Lady Georgiana Rannoch is looking forward to her first ever turn as hostess for her very own house party when the festivities lead to murder…
Georgie, back home at her estate in Eynsleigh, impatiently awaits the birth of her baby. But she has plenty to occupy her: her new chef, Pierre, has arrived from Paris, and Sir Hubert, who owns Eynsleigh, is back from his latest expedition. It's time for Georgie to throw her first house party to celebrate his return and show off her new chef. The dinner party is a smashing success. Sir Mortimer Mordred—famous author of creepy Gothic horror novels—is one of the guests. He recently purchased a nearby Elizabethan manor nearby because it has a famous poison garden. After the dinner, Sir Mortimer approaches Georgie and asks to borrow her new chef for his upcoming party, and Georgie and Darcy, her dashing husband, are invited!
The tour of the poison garden is fascinating, as is Sir Mortimer’s laboratory. Shockingly, just after the banquet several of the guests become sick. And one dies, apparently poisoned by berries from the garden. But how could this be when they all ate the same meal and the same delectable dessert? Georgie has to find the culprit to save her new chef and her own reputation—all before her bundle of joy arrives!
About the Author
Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar®, and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales, as well as two international bestselling stand-alone novels. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.
Praise for the Royal Spyness Mysteries
“Brilliant. . . . So much more than a murder mystery.”—Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of A World of Curiosities
“Lady Georgiana Rannoch is firmly cemented as one of the great fictional sleuths of our time.”—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Cuban Heiress
“Full of fascinating characters in a compelling setting, [Bowen] keeps you spellbound to the very end.”—New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd
“A smashing romp.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Whimsical. . . . Bowen successfully melds a whodunit with comedy as few contemporary writers can.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Georgie’s high spirits and the author’s frothy prose are utterly captivating.”—The Denver Post
“The perfect fix . . . for Downton Abbey addicts.”—New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie
“Britain teeters on the brink of scandal and war in this charming combination of history and mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Reads like a collaboration between Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse.”—Crimespree Magazine
“Georgie and her adventures continue to be an absolute delight.”—Anna Lee Huber, USA Today bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries