Love and Death Among the Cheetahs: Royal Spyness Mystery Series, Book 13
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Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley—the center of upper-class English life—we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects. Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off. When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer. . . .
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Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.
I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley—the center of upper-class English life—we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.

Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off.

When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer. . . .
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        March 1, 2019

        Lady Georgiana Rannoch (aka Georgie) is taken to Kenya for an extended honeymoon by husband Darcy O'Mara, who's actually there to track down a notorious jewel thief. Then Lord Cheriton is found dead from a lion attack. Well, maybe it wasn't a lion.

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        June 3, 2019
        Set in 1935, bestseller Bowen’s disappointing 13th Royal Spyness mystery (after 2018’s Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding) finds Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a distant relative of the royal family, finally married to Darcy O’Mara, who performs shadowy work on behalf of the British government. After an enjoyable honeymoon in England, Darcy reveals plans to extend the post-wedding celebration in Kenya, where he has been asked, as he admits on arrival, to find the jewel thief responsible for “several daring and spectacular burglaries in London” targeting high society. The community of expats provides a pool of suspects. Darcy’s investigation takes a more serious turn when he and Georgiana come across a body that has been mauled by wild animals, which he believes is that of a murder victim. Much of the humor in previous volumes originated with Georgiana’s inept and clumsy maid, Queenie, who remains offstage. As in her Molly Murphy series, Bowen struggles to transition her lead into married life without detracting from what made that lead memorable. Fans will hope for a return to form next time. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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        June 1, 2019
        Exotic animals, unbridled sex, and murder provide all the necessaries for a perfect honeymoon. Lady Georgiana Rannoch (Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding, 2018, etc.) may no longer be 35th in line to the throne, but she's finally Mrs. Darcy O'Mara. Although she and Darcy return to Rannoch House to go through wedding presents, Darcy promises her an exotic honeymoon, and when the queen offers them the use of Balmoral at a garden party, he announces that they're going instead to Kenya. They fly with Rowena Hartley, a mean girl at Georgie's school, and her brother, Rupert, both on a visit to their father, who wants to see the children he's ignored for years now that he's become Lord Cheriton. An even worse fellow passenger is Mrs. Simpson, who plans to spend time with the Prince of Wales. Georgie has always suspected that Darcy's some kind of spy, and she's uneasy that the trip's been arranged by government official Freddie Blanchford but eager to stay with Diddy Ruocco in the infamous Happy Valley, where they meet lots of aristocrats who live in high style. Darcy admits that he's on the trail of a jewel thief, but Georgie suspects he's holding back a bigger secret. When they dine with Lord Cheriton, aka Bwana Hartley, he makes a hard pass at Georgie and displays his short temper and Nazi sympathies. Invited to one of Lady Idina's wild overnight parties, they realize that the couples spend all night changing partners. A shocked Georgie spends a restless night alone with Darcy until they sneak out early in the morning only to discover Bwana's car in the middle of the road and his partly eaten body nearby. From that point on, the beauties of Kenya take a back seat to sleuthing, which disturbs someone enough to bait wild animals to kill them. Bowen provides more social commentary than usual in this lighthearted series, revealing the careless bigotry and racism of the aristocratic Brits in Kenya, and the tale is all the better for it.

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I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley—the center of upper-class English life—we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects.

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