I read something on the definitely light-ish side this weekend-the 3rd in the Her Royal Spyness series. The Her Royal Spyness series is absolute fluff, but everybody needs some fluffy, no-brain-work-involved reading every once in a while, right? I read the first two books but, when I went to find them to link, I couldn't find them. So, all this to say, I am quite positive that I wrote reviews of the first two, but I can't find them anywhere.
I thought that this book was the best of all of them. It was funny, it didn't have some of that awkward, trying-to-be-royal thing that I encountered in the other two books, and it was well-written, in a fluffy kind of way.
In this book, Lady Georgiana, Georgie for short, has gotten into a bit of a sticky situation. It is a hot London summer and, with her on-the-sly cleaning business over for the time being, she searches around for a suitable job. She tries hiring herself out as a theater and dinner companion and puts and ad in the paper and uses rather unfortunate terms. As the editor of the paper tells her the next morning, "You might as well have just written 'Call Fifi for a good time'". Mortified at her naive mistake, Georgie allows herself to be shipped home to castle Rannoch, which includes tracking the disreputable Prince of Wales, who is still flirting with the not-yet-divorcee, Mrs. Simpson at the castle down the road, Castle Balmoral.
While on the train, Georgie is coerced into helping Scotland Yard. It appears as though somebody is trying to kill off members in line to the throne and Scotland Yard suspects that it is somebody "on the inside". While there, Georgie comes across the dashing Darcy O'Mara who still seems to be in pursuit of her in the odd moments when he isn't running around the countery.
Of course, the book was no end amusing. I spent the majority of the last few evenings curled up on the sofa with a huge horse-blanket quilt over my knees, reading Royal Flush. It was a lovely way to spend those evenings and I even caught myself being thankful for the dratted Daylight Savings.
While these books are definitely fun to read, I wonder if I'll read through the whole series. The books do have pretty much the same characters doing the same things, with no progression whatsoever, which gets kind of annoying. And I get the feeling that nothing much is going to change in the future. Maybe I'll just space the books so that I'm reading one every 6 months, so they don't get on my nerves.
This book was definitely faster paced with more intrigue and dashing here and there. In the end, there's this section where Georgie is trapped up in an airplane with the murderer…talk about thrilling! Of course Darcy O'Mara comes to save the day and everything ends alright, but the book is full of these kind of settings and adventures, something that was lacking in the previous two books. It definitely kept the book from being totally repetitive and dry.
If you're in the mood for a light read with absolutely nothing that's going to make you have to seriously pay attention and if you like a good period mystery, then this is a good book for you. Overall, I enjoyed it.