HER ROYAL SPYNESS
Bowen delights with a brand-new series and
a one-of-a-kind heroine. Lighthearted yet mysterious, this first installment reflects the author's
versatility. She's created a series
that's completely different from,
yet as thunderously entertaining
as, her earlier novels.
In 1930s England, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, the penniless unmarried daughter of a duke, goes to live in her family's London home. With the help of her cockney grandfather, she learns enough domestic skills to earn money cleaning houses. But after her brother, the duke, arrives, things take a turn for the worse.
Georgie discovers a Frenchman dead in the bathtub, and soon her brother is arrested for the murder. It seems the Frenchman had papers claiming that he won the duke's Scottish estate when gambling against Georgie's deceased father. As Georgie attempts to clear her brother's name, she becomes the target of a killer. Can she expose her attacker before an accident claims her life? (Berkley Prime Crime, Jul., 336 pp., $23.95)