A Royal Pain

A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #2)A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Series: A Royal Spyness Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Category: Romantic Mystery
Setting: England
Author Website: http://rhysbowen.com/

About series:

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie is 34th in line for the throne of England and she is flat broke. All she has is family honor and a distant relationship with the Queen of England. Set in 1930’s England, Victoria moonlights as a maid and when called upon by the Queen of England looks in on things that the Queen wants looked into by someone she trusts. That might put Victoria in harms way, but there is often a handsome man or two available to help her out when some muscle is required. One of those men is her grandfather from the other side of the family, a former bobby who walked the beat in some of London’s more unsavory neighborhoods.

About this book:

A good friend gifted me with this second book in the series and based on her recommendation I’d not wait to get the first and dove right in to the Royal Spyness Series. As I starting reading it I first I thought this series might have been the inspiration for the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries that I’ve been recently watching on Netflix. It was the right time period, but I soon realized that Victoria was not of the same extroverted character that Miss Fisher is and looked further to discover that that TV series was actually based on books written by Kerry Greenwood.

That being said, I found Victoria a delightful character who doesn’t take herself too seriously and yet is smart enough not to give away all her charms for free. She is a good girl in the fast times of pre-World War II. I’m not sure why, but I found that incredibly courageous of Victoria. Maybe I’m getting old? Or maybe Ryhs Bowen has just written a truly delightful mystery story. I’m looking forward to hearing how Victoria pursues her love interest, Darcy O’Mara, and maintains her moral stance to save herself for marriage in an age where it seems every girl is throwing away her virginity for a good Jazz tune. Or maybe it is going to be more interesting to see how he pursues her. I’m sure that their romance will be surrounded by more murders and mystery and I’m looking forward to reading about those as well.

Victoria is the Mary Tyler Moore of her generation trying to make it on her own. And I can see her twirling in the middle of Belgrave Square and tossing her hat into the air with the closure of each successful case. Victoria hasn’t set out to be a female detective but neither is she afraid to pursue the opportunities that life gives her. And that is probably the lesson that she is trying to teach all of us. Seize the day. Whatever the day may bring. Be it love, laughter or murder.

Learn about other books in this series:

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #0.5)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3)
Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4)
Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #5)
The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #6)
Heirs and Graces (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #7)
Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)

Miss Phryne Fisher Series by Kerry Greenwood:

Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1)
Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher, #2)
Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher, #3)
Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher, #4)
The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher, #5)
Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher, #6)
Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7)
Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8)
Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher, #9)
Death Before Wicket (Phryne Fisher, #10)
Away With the Fairies
Murder in Montparnasse (Phryne Fisher, #12)
The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher, #13)
Queen of the Flowers (Phryne Fisher, #14)
Death by Water (Phryne Fisher, #15)
Murder in the Dark (Phryne Fisher, #16)
Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher, #17)
Dead Man’s Chest (Phryne Fisher, #18)
Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher #19)
Murder and Mendelssohn (Phryne Fisher #20)

Learn about Mary Tyler Moore TV series: