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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen

A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen is the second book in the Lady Georgiana mystery series. Lady Georgiana, Georgie to her friends, is thirty-fourth in line for the throne of England. Unfortunately, she is also broke. To support herself, Georgie has a light housekeeping business that specializes in opening London houses for their owners. It just involves things like removing dust covers from furniture, making up beds and some sweeping and dusting. However, Georgie is the only employee of her agency, and she tries to keep a low profile so word does not get back to her royal relatives that she is having to do that kind of work for a living. 
This book finds Georgie summoned to Buckingham palace and informed by the queen that Georgie is requested to host a visiting German princess. The queen would like to make a match between the princess and her oldest son, who is currently dating an unacceptable married American woman. Georgie as nothing against hosting a princess on principle, but she has no staff and very little food, and no money for either one. Little does Georgie know that her lack of funds will end up being the least of her worries during this royal visit. 
This is a cozy mystery, so of course there will be a murder to solve, and Georgie will also have to avoid an international incident. Her friend Belinda is still bothering Georgie to lose her virginity already, but Darcy O’Hara had been missing of late, and then Georgie spies him with another woman. 
This series is a lot of fun. It has a lot of comedy, the heroine is extremely likable and easy to root for. Darcy is handsome and mysterious. I read the first book in this series as a book club selection in the online book club on Charlaine Harris’ website. I also would recommend this series. Ms. Bowen is very good at throwing in red herrings to confuse the mystery and make solving it ahead of Georgie more of a challenge. 
I give A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen, 2 bookmarks. It was hard to put down, and I went ahead and read the next 2 books back to back after finishing this one.