Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

Title:  Royal Blood (Royal Spyness, #4)

Author:  Rhys Bowen

Genre:  Mystery

Published:  September 2011 – Penguin Group

About:  (Goodreads synopsis) With her hateful brother Binky in town, Lady Georgiana has been desperately seeking an escape. So when an invitation from the Queen arrives to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvani-legendary home of vampires-Georgiana is delighted to accept. But when the bride starts acting a little batty and a prominent wedding guest is poisoned, something must be done lest the couple’s vows become “till undeath do they part…”

My take:  This was such a fun mystery. The author takes us from foggy London to snowy Transylvania via car, ship and train. Lady Georgiana (34th in line to the throne) is a charming character who finds herself representing the royal family at the wedding of distant relatives where she winds up being a suspect in a murder at the castle.

Royal Blood had the feel of an Agatha Christie mystery. There were several possible suspects and just when I thought I had it figured out another possibility would pop up – along with another dead body!

Rhys Bowen has a new fan in me. I love the settings, her entertaining characters, and the situations they find themselves in. This is the second book I’ve read by Bowen and I’m very pleased to know she has an immense backlist. Recommended to fans of Rhys Bowen and cozy British mysteries.

Source:  Jane Rotrosen Agency

16 thoughts on “Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

  1. Kathy, the main character is so charming.

    Beth, it was the perfect book for me at the time too. I received this for review and when I found out it was 4th in the series I downloaded the first book (Her Royal Spyness) to listen to – loved it!

    Barb, it’s a fun series 🙂

    Heather, the supernatural aspect is not a big deal but it’s there (in a small amount).


  2. Mary, thank you so much for your kind review. I’m so glad you enjoyed Royal Blood. It was fun writing a complete spoof on the vampire genre–with just that hint of doubt as to whether the vampires were real or not.


  3. Wow, this sounds like a really good one. I’ve never read this author before so I’m going to check out the series. Have a good weekend, Mary!


    • Staci, when this book arrived I decided to read the first in the series before I read Royal Blood. Actually, I listened to Her Royal Spyness and I loved it. That review will post in a couple of weeks. Now I need to read the two in between 🙂


  4. AGH! I saw this Friday night while shopping for a book after realizing I’d forgotten to put one in my purse for the upcoming shift at work. I believe I’ll be going back for this after my break is over. It looks good and perfect for October reading.


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