Posted By admin on November 26, 2012
Earlier in the fall, I committed to reading and watching spooky/mysterious books and movies for Carl V.’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII challenge. I did the challenge. Well, I read more books than I pledged to, but I didn’t read The Unsuspected. Not sure why–except I was so enthralled by Rhys Bowen’s Royal Flush, I found I had to go on to the next book in the series, and the next, and the next. But I never got around to reviewing so, here I go. Belatedly.
First, let’s get the whodonnit out of the way. No spoilers, but I always wonder if I’m going to know who’s done the deed. I knew the who, but I didn’t know the why until the author slowly and oh-so-naturally (love when a book flows to its conclusion), unveiled the ending. I really enjoyed that.
So–as to mechanics, it was well-written, well-plotted, and fun to read. You know that need to get back to the book no matter what you’re doing? I always feel that way with each entry in the Royal Spyness series.
But what I really enjoy about Georgie’s books are the relationships. Rhys Bowen has fleshed out these characters with each story. Georgie has grown, but so has the rest of the cast. I don’t want to be too specific, because the joy of learning new things about the characters in these books has only made me more eager to read the next. I’m forcing myself to slow down in The Twelve Clues of Christmas because there’s no next book out yet.
A side bit of fun with the series, we get to meet the celebrities of the past–Coco Chanel, Noel Coward, wicked Wallis Simpson. If you’re looking for some fun with a self-deprecating heroine who has it all and has nothing–with aplomb, whose heart grows bigger with each book, and whose inability to ignore a mystery makes her a natural cozy detective, try all of the Royal Spyness series. I do advise reading them in order.
I love reading about Georgie getting around London or the Riviera or even Transylvania, but I really want to visit Castle Rannoch. Deprivation in a wind-tossed Scottish castle. Sounds like heaven to me!