Thursday, September 10, 2020

Her Royal Spyness

This is the first in the series of The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen.  I selected it as a book to meet the cozy requirement of a historical mystery and I wasn't really sure what to expect.   I thoroughly enjoyed the protagonist, Georgie, and her strong independence and desire to make it on her own in 1930s England.  It was fun to see the aspects of daily life she didn't know how to manage after having grown up with servants.  There are some very fun comedic moments when she finds herself in a number of predicaments.   Bowen does a wonderful job of throwing out red herrings to cast suspicion on numerous parties.  Her prose really conveys the fear and anxiety Georgie experiences as she is trying to determine who to trust and who is not trustworthy.  

All in all a great read and I look forward to reading more in the series.  

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Her Royal SpynessSurprisingly fun and engaging book. I enjoyed the development of the characters and the story. Bowen does a wonderful job of establishing doubt in the reader and the protagonist's mind as to who is behind the murder and accidents. I enjoyed that Georgie was portrayed as a smart woman but still showed how her sheltered upbringing lead her to be unknowing about many ordinary daily tasks. 
 It is fun to try to visualize the 1930s era England and in particular the royal family. It is also interesting to see how they relationship between the Prince and Mrs. Simpson is portrayed from a fictional "insider" perspective vs the true history of the situation. All in all an enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more of the series

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge -  Book #94
  2. Literary Escapes-  Scotland
  3. Cravings for a Cozy and Cloak and  Dagger #CloakDaggerChal : Book  #81
  4. Cruising through cozies -  Historical Cozy #2
  5. Medical Examiner-  1 Toe Tag 
  6. Six Shooter- New Target 34
  7. Historic Fiction   #2020HFReadingChallenge  Book #6

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