Thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch becomes embroiled in royal wrongdoing in the ninth mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous.
Caught between her high birth and empty purse, Georgie is relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and the Queen wants Georgie to be her companion: showing her the best of London—and dispelling any rumors about George’s libertine history.
The prince is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when one of his supposed mistresses is murdered.
The Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the case unfolds—and Georgie's beau Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—their investigation brings them precariously close to the prince himself.
Bowen's ninth Royal Spyness mystery (after 2014's Queen of Hearts) is the best yet in this lighthearted series set in 1930s England. Queen Mary summons amateur sleuth Lady Georgiana "Georgie" Rannoch, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, to the palace, where she learns that the king's fourth son, George, is engaged to marry Princess Marina of Greece. Georgie is pleased to accept a royal offer to serve as Marina's companion and guide before the wedding day, since that duty gives her a much-needed place to live in Kensington Palace. It also affords ample opportunities for Georgie's maid, Queenie, an anti-Jeeves who leaves disaster in her wake, to break objects and protocol. The legends of ghosts infesting Kensington Palace appear to have substance, and Georgie sees a strange glow just before she happens upon the corpse of party girl Bobo Carrington. Unfortunately for Prince George, he was one of Bobo's beaus, leading to fears that he directly or indirectly caused her death. The solution to the murder is both clever and logical.