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#1 Book Review for My 2015 Reading Challenge


Five days into the 2015 Reading Challenge, I can cross off my first item —a mystery of thriller. Whooo-hooo!

Queen of Hearts is the eighth book in the Royal Spyness Mysteries series by Rhys Bowen.  This is one of three mystery series that I look forward to reading the latest stories. Bowen's Royal Spyness Mysteries  is set primarily in London in the 1930s. The protagonist is Georgie, the great grandaughter of Queen Victoria. She would become queen should King George and the 33 heirs before her were to die all of a sudden. So, it's very unlikely.

Georgie's formal name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. Her father, the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch, gambled all family's fortune away, so Georgie is broke. Because she's of royalty, she can't make a living for herself although she has tried. In the first book (and maybe the second, I can't remember), she secretly worked as a maid. Queen Mary likes Georgie and often sends for her to do some bidding, such as monitoring the behavior of the queen's son, the Prince of Wales, at a party in which Mrs. Simpson would be there. Georgie doesn't like to do it, but how can you say no to the queen.

In Queen of Hearts, Bowen does something different. Instead of basing Georgie's adventure around her royal family, Bowen has Georgie accompanying her glamorous stage actress of a mother to America, where her mom plans to get a secret divorce in Reno in order to marry her rich German lover. While crossing the Atlantic, Georgie's mom meets a fellow actress and her lover, the big-time movie director Cy Goldman. Both convince the mother to go to Hollywood to take part in Goldman's movie. The intrigue begins when an Indian princess' ruby is stolen and Georgie thinks she saw someone go overboard. Until the ruby went missing, Georgie learns that her boyfriend Darcy is on board to follow the trail of a thief for Scotland Yard.

The tension gets turned further up when Georgie, Mom, Goldman, Darcy, and a bunch of others stay at Goldman's fake castle on a hillside along the Pacific Coast. Goldman is killed and the killer is one of the guests. Was it Goldman's lover? His wife? One of the actors?  By the way, anyone who has been, or knows about, Hearst Castle will recognize it as the model for Goldman's castle. Garish rooms are decorated with historical furniture, carpets, and such; Olympic size pools grace the grounds; and giraffes and other exotic animals wander here and there.

This was not my favorite title in the series, but I enjoyed it. I got three-quarters through the book before I flipped to the last chapters to find out who the killer was. No harm done. The ending didn't make sense until I went back and read forward again.


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Comments

  1. It sounds like it would be a neat book but it also seems to have missed something too from what you wrote. hmmmm what's the next one you will tackle?

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    1. My favorite in the series was the one in which Princess Elizabeth and her sister showed up in the adventure. "Heirs and Graces" was the title. Next review shall be for a cookbook.

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  2. Susie,

    Congratulations on finishing your first book off the list, and reviewing it for our enjoyment! You flipped to the end before finishing the book? Now who said they always read the ending of a book first to make sure the book is worth reading? I can't remember. Obviously someone who doesn't like to waste time. I am often disappointed when I get to the end of a book, declaring it was all a waste of time. Maybe I should start reading endings first as well!

    I also want to know what book you are going to read next!

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    1. I've been very good about not going to the end lately. When I do read the ending first, I go back to where I was and just pretend I'm reading flashbacks until. I am good about not peeking at presents. :-)

      A cookbook is the next one.

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  3. That description of the first one sounds familiar. I think Mrs Widds read it (and I read the blurb!)
    Congratulations on your first cross-off.

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