Review: On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)
by Rhys Bowen
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Berkley Books
When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who's in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.
What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that's as far as Georgie's fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party--and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda's delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy's (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong--and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, book 11 in Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen is one of the most charming, delightful, and irresistible mysteries that I've read this year. It's hard not to love the main character Georgie Rannoch. She's everything an amateur sleuth should be: bright, observant, and whip-smart.
Darcy has left on a secret mission, leaving Georgie with nothing but time on her hands. She decides to go to Italy to visit her friend Belinda, who is awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby. But before she goes, she stops by to have tea with the Queen and check on the status of her marriage request. The Queen all but hints that if Georgie does some sleuthing for her, she'll make sure it goes through.
The Queen wants her to check in on David, the Prince of Wales because he's involved with the notorious Wallis Simpson. And if you're up-to-date with your history lessons, you know what scandal awaits him. So the Queen gets Georgie invited to a house party where she meets up with an old schoolmate, a new acquaintance, and shockingly of all, her mom. Before Georgie realizes it, she's way over her head in events that could have some very dangerous consequences.
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service is an absolute delight to read. Once again Rhys Bowen hits it out of the park with these timeless characters. The story takes place during a unsettling time in history. I love that the author brings this time period to life through these characters and story line. Each book in the series only leaves me wanting more.