I love any book written by Rhys Bowen and “On Her majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service” is no exception. This book is part of her Royal Spyness Mysteries series. Lady Georgiana Rannoch is engaged to Darcy of Kilhenny. He is Catholic and she, being a cousin of the King, is not. In order to marry, she must give up the rite of succession and this must be approved by Parliament. The Queen summons her to tea and Georgie is sure this is about her marriage. In talking with the Queen, she is asked to perform a little subtle spying on the Prince of Wales and his lady friend, Mrs. Wallace Simpson. The fact that Wallis is a Mrs. and that being two-times over, is cause for concern to the royal family. The Queen, the Prince’s mother, makes arrangements for Georgie to be invited to a house party in Italy. She is to keep an eye on the Prince and his “friend” and let the Queen know if Mrs. Simpson has acquired her divorce. Georgie is also going to Italy to help a friend after the house party.
Among a varied cast of characters at this house party something sinister is happening. Georgie, being the sleuth that she is, cannot keep her nose out of it. When someone turns up dead, is she the suspect? Even Darcy is involved in this little drama. Everyone has a motive. Some are planning political allegiances which would turn the tide of the current unrest in Germany.
If you enjoy historical fiction along with a little mystery, you will love this book and the way Ms. Bowen brings real figures in history to life in her novels. I received a Kindle edition of this book from NetGalley.com.