Plot: When an attempt too find employment goes embarrassingly wrong, Georgie is sent home to Scotland. She finds her ancestral home overrun with Americans and drunken cousins. But her sister in-law’s distress pales against the apparent attempts on the lives of the royal family and a scandalous mystery involving the previous crown prince.
This review is based on the audiobook narrated by Katherine Kellgren.
With every new book, I love this series a little more. The mysteries are engaging, the characters, interesting and the history, immersive. In a word (or two) it is just plain fun.
Georgie, after an embarrassing incident, is pressured by the police to return to Scotland where the royal family are getting into very dangerous accidents. There she must spend more time with the crown prince’s mistress, the never charming Mrs. Simpson. The local loch – and to Fig’s horror, Rannoch castle – has also been overrun with thrill-seeking young people, including Belinda’s newest fling, a race car driver, and a record-breaking female pilot who are testing a new speedboat. I took great pleasure in the little ways that Georgie found to make the castle less hospitable to the unwanted guests. The funniest, however, was her Scottish cousins’ contribution to her plot. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them both in future books, though it seems unlikely.
But despite all the fun, the threat to the royals is real. Even Georgie herself and a young princess Elizabeth (who as a grown woman is now on my money) are put at risk. When people start dying, only Georgie can get to the bottom of this surprising mystery.
This volume tackles one of the big conspiracy theory in British royal family: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence who has at different times been posited as Jack the Ripper, killed by syphilis or poison, or kidnapped and hidden away to take him out of the line of succession. His mystery is central to the mystery of the novel and there is an interesting historical note at the end to separate fiction from theory.
This is the third book in the Royal Spyness series. There are currently eight volumes available and the next one is Royal Blood.