Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8) by Rhys Bowen

Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene…  My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since...

Details Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)

TitleQueen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)
Release DateAug 5th, 2014
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Reviews Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)

  • Robin
    I swore if there wasn't some sort of progress in Georgie and Darcy's relationship I was going to swear off reading this mystery series. Or progress in Georgie's life situation. Neither happened, and on top of that Queenie, the quintessential hapless, comedic, idiosyncratic character, is no longer an endearing touch of whimsy, but a one-note joke that has been told too many times and is irritating. Further, it has gone on to the point that Georgie...
  • Ed
    A breezy, fun read.
  • Poonam
    2.5 starsI like reading cozy mysteries and apart from Dame Christie I hadn't found any other writer that wrote satisfactory cozy mysteries. But after starting this series I have to say I have clearly a favorite cozy mystery series from recent times.This is the 8th book in the series and even though this book is a standalone from the mystery perspective, I would suggest to read this series in order as there are recurring characters (and it's more ...
  • Vanessa
    What a disappointment. This is a good book and fun as you'd expect right up until the last quarter or so, when the author suddenly realizes the need to tie up all the plot points she's opened up and proceeds to do so in the clunkiest way possible. The deductions are straight out of Encyclopedia Brown, and the setting and characters mostly wasted. This makes me think the series is just running out of steam.
  • Susan Johnson
    Lady Georgiana is the star of one of my favorite cozy mystery novel series. She is thirty-fifth in line for the royal throne and poor as a church mouse. Her mother is a famous actress who neglects her and her brother runs the family castle in Scotland crippled by her father's gambling debts. Georgie is plucky though and often sent on errands by the Queen that seem to involve dead bodies. In this addition her mother decides to travel to Reno to ge...
  • Linda Lou McCall
    I absolutely LOVED all of the previous books in this series! When I saw that a new one was available, I didn't bother with the reviews - I just purchased it. The characters are still well-developed and narrator Katherine Kellgren continues in her masterful vien. But the story falls flat here. First, I like British novels because.....well, they take place in the UK! This one has our familiar crew in the U.S. with not so believeable "American" char...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    A really nice easy read. I just wish georgianna and Darcy would get married already! When am i going to meet Mr. Darcy! Lol Rhys Bowen, you need to crank them out faster!! Cant get enough of the Royal Spyness or Molly Murphy series
  • Caitlin Benallack
    These are consistently lovely cozy mysteries.Are they great literature? No.Are they the literary equivalent of a cupcake with sprinkles? Yes.
  • Martha
    I didn’t like this book as much as the others in the series. The murder was solved in a very clunky manner and the end result was kind of lame. The American characters were very one dimensional and using Charlie Chaplin didn’t add anything. The second to last chapter could have been left out altogether since the relationship between Georgie and Darcy is not developing. The author should either have them marry and work as a sleuthing team or d...
  • Meg
    Very good addition to this fun series. Mind you, there were several snide comments in there that would not be politically correct today, but were, unfortunately, acceptable at the time (1930's). So I just had to keep that in mind whenever I ran into these.The mc's mother also said some rather cruel things to her, but then she has always been portrayed as self-centered and entitled, so I had to take these for what they were, as well.Looking forwar...
  • Jonathan
    In Queen of Hearts Georgie accompanies her mother to America so her mother can get a quickie divorce in Reno, but on the way they are invited to take part in a movie production in Hollywood. But when Georgie stumbles into the investigation of a jewel thief and then a dead body is found Georgie must investigate before another person is knocked off. It's great going back to a series that you love because it feels like you're revisiting old friends....
  • Kylie Sparks
    I'm over this series. As another reviewer put it, Rhys Bowen phoned this one in. It's painfully cliched and poorly plotted. Georgiana becomes less likeable with every book as she whines about her charmed life and bitches at her maid.
  • Kathy Davie
    Eighth in the Her Royal Spyness historical mystery series and revolving around Lady Georgiana Rannoch as she sails off to America.My TakeGeorgie's mummy drives me bats. She's so totally clueless when it comes to her own daughter. She's got money up the wazoo but never does anything to help her penniless daughter. Well, except to point out that her daughter could simply take up with a rich man, if only she weren't so huge and homely… So it was a...
  • Bart
    Actual rating: 3.25
  • ✨Susan✨
    In this fun addition to the series Georgiana is off on an adventure to the America's with her Mother. Her mother is quite a piece of work, she is a famous actress who has made marriage into an art form. When she recieves a new marriage proposal from a very wealthy German she must get to Nevada to file for a divorce from her current oil barron husband. They sail to New York, do some shopping, and then they are off to the Reno Court House. When the...
  • kari
    I like Georgie. She is one smart cookie and she stays true to her values and ideas. However, she did make some mistakes in this book(kissing another man, telling herself it was all innocent, but enjoying the attention from a big movie star) and I'm growing weary of her waiting and waiting and waiting for Darcy as he is also waiting for her. I get it. If he likes it he should put a ring on it. Got it. So, please Ms. Bowen, come up with a way that ...
