Review: A Royal Pain

ImageTitle: A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness #2)

Author: Rhys Bowen

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy Prince’s path, in the hopes that he might finally marry. 

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise. She must draw up plans: clean house to make it look like a palace; have Granddad and her neighbor pretend to be the domestic staff; un-teach Princess Hanni the English she’s culled from American gangster movies; cure said Princess of her embarrassing shoplifting habit; and keep an eye on her at parties. Then there’s the worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni’s unwitting involvement with the Communist Party. It’s enough to drive a girl crazy…

Review: As it was with the first book in the series, I enjoy the characters but find the mystery plot to move too slowly. Lady Georgiana is a wonderful central character, for she is both relatable and likable. I could happily read about her solving crimes with the assistance of her commoner grandfather for many years to come.

Unfortunately, my problem with this series is how long it takes for Georgie to involve herself in serious detective work to solve the case. In A Royal Pain, our lady is tasked by Her Majesty to offer up her London townhouse to a visiting princess from Bavaria. The scheme, set by the Queen, is to get her son, the Prince of Wales, to fall in love with the young princess rather than carry on his infatuation with the married American, Wallis Simpson. Therefore, for a long time the reader must hear about how Georgie struggles with this task until someone falls from a balcony at a party. Then, Georgie and the princess discover another dead body in a bookshop, and a third body adds to the count much later in the story. With so many dead you would think that the story would get interesting, yet it takes three-fourths of the book for her to really begin to investigate, find clues, and piece things together. In my opinion that is a bit too long to wait, especially when you have to deal with the slang of the time period, which annoys me to no end. The resolution of the crimes was done so quickly that if you blinked you might have missed it. Everything seemed to lead up to an anti-climactic end.

I really want to like this series, but I am not sure that I can be bothered with it. Things need to progress much quicker and the detective aspect to solve the crimes needs to be much more thorough and engaging for me to continue with this series.


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