Review: Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

queen-of-hearts“Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene
My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.
Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.
Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!
Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…” – Goodreads

It’s 1934, and Lady Georgiana (Georgie) Rannoch is a cousin of the present King of England; she is also 35th in the line of succession for the throne. Although they are royalty, her family is near penniless and do not provide for Georgie. Because of her standing she is not allowed to work and struggles to support herself and her unorthodox maid, Queenie. When Georgie’s much-absent Mummy shows up and offers to bring her to America with her as she seeks a quickie divorce from a Texas multi-millionaire, Georgie jumps at the chance for some free travel and adventure. After all, what could go wrong?

The danger and intrigue begin on the luxury liner Queen Mary in the middle of the Atlantic, when it becomes clear that there is a jewel thief in the travelers’ midst. Shortly after a famous and expensive piece of jewelry is stolen, Georgie thinks she sees someone thrown overboard in the night – yet no one is missing, and she cannot prove her suspicions. Thankfully, it turns out that Georgie’s much beloved beau, Darcy, is hot on the trail of the jewel thief and close by should Georgie need him.

While travelling across the Atlantic, Georgie’s Mummy, Claire, is invited to star in a Hollywood film. After quickly filing for divorce in Nevada, she and Georgie hightail it to Hollywood to begin filming. When the cast and crew gather at the studio head’s home for a weekend romp, the defenseless guests are like fish in a barrel and a shocking murder has everyone running for their lives.

Fans of Rhys Bowen and her Royal Spyness Mysteries will not be disappointed with her newest addition to the series, Queen of Hearts (August, 2014). Georgie’s innocent charm shines as always, and Bowen marches her usual cast of historical characters through the pages as well, even introducing us to a young – and amorous – Charlie Chaplin in glamorous old Hollywood!

I’ve had the pleasure of reading the entirety of the Royal Spyness Mysteries series and I can safely say that Queen of Hearts is one of Bowen’s better ones to date. While each novel in this series can be read as a stand-alone novel, to be ensured the best experience you will want to read them all, and in order, if at all possible. Trust me, y’all – you won’t regret it.

Queen of Hearts: A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen. Read it today!

4 stars

Source: Lincoln City Libraries

 

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