One of my very favorite treats is finding a relatively long running book series that I enjoy. The average length of a book these days just is not enough to make me both fall in love with the characters and have an adventure worthy of a novel. That’s why I am so delighted when a series like Rhys Bowen‘s Royal Spyness Mysteries comes along, giving me thousands of pages upon which to gorge myself with fun.
So what is Royal Spyness about? I’m not here to do a grammar school book report, so I’ll take this from the Amazon page:
The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930’s London mystery series, featuring a penniless twenty-something member of the extended royal family.
Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsy. But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her homosexual fiance, for London, where she has:
a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hours b) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royal c) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), and d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son.
Then an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family’s 800-year-old estate for himself, winds up dead in her bathtub. Now her most important job is to clear her very long family name.
There are 7 novels to date with more promised. How do I know? Well, the series’ author, Ryhs Bowen, is just a delight − having answered my fan email herself a while back. Nothing makes a book series more exciting than having an accessible author. As it turns out, Ms. Bowen also lives in the Bay Area and loves to hear from her fans. If you enjoy her writing style, you might also enjoy her Molly Murphy Mysteries series which offers even more period drama/adventure goodness.
SIDE NOTE: The books are also available on Audible.com with narration by Katherine Kellgren, the absolute BEST British vocalist working in audio books today. As that saying goes, I’d listen to Katherine read the phone book! I only wish she also did the vocals on the Molly series. That would likely be an overdose of goodness.