Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I’ve recently been on a historical fiction kick that features women detectives or investigators. I was looking for a new series, and I stumbled upon the Royal Spyness series, which features Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, who is 34th in line for the English throne. I grabbed the first one in the series, Her Royal Spyness, and got started, and I’m glad to say that I have a new series to enjoy!

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria, is penniless due to the fact that it is frowned upon for someone who is in line for the throne to work a “normal” job. She sets out for London to try to survive on her own in 1932. She creates a new business cleaning houses of the wealthy (in disguise) and has even been asked to spy for her relative, the Queen. But things take a turn for the worse when she finds a body in her bathtub and she keeps having “accidents” that almost cause her demise.

The start of this series definitely captured my interest, especially because it features a plucky heroine who is trying to survive on her own in a world that doesn’t want to let her make it. For anyone who likes the Maisie Dobbs series, here is another historical fiction series to enjoy!

Available through the Bridges Library System

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