A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness #2)

Publication Info: Published July 1, 2008 by Berkley. Kindle edition courtesy of my local library. Other editions available.

Summary: Lady Georgianna is struggling to make ends meet, so she takes on odd jobs as a maid for the more prosperous members of her set. Some of them could recognize her so she does her best to keep her head down. But being inconspicuous is difficult when you are cousin to the queen and thirty-fourth in line for the throne of England.

Georgie, as she likes to be called, is summoned to tea by the queen. The queen then informs her that she is to play hostess for a visiting Bavarian princess. This puts Georgie in a bit of a bind as she has no servants and her house is mostly closed up. Some creative thinking and scrambling is in order!

But the princess turns out to be more than a handful. Fresh out of the convent at 18, she is boy crazy and talks like an American gangster. She says she learned English by watching American films. When Princess Hannelore chases after a dashing, lower class and Communist (gasp!) young man, dead bodies start showing up in her wake. The queen asks Georgie to get to the bottom of it before something else happens.

Comments: After reading several rather intense books, I wanted something lighter. This definitely fit my reading mood. I read the first in the series a while back and was a tad disappointed, but the pace is rapidly picking up in A Royal Pain. There is a fun cast of characters and I’m really getting to like Georgie. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series.