  • Mark Baker
    Georgie is off to America with her mother, actress Claire Daniels. But their Atlantic crossing is marred by a jewel thief and a possible murder that only Georgie witnesses. And the danger follows them when they hit America and head to Hollywood of the 1930's.Despite the number of miles the characters cover, the plot holds together well and we still get to see many of the series regulars, who were charming as always. Being an entertainment junky, ...
  • Betty
    Lady Georgina accompanied her Mother, Grace Daniel to United States. Her Mother is going to Reno for a divorce. On the boat over they meet a Hollywood mogul who wants to make Grace Daniel a star. A ruby necklace goes missing and Georgie sees what appears to be a person thrown overboard. In Hollywood the Mogul is from dead in his library. Georgie needs to finds answers before she and her friends lose all that is dear to them.
  • Claire
    Hmmm. These stories are becoming very predictable. They have all followed the same pattern - just changed the setting!
  • Hannah
    Queen of Hearts finally takes Georgie outside of Britain and Europe - all the way to America, where she's ready to settle down to play companion to her mother... only to end up embroiled in another crime or two. I'm happy to report that this 8th installment is an improvement on the previous book (Heirs and Graces was relatively dull, as much as I hate to admit it), but it's still far from being as strong as The Twelve Clues of Christmas or the ea...
  • Rhi
    A luxurious ocean liner voyage, stops in New York, Reno, and onto the bright lights and glamour of L.A. -- Hollywood's calling, the starlets are vamping, and Georgie's in the middle of it all!Mummy's decided to finally ditch the stuffy Texan and whisks herself, her lady's maid, Georgie, and Queenie off to the States where she's heard a quickie divorce can be had for the right price. While they're there she might as well revive her acting career a...
  • Wendy
    In "Queen of Hearts" the eighth book in "Her Royal Spyness Mysteries " Lady Georgiana Rannock is swept away to Reno, Nevada so her mother can get a quickie divorce and marry her rich German hubby-to-be Max. But crossing the Atlantic Georgie not only reunites with her beau Darcy O'Mara who's undercover, tracking the whereabouts of a notorious cat burglar suspected of stealing a valuable ruby and a diamond bracelet on board the ship, but she meets ...
  • Sharon
    2.5 Stars. What a disappointment. Georgie and her mother go to America so Claire can obtain a quickie divorce from Homer Clegg. While crossing the Atlantic, they run into movie studio honcho Cy Goldberg and his mistress Stella Brightwell. They let Claire in on a way to circumvent the 6 week residency rule for divorce in Reno and convince her to accompany them to California to star in a film. Darcy is also on the ship to catch a jewel thief. His p...
  • Wealhtheow
    Lady Georgiana Rannoch--Georgie to her friends--is 35th in line for the English throne but basically penniless. Physically awkward and with few skills, she spends her time caring for richer relatives and solving mysteries. In this book, her flighty mother demands her company for a trip to the USA, where she hopes to get a quickie divorce. Georgie accompanies her, willing to bear her mother's cutting comments in exchange for a free trip across the...
  • Stacey
    Yet another wonderful installment of the Her Royal Spyness series. Once again I listened to the wonderful narration by Katherine Kellgren. Georgie finds herself in investigative territory yet again as she is on the lookout for a suspected jewel thief. Shenanigans ensue in true Georgie style with the lovely side characters of her beau - Darcy, the incompetent maid -Queenie, her Mother, as well as new unique characters. I highly recommend this seri...
  • Linda
    Maybe it's because I jumped in at the 8th book in the series and didn't have more background.Maybe it's because the audio narrator was so over the top with Thurston Howell III type snobby accents.But I found nearly every character to be insufferable and self absorbed. Even the protagonist, whom I think I'm supposed to like, starts out by lamenting her lady's maid for being fat and not knowing her place. But, so sad, she can't afford a better maid...
  • OpenBookSociety.com
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/qu...Brought to you by OBS reviewer KaytQueen of Hearts is a fun and fast paced historical mystery set in 1934. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, cousin to His Majesty King George, is whisked away from the dreariness of sitting with 3 elderly sisters. Her mother Claire Daniels needs to get to Reno, NV right away. She swoops in and insists her daughter join her. Claire needs a quickie divorce and Reno is just the place for...
  • Tom Donaghey
    QUEEN OF HEART by Rhys Bowen is the eighth installment in this cozy mystery series, but the first I have read. The main characters, Lady Georgina “Georgie” Rannoch and her mother, Claire Daniels, former duchess of Rannoch, once upon a time a famous stage actress. There are Georgie’s best friend Belinda, Georgie’s paramour Darcy O’Mara and a few more Brits are sent across the pond for an adventure in the colonies. The time is in the earl...
  • Leah Brown
    I have enjoyed the Her Royal Spyness series . Love the settings. Love the time period. Love the cast of quirky characters. Love the moderately fast pace of the novels. However, I don’t love the constant jabs at Americans. Every single book has had an offensive, or as the author wrote “disgusting“ American character. If I were to judge Americans based on the series, I would think they were all crass, rude, overbearing, tiresome, and disgusti...
  • Wing Kee
    Another solid entry.World: The world building continues to be fun in the series. This time Georgie is going to America! The world building is basic but it's done well because we see the world through the eyes of Georgie and she is such a dear of a character. Love the Hollywood setting.Story: It's what you'd expect from book 8 of a series. It's set in it's groove and it the change of setting that makes it fun. It's basic, it's easy to follow, it's...