Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

383514Earlier this fall, Katia read the latest installment in this series and it looked like a lot of fun. So I grabbed the first novel in this series and fell in love.

Our protagonist is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch, who is penniless and stuck in a drafty castle in Scotland with her miserly brother and sister-in-law in 1930s Great Britain. She decides to take things into her own hands and decamp to London. She’s got to find a way to make money and avoid Her Majesty’s plan to send her to her great aunt’s house (the last daughter of Queen Victoria) until she can work out a suitable marriage. Georgie is a plucky heroine, who is ready to roll up her sleeves, despite being 34th in line to the throne. She meets a dashing Irishman who is also titled, but down on his luck and it seems like things are looking up.

But then she comes home from her new job, airing out people’s homes to find a dead man in the bath. Though the killer is rather obvious to the reader, there’s a nice tension between Georgie and her various compatriots as she tries to figure who killed the Frenchman who was trying to take over their castle and who is trying to bump her off as well.

It’s a quick read, full of upper crust parties, boat trips and visits to Buckingham Palace. I’m requesting the next novel in the series right now!

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