5/5 Hollywood Stars
On The Back:
Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene…
My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.
Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.
Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!
Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…
In Queen of Hearts Georgie accompanies her mother to America so her mother can get a quickie divorce in Reno, but on the way they are invited to take part in a movie production in Hollywood. But when Georgie stumbles into the investigation of a jewel thief and then a dead body is found Georgie must investigate before another person is knocked off. It’s great going back to a series that you love because it feels like you’re revisiting old friends. That was the case with this book, it was another stunning book in an amazing series.
All of the main characters appear in this book, Georgie, Darcy, Queenie, and even Belinda all take a huge role throughout the book. Georgie’s mother is also one of the huge characters, and I must say, no matter how rude she is, I actually like her and think she’s hilarious. With real people, such as the Astors and Charlie Chaplin, appearing or being mentioned in this book it adds a sense of credibility to the book, even though it is plainly fiction, and I really love when Ms. Bowen shows these people who really did live and how she imagines them, it usually ends up amazing.
The mystery was well-plotted though the killer’s actions after the reveal were more surprising to me than the actual killer. I must say this was probably one of the most intense endings (by endings I mean last 5 or so chapters of the book) I’ve read in awhile in a mystery and somehow it fit.
Overall a really good mystery as always, with good, solid characters, and the right amount of humor. Queen of Hearts gets 5/5 stars. I can’t wait for the next one coming in less than a week!