"A brilliantly clever murder mystery set among the royally connected."
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted November 16, 2015
Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Mystery Historical
For a change, Lady Victoria Georgiana "Georgie"
Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch's life is in good form. She is
not stuck in Scotland in Castle Rannoch and is
enjoying the comforts of London life, nicely nestling in a
delightful mews home courtesy of her friend Belinda who
is off seeking her fortune in Hollywood. All that is
missing is being with her Darcy, the love of her life.
Then suddenly, Belinda is back and Georgie is back
looking for another place to stay. The Rannoch family
does have a lovely London residence, Georgie's old family
home, however since her brother Binky inherited what was
left of the family properties, Georgie doesn't feel
comfortable there. Fig, her mean spirited sister-in-law,
keeps finding reasons for her not stay there.
Just as all things seem to go dark, a ray of light
appears in the form of a royal invitation from the Queen
of England. Would Georgie be so kind as to help Princess
Marina of Greece feel welcome while she prepares for her
wedding to George, the King's youngest son?
Despite her usual penniless existence, Georgie is the
King's cousin and knows all the protocol and how to move
in London's society. That is, everything except for the
shopping clubs. Meanwhile, a murder is discovered that has huge
ramifications if word gets out. With her ability to move
in circles the police cannot, Georgie is asked to help.
Will she be able to find any leads before word leaks
to the press?
New York Times best selling author Rhys Bowe is at the
top of her game with her latest book, MALICE AT THE
PALACE, number nine in the highly captivating Royal Spyness
Mystery series featuring the lovely Lady Georgiana, so
near and yet so far from the throne. Right from the
first words from Georgie's diary, the reader is instantly
pulled into Georgie's life in England in the fall of 1934
and you can't help but like her spunk, her rapier wit and
her support for her friends and of course, Queenie, her
chatty and clumsy maid.
One of Bowen's many gifts as a writer is her ability to
perfectly capture the language, the nuances, the
attitudes and mannerisms of the times and, in doing so,
making the story so authentic, you can hardly believe it
is fiction. I particularly enjoy the weaving in of
real people and events into the story. All that awesome
Bowen certainly captivates my attention and I am sure
readers will find MALICE AT THE PALACE equally engrossing
and dramatic all the way through to its surprising
ending! If you have never read her Royal Spyness books
before, this is the time to get onboard. If you are
already a fan, you already know this will be a wonderful
read. Enjoy this royal treat!
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
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 place...the investigation
brings us precariously close to the prince himself.
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