When I first saw this book at the library, I was slightly skeptical. There was something slightly cheesy about the cover and, really, pun titles do not impress me. However, it was a really enjoyable romp of a read. Sure, it's not the most serious writing and will never compare to, say, Agatha Christie, but it's well-written and an interesting story. I actually laughed out loud in several places. It was a perfect book to devour in one sitting Sunday afternoon.
Georgie is a likable character and the characters around her are all very well-drawn too. From her bumbling half-brother who never does anything right to her pinched, humorless sister-in-law, the characters are all interesting and different.
There were some minor faults I found with the book, but none of them were enough to make me dislike the book. The whole "upholding the family honor" thing was played so heavily that it felt really overdone. I'm sure there were expectations of a young, unmarried woman so close to the throne. But bringing up the brave uncle who stood to face the cannons on the Scotland moor every. single. time. there's a creaking noise in the house felt crazy. The love interest is of the sort that you know is going to be unsuitable as soon as you meet him. These crime solving women never, ever end up with the romantic interest (I've never understood why).
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In spite of it's occasional faults and foibles, the story is well-written and I'm very much looking forward to reading another one of these books. I'm off to check it out of the library!