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Royal Blood

(Royal Spyness #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  12,857 ratings  ·  957 reviews
Penniless and thirty-fourth in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful sister-in-law, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre-looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest ...more
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Published September 7th 2010 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published August 19th 2010)
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Review written January 8, 2017

3 1/2 Stars - Another fun and cozy 1930s mystery adventure with Lady Georgie

Book #4

Her Royal Spyness is one of my favorite cozy mystery audiobooks series. Always jolly fun to meet the British Queen's amateur spy in the 1930s. — Time for the fourth installment.
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Year 1934...
Our heroine Lady Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, is a cousin of King George V of England and when the Queen ask it's hard to say a simple "NO". Our poor
beachbum bookworm
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, I really do love a trip to see Lady Georgiana! Afterall she is of royal blood... being 34th in line for the throne...not too shabby lol. I was a little hesitant about this visit. Although I was excited to hear I wouldn’t have to deal with Binky and Fig (thank goodness), and that Georgie was getting some independence…I was shocked that she was living in London with no heat, no servants, hardly any food, and no job. Somehow, I knew Fig was behind this. What an awful woman! However, this would ...more
Matthew Hunter
I'm a glutton for frustration, I think. The 4th installment in the Royal Spyness series fits perfectly with the first three - all lightning-fast reads with hardly a likable character to be found. Georgie simply must lose her virginity immediately. I don't want to hear another word about it. Maybe Bowen could have Georgie and Darcy sleep together between books? And don't get me started on Belinda. Best friend my foot! She spends all of her time either shagging, crashing events, or criticising Geo ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
i love how cozy the books in this series are.
i have come to like the characters so much.
i absolutely loved the addition of queenie in this book & its also going to be continued. i m going to get to read more antics of her. i am so looking forward to it.
Natalia  R
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series!Such a fun,entertaining historical cozy.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
As always, I enjoyed another great Georgiana adventure. In this edition she is to represent the Royal family by attending a wedding of the Prince of Transylvania, at a family castle in Transylvania. Hilarity ensues when she is, at the last minute, indentured with a maid who is anything but cultured or proficient. Upon her arrival, after a long journey fraught with strange events, she is to find out that her presence there may not be by chance or simple representation. A fun romp with some of the ...more
Melissa McShane
I'm increasingly dissatisfied with this series, probably because it suffers so much in comparison to the other series I'm reading. The problem with this one is that Georgie comes off as kind of stupid, particularly in supposing that real vampires could be responsible for the mayhem surrounding her school friend's nuptials. I also didn't like her temporary maid Queenie, who is also extremely stupid but is meant to be endearing, and the fact that Queenie is going to be a recurring character or at ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Penniless and thirty-fourth in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful sister-in-law, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre-looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned. Now it’s up to Georgie to save the nuptial festivities before the couple’s vows become “to love and to cherish, ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 4 in the Royal Spyness series! Georgie ends up in Transylvania of all places and of course Darcy, Belinda and her mother are all around somehow! A fun romp in a possibly vampire-ridden castle.... I love these audiobooks! So well done.....onto book 5!
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series! The audiobooks are also excellently done by Katherine Kellgren. She does a great job on all the accents.

The characters are fun and the historical context is engaging. The period between the Wars is one of my favorites. But she also refers to all sorts of things: the rise of Hitler, the Bolsheviks, the Abdication Crisis, the Depression.

The romance is nice too. You want one of them to find some hidden inheritance so they can marry, but I think the tension is great
Royal Blood
4 Stars

Lady Georgianna Rannoch is sent to represent the British Royal family at a wedding in Transylvania. However, events soon escalate out of control at gloomy Bran Castle when Georgie sees the bride drinking blood; an annoying politician is poisoned at the dinner table, and her incompetent maid disappears into thin air. Can Georgie solve the mystery before she becomes one of the undead?

Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness series is silly and predictable, but also a lot of fun, especially
The fourth book in the Her Royal Spyness series sees Lady Georgiana - "Georgie" to her family and friends - sent off to Transylvania to represent the royal family at the nuptials that will unite Prince Nicholas of Bulgaria to Princess Marie Teresa of Romania. Georgie, in danger of being "on the shelf" at the ripe old age of 22, suspects that this is yet another ploy by her royal relatives to set her up with the Romanian Crown Prince...which wouldn't be so bad except that he prefers men and goes ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen is the 4th book in the Royal Spyness Mystery series. Lady Georgiana Runnoch travels to Romania to represent the Royals at a wedding, but when a guest is poisoned, she is once again investigating a murder. I loved the addition of Queenie and look forward to her progress in the next instalment. I especially love the narrator in the audible version and she she does a wonderful job with all the different voices and accents.
Okay, I admit it, I caved and pushed on through to read this one, even though I try to make it a personal rule not to read more than two books from the same series in a row. I keep that rule, because I find that I get burnt out on characters in a series, especially if it's a long series, if I read more than two in a row. But I am absolutely NOT burnt out on this series or the characters yet!

