So many times when we are out shopping or looking for something new online it always seems to be for our children. Well, it does for me anyway. I’m on Amazon or at Target and I always gravitate toward the children’s section for new products or books.
Well one day when I walked into my local library I happened to look at the “librarian’s picks” before heading to the board-books where I saw “Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen. I picked it up. It looked like a decent length book, one I could read while sitting with my children. And I was RIGHT!
The story follows a fictitious minor royal heir, Lady Georgiana Rannoch during the 1930’s in England. At the start of the series she’s 34th in line to the throne and the queen asks a favour of her. Georgie, as she is known to her friends, is flat broke. At that time all royal women seemed to be good for was going to a good finishing school and marrying a prince from a European family. She is trying to get some money together when stumbles across a murdered victim (I don’t want to give away too much). Georgie uses her smarts to help the local police solve the crime. It sounds rather grim, but Ms. Bowen has a fantastic way of making it light, you won’t feel bummed out reading it. Georgie, is quite clumsy so things always seem to be going wrong with her – There is one particular scene where is “modeling” clothes for a friend and she makes a bit of a blunder, I still laugh about it!
“Heirs and Graces” is now the 7th book in the series and I have really enjoyed everyone. Ms. Bowen has done a great job keeping the story line similar enough that you feel a familiarity, but still allowing the main characters to develop. I would’ve liked to have heard more from Georgie’s grandfather, especially his cockney slang that I love to try and figure out!, but each book can not be (and thankfully isn’t!) the same. I like the other characters that she added for this story, each one has a bit of a background, but not too much that you feel bogged down with unnecessary information.
“Heirs and Graces” was released on August 6th. If you’re looking for a new read to end the summer – Start this series, it has a bit of romance, mystery and some comedy!
I did get to opportunity to meet the authoress a few months back. She complimented me on my scarf and was a genuinely nice lady. She has two other series out too – Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans. And! You can follow her on facebook. 🙂