Malice at the Palace

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Malice at the Palace

A Royal Spyness Mystery, #9

"Malice at the Palace" is a wonderful historical romance murder. Ms Bowen does an outstanding job linking the history surrounding the Fall of 1934. She describes the modes of travel melding into London as well as the preliminary political stances shaping up for King Edward the VIII to abdicate later on. The realism is not faked, not even when discussing another royal: Prince George. There is a historical note section in back to explain in further detail. Another item I enjoyed was how Ms. Bowen takes a simple moment and pulls it in several directions to cover the nuttiness of Queenie! This is a delightful character who provides a few laughs and moments of exacerbation for her mistress.

As a poor relation to the Queen, Lady Georgiana Rannoch "Georgie" couldn't do too badly when staying in Kensington Palace while gadding about with Prince George's fiancée, Princess Marina of Greece. Lady Georgiana's main tasks were to help the princess adjust to England and avoid Prince George's past as a Lady's man. However, in her efforts to help Marina, "Georgie" stumbles upon a few problems: such as ghosts, her mysterious beau Darcy, plus she is the first to stumble across a murder victim on the grounds of Kensington Palace. This is one murder the queen wants hushed, so a royal wedding can take place.

There is no doubt that the ending wraps up most of the outstanding questions except in one area: Darcy. There are a few encounters between "Georgie" and Darcy which indicates this is the lasting story arch in this series. Darcy will always have something up his sleeve and it is up to Lady Georgiana to find out what that something is. This character has minor moments with Lady G., but he is her main support, and that is what propels this reader dying to fulfill this character exploration into the next novel (I hope) as I am unable to find out when/if the next one is coming out. Regardless, this is a solid novel to while the time away uninterrupted to the end.

Book Blurb for Malice at the Palace

From the New York Times betselling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for "fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing." (Publishers Weekly)

Lady Georgiana Rannoch won’t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn’t one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.


While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.


My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple.


George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses.


Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 4.00