Bowen pulls the reader into a convincing 1930s Britain filled with actual historical figures and intriguing fictional characters. The novel starts a bit slowly but picks up as the story continues.
At times the heroine's monologues
are a bit too chatty, and the author's own voice seems to speak through
her main character, but this is still
a fun, well-planned mystery with
a spunky, witty heroine.
When Lady Georgiana and her wild friend Belinda find themselves in the midst of a social scandal, Georgiana is shipped off to her family's country manor. There, the queen assigns her to keep an eye on fellow house guest Wallis Simpson and the Prince of Wales. Scotland Yard also enlists her help to prevent someone from shooting the Prince of Wales. It seems that more hair-raising adventures are in store for Georgiana and her beau Darcy. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Jul., 320 pp., $24.95)