Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beach Read: ROYAL BLOOD, by Rhys Bowen

Another mystery to pile on your TBR pile today…

Book Title: Royal Blood, A Royal Spyness Mystery
Author:  Rhys Bowen
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Setting: 1930s London traveling to Transylvania, Romania
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  305
Publication date:  2010 
Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime, New York
Favorite Passage: 
  1. I opened the door and standing outside in the dim and damp November twilight was an apparition that looked like a giant Beatrix Potter hedgehog, but not as adorable. 
  2. I tried to picture anybody actually making love to Fig from choice.  But then I suppose it is cold in bed in Scotland.  That had to be the explanation. 
Beach Read Rating:  4 out of 5 Beach Umbrellas

Review:  So I was due to undertake a journey fraught with avalanches, brigand and wolves with possibly the world’s worst chambermaid who was like to set fire to my dress.  It would be interesting to see if I came out of it alive.”  And it is indeed interesting to follow Lady Georgiana Rannoch--thirty-fourth in line to the throne--on her latest adventure. The author has the knack for telling a good mystery, the scenes with the hapless maid Queenie are quite funny, and a peek into the life of a member of the royal family is always enjoyable to read about.  My only complaint is that Ms. Bowen does seem to be exploiting the current vampire trend in literature and does her best to make the reader believe that the character really suspects that she is walking amongst the “un-dead” in Transylvania, but it was not convincing enough for this reader.  Nonetheless, I always enjoy spending time with my old friend Georgie.

Cover blurb:  Penniless and thirty-fourth in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned. Now it's up to Georgie to save the nuptial festivities before the couple's vows become: to love and to cherish, till undeath do them part...

1 comment:

Julie Glover said...

I just finished the last Royal Spyness mystery, Naughty in Nice. I love Rhys Bowen's mysteries, especially Molly Murphy. I particularly like that Ms. Bowen does a good job with setting - making the history of the time come alive. Great reads! Good review, Jayne.