2019 Book Review #4: A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
Finished Jan. 21, 2019, took six days to read
4 Stars on Goodreads
Genre: Mystery/Thriller; Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating 2/4 for 2019 overall, 1/1 for Mystery/Thriller
This is the second book in the "Her Royal Spyness" cozy mystery series. Our heroine Lady Georgiana is 34th in line to the English throne in the mid-1930s, with her first cousin being the Prince of Wales who went on to abdicate the throne. Georgie, as her friends call her, has the title and noble lineage, but unfortunately none of the money that goes along with being a royal thanks to the worldwide Great Depression.
The second installment in the series picks up close to where the first book left off, with Georgie living very meagerly in her family house in Mayfair, the posh part of London. The Queen tasks Georgie with housing a Bavarian princess for a visit, as she hopes the Prince of Wales will become enchanted with the young German girl. Of course, the body count adds up wherever Georgie goes, but she carries on and does her duty to her Queen and country.
This is my second attempt at getting into the cozy mystery genre. For those who are not familiar, cozy mysteries are generally low stakes murders, with all of the sex and violence taking place away from the main characters. The best example would be "Murder She Wrote" or anything by Agatha Christie. I tried the Maisie Dobbs series, much heralded by my favorite podcast Forever35, but I couldn't get past the second novel. With Lady Georgie, I think I might have found my cozy mystery heroine for good. Last I checked there were at least twelve installments in this series, so I look forward to picking up the next one when I am in the mood for some light murder.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is into cozy mysteries. You know who you are