest book is getting a look at a Fig who has a little more depth than the penny-pinching, cold sister-in-law we've seen before. She is by no means warm and fuzzy in Royal Flush, but Fig and Georgie become unexpected allies against the unwelcome, loud, demanding American house guests foisted on Castle Rannoch by the Prince of Wales.

Georgie loves Scotland, her family, and the Crown, and is still, true to her own nature, startlingly naive compared to most of her relatives and social set. She's easy to like, and is gaining an education as she takes on these unlikely assignments.

Entertaining summer reading.

I borrowed this book from a friend. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Like the previous two, this one moved along quickly. Lady Georgiana is a great mix of intelligence and naivety. A bit like a 30's Bridget Jones, but not quite so hopeless. It's great fun reading about this time period, even in fictional form. Makes me want to travel! ( )
  VanChocStrawberry | Apr 2, 2018 |
The third mystery in Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness series, this is the best of the bunch so far, perhaps because it's set in Scotland and gives Lady Georgiana the chance to know what she's doing and do it well. It's smart and funny, though again, I didn't like the choice for a villain (politically speaking, I'd say Bowen and I are not on the same side). A 3.5, really. I'll read just about any British mystery with a woman lead, of course, and I look forward to the next one. (But I'm sick to death of Darcy always saving Georgie. Ergh.) ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
Light and breezy fare, though the coninual painting of Mrs. Simpson as loud, rude and a rather villianous type of woman is kind of tiring.. (if you have read ANY of the series, you know who Mrs. Simpson is and I'm not giving any of the plot away by mentioning this) ( )
  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
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This book is dedicated to Merion Webster Sauer and her son, Lee, who have been temporarily elevated to the peerage.
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Rannoch House
Belgrave Square
London W.1.
August 12, 1932


It is my opinion that there is no place on earth more uncomfortable than London during a heat wave.
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Even though Lady Georgiana is only thirty-second in line to the British throne, one would expect her to possess something other than her good name. Alas, this is not the case, and when a scheme to drum up money by being a suitable dinner companion for male travelers goes terribly wrong, she hightails it up to the family home in the Highlands. There, she finds the castle full of guests (including Wallis Simpson), who make up part of a shooting party at nearby Balmoral. But the grouse aren’t the only ones in danger as guests keep turning up injured (including one hapless woman who’s knocked about by the castle’s old plumbing while she is on the “throne”). Is there a plot afoot to do in members of the royal family? As in previous entries in the series, Georgiana makes a superb sleuth, but much of the fun comes in the contrast between impoverished Georgie and the royal life of which—financial circumstances notwithstanding—she is still a part.
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Sent home to Castle Rannoch in the wake of an employment scandal, Lady Georgiana becomes a companion to a divorce e intent on seducing the Prince of Wales, an assignment that serves as a front during her secret mission to help Scotland Yard prevent an assassination attempt.… (more)

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