A Royal Pain
by Rhys Bowen
Review by Beth Slater
Berkley Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425221631
Date: 01 July 2008 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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The instant problem was that Georgie has no money. No money, no servants, no set of friends and parties for Hanni to meet the prince at. But one does not say no to the Queen. What Georgie does have is brains and the ability to think quickly. This ability stands her in good stead when she continues to happen upon dead bodies after unknowingly making connections to the Communist Party – neither of which make the police happy. When the Queen asks Georgie to help solve the murders, well, one does not say no to the Queen, right?
Bowen's written another engaging British mystery featuring a witty female protagonist whose sense of humor and smarts get her a long way. The reader's imagination will have to fill in a little here, with having the foreign royalty stay in a home with so few servants and upkeep and not comment much upon it despite Georgie's accommodations and comments about the depression –- but this is fiction, where imagination is welcome. It is, as always, well written and with little violence and a small cliffhanger at the end to leave you wanting to know what is yet to come.