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Publisher's Note:

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.…

Her Royal Spyness

by Rhys Bowen

Overall Book Review:

Her Royal Spyness is an entertaining whodunit that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Set in 1930’s London, the story follows Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, or Georgie, as she navigates life as a “minor English royal.” Georgie is a high-spirited and charming main character whose antics will have readers laughing. The novel includes a brilliant British vernacular as well as real historical characters like Her Royal Highness the Queen of England, Prince Edward, and Wallis Simpson. I enjoyed this quick and light-hearted mystery and recommend it for a lazy afternoon. And as the first of a series, readers can continue to follow Georgie on her many misadventures.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 23 religious exclamations, 20 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  An incident of mischief and verbal threat; the violence and devastation of World War I is mentioned; a character is pushed onto a subway track in an attempted murder, and a character is nearly strangled to death. There are several non-detailed scenes of violent death involving poison, suicide and drowning.

Sex/Nudity:  A few romantic scenes with kissing; numerous sexual references and implied/reported occurrences of sexual activity occur; a few discussions regarding sex take place; sexual activity without detail occurs between adults. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, homosexuality, financial distress, gambling

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters frequently drink and smoke.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.