A mix of Wodehousian farce and whodunit that is sure to appeal to Downtown Abbey fans, Lady Georgie - 34th in line to the throne, flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression - is embroiled in a mystery.
A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - thirty forth in line to the throne, and England's poorest heiress.
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.
When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie's rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears . . .
Brilliant...Part love story, part social commentary, part fun and part downright terrifying. And completely riveting...This book is perfect
It's the perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts
A feisty new heroine to delight a legion of Anglophile readers
Whimsical...Bowen successfully melds a whodunit with comedy as few contemporary writers can - Publishers Weekly
[A] charming, delightfully fresh series...fans of historical cozies who like Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series will snap this up - Library Journal
Born in Bath, Somerset, Rhys Bowen now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband. She is the author of many award-winning series including the Royal Spyness and Constable Evans mysteries. Constable is publishing her award-winning series of atmospheric historical dramas featuring feisty Irish immigrant Molly Murphy in old New York City.