Royal Blood is the fourth book in the Royal Spyness series. Lady Georgiana, Georgie to her friends is thirty-fourth in line to the throne. She is facing spending the winter in her family’s London home with her brother and sister-in-law. Therefore, Georgie is more than relieved to be told she will be representing the royal family at the wedding of a Bavarian prince and a Romanian princess. The queen finds someone to act as Georgie’s chaperone, but it’s up to Georgie to bring her own maid.
Lady Georgiana manages to find a maid, of sorts, then she’s off to a castle in Transylvania for a royal wedding, as one of the bridesmaids no less. Stories of vampires flow through Georgie’s head and the paranoia of her chaperone’s companion doesn’t help. Rhys Bowen’s play with the vampire genre is a really fun aspect of this fourth book in the series. It is also nice to see Georgie getting to live it up in the manner befitting her station, and not worrying as much about having enough money to eat more than toast and tea.
The usual characters pop in as well, Georgie’s friend Belinda, who can never pass up a good party, or a handsome man. Georgie’s mother puts in an appearance, and almost manages to sound like a mother once. We see a bit of Georgie’s brother Binky and his wife Fig, not to mention Georgie’s maternal grandfather. Of course, no Royal Spyness book would be complete without Darcy O’Mara. Fans of Garcy, or is it Deorgie? will not be disappointed. We also get a fun new character in the form of Queenie, Georgie’s maid, I hope we will see more of Queenie in future books.
As a fan of the urban fantasy genre, especially vampire fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Royal Spyness series. The anticipated murder, for me, almost took a backseat to the vampire hijinks. However, the murder mystery itself was still compelling, although this one wasn’t as difficult to figure out as some. I’m going to give Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen, 1 bookmark. I think this is my favorite in the series thus far.