I think Rhys Bowen is a top notch historical fiction writer and I love Her Royal Spyness, and really liked the Molly Murphy mysteries I’ve read. So I was surprised to find myself bored enough with this book that I paused it to go read something else. It just felt plodding and predictable. Now, the book did end up taking a turn midway through and coming up with a slightly unpredictable and interesting turn of events, but overall it still felt long and a little tiresome. Maybe standalone books are just not her thing.