In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.
If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife....
House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair. Just as we start to lose hope, my globetrotting godfather offers us his fully staffed country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh I shall be! With Darcy off in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed. The grounds are in disarray, and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot - and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle....
A letter from Rhys Bowen to audio fans of the Royal Spyness Mysteries,
I'm sure you were as devastated as I was when you learned of the death of narrator Katherine Kellgren. She had been so perfect as the voice of the Royal Spyness series. I loved the way she WAS Lady Georgie and yet could slip herself into all the other characters, from the haughty Fig to the sweet grandfather. She was also a lovely person, and we often exchanged emails.
Frankly I was rather dreading the moment when we had to choose a new narrator. How could anyone take Katy's place? And yet we have found someone I know you are going to like as much as I do. She is not Katy. She will not try to imitate what Katy did. But when I heard her audition she sounded right to me. Her name is Jasmine Blackborow, and she is a classically trained young English actress - exactly the right age for Georgie. We had a long chat recently, and she was delightful. We talked about how I saw each of the characters, and she had also listened to Katy's interpretations so that she didn't shock listeners with quite a different character than the one they were used to.
I think you'll be happy with our new voice of Georgie. We'll never forget Katherine Kellgren, which is why this book is dedicated to her memory.