by Rhys Bowen
This is the 12th book in the Royal Spyness mystery series. It does help to read the series in order, however, it is not necessary as each book can stand on its own. The novel is set in 1930s England and Lady Georgina Rannoch has been given permission to relinquish her place as 35th in line to the British throne in order to marry Darcy O’Mara. Darcy is a Catholic and the son of an Irish Lord. Unfortunately for Georgie, although she and her intended have titles, they lack money. Darcy holds a mysterious position that requires him to travel all over the world on daring missions that he must keep secret from Georgie. As their wedding approaches, they are finding it nearly impossible to locate a suitable place to live based on their income. Luckily for them, Georgie unexpectedly receives a letter from one of her former stepfathers informing her that she is his heir and, as such, she is more than welcome to take over the running of his fully staffed country estate, Eynsleigh. He informs her that because he travels on various expeditions, he is rarely home and would only require a few rooms in one wing of the estate for when he visits. Georgie will now be Lady of her own manor! This all seems too good to be true and as the story progresses, that is proven to be the case. Upon her arrival at Eynsleigh, she is met by a small, inept and rather frightful staff. She soon realizes that something sinister is going on at the estate and she must get to the bottom of it! She enlists the help of her mother and grandfather (a retired policeman) and the ensuing adventure is quite entertaining.