Review: Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
(Her Royal Spyness #12)
by Rhys Bowen
304 pages | Published August 7th 2018 by Berkley
In this delightful new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, Georgie is plotting a trip down the aisle but finds herself embroiled in a murder that hits a little too close to home...
Georgie is finally able to plan for her wedding in the summer. It is going to be a summer of weddings: her mother is marrying Max, her German beau; Georgie's grandfather is marrying his next door neighbor, Mrs. Huggins; and Darcy's father is getting up the courage to ask the princess to marry him. Georgie is staying at the princess's London house when she receives a letter from one of her mother's former husbands, Sir Hubert Anstruther. Georgie is now his sole heir, and he's offering her the use of his lovely country house. He suggests she move in right away to keep an eye on the place because all might not be well since his butler died.
Georgie talks this through with her husband-to-be, Darcy, who is off to Europe again, this time to Berlin. They decide that she will take Sir Hubert up on his offer. However, when Georgie arrives, it becomes clear that she is definitely not wanted in the house. Strange things are happening, including a lively ghost and a less than friendly reception from the new butler. When a body shows up, Georgie realizes that Sir Hubert's invitation may not have been entirely altruistic and begins to wonder if she'll even make it to her wedding day.
Georgie is getting married!!! Or is she? The book that I've been waiting for has finally arrived, every other book in the series leading up to Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding. So the time has come when Georgie and Darcy will tie the knot. But her royal spyness will not get there without a few bumps in the road.
Darcy and Georgie's prayers get answered when Sir Hubert Anstruther offers to let them live at his house in the country. Darcy has to leave unexpectedly (again), so Georgie goes to the house to get everything ready before their nuptials take place. However, Georgie soon realizes that there is something strange happening--from a household staff that doesn't really know what to do, to a mysterious figure that may or may not be ghost. Once again, Georgie is thrust in the middle of a mystery that puts her life in danger.
It's hard enough planning a wedding, but I can't imagine doing so while the groom is away, having multiple family problems, not to mention throwing a dead body in the mix of things. I won't give too much of the plot away, but I will tell you this book was everything I wanted it to be. Even after all these years, Bowman continues to lure me in with her well-written characters, plot, and humor, which is ever present in Her Royal Spyness series. I was so delighted to be back in the fold of these delightful characters. I find myself wishing people still used phrases like, "Oh, golly!"
I hope Rhys Bowman continues to write more books in this series for many years to come. I absolutely recommend this book to mystery lovers. It's so charming. Don't worry if you're new to the series. You can jump in anywhere. Though, you'll want to read them all. In fact, clear your calendar. It's time to binge!
*I received this book for review via NetGalley. While I am grateful for the opportunity to read and review this book, it in no way influenced my opinion.