Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Malice At The Palace Captivating Mystery, Royally Indulgent Cozy Mystery!

I was so delighted to receive Rhys Bowen's Malice at the Palace to read and review. There is something so exciting in the way that Rhys Bowen writes Georgie (Lady Georgiana Eannoch). I am normally not a fan of historical cozies but this one deserves a special place on my cozy shelf. I have read every Royal Spyness Mystery and devoured them as one would a bag of "crisps". These are such a great guilty pleasure read for me and Malace at the Palace was royally delightful. Their was romance, there was intrigue, there was pageantry, there were ghosts and a really risque mystery.
This book is set during the depression, and showcases how resourceful Georgie is and has had to become. Royal titles don't always come with the money when you are so far away from the succession of the throne. Oh and then there is Darcy....I could not put this book down, from page one to the end this mystery enveloped me and took me back in time. This is a fantastic series and a wonderful cozy mystery to read with a cup of tea and a few hours to kill.

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."

I absolutely love the cover of the books in this series and they so accurately depict and set the scene for each book. I am so enchanted by this series and I hope you will be too. The paper back copy of Malice at The Palace comes out August 2nd.
You can order your own copy here from The Book Depository (with free shipping always) by clicking here.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com


  1. Karen this review has finally convinced me to try this series. I have had it on my want to read list for a long time but keep passing it by. Now I will have to start it. Thanks for all the great blogs that you do.

    1. What a thrill to have you stop by Doward! I so enjoyed this series and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did. I can not wait to hear what you think of it! Thank you for stopping by!