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Publishers Weekly
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Set in 1934, Bowen's rollicking seventh Royal Spyness mystery (after 2012's The Twelve Clues of Christmas) finds Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a distant cousin of George V, typing up her mother's life story. But once Mummy decides her memoirs are too scandalous for publication, Georgiana must seek new employment. With options limited, she writes Queen Mary, who rewards her with a royal audience and a business proposition. The son of the dowager Duchess of Eynsford, a friend of the queen's, has not produced an heir, and the future of the family hinges on a newly discovered relation, Australian Jack Altringham. But Altringham, an uncouth sheep farmer, needs help acclimating to British high society, which is where Georgiana comes in. Inevitably, a murder crosses her path, and the quasi-royal again gets to show off her detecting chops. The appealing lead and breezy prose will remind many of James Anderson's period mysteries featuring the Earl of Burford. Agent: Meg Ruley, the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Once again, Lady Georgiana Rannoch must use her wits when Jack, a young heir from Australia, needs her help. He's been accused of murdering a duke, and things quickly tumble apart from there. This is the seventh entry (after The Twelve Clues of Christmas) for the lauded series, set in 1930s England. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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The seventh in the Royal Spyness mystery series finds Lady Georgiana Rannoch, second cousin to King George V and thirty-fifth in line to the throne of England, facing the prospect of having nowhere to live. Then she catches a break. The dowager Duchess of Eynsford has uncovered a long-lost relative, an Australian, who, if he can be civilized in the pre-World War II era, the British still viewed Australia as an upstart colony could carry on the family title. The Queen asks Georgiana to go down to Kent, where she'll stay at the duchess' family estate and introduce the young, rough-around-the-edges Australian, Jack Altringham, to genteel society. Problems arise when, almost immediately after Georgiana's arrival at the estate in Kent, Cedric, the Duke of Eynsford, is murdered, apparently with Jack's knife. Like an Agatha Christie novel, the tale is leisurely paced, introducing the cast of characters, establishing their various relationships, then finally introducing the crime (the murder occurs about halfway through the book). A nice entry in this popular series, a favorite among British-cozy fans.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist