On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

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Penguin Putnam
In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it’s all in a day’s work when you’re thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. 

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.  

What luck! A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that’s as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn’t be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare...

Baker & Taylor
Agreeing to help her cousin the queen thwart an elopement between the Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson, royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch offers assistance to her pregnant friend while clashing with an old rival from finishing school. By the best-selling author of Crowned and Dangerous.

Baker
& Taylor

After taking a mission from the queen, royal sleuth Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles tasks from her mother and Darcy while attending a villa party in the Italian lake country.
"In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding. What luck!A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that's as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn't be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare.."--

Publisher: New York :, Berkley Prime Crime,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425283509
042528350X
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 24 cm

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VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 07, 2017

Yet another delightful entry in the Royal Spyness series. In this one Lady Georgiana is off to Italy, both on a mission from the Queen and to help out her friend Belinda. I really enjoyed the Italian setting. As always, I read these books for the characters, the setting and the humour. Georgie is a wonderful heroine. The mystery part was kind of mediocre. If you are looking for a taut, suspenseful, edgy thriller with lots of twists and turns, this is not the series for you. If you are looking for a fun, frothy Downton Abbey-esque series with really endearing characters and a fabulous, glamorous, 1930's setting,then this series is just lovely.

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McAnnieG
Oct 17, 2017

Lady Georgie # 11 - The quest to marry Darcy continues as Lady Georgie finds herself leaving Ireland at the command request of her cousin the Queen of England, stopping off to London on her way to Italy to spy on David, the Prince of Wales. Helping her BFF Belinda deal with a personal problem is Georgie's real reason for going to the same part of Italy. That the Queen is paying for the trip is a bonus.

Finding herself overhearing Nazi plans and finding a dead body would side track anyone but Georgie gathers her Highlander toughness to get the jobs done.

Great twist and turns and some day we will actually see Georgie marry Darcy?

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maipenrai
Sep 03, 2017

Bowen's 11th series historical mystery (following Crowned and Dangerous) I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK!! THE NEW CATALOG SYSTEM CHANGES THE STATUS TO COMPLETED IF YOU ADD A COMMENT. BAD SYSTEM!!!

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marthabwaters
Jul 18, 2017

Lady Georgiana is back, and off to Italy this time. I did guess the killer extremely early in this book – possibly the earliest I’ve ever guessed it in a mystery – so I suppose that should be a strike against this book, but listen. This series is so. much. fun. Georgie and Darcy’s romance continues to develop veeeeeeeryyyyy slooooooowlyyyyyy (though I’m wondering if maaaaybe the next book will involve the lead-up to their wedding? Who knows!), and there’s a fun Italian setting, all the familiar characters make appearances, and there are both nuns AND Nazis. What more does one need, really? A perfect light summer read. (Though I do need to detract a few points from Darcy’s general dreaminess factor for some [totally period-appropriate, but still] slut shaming he does in this book. Not cool, Darcy!)

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maipenrai
Nov 22, 2016

Book 11 in the Royal Spyness series

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