I look forward to each entry in this series and Bowen does not disappoint. An implied Royal invitation for Georgie to stay with one of Darcy’s relatives –who is living in a home on the Sandringham estate–leads them away from a quiet Christmas at home with Georgie’s father to a stately home where something is not right. (MINOR SPOILER) In true English stately home mystery style, the guests are an odd array of Georgie’s Scottish family, her mother, some Americans … including Wallace Simpson who needs to be near her Prince for Christmas. A long walk or a short drive away is the Royal family and there has been at least one suspicious death; Bertie is cavorting with Wallace and the Queen is not amused, although the British newspapers are keeping mum; and then another death and we’re off to the races. These mysteries are well-plotted and the characters and manners of the age among the classes are entertaining and somewhat educational. Georgie’s relationships range from a close connection to Queen Mary – to a grandfather who lives quite modestly; her brother the Scottish Duke with “little” money to maintain his castle and his townhouse in London to Georgie’s rich former actress mother; from a mysterious husband with a title but little money – to friends with money, various talents and histories that are fun and call for more. Bowen has created a wonderful palette of characters with plenty of room for this series to continue to entertain at a high level.
Published by Emily Leader
I have been an avid reader since Dick and Jane met Sally. At age 7, I read my parents' first edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird." I am a retired lawyer and so read almost only fiction for pleasure. I'm adding in nonfiction these days, largely on social justice matters but also history, biography, and weird topics that catch my imagination. I used to read only serially, one book at a time. Presently, I read paperbacks, hardcovers, listen to audible, listen to CDs and read online through Net Galley. Covid-19 has caused me to read a lot so I have re-upped my Goodreads challenge for 2021 and am starting to review at least my favorite finds annd, perhaps, some stinkers. View all posts by Emily Leader