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Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
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Nov 10, 2011

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bookshelves: mystery

This book was like Maisie Dobbs, but not quite as good.

Similarities: Georgiana and Maisie are both young ladies in 1920-30 England (mostly London) who are solving mysteries.

Differences: Georgiana is 34th in line for the British throne (while Maisie has managed to break into middle-class England from the servant class). Georgiana is adorable with her incompetence (her grandfather teachers her how to build a fire because she doesn't have any servants with her) and inability to decide how she feels about being royalty. Maisie, on the other hand, inspires admiration and awe--she's painted as a supremely intelligent and mature woman. While Maisie comes to realizations about herself and really grows as a person in each book (for the first two, so far) as she investigates other people's problems, Georgiana seems to be more averse to introspection, and her mysteries concern herself and her family.

So it was cute, pretty good, and I'll probably read another one. But maybe not.
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