Crowned and Dangerous

Crowned and Dangerous

Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules...With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning i...

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Title:Crowned and Dangerous
Author:Rhys Bowen
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ISBN:0425283488
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:307 pages

Crowned and Dangerous Reviews

  • QNPoohBear
    Jan 29, 2016

    As Georgie and Darcy are about to elope to Greta Green (so Darcy can make an honest woman of her when they finally have some alone time), they run into some major obstacles. First, a major snowstorm bars their way and then Darcy reads some shocking news in the paper : his father, Lord Kilhenny is accused of murdering the American who purchased his estate. Darcy sends Georgie back to Kensington and heads off to Ireland to be with his father. When he feels that it is inevitable his father will be

    As Georgie and Darcy are about to elope to Greta Green (so Darcy can make an honest woman of her when they finally have some alone time), they run into some major obstacles. First, a major snowstorm bars their way and then Darcy reads some shocking news in the paper : his father, Lord Kilhenny is accused of murdering the American who purchased his estate. Darcy sends Georgie back to Kensington and heads off to Ireland to be with his father. When he feels that it is inevitable his father will be hanged, he tries to push Georgie away so she won’t be tainted by scandal. Fortunately, Georgie is made of sterner stuff and she barges in on her fiancé’s family troubles. It’s a good thing because two minds are better than one when it comes to solving crimes. Darcy, Georgie and their friend Princess Alexandra Zamanska soon get to work to clear Lord Kilhennys name.

    The plot of this book is pretty good. It’s not great though. I figured out the American man’s secret pretty quickly though I did not know which of the suspects did it and why. There was a big surprise at the end I didn’t quite see coming. The mystery was left a little bit unfinished. It lacked some of that adrenaline rush or excitement that comes when Georgie investigates alone. I just loved the literary references to Pride and Prejudice, of course, Darcy’s namesake. There are others as well that made me smile. I’m not sure how I feel about Darcy’s actions at the end. I hope it all works out for them.

    The real stand out of this book is the excellent character development. Georgie has really come into her own. I feared a star-crossed lovers plot but she is determined to be the heroine of her love story and lead her own life the way she wants. Queenie haters will be happy she is absent from most of the story. I missed her comic relief. She is also growing and changing like Georgie. Even Binky’s character is developing. Fig is still Fig though.

    The new characters include Darcy’s father, Lord Kilhenny, making an appearance at last. Darcy fears his father’s temper and crotchety nature will take a dislike to Georgie if they meet under these circumstances. He doesn’t know his father very well and it’s a shame. Zou Zou sizes him up right away and even Georgie know his bark is worse than his bite. His development was a bit much at the end. I’m not sure I buy that interesting development. I just loved batty Aunt Oona and Uncle Dooley. They’re classic British eccentric characters but also warm, welcoming and a lot of fun. The last new major character is Zou Zou, Princess Alexandra Zamanska. I didn’t really like her for the same reasons Georgie doesn’t. She’s the kind of person you want to hate but can’t because she chooses to ignore any negativity. The one other character in this book is Mr. Roach’s manservant. He seems weasely to me. Typical bad guy character but did he have it in him to kill his employer? Read the book to find out.

  • Jonathan
    Mar 13, 2016

    I want to start by saying that Rhys Bowen is one of the absolute best cozy/historical mysteries that has ever written. Everything she writes is golden and I count myself a fan! This book absolutely fulfilled my expectations and I hope that the 'Georgie' books continue for years to come.

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    I want to start by saying that Rhys Bowen is one of the absolute best cozy/historical mysteries that has ever written. Everything she writes is golden and I count myself a fan! This book absolutely fulfilled my expectations and I hope that the 'Georgie' books continue for years to come.

    Georgie is a character that I compare other characters to. That's how good she is. She's smart, cunning, but clumsy, and naive. It all wraps up in a package that is absolutely wonderful to read about! I was slightly disappointed that the ending/cliff-hanger of the last book didn't carry over into this one, (all stuff you can read on the back cover, so it's not spoilers) however I hope it's remedied in the next book.

    The mystery was wonderful, however in all of Ms. Bowen's books, it takes a backseat to the superb characters. I didn't even guess who the culprit was until the end. Also, the end was absolutely wonderful, and I hope we go back to Ireland in future books.

    Overall an absolutely wonderful book. I will read this series for as long as it's written. Highly recommend!

  • Homerun2
    May 11, 2016

    This is one of my very favorite series, and this book in particular is great fun. It begins with Lady Georgiana and Darcy sneaking off to elope, but the news of Darcy's father's arrest for murder puts a halt to that. Darcy quickly heads to Ireland to help his estranged, cranky, and impoverished father. Georgie joins him, despite his attempts to keep her out of trouble.

    The book is filled with great Irish village color and setting and peopled with the usual entertaining cast and characters. We mee

    This is one of my very favorite series, and this book in particular is great fun. It begins with Lady Georgiana and Darcy sneaking off to elope, but the news of Darcy's father's arrest for murder puts a halt to that. Darcy quickly heads to Ireland to help his estranged, cranky, and impoverished father. Georgie joins him, despite his attempts to keep her out of trouble.

    The book is filled with great Irish village color and setting and peopled with the usual entertaining cast and characters. We meet a Polish princess who flies her own aeroplane, Darcy's offbeat great aunt and uncle, and find out a little more about Darcy's background.

    The mystery itself is well-plotted and it is soon obvious that this is not the open-and-shut case that the Irish Garda believe. Thanks to Georgie, Darcy and the princess, and a sympathetic figure from the American embassy, the truth is finally unraveled.