Georgie is once again extremely charming and hilarious in her sleuthing. Darcy and Belinda, also, come to
Lesa Divine
This one had to be my favorite one out of the whole series. I enjoyed laughing while reading this book. Loved how the setting took place in Romania in a nice creepy large gothic like a castle. of course someone died, murdered and Georgie was on it trying to find out who the murder was. I had my ideas on who it could have been, but I was completely wrong. But loved the story and I can't wait to move on to book #5 now.

Reread 9/22/18
I love this cozy read. Better the second time. Love the sen
Jess the Audiobookworm
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ★ Audiobook
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I have been enjoying Rhys Bowen's stories about Lady Georgiana, cousin to King George, and think this 4th and most recent book in the series is the best so far. Lady Georgiana goes to Transylvania to be a member of a wedding party, and the topic of vampires is central. I am not generally attracted to vampire stories, but I read this one because of the continuing tale of Lady Georgiana. The story incorporates the traditional idea of vampires (dress, behavior, aversion to garlic, crosses, wooden s ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable addition to the series. The narrator has made this book something really fun to listen to.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Returning to the structure of the first two books in this series, Her Royal Spyness and A Royal Pain, there's no mystery until a murder occurs almost exactly halfway through the book. This time, though, the whole second half of the book is full of amateur detection, police, and general fuss about the dastardly deed, because, you see, it can't easily be kept secret but public revelation of the murder could cause a war between Romania and Bulgaria.

That's right. London for the first two books, Sco
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Actual rating: 3.50
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got to be honest Georgie and Darcy are the reason I read these books. The mystery is ok, there’s a lot of humor and Mrs. Bowen’s writing is fast paced, I fly through these, but Georgie and Darcy’s relationship is the absolute best!
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Royal Flush was so good that I had wondered whether Rhys Bowen would manage to produce something equal to that yet again, but Royal Blood fulfilled every one of my expectations and more. I still preferred the setting of Georgie’s ancestral home in Scotland over remote Romania, but there were so many fun new aspects here that I didn’t mind in the slightest – I particularly enjoyed Ms. Bowen’s obviously tongue-in-cheek references to vampire mythology. Above all else, there was just as much Darcy i ...more
In Royal Blood,Georgie is off to a castle in Transylvania at the request of Queen Mary to represent the royal family at a wedding and to be a bridesmaid for the bride, Princess Maria. The wedding will join the royal families of Romania and Bulgaria, and Princess Maria has insisted that the ceremony take place in Castle Bran, former home to Vlad the Impaler. Georgie is happy to escape Rannoch House in London, as her brother and his disagreeable have arrived to spend the winter there. Georgie goes ...more
I swore I was done with this series after the third book, but I couldn't help myself. Mostly because I really liked the first book and I was hoping it'd pick up again. Spoiler: it didn't. All the characters are getting on my nerves. Georgie is a total pushover, she never makes any decision for herself and is bullied by all the other characters. Siegfried announces his engagement to Georgie without asking her. Darcy breaks off said engagement without asking her. Her maid is a bumbling idiot who r ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really want to like these books, and I like Georgie and Dacry, but I am getting frustrated. The constant harping about how poor she is and how ill-equipped she is for anything is getting old. And now, rather than spend what little money she has on training to get a real job, she hires a maid! I just don't understand. Also the relationship with her sister-in-law Fig went from nice and genial in the last book, to frosty and hostile in this one. I wish it were more consistent. The mystery was int ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, light reading - perfect for a hot summer day. This book lost a star because the heroine, Georgina, a character painted with an independent brush, suddenly becomes timid and superstitious while staying in a castle in Transylvania. Many times Georgiana thinks about taking some type of action only to decide she's too frightened. Of course this malady disappears when it's time to unmask the killer but I found the whole vampires/werewolves thing overdone and it became tedious. Nevertheless ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books just make me so happy. The narration is brilliant. Loved all the Georgie and Darcy scenes.
Kathy Davie
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Fourth in the Her Royal Spyness suspense series based in London and revolving around the Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 34th in line to the throne and too poor to afford more than beans and toast.

My Take
This was pathetic. I may not have been particularly impressed with Georgie's detective abilities but I can't believe she is so stupid as to believe that vampires really exist. She has no evidence other than having read Stoker's Dracula and listening to that idiot Deer-Harte.

Oh, please! Count Dragomir
Mike Finn
The "Her Royal Spyness" series has become one of my go-to comfort reads when I need something light but not fluffy that I know will have enough of a mystery to keep me curious and more than a few scenes that will make me laugh.

I've also grown attached to all the characters, and yes, it is a stretch that Darcy, Belinda and Georgie's mother always turn up at some point but after a few mock groans, as the plot is twisted to accommodate them, I find myself smiling because I'm glad to have them there
I can’t seem to help myself with this series.

I have no sympathy for Georgiana, an impoverished royal, 34th (soon to be 35th) inline to the throne. I have no pity, no patience for her silly attempts to try to earn money, get “acceptable” work as royal. There is still too much of the fact that she is “royal”; she shouldn’t have to be making her way in the world; she wasn’t prepared for this. The queen and her family should realize her depressed circumstances and help her. Too bad life I hard for
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