Thursday, December 12, 2013

Heirs and Graces

Heirs and Graces (Royal #7)
By Rhys Bowen
Berkley Hardcover, 2013. 295 pgs. Mystery.

In the latest book in the Royal Spyness series, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, is putting her finishing school lessons to use: grooming Jack Altringham, an Australian sheep herder, how to be the duke he was never raised to be. But when Jack's knife is found in the current Duke's back, the house party gets a little more exciting than Georgie was planning on. Will she and Darcy be able to find the real killer, before he strikes again?

Rhys Bowen gives the reader a unique look at 1930s England's aristocracy, as seen through the eyes of an impoverished heir to the throne. While the plot focuses on the mystery, she also is able to infuse a great deal of British history into the picture in an engaging fashion. The characters are bright and witty, making the story a pleasure to read.


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