Wednesday, August 06, 2014

2014 book 183

Rhys Bowen's Queen of Hearts
The latest book in the Royal Spyness series, featuring a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, is definitely more interested in the characters than in mysteries. I mean, the murder doesn't even happen till 60 percent of the way through (though there is some earlier rumbling about a jewel thief). But I am always interested in what Georgie is up to--in this case, accompanying her mother to America to her mother can get a quickie divorce in Reno, but of course they end up in Beverly Hills hobnobbing with Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood types. (Though things do get a bit grisly toward the end, it's very light on the whole.) Georgie's love interest is improbably there, but that's par for the course for this sort of book. I will say that it is long past time to stop dumb obstacles from keeping them apart. They need to get married, stat, so things actually feel like they're progressing. B/B+.

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