Royal Flush (Royal Spyness Series #3)

Royal Flush (Royal Spyness Series #3)

by Rhys Bowen

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Overview

Lady Georgiana must outwit two clever hunters who are after the Prince of Wales in the third novel in the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness Mystery series.

Scotland, 1932. Back home until a little London scandal blows over, minor royal Lady Georgiana Rannoch has two equally important objectives. Queen Mary wants Georgie to keep the divorced, American, and entirely unsuitable Wallis Simpson from seducing the Prince of Wales, while Scotland Yard wants her to stop one of the members of the shooting party at Balmoral from turning their sights from the quails to His Royal Highness...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425236390
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Series: Royal Spyness Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 51,982
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is the author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.

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Royal Flush (Royal Spyness Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
debbook More than 1 year ago
I really love this series and I think this was the best of them all. Lady Georgiana is thirty-fourth in line to the throne but her family has very little money. Georgie has been living alone in her family home in London, but now it is summer and her secret (secret because if the Queen found out, Georgie would be shipped off to marry a foreign prince) maid service business is quite slow. Georgie's friend Belinda sets her up on a date with a man from out of town who is looking for a dinner companion. This gives Georgie the idea to start a new business, and she puts in add in the paper offering escort services. However, the naive Georgie did not realize what kind of men that would attract. She is saved by Darcy O'Mara, the penniless lord she has a sort-of relationship with. The Home Office discovers what Georgie has done and they ship her back to Scotland, to avoid any scandal for the Royal Family. But Georgie discovers the real reason; someone may be out to harm members of the Royal Family and the police think it is an inside job. Who better to look for clues than Lady Georgie, as the Royal Family is vacationing near her family's castle. This series is full of great characters. We see more of her long-suffering sister-in-law Fig and brother Binky. Fig is at her wits end as she has a houseful of unwanted American guests, including Wallis Simpson, the married lover of the Prince of Wales. Georgie's mother, who fled castle life when Georgie was two, to marry many other rich men, is also present and the bickering between her and Wallis is very amusing. Darcy pops up in Scotland, mysterious as ever. There is also a female daredevil pilot and Georgie's loud Scottish cousins. I can't wait for the next book to be released, this is a fun, delightful series. my rating 4.5/5 http://bookmagic418.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twenty-something Lady Georgiana ("Georgie" to family and friends) is thirty-fourth in line to the British throne during the summer of 1932. The younger sister of the Duke of Rannoch (aka Binky), Georgie is also quite impoverished and has not yielded to efforts to marry her off to undesirable men of appropriate rank. As the story opens, she's living alone (no servants) in the family's London house, somewhat at loose ends in the August heat, waiting for her annual trek to visit the Royal family at Balmoral which is two weeks away. A visit with her glamorous socialite friend Belinda gives Georgie an idea for a money-making scheme. But alas she's too naive to know what her innocently-intended ad in the Times for upper-class "escort" services means to the men who read it and call her. Saved from disaster by the handsome enigmatic young Darcy, she's packed off by Scotland Yard to her Rannoch family estate in Scotland, with a secret assignment: to keep an eye out for attacks on members of the royal family. Balmoral is practically next door and some odd things have occurred. She finds her brother Binky laid up with a nasty foot injury and her sister-in-law struggling to cope with a a houseful of American guests - including Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Simpson - who are being entertained by the Rannochs as a favor to the Prince of Wales. From the first moments, Georgie's visit home is anything but restful. There are close calls, physical danger, off-putting strangers who want to get close to her, several encounters with the attractive Darcy, and murder. This story deftly blends fast-paced action, romance, and insight into Georgie's character, with bits of British history. The handful of continuing series characters are well-drawn, including Georgie's commoner grandfather, her awkward sister-in-law and clueless brother, her glamorous friend Belinda and her elegant, distant mother (who bolted with a lover when Georgie was a tyke, leaving her to be raised by her father). This was a fun and engaging read from start to finish.
Paris182 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Royal Spyness series and have enjoyed every one. The heroine is resourceful, funny and believeable and the supporting characters amusing and if not historically correct, historically credible. In Royal Flush, the premise is unusual and not out of bounds, the dialogue amusing and witty, and the situations the heroine finds herself realistic. Most of her characters are based on real people, so this gives them a credibility, often not seen in this type of mystery. I also enjoyed the amusing subplots between Wallis Simpson, Georgiana and her mother. The dialogue between them is fun and realistic. I also enjoyed this issue as Georgiana's sister in law Fig becomes slightly more sympathetic. A good read, for a long hot summers day
