Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

heirThis is the latest in the Her Royal Spyness series and while it had most of the elements I love have to expect and love in the series, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the others. In fairness-I read this in dribs and drabs and very disjointedly. But the flip side of that is that I didn’t find it compelling enough to just finish in a few days.
The setup this time is that the Queen arranges for Georgie to go stay with an old friend of hers (a dowager Duchess.)  This lady wants her at her estate because a new heir to the dukedom has just been found-a young Australian man who had no idea he was British nobility. His uncouth behavior and the duchess’s shock at it is a wonderful pairing. It’s also great how his not-raised-there take on the nobility and class structure is voiced and basically calls it all out for the ridiculousness that it is. Anyway, the current Duke, Cedric, is a total ass who won’t care for his family and announces he’s going to adopt his French valet so that Marcel will be the next Duke and it’s all a mockery of everything everyone else holds dear. Fortunately (or unfortunately, in Cedric’s case) Cedric is promptly murdered and of course, discovered by Georgie.  The investigation begins and I have to say–the solution is nothing you could figure out on your own (which I’m fine with.)
I don’t know if it’s because I read it so slowly or what, but it just didn’t seem to have the same witty momentum as the other installments in this series.

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