Shelf Life - Oct. 16
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Shelf Life - Oct. 16

Stratford Gazette

Queen of Hearts: A Royal Spyness Mystery

By Rhys Bowen

@SPL: FIC Bowen

Poor Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch – also known as Georgie – hasn’t a farthing to her name, despite being 35th in line to the British throne.

Well, it is the height of the depression and she isn’t the only one without a ha’penny, but as an almost Royal, she has been brought up knowing which silver spoon to use for a bouillabaisse, not how to type or file reports or teach or anything else that might be useful in landing a job.

Luckily she does have one talent – for sleuthing. It doesn’t pay well, but it does land her amongst some pretty fantastic locales and people. In her 8th adventure as she makes her way across the pond to America, Georgiana encounters a movie mogul, an aging starlet, a slippery jewel thief, an Indian princess and none other than one Charlie Chaplin.

Mr. Chaplin has a keen eye for the English Rose, much to the disconcertment of Georgie’s beau Darcy, who shows up as lead investigator on the jewel thefts.

When they reach California Georgie and Darcy have to put their romance on hold (again) when the movie mogul – who was about to make Darcy the star of his next film – is coshed over the head with an enormous candlestick and they are plunged headlong into a life-sized game of Clue once more, complete with an eccentric cast of characters, new and familiar (the over-sexed Belinda makes yet another unlikely but lively appearance, as does Georgie’s actress mama).

A much cozier series than Rhys Bowen’s Evan Evans Welsh crimes, Her Royal Spyness has all the period detail of a Jacqueline Winspeare Maisie Dobbs novel, but is a tad lighter in character development and plotting.

There are still a few red herrings to keep fans guessing, and certainly worthy of an afternoon or two with a pot of Lady Grey tea.

Find Queen of Hearts at under the tag Shelf Life Reviewed.

– Robyn Godfrey, librarian

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