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Queen of HeartsReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Queen of Hearts is the 8th book in the Royal Spyness Mysteries. While you really don’t need to read these in order, I would recommend reading at least one of the previous books before diving in here. In my opinion, Queen of Hearts is where prior stories are becoming more important.

This time Georgie’s mom is doing something nice for her, though like everything else Claire Daniels does, it’s still mostly for herself. Whatever the reason, Georgie is more than happy to accept an all expenses paid trip, first class to America. More specifically to Reno, Nevada where Mummy is planning to get a quiet divorce from her millionaire Texan husband so she can marry Max, her German millionaire boyfriend.

Like everywhere else Georgie goes, excitement follows. While on-board the ship to America, she witnesses what appears to be a body tossed over the side, and a famous ruby is stolen from an Indian princess. And to her good fortune, Darcy happens to be on the ship, though she wasn’t supposed to know. Turns out he’s sent to chase down a jewel thief that seems to always show up wherever the actress Stella Brightwell is attending social gatherings. So he’s been trailing her, hoping to find some clues to who and how.

While on the ship, Cy Goldman and Stella convinced Georgie’s mum to be Queen Mary in a Hollywood film. It was going to be a love story, where Mary and Elizabeth are fighting over King Philip of Spain. Elizabeth as the younger sister was going to be played by Stella. A lot more drama was going on behind the scenes for the movie than was being captured on the film. Georgie was mostly enjoying herself and going along for the ride. Eventually someone is murdered and Georgie steps in to help find the killer.

This series is moving high on my list of favorites. They are fun reads and definitely fall into the cozy English murder mysteries. Georgie gets into more trouble because of her naivety which just increases the humor of it all. I do highly recommend this series and I continue to look forward to the next book–it’s still going strong after eight!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Berkley. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.