Jul 15, 2016

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen: Book Beginning

The tenth mystery novel in the series by Rhys Bowen, set in the 1930s,  is getting good reviews.
Crowned and Dangerous: A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen, to be released August 2, 2016 by Berkley. Thirty-fifth in line for the British crown and with plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules... But news that her future father-in-law has just been arrested sops thoughts of marriage, for the moment. It seems a rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive. With the elopement postponed,  they head for Ireland where Darcy's father insists he’s innocent. (amazon)

Book beginning:
I was in a motorcar, sitting beside Darcy, and we were driving northward, out of London. He had whisked me away earlier that day, after we had both attended Princess Marina's wedding to the Duke of Kent. I first thought I was being taken for a romantic dinner. Then, as we left the streets of London behind, I began to suspect it may not be a dinner we were going to but a hotel in a naughty place like Brighton. But we were heading north, not south, and I couldn't think of any naughty places to the north of London. Surely nobody goes to the industrial grime of the Midlands to be naughty? I suppose in a way I was relieved. Much as I wanted to spend the night with Darcy, and heaven knows we had waited long enough, there was also that element of worry about the consequences. 
Page 56:
"Then he will need friends to stick by him," I retorted. "And fortunately Darcy seems to have plenty of friends, including me."

The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


  1. I really have to start this series. It sounds like something I would really enjoy. This week I am spotlighting Allegiance of Honor by Nalini singh. Happy reading!

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy.

    Here's my Friday read - Anxiety for Beginners by Eleanor Morgan

  3. I love this series though I'm very behind. I love the idea of seeing more focus on Darcy - especially seeing more of his family.

  4. Oh, I love those excerpts and the narrator's voice in that beginning. The covers always draw me in, too; I must start reading these books! Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “MYSTIC SUMMER”

  5. This sounds like a delightful mystery series. I like the setting a lot.
    My Friday post features THE REVENANT.

  6. I've got a couple of the earlier books in this series, but haven't tried them yet. Love the covers! Oh, and I'm almost positive there must be at least a few "naughty places" north of London!

  7. I'm not familiar with this book, but it seems okay.

  8. Sounds good but today of all days I just can't get past 'Darcy'. My dad died 8 years ago today and that was his name. :-(
    Happy weekend!

  9. I like Rhys Bowen and this series. Happy Reading!

  10. I still haven't started this series - I do plan to start it though 0 here's my Friday meme

  11. I really need to try this series - some of my friends are big fans!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  12. Heirs and Graces was my last read of this series. I've been having some issue with stereotyping in her books, but I love Georgie enough I'm reluctantly dealing with it. I need to gwt caught up.


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