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ROYAL BLOOD by Rhys Bowen

ROYAL BLOOD

By Rhys Bowen

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23446-4
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

A member of the British Royal Family travels to Transylvania for a wedding beset by werewolves and murder.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch may be 34th in line to the throne, but her family is poor, and she must fend for herself in their London house. When Queen Mary sends her as a representative to the wedding of Princess Maria Theresa, an old school chum also known as Fatty Matty, she has no choice but to go. Having no money to hire a maid, she takes on the untrained Queenie, packs her tiara and meager wardrobe, and travels with the chaperone the Queen has provided, the intrepid Lady Middlesex, and her companion, Miss Deer-Harte. Arriving at the castle, they discover that the guests include Georgiana’s love interest, the mysterious Darcy O’Mara, her much-married mother, and her best friend, whose affairs are legendary. When a cordially disliked general is poisoned at the dinner table, a small group conspire to disguise the death as a heart attack until after the wedding. Georgiana’s sleuthing experience (Royal Flush, 2009, etc.) makes her sensitive to many undercurrents. The now-slim bride appears nervous, and an unidentified man seen around the castle invades Georgiana’s room. Although she knows better, she can’t help suspecting that werewolves haunt the grounds. She vows to do all she can to find the murderer and flee Transylvania before she’s married off to a homosexual prince.

A lighthearted pastiche of pre–World War II mysteries, enjoyable for readers who know not to take the dark doings too seriously.