Malice at the Palace – Rhys Bowen

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5/5 Royal Weddings

On The Back:

Lady Georgiana Rannoch won’t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn’t one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.

My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple.

George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses.

Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

My Thoughts:

Rhys Bowen has a gift with words, and the latest Royal Spyness book did not disappoint! In Malice at the Palace Georgie is once again given a task by the Queen; to watch over and help a visiting princess before her royal wedding to the Queen’s youngest son, Prince George. However, when a woman who was previously connected to Prince George is found dead Georgie must find the killer before the murderer finds her!

I’m going to start with the end; the end of this book marked a major turning point for three of the series’ biggest characters. Each of those three characters, who I’m not going to name because I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, makes such a big decision that it will definitely effect the following books in this series, and I must say that I am so excited to read the next book, if there is one, and see what happens.

The characters were all back in this book, Queenie, Georgie, Darcy, Belinda, and Georgie’s grandfather all played huge roles, as always, in this book and they were all wonderful. There were a few new characters, the Princess and her assorted family members, who I also hope we see more of in the next book.

The mystery was anticlimactic; parts of it were extremely far-fetched and other parts were simple to figure out. But, if I’m honest, I don’t read these books for the mystery, I read them for the amazing characters that I love.

Malice at the Palace had superb characters, yet a mediocre mystery. However, the characters and the plotlines involving these character’s romances and lives in general greatly overshadowed the mystery, so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything in the mystery and because of that I’m giving Malice at the Palace 5/5 stars. Ms. Bowen cannot write the next one fast enough for me!

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