When the Duke of Blackford enters her bookstore, Georgia knows the Archivist Society is in need of her services. The Tsar of Russia and his family are visiting Queen Victoria on the auspices of the engagement of the Russian princess Kira to the son of the Queen’s cousin. When Kira’s bodyguard is found dead on a train returning from Scotland, the Queen calls on Blackford to discreetly protect the princess and prevent an international incident.
The Russian royalty refuses help in finding the murderer, suspecting anarchists and demanding every extremist in London be hanged. But that is far from the English way. To get the job done, Georgia must go undercover as Kira’s English secretary. She soon discovers that anarchy isn’t the only motive in the case-and that someone is determined to turn royal wedding bells into a funeral dirge.
My Rating: *****
This book is an enjoyable mix of mystery, drama, fun, and romance. The Archivist Society is busy working on a case where a group of thieves has robbed a peer’s home, when the Duke of Blackford arrives requesting their help in solving the murder of a Russian bodyguard to a Russian Princess who is in England to meet her betrothed. This book includes Lots of intrigue involving anarchists, relationship developments, and of course murder. The attraction between the Duke and Georgia is rife with tension. You just want them to admit how they feel about each other! I really enjoyed this 3rd book in the series and can’t wait for the next one!
Kate began reading Agatha Christie mysteries and the Nancy Drew books while her classmates were reading Dick and Jane. She particularly likes historical mysteries and the feeling of time travel a good historical book can give the reader. Combined with her love of late Victorian to World War II architecture and fashions, she found an outlet for the stories and characters that fill her head by writing The Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, The Milliner Mysteries, and The Deadly series, as well as taking part in the Christmas Revels anthologies.
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