Book Review: Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness   

by Rhys Bowen

9780425222522
0425222527
$7.99 US / $8.99 Can.
Paperback / softback
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Ages 18 And Up, Grades 12 And Up
Berkley
Series: A Royal Spyness Mystery
336 pages
About the book . . .
INTRODUCING “A FEISTY NEW HEROINE” (JACQUELINE WINSPEAR) who’s
thirty-fourth in line for the throne—and flat broke.From the Agatha Award-winning author of the Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans mysteries!Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She’s bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she’ll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH—oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.

About the author . . .
Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won seven, including both Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries set in Wales. She was born in England and lives in Northern California.
Reader review . . .
It’s 1930 and Georgie (Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, to be exact) is royalty, of a sort.  Only 33 other royals stand between her and Britain’s throne.  She has been taught to be a good hostess and wife, but not much else.  Penniless, she has been living with her husband and his wife, but when her brother cuts off the pittance he called an allowance, she heads to London to try to find work.  When she doesn’t last an entire day at Harrods, Georgie decides to open a maid service.  But when she finds a man drowned in her bathtub, she’s so busy trying to clear her brother’s name that she doesn’t have time to run her new business.
Her Royal Spyness is the first installment in Rhys Bowen’s A Royal Spyness series.  The novel is set in 1930s Great Britain, making it not only a cozy British mystery, but also great historical fiction.  Filled with eccentric characters and fun dialogue, this series promises to be a fan favorite.
5 stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Edelweiss<http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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2013 A-Z Reading Challenge

Do you love to read?  You know I do!  Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting a reading challenge for 2013.This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2013.

You can join anytime. It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to   read one book starting with every letter of the alphabet. 

 

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.
A -  Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go   along, add the books you are reading to the list.  Towards the end of   the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find   books to fit.

OR
B  – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the   alphabet. For example: A – The Azalea Assault B- Blue Monday C – Crops   and Robbers D – A Deadly Grind etc.  

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

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Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link   below if available or sign up in the comment section. You can even set   up a special shelf on Goodreads to help you keep track!
Need some help finding titles to match the alphabet –
Jandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started.

 

Here is my list: 

A        AN ANGEL BY HER SIDE – RUTH REID – 4 stars

B   -    BLAST FROM THE PAST – LAUREN CARR- 5 stars

C        CHRISTMAS WITH THE FIRST LADIES – COLLEEN CHRISTIAN BURKE

D        THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW- OLIVIA NEWPORT

E       

F     FIREFLY ISLAND – LISA WINGATE

G    GOODNIGHT, BRIAN – STEVEN MANCHESTER

H       

I         ICONIC SPIRITS:  AN INTOXICATING HISTORY – MARK SPIVAK

J        The Judgement Stone by Robert Liparulo

K        KILLER RATINGS -  LISA SEIDMAN

L        TO LOVE A WOLF – BK WALKER

M        Moon over Edisto – Beth Webb Hart

N        NEVER LET YOU GO – ERIN HEALY

O        O!  JACKIE – MERCEDES KING

P        PERIL:  FROM JACKBOOTS TO JACK BENNY – PEARL GOODMAN – 4 STARS

Q        QUEEN OF THE AIR:  A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND TRAGEDY AT THE CIRCUS – DEAN JENSEN

R        RAISING CUBBY-JOHN ELDER ROBISON

S        SECRETLY SMITTEN – COLLEEN COBLE, DENISE HUNTER, KRISTEN BILLERBECK, & DIANN HUNT

T        THE POSTMISTRESS-SARAH BLAKE

U        UNCONQUERED:  THE SAGA OF COUSINS JERRY LEE LEWIS, JIMMY SWAGGART, AND MICKY GILLEY – J.D. DAVIS

V       VANISHED-IRENE HANNON – 5 STARS

W        When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

X       

Y        Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke

Z   

I will be updating my list and will keep it posted on here.  Check back   to see what I’ve read, and comment and let me know when you join the   challenge.  Here’s to a year of good reading!