Royal Blood—Fun With Vampires

Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen book cover
Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

Lady Georgiana Rannoch gets sent to represent the crown at the wedding of her school friend, Princess Maria Theresa. While there, she spots a man climbing up the castle wall, sees her friend with a suspiciously red substance on her lips, and meets up with a certain Darcy O’Mara.

1—The Hazards of Sudden Travel

Like in the first book, there’s a lot of set up up front with this book. It takes Georgie a while to get to the castle. But first she must acquire a maid on short notice, as she’s been doing without due to being broke. Georgie ends up with Queenie, who keeps calling Georgie “miss” instead of “my Lady” and burns Georgie’s best dress while attempting to iron it. Georgie also acquires an overbearing escort, Lady Middlesex.

So the first murder doesn’t happen until between a third and halfway through the book. The build up is fun though, so the wait is fine.

2—Bloody Vampires

I’ve reviewed all the previous books

Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen book cover
Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

in this series and I can’t say that Georgie has evolved much, but that’s not really what I’m looking for in a cozy mystery series. Georgie is still her plucky, naive self, however some of her pragmatism goes out the window in each book. It annoyed me that she seriously thought vampires might be behind the murders. They’re not her only suspects, true, but this isn’t a magical world so Georgie believing in it so easily annoyed me.

Conclusion

I still liked the book, even though I felt a little cheaped out by the reveal of the killer—I’d have liked to have seen more of them before the reveal, get a better sense of their character. It still works though, and watching Georgie get out an oubliette was worth the price of admission. If you’ve liked the series so far, pick this one up too.

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