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Carol M. Cummings
2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointment in Kenya
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
I have been waiting for Book 13, following the disappointment of Book 12. I love Georgie and the whole group of characters, but the plot line n the last book dragged, then rushed. Unfortunately, Book 13 was a disappointment also. I am so happy that Georgie and Darcy are married! And going on a fabulous honeymoon! But first, there is so little involvement in the other characters we love so well. Queenie is almost nonexistent, as are Georgie’s mother and grandfather. In fact, it feels (and reads) like her mother pops in to actually blithely solve one of the mysteries. Not even the usually enjoyable interplay with Wallis Simpson. One of the mysteries turns up not to really be a mystery. And the murdered man? Just a whopping bore. Yes, the real whole Happy Valley story was quite interesting, but here was home to thoroughly unlikeable people. Two strikes...Book 14 needs to be the entertaining, rollicking Georgie mystery we love.
I am definitely a fan of this series and have enjoyed each book. This one is the honeymoon phase set in Africa. I have to admit, this installment was a struggle for me. In fact, I had to make myself finish this book. If you enjoy this series, you needn't skip this one, but it is definitely a slog to the finish.
I am a little torn about this book. I liked it because A. Georgie is finally married to Darcy, and you get to see a more human side to both of them. After 12 books of foreplay you finally know they do have human needs and wants! Their relationship is still really cute. I also loved the fact that this book takes place in Kenya during the Happy Valley Set, and as usual Bowen has done her research and you actually learn about history while reading an entertaining cozy. It was a nice change of atmosphere, and I've always wanted to go and visit what was Happy Valley to see it for myself. So, this book had a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the main point of this book is a mystery and a murder, and you get about 2/3 through the book before the murder takes place, and by then you are kind of like oooh I thought this was just going to be a story about Kenya during the 1930s, and not a murder mystery, and I kind of was less engaged in the murder because of that. Also, as someone else mentioned, the other characters we have grown to love in other books like Belinda, Queenie, grandpa, mother, Fig, etc. aren't in this one very much, and that makes sense, because it takes place in Kenya, but you sort of miss them anyway. So, a lot of pluses for the setting and historical info, but quite a few negatives. Not my favorite Royal Spyness by far, but certainly will look forward to the next one!
After reading all the previous Georgie stories, this last one did not seem to measure up at all. The first half of the book moved slowly with little of consequence happening. It was a struggle to read about such perverted people living such a decadent lifestyle. While this was true historically, it seems there are many other settings which would have provided a much more positive read. I found it upsetting to read how the native Africans were treated & the animals were treated very carelessly with no respect for life. A very disturbing situation all around - the only redeeming factor being Georgie solved it. Many favorites were missing such as Georgie's father & Queenie. One only hopes Georgie moves on to meeting much more agreeable people in other circumstances.
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (A Royal Spyness Mystery Book 13) Okay. I love The Royal Spyness Series. However, there have been about 3 books which I really did not like. The Georgie & Darcy that I have loved over the years is back! With such a title for this book, I was cautiously hopeful for the continuation of the series. Never the less, I couldn't wait for the book to come out. And, I enjoyed it! Hopefully Ms. Bowen will continue the series with Georgie and Darcy doing what most married people do: learning more and more about each other AND discovering more mysteries and adventures.
I loved that this story was set in Africa, a new adventure for our dynamic duo. I especially like that Ms. Bowen does give snapshots of life in those days. Since this book is set in a foreign country and the culture of that time is so different than ours, some may not like this book but I do highly recommend this read. As always, there are many twists and turns in this book. Of course, the romance between Darcy and Georgie is so sweet, even with their ups and downs.
I do wish Zou Zou & Lord Kilhenny & Queenie would appear more frequently in the books. Zou Zou, of course, is a riot! I like that Queenie has found what she does best.
AUDIBLE: How I miss Katherine Kelgren and her audio rendition of the Spyness series! But, as I read some of the dialog, I could almost hear Miss Kelgren's voices for the familiar characters. I hope Audible will try different narrators for these stories to try to find a replacement for our deceased Miss Kelgren. Of course, no one will match Miss Kelgren but there are some good narrators that use different voices for their narrations.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot up to the previous Royal Spyness
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
The murder didn't seem to be the focus of the book. While the story moved the series along, it appeared to be just bits and pieces hung together - the lifestyle of the rich and decadent in Happy Valley, the difficulty of getting from England to Kenya, the murder, the approaching world war. Not one of Bowen's best, but I have faith she will bounce back in the next book.
I was looking forward to this book but it didn't live up to my expectations. It needed some of the usual characters to liven it up , so perhaps a honeymoon story was not a good idea. Claire, Wallis Simpson and the Duke featured all too briefly. Belinda was sorely missed as was Queenie. It took a long time for anything to happen and the Happy Valley characters were a bore. I do love Georgie and I hope the next book will return to form.
Der neueste Band aus der Royal Spyness Reihe hat mich nicht enttäuscht. Das junge Paar verbringt seine Flitterwochen in Kenia, wo es mit einem Mord konfrontiert wird. Die Geschichte ist gut erzählt, alle Charaktere sind von Leben erfüllt. Was mich besonders angesprochen hat, ist der Einblick in eine (zum Glück) vergangene Kolonialzeit, die von der Autorin wirklich gut recherchiert wurde.
2.0 out of 5 starsWenig Handlung, insgesamt enttäuschend
Reviewed in Germany on September 15, 2020
Ich habe bisher alle Bücher der Reihe mit Vergnügen gelesen, aber dieses hat mich dann doch enttäuscht. Die Handlung fand ich ziemlich dünn und Spannung kam leider bis zum Schluss nicht auf. Die Charaktere im Buch haben mich auch nicht angesprochen, es war alles eher oberflächlich und Darcy fand ich auch schwach in diesem Teil. Der Schreibstil war jedoch wie immer sehr angenehm und ich wollte natürlich wissen, wie es mit Georgie weitergeht. Die Beschreibung der Natur hat mir dafür recht gut gefallen, da kamen Urlaubserinnerungen hoch.
Again Rhys Bowen has come up with a quality story.... Great and interesting characters! The historical references are fascinating and I ended up again looking up the planes.. travel routes and cabin interiors! I'm looking forward to what she comes up with next!