Title: Royal Flush
Author: Rhys Bowen
Genre: Historical Mystery
With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie’s housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie’s shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honouring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch’s divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She’s also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission – namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.
Lady Georgina (Georgie) is a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and 34th in line for the British throne. Although a thoroughly modern Miss, she is very innocent in many ways. I enjoyed the first two books in the series because Georgie was very much out of her element fending for herself alone in London. She was not city savvy at all, as up until then she had always had servants to ‘do’ for her. Now she had to do for herself and even carry out some of the easier menial tasks that her servants use to do. Now circumstances have her back at the family stately home. Her brother is bedridden after a nasty incident with a trap and her sister-in-law desperate for someone to help her get rid of their uninvited house guests. It appears that the Prince of Wales is not the only person in danger – someone wants to knock off the whole royal family! In a wonderful Scottish Highland setting, ropes snap plunging Georgie down a mountain, bullets whizz past princesses, a toilet tanks falls off wall onto its victim and then the bodies start showing up. Throw into the mix aeroplanes and water speed records and a mysterious Loch monster (no not Nessie) and you have fun book with lots of thrills. As always Georgie is brave, clever, witty, and able to think on her feet. I really enjoy her adventures and how she can mix with all classes of people. Have the next couple of adventures on my TBR pile.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable.
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