CROWNED AND DANGEROUS is the 10th in the Royal
series by one of my favorite authors Rhys Bowen. Lady
Georgianna Rannoch is a minor British royal. She is 35th in
the line for the throne. She is, however, broke, and
spends some of her time solving mysteries, while waiting for
Darcy to propose marriage.
After the wedding of her cousin
Prince George to Princess Marina, Georgie's beau, Darcy
O'Mara sweeps her away in a borrowed Rolls Royce heading for
Scotland. Darcy is broke too and spends his time doing
clandestine investigations and bunks out on the couches of
his friends. He loves Georgie and is taking her to Gretna
Green to elope. He is aware that he will need permission to
wed Georgie as he is a Catholic but for now he decides to
by-pass that step and get her to marry him now.
declares his intentions, Georgie is pleased and accepts. A
sudden and dangerous snow storm grows worse and they are
forced to stop at an Inn for warmth and food. While there
Darcy reads a newspaper with headlines blaring that his
father has been arrested for murder in Ireland. He
immediately makes plans to leave to go and help him. He
tells Georgie she must remain in England as her notoriety
would not be helpful in the oncoming investigation to free
his father. He instructs her to return the borrowed Rolls
to his friend, Princess Zamanska. He then breaks up with
Georgie, telling her their relationship would never work
now with the dark cloud of his father's guilt hanging over
them. Georgie, upset, obeys, temporarily. Soon, she heads
for Ireland. Help is on its way!
Georgianna Rannoch is a charming, lovable character that
is easy to like and you immediately are rooting for her.
She soon is busy investigating the murder at the castle,
trying to free her father-in-law to be and to getting her
man. This has a quirky cast of characters introducing
Aunt Oona and Uncle Dooley, who are relatives of Darcy
living at Mountjoy, a neighbor of the Irish castle, Kilhenny
Castle, that used to belong to Darcy's family. The huge
estate, sold because of debt incurred by Lord Kilhenny, and
he is now estranged from his son. Bought by a wealthy
American, Lord Kilhenny was hired to manage and train the
race horses there.
Princess Alexandra Zamanska, who prefers to be called Zou
Zou, a Polish royal who escaped to England, is a good
friend of Darcy, adds zest to the story. She flies her
own airplane and comes to help Darcy who it seems she has
great affection for and perhaps future plans? A murder of
the American at the Castle is investigated by the Garda, the
local police, but it is Georgie, and Zou Zou, with a little
help from an undercover FBI friend of Darcy, that discover
the killer and the motive. In the end, Lord Kilhenny is
able to buy back his estate and Zou Zou buys the horses and
the stables and offers him a job helping her learn about
raising and training race horses. Is there more in their
My praise for CROWNED AND DANGEROUS. It is a delectable
mystery with many twists and turns and a tasty finale. I
look forward to the return of Darcy and Georgie in the next
in this sterling set of sequels. It will be fun to root for
them again and help in their super sleuthing. Where next?
Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for
the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on
their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and
her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules...
With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car,
I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to
the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to
make me his wife!
Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as
my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman
Catholic and the question of where we might live after the
honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke
as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a
rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand.
Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us
from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future
father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich
American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than
enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed,
we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s
up to us to prove it—for better or worse.