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Malice at the Palace

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Malice at the Palace

Royal Spyness Mystery Series, Book 9
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Thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch becomes embroiled in royal wrongdoing in the ninth mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous.
Caught between her high birth and empty purse, Georgie is relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen. The King's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and the Queen wants Georgie to be her companion: showing her the best of London—and dispelling any rumors about George's libertine history.
The prince is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when one of his supposed mistresses is murdered.
The Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the case unfolds—and Georgie's beau Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—their investigation brings them precariously close to the prince himself.
Thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch becomes embroiled in royal wrongdoing in the ninth mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous.
Caught between her high birth and empty purse, Georgie is relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen. The King's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and the Queen wants Georgie to be her companion: showing her the best of London—and dispelling any rumors about George's libertine history.
The prince is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when one of his supposed mistresses is murdered.
The Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the case unfolds—and Georgie's beau Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—their investigation brings them precariously close to the prince himself.
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    Chapter 1

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1934

    CLABON MEWS, LONDON S.W.7.

    Weather outside: utterly bloody! Weather inside: cozy and warm.

    Enjoying life for once, or would be if Darcy hadn't gone off somewhere secret again . . .

    Why must he be so annoying!

    By London standards, it was a dark and stormy night. Nothing like the wild gales that battered our castle in the Scottish Highlands, of course, but violent enough to make me glad I was safely indoors. Rain peppered the windows and drummed on the slates on the roof while a wild wind howled down the chimney. If I'd been at Castle Rannoch, where I grew up, the wind would also have sent icy drafts rushing down the corridors, making tapestries flap and billow out so that it was almost as unpleasant indoors as it was out. But on this particular night I lay listening to the storm feeling snug, warm, comfortable and very thankful that I wasn't at Castle Rannoch. I was instead in my friend Belinda's mews cottage in Knightsbridge and enjoying every moment of it.

    When I returned from America at the end of August—having been dragged there by my mother who was seeking a quickie divorce from one of her husbands—Mummy had immediately flitted away with the very briefest of good-byes as usual. She had abandoned her only child with monotonous regularity and barely a backward glance since that first time she bolted when I was two. But on this occasion she had actually demonstrated a spark of maternal feeling I hadn't known she possessed. As she left Brown's hotel she handed me a generous check. "Georgie, darling, I want you to know that I think you behaved splendidly in Hollywood," she said. "I simply couldn't have survived without you in that savage place."

    I went pink and didn't quite know what to say as this was so out of character. "Golly, thanks awfully," I managed to mumble.

    "I have to go back to Max in Germany, darling," she said, kissing me on the cheek, "but I don't want you to think I'm running out on you. You do know you are very welcome to come and stay whenever you want to."

    "Thank you, but I don't think Berlin would be to my liking," I said. "Not since that horrible little Hitler chappie came into power. Too much shouting and strutting."

    She gave that tinkling laugh that had delighted audiences across the world. "Oh, darling. Nobody takes him seriously. I mean, who could with a mustache like that. He once kissed my hand and it was like an encounter with a hedgehog. Max says he's good for German morale at the moment but he can't last."

    "All the same, I'd rather stay in good old England for a while," I said. "That time in America was quite enough excitement for me."

    "You don't mean to go home to Scotland?" she asked.

    "Actually no," I said. "I'm not exactly welcome at Castle Rannoch these days, and Belinda told me I could use her London house while she stays on in Hollywood." I added, "And now you've given me this check, I can actually afford to eat for a while."

    A frown crossed that lovely face. "Darling, have there been times when you couldn't afford to eat?"

    "Oodles of them. I once survived for a month on tea and baked beans."

    "How disgusting. Really, Georgie, if you need something just ask. Max is revoltingly rich, you know. I could get him to make you an allowance, I'm sure."

    "I can't live off Max's money, Mummy. Granddad wouldn't approve, for one thing. Not German money. You know how Granddad would hate that after your brother was killed in the war."

    "One must learn to forgive and forget, as I keep telling your grandfather. And once we're married—well,...

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    August 3, 2015
    Bowen's ninth Royal Spyness mystery (after 2014's Queen of Hearts) is the best yet in this lighthearted series set in 1930s England. Queen Mary summons amateur sleuth Lady Georgiana "Georgie" Rannoch, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, to the palace, where she learns that the king's fourth son, George, is engaged to marry Princess Marina of Greece. Georgie is pleased to accept a royal offer to serve as Marina's companion and guide before the wedding day, since that duty gives her a much-needed place to live in Kensington Palace. It also affords ample opportunities for Georgie's maid, Queenie, an anti-Jeeves who leaves disaster in her wake, to break objects and protocol. The legends of ghosts infesting Kensington Palace appear to have substance, and Georgie sees a strange glow just before she happens upon the corpse of party girl Bobo Carrington. Unfortunately for Prince George, he was one of Bobo's beaus, leading to fears that he directly or indirectly caused her death. The solution to the murder is both clever and logical. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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