When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country.
The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.
What luck! A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. If only Darcy and I had eloped!
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What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife…. House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair.
Just as we start to lose hope, my globetrotting godfather offers us his fully staffed country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh I shall be! With Darcy off in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed.
The grounds are in disarray and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot—and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle…. I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon.
Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission.
I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley—the center of upper-class English life—we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.
Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon!
Of course, I put an end to that right off. When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya.
Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer…. The Royal Spyness Series. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife… House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair.
Something rotten is afoot—and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle… Buy it: IndieBound Amazon BN. Then a summons from the queen requires Georgie to attend a different house party to spy on the royal heir and his married American paramour you know how that story turned out. The performance includes different vocal styles, accents, and voices to keep each character distinct, and none of them were grating. The ones who were ridiculous were very ridiculous, and it was fascinating to listen to.
Back to the story: as Georgie tries to set up her life at 28, not sure who she is or what, if anything, she is qualified to do, the mayhem around her increases. Mysteries pile onto one another, growing larger and more important, as the novel continues. How is Georgie going to care and feed herself? What will she do for money if she cannot work? Where will she go if Fig, her sister in law, has her leave their London home?
By the end, unfortunately, it seemed very obvious to me who the killer was, and who might be trying to frame Georgie and Binky. There was knowledge that was revealed at the very end that I felt surely would have been realistically more commonly available information. I loved her ingenuity and her way of managing people and situations, her determination and her sense of humor, and especially her friendships.
I was so excited to see it featured here and relieved it got a good review. My favourite part from the latest book not really a spoiler, but spaces added just in case anyone would rather avoid them, also politics :. Idk if this is coherent, but it is VERY late at night here. I read the first two books a few years back, with the full intention of making the series my new fluffy mystery series reads, but something about the historical inaccuracy of Book 2 put me off.
I read the first one.
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That said, if Book 2 or another early one ever went on sale I would probably buy it and try to continue. I like the Victoria Thompson Series much more, although the mysteries are equally unsturdy. Have you read any of the Nero Wolfe books? While they were not written as historical, today they read that way since the first one it was written in the s in the last in the 70s. They are my favorite.
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Cyr mysteries, though Ms. I like this series very much, but agree with Chloe that the whole Darcy thing needs to resolve itself. Of course this is 11 books past where Sarah is, so she has a long way to go before the relationship fatigue sets in and there is plenty of fun along the way. These books are really more for the characters and the silly situations than the mysteries though.
None of them are particularly complex puzzles. I think of them as cozy mystery meets s screwball comedy. I read the first and possibly part of the second book in the Royal Spyness series as well as the first book in the Molly Murphy series. As I recall, they both came across as kind of bland. The Molly Murphy mysteries are darker and deal with turn of the century social issues. My problem was that none of it was new information or treated in a non-standard way—NY working class immigrant setting, yet kind of generic.
Wierdly, I really liked and read all of her Evan Evans series. Evans is a small town constable, not your usually Detective Inspector Mucky-Muck, and he was an extremely sympathetic character with a nice love story. Also, a village mystery in Wales—yum!
I almost cringed my head back into my thorax. How did I miss that? Did I tune that out? Ditto for the Molly Murphy series. I cannot recommend them enough.
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Never bothered trying again. I love C. Cyr novels. I think because I spent so many years teens through early thirties reading every type of mystery, my gore tolerance is higher than most. As to the overt victimization of women? Kinda goes with the territory.