    Highly recommended for the appealing characters and rollicking action. Thank you to Net Galley and the publishers who provided an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Sep 19, 2016

    Her Royal Spyness #10...

    I normally really enjoy this series but this one didn't move me like the rest of the series has. There was a LOT of repetition and chatty dialogue but there really wasn't any adventure or action like there normally is. It was just kind of boring and the whole Queenie-the incompetent maid, the always broke & homeless Lady Georgiana & the continuously delayed wedding to Darcy thing is getting rather old.

    Her Royal Spyness #10...

    I normally really enjoy this series but this one didn't move me like the rest of the series has. There was a LOT of repetition and chatty dialogue but there really wasn't any adventure or action like there normally is. It was just kind of boring and the whole Queenie-the incompetent maid, the always broke & homeless Lady Georgiana & the continuously delayed wedding to Darcy thing is getting rather old.

    It is past time for a change- spice it up and give us some new material please! 

    *I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: 

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  • Maire
    Jul 03, 2016

    Not one of the better installments in this series, unfortunately! I was initially excited when the action moved to Ireland, but overall I felt like the mystery itself was a little too "pat" and skimpy on the details. I would have preferred something a little meatier. I always enjoy these books for their lightheartedness and levity, but this one seemed almost like a parody of itself--too much silliness and not enough substance. All of that being said, I still found it a fun read and I did love th

    Not one of the better installments in this series, unfortunately! I was initially excited when the action moved to Ireland, but overall I felt like the mystery itself was a little too "pat" and skimpy on the details. I would have preferred something a little meatier. I always enjoy these books for their lightheartedness and levity, but this one seemed almost like a parody of itself--too much silliness and not enough substance. All of that being said, I still found it a fun read and I did love the time I got to spend with Georgie!

  • Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
    Jul 19, 2016

    When we left Georgie and Darcy they were eloping to Scotland but when we find them in Crowned and Dangerous something happens to stop their journey. First snow and then Darcy's Father is arrested for murder. Off he goes to Ireland and soon Georgie follows. It does not look good but between Georgie, Darcy and a great cast of characters the real villain is found. This does bring the two closer together but no wedding yet. What will Bowen put the two lovers through next. I for one am staying tuned.

  • Sheila
    Jul 26, 2016

    There are several books in this series, but this will work as a stand alone. Of course it is more enjoyable if you have kept up with Georgianna's struggles and antics over the years. A total romp, lots of fun and new characters to look forward to seeing again.

  • Meg
    Aug 07, 2016

    Ummmmm...this was really unbelievable.

    I know, I know, these farcical romps are not really meant to be peans of reality.

    But, WOW. Wow. I just didn't buy a bunch of stuff at the end (property-wise).

    Or so many things.

    Plus, I figured out the whodunnit so early.

    The Darcy/Georgie interactions were great, though. And Queenie is a dark horse! And Georgie's brother, whose name I have forgotten!

    So, some fabulous moments, but uneven and unbelievable in the main.

  • Susan Johnson
    Aug 27, 2016

    Things are really heating up between Lady Georgiana and her handsome Irish beau, Darcy. As the book opens they are eloping to Gretna Green in Scotland. There are a few minor problems though. Georgie is thirty fifth in the line of succession to the throne so she needs a special dispensation from the King to marry a Catholic. They are also broke and have no place to live but when you're in love, who cares?

    Unfortunately a blizzard stops their progress and as they stop they discover Darcy's father

    Things are really heating up between Lady Georgiana and her handsome Irish beau, Darcy. As the book opens they are eloping to Gretna Green in Scotland. There are a few minor problems though. Georgie is thirty fifth in the line of succession to the throne so she needs a special dispensation from the King to marry a Catholic. They are also broke and have no place to live but when you're in love, who cares?

    Unfortunately a blizzard stops their progress and as they stop they discover Darcy's father, Lord Kilhenny, has been arrested for murder. After he fell on hard times, the Lord has sold his castle and estate to a rich American. The American ends up dead and Darcy's father is accused of killing him in a fit of rage. Darcy drops everything and rushes to Ireland to help his dad.

    There is a delightful romp through Ireland as Georgie and Darcy investigate the crime. There are oddball relatives, a Princess who flies airplanes, ghosts and an archeological dig. There's one delightful surprise after another including an exchange between the Prince and Mrs. Simpson that is hysterical.

    For just plain fun this is a great book.

  • Jennifer Rayment
    Aug 31, 2016

    FYI this review is for the audio version. Got hooked into this series when Jen L. suggested I listen to Her Royal Spyness on audio. I was ruined from reading this series from the first word Kathrine Kellgren spoke. She breathes even more life into each and every deftly written character that you are totally convinced it is more than one person reading you the story.

    This installment was a pure delight as always. Though I would have enjoyed a little more Belinda and Granddad. That aside I really e

    FYI this review is for the audio version. Got hooked into this series when Jen L. suggested I listen to Her Royal Spyness on audio. I was ruined from reading this series from the first word Kathrine Kellgren spoke. She breathes even more life into each and every deftly written character that you are totally convinced it is more than one person reading you the story.

    This installment was a pure delight as always. Though I would have enjoyed a little more Belinda and Granddad. That aside I really enjoyed the addition of Darcy's family and most of the story being set in Ireland. The highlight of this series are the characters, and again this installment does not disappoint. Bowen introduces some new and memorable characters that you fall in love with, or detest wholeheartedly. Fabulous characters, hilarious dialogue and a well crafted mystery, what is not to enjoy. I felt quite bereft when the story ended, and know I will probably have to wait another year until I get me some more Georgie.