I love reading cozy mysteries set in the early 1900s with a hint of humor and romance in the mix, and the very long series of Royal Spyness has been perfect for me when I crave stately homes and murders with a dash of royal drama. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is already 12th book in the series.
I really enjoy reading a long book series, it’s like coming home to familiar people. You know roughly what to expect and that makes the reading experience very relaxing!
As this is already the 12th book in the series, I recommend starting the series from the beginning. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding could be read as a separate book, I suppose, but it wouldn’t give you a very good idea on the dynamics and history of the many familiar characters we encounter over the course of the series.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch is finally getting married to her beloved Darcy O’mara. The “will they or won’t they” speculation is finally coming to a happy end! There are still practicalities to be solved, like where the young and penniless couple will live. Luckily the answer comes from Georgie’s former stepfather when he offers his fully staffed country estate Eynsleigh for the newlyweds, and Georgie is more than happy to be a mistress of a grand house. This is what her life as a lady has been preparing her for! But all is not at all well at Eynsleigh. The master of the house has been away traveling for a long time, and Georgie arrives to Eynsleigh only to find an oddly incompetent staff and a possible murder.
It’s difficult to review just one book of the series, because it is a series and the whole point, at least to me, is to view the story as a whole no matter what happens in individual books. In this book, there are big steps for the main characters, Georgie and Darcy, as they finally take that loooong awaited step to be together. This of course raises questions on how the sleuthing will happen in the future books if they settle in for a family life, and how will Georgie handle Darcy being away all the time from their house if he truly is a spy for the crown. And how will the events of the world affect our main couple and how they handle their roles in society?
During this series we have followed familiar characters from history, and gotten a glimpse of how life was in the UK during the 1930s. Now there are already talks about the Germans and politics and meanwhile at home there is “that woman”, a certain Mrs. Simpson, who seems to have bewitched the Prince of Wales. As Georgiana is a cousin to King George V, she often ends up in the middle of different society events with these actual historical characters and I find these moments most enjoyable. I know it’s fiction, but it’s still a fun peek to the upper class and royal personalities.
I like that the tone of these books is light and humorous, I would expect nothing less from a cozy mystery. There are of course acts of violence and moments of fear, but they are never too graphical and that’s again what I expect from these books. I want to feel relaxed when I turn to a cozy mystery and mostly I do it for the characters. The murders are almost a secondary matter. To me the main points are always the characters, their surroundings and knowing that we get to know them better after each book.
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is added to the Reading Challenge I’m doing, and fills the prompts of:
1. The book cover has a human face on it
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding was a very nice addition to the long cozy mystery series called Royal Spyness. If you like reading a cozy mystery mixed with royals in the 1930s British society and a female amateur sleuth, this series is for you. I hope it will continue for another 12 books. 🙂