Monday, September 14, 2015

Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen (2015)

I've been reading and loving this series since its start in 2007; that's nearly ten years, which doesn't even seem possible.

Like all series, some books are stand outs and others ho-hum.

Malice at the Palace is a definitely standout.  It's a pleasant reminder of why I love this series.  This entry is more lively and peppy than some of the more recent ones.  It heavily features actual members of the real royal family  - the Prince of Wales, Prince George and Princess Marina.  Noel Coward makes an appearance as well.  Most delightfully, Mrs. Simpson is back, and although Lady Georgie's mother is away in Germany tending to her rich industrialist (and Nazi-to-be, I assume) husband, the always funny and feisty royal gives and well as takes from Mrs. Simpson in what Bowen delightfully refers to as cat-on-cat action.

The series always has plenty of sex appeal, always skating towards sex farce before skating back, and Malice is no exception.

Malice at the Palace (Royal Spyness #9)Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a definitely standout and it's a pleasant reminder of why I love this series.  This entry is more lively and peppy than some of the more recent ones.  It heavily features actual members of the real royal family  - the Prince of Wales, Prince George and Princess Marina.  Noel Coward makes an appearance as well.  Most delightfully, Mrs. Simpson is back, and although Lady Georgie's mother is away in Germany tending to her rich industrialist (and Nazi-to-be, I assume) husband, the always funny and feisty royal gives and well as takes from Mrs. Simpson in what Bowen delightfully refers to as cat-on-cat action.


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