LOVE AND DEATH AMONG THE CHEETAHS  by Rhys Bowen

LOVE AND DEATH AMONG THE CHEETAHS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Exotic animals, unbridled sex, and murder provide all the necessaries for a perfect honeymoon.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch (Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding, 2018, etc.) may no longer be 35th in line to the throne, but she’s finally Mrs. Darcy O’Mara. Although she and Darcy return to Rannoch House to go through wedding presents, Darcy promises her an exotic honeymoon, and when the queen offers them the use of Balmoral at a garden party, he announces that they’re going instead to Kenya. They fly with Rowena Hartley, a mean girl at Georgie's school, and her brother, Rupert, both on a visit to their father, who wants to see the children he’s ignored for years now that he’s become Lord Cheriton. An even worse fellow passenger is Mrs. Simpson, who plans to spend time with the Prince of Wales. Georgie has always suspected that Darcy’s some kind of spy, and she’s uneasy that the trip’s been arranged by government official Freddie Blanchford but eager to stay with Diddy Ruocco in the infamous Happy Valley, where they meet lots of aristocrats who live in high style. Darcy admits that he’s on the trail of a jewel thief, but Georgie suspects he’s holding back a bigger secret. When they dine with Lord Cheriton, aka Bwana Hartley, he makes a hard pass at Georgie and displays his short temper and Nazi sympathies. Invited to one of Lady Idina’s wild overnight parties, they realize that the couples spend all night changing partners. A shocked Georgie spends a restless night alone with Darcy until they sneak out early in the morning only to discover Bwana’s car in the middle of the road and his partly eaten body nearby. From that point on, the beauties of Kenya take a back seat to sleuthing, which disturbs someone enough to bait wild animals to kill them.

Bowen provides more social commentary than usual in this lighthearted series, revealing the careless bigotry and racism of the aristocratic Brits in Kenya, and the tale is all the better for it.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-451-49284-5
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2019




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