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1932, impoverished Lady Georgiana decides to start an escort business. However, her definition of escort and that of her first client do not match. Being thirty-fourth in line to the throne, the family hierarchy decides to exile Georgie for a while so she does not bring scandal and embarrassment to the royals.------------ Georgie is sent to Castle Ronnoch in Scotland where she is told to rusticate; stay out of trouble; keep a divorcee away from the Prince of Wales who is staying at the castle while on a hunting trip; and by Scotland Yard to perform unpaid volunteered surveillance to insure no on stalks the royals. However, several accidents followed by a homicide in residence makes it clear someone wants the royal family dead.------------ The third royal historical amateur sleuth throne (see HER ROYAL SPYNESS and A ROYAL PAIN) is a terrific Depression Era mystery starring a likable heroine and a strong supporting cast; many of whom are real personas. Georgie's obnoxious sister-in-law and wuss brother provide comic relief by driving her to the point of considering killing both of them and knowing she would beat the rap (think of Lemmon's How to Murder Your Wife). The assaults set up a fine inquiry by Georgie as Rhys Bowen provides a super 1930s whodunit.---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure with exciting mystery thrown in and as usual Lady Georgiana solves it all amidst interesting characters and high drama!
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love this series and I think this was the best of them all. Lady Georgiana is thirty-fourth in line to the throne but her family has very little money. Georgie has been living alone in her family home in London, but now it is summer and her secret (secret because if the Queen found out, Georgie would be shipped off to marry a foreign prince) maid service business is quite slow. Georgie's friend Belinda sets her up on a date with a man from out of town who is looking for a dinner companion. This gives Georgie the idea to start a new business, and she puts in add in the paper offering escort services. However, the naive Georgie did not realize what kind of men that would attract. She is saved by Darcy O'Mara, the penniless lord she has a sort-of relationship with. The Home Office discovers what Georgie has done and they ship her back to Scotland, to avoid any scandal for the Royal Family. But Georgie discovers the real reason; someone may be out to harm members of the Royal Family and the police think it is an inside job. Who better to look for clues than Lady Georgie, as the Royal Family is vacationing near her family's castle.This series is full of great characters. We see more of her long-suffering sister-in-law Fig and brother Binky. Fig is at her wits end as she has a houseful of unwanted American guests, including Wallis Simpson, the married lover of the Prince of Wales. Georgie's mother, who fled castle life when Georgie was two, to marry many other rich men, is also present and the bickering between her and Wallis is very amusing. Darcy pops up in Scotland, mysterious as ever. There is also a female daredevil pilot and Georgie's loud Scottish cousins.I can't wait for the next book to be released, this is a fun, delightful series.my rating 4.5/5
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another in the Royal Spyness series set in Scotland and England. Bowen inserts much historic data in writing of the current ruler, George V, the 2nd son of Queen Victoria. The bits of fact and rumor are delightful. The time frame is early 1930's, and Prince of Wales(David) has fallen for Wallis Simpson. Bowen introduces the second son, The Duke of York and his family, his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth. Bowen provides a mystery in the rumor surrounding the Duke of Clarence-the oldest son of Queen Victoria. Bowen writes a light hearted mystery seeped in British tradition.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story, Georgie is sent back to Scotland to avoid a possible scandal and to keep an eye on the shooting parties going on at her ancestral home and the nearby royal residence, Balmoral. Accidents are befalling the royals at a rate that could not be coincidental and a couple of "accidental deaths" fall too close to home. Georgie and her family and friends are in the thick of it as usual.I really enjoy this series. This book was not a disappointment. I love the characters and the peek into the royal family in the 1930's is a lot of fun.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Georgie's in trouble again and is sent off to her family estate in Scotland. While there she's to report back to the authorities on who would want to murder members of the royal family. Of course the mysterious Darcy O'Mara is there to bail her out of any harm. It's always fun to read about the snobbery among the classes and how the titled but penniless cope.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Royal Spyness Mysteries, Royal Flush sees our young heroine back at her ancestral home up in Scotland trying to solve a potential assassination attempt on the Royal Family.Overall, this is probably the best out of the series so far. Though the inclusion of a character in the book (who is currently a Head of State) does make one wonder if this book would ever be published in the United Kingdom.All in all, a fun light quick read.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Georgie leaves London just ahead of a scandal and discovers that Scotland can be just as dangerous. Someone is targeting the royal family. Can she find out who it is? This series is light and fun, and I enjoyed every minute of my visit to 1932 Great Britain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book. I love the series so far
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One of my favorite mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable; not heavy and really a lite and pleasant read. love her books and will pursue her other "detectives". I'm hooked on this author.
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