Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

Rhys Bowen

Set in an English estate, this next book in the Royal Spyness series covers the days leading up to Lady Georgiana's wedding, when something rotten is afoot.

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In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife...

House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair. Just as we start to lose hope, my globetrotting godfather offers us his fully staffed country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh I shall be! With Darcy off in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed. The grounds are in disarray and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot--and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle...

Advance Galley Reviews

I never had the chance to finish reading this book, but I felt like it dragged on a little more than it should have. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t read the whole series or if maybe it was just this one in the series that may be like that.

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is funny and cozy historical mystery that is elevated by a great cast of characters. I enjoy Rhys Bowen’s mysteries for the unusual and amusing cast of characters and Four Funeral and Maybe a Wedding is one of Bowen’s best in the Royal Spyness series. Although this is the twelfth book in the series of Lady Georgian Rannoch – great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria – and her adventures through London society of the 1930s - the book would stand alone as all the characters are introduced to the readers. The characters are really the highlight of Bowen’s book and in many ways the mystery itself is secondary. This story had a slow build-up to Georgie noticing that there was a mystery to be solved (and I had guessed many of the mystery points before she did) but I felt the pace of the story worked well. Georgie’s focus is understandably on her upcoming marriage and trying to figure out how to run a household which is has not really been prepared to do, so the inconsistencies in Georgie’s new household staff are much easier to spot as a reader than she can. Overall, this is a fun book and I’m looking forward to more novels starring Georgie and in her new life as Mrs. Darcy O’Mara.

A perfect fit for fans of Rhys Bowen! The Royal Spyness series is a quick relaxing read and the newest addition is no exception. The mystery and overall tone has this lightness that pulls the story along. I received this book through First to Read.

I managed to get three-fourths of the way through this book before it vanished. I was quite captivated by what I could read before life got in the way. There needs to be more time. I read this book from First to Read.

I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get into the story. Maybe if I would've read any of the other 11 books in the series, I would have connected more to the characters and story.

I discovered Rhys Bowen some years ago through the Constable Evan Evans series and fell in love with her wonderful characters. It has been a few years since I read Bowen - I can't explain why, other than "so many books, so little time..." "Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding" is the first Royal Spyness novel I've read and I am definitely going back to the beginning. Bowen creates wonderful, quixotic, charming, frustrating characters with a few love-to-hate-them/hate-to-love them characters thrown in.

4 stars... Georgie always seems to draw the short end of the stick in life and manages to get herself in the worst predicaments- (It wouldn't be Georgie if she didn't) but it was nice to see that things are finally looking up for her!! Another fun edition to the series- a must read if you're a Georgie fan!

5 stars Georgie is back in England and so are all her friends and family! She is preparing for her upcoming wedding at the princess’s London house when she gets a letter from her mother’s former husband, Sir Hubert Anstruther. Georgie is his heir and he invites her to stay at his country estate after the wedding to take up residence. After discussing this with Darcy, who is off to Europe somewhere, she decides to take Sir Hubert up on his offer. The escapades begin when Georgie arrives at the country home to find a new butler, new staff and some mysterious goings on including an old woman who supposedly is Sir Hubert’s senile mother who escaped from a home for the elderly. This was so much fun… Quennie is brought back from Ireland to help as cook/maid since the existing cook is hopeless. And both Georgie’s mother and grandfather end up coming out to help her figure out what is taking place at the estate. So glad to see the whole cast of characters back together. I always enjoy the books in this series. The combination of family, characters that care about each other, quirky mysteries and dash of history make these so enjoyable. And there finally is the wedding! Can’t wait for the next one to see what married life brings for Georgie. Thank you First to Read for the advance copy.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch is getting ready for her upcoming wedding to Darcy O'Mara. She is staying at Princess Zou Zou house in London as she is flat broke. Georgianna is a cousin to the Royal family as she is the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Darcy and Georgianna are looking for a place to live after they are married. They cannot find what they want. Queen Mary invite the Royals to the wedding. The Queen offers them a place for their honeymoon. The Queen also asks Georgianna to have two younger princesses in her wedding. Then Georgie receives a letter from one of her mother’s ex-husband. He has made her his sole heir and wants her to move into his country estate at Ensleigh to make it her home before the wedding then live there with her husband there after they are wed. Arriving at the estate Georgie is shock at how the house is in disarray with a rude, inexperienced and incompetent staff. The rooms are sparsely furnished. Everything is covered and dusty. Something is not right and Georgie needs to get to the bottom of the situation. Soon after, Georgianna’s mother, grandfather and her maid/cook arrive on the scene. Now she must keep herself plus them safe from whatever is happening at the estate. The energy is palpable plus the danger is real. It is an intriguing, interesting read, complexly plotted historical fiction The setting is amazing with the huge estate with a fountain, a gazebo, a small chapel with a crypt housing some of the Georgie’s ex-stepfather’s ancestors. The cast were all creatively, well defined, colorful, vivid and artfully crafted characters. This hold for both the good and the sinister. Death, cancelled wedding plans, murder, robbery, danger, intrigue, drama, politics, beautiful dresses and humorous shenanigans, all add to the fast paced adventure. I volunteered to read Four Funerals and Maybe A Wedding. Thanks to Penguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding was a delightful introduction to Her Royal Spyness series for me. There was a lot going on in this mystery and as I read I was unsure if Georgiana would manage to solve the mysteries, get her wedding planned or even come out of this adventure alive! This book was a fun read.

This is one of my favorites in this series lately. All of my favorite characters were represented in this story. I always get a lot of laughs when reading this series. I love this series and did not want to put it down. I hope there will be many more in the Royal Spyness series. I received a copy of this book from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

The 12th installment of Royal Spyness is a bit slow in developing, but interesting and with as many twist and turns as readers of this series have come to expect. Georgie finds her attention divided between planning her wedding and setting up her house in a grand Estate that has many secrets. Despite the fact that it takes a while for Bowen to really hit her stride, all the slow and somewhat random moments help the overall plot feel complete and the HEA ending all that much more fulfilling.

it was a very slow and repetitive in nature novel. I don't think I would be recommending it to anyone.

I've been wanted to read a Rhys Bowen novel, so this was a great opportunity. I would definitely recommend this book and series if you're looking for a light, fun read.

This book was not as good as previous installments in the series. I found it slow moving and was frustrated that Georgie seemed unaware of what was going on around her. (Although maybe she was concentrating on wedding plans.)

This book was a delight. While the slow-moving plot lacks glamorous details, character development more than makes up for it. With Darcy virtually absent from the story, I really enjoyed watching Georgie come into her own. It was also nice to spend more time with Georgie's mother and granddad, not to mention the wedding of Georgie and Darcy (finally!) at the end. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is my first Rhys Bowen book and I loved it! Delightful Lady Georgiana, family, friends and servants. Unusually enlightened relationships between characters despite class differences. Light enjoyable read with unexpected twists and turns. Plenty of mystery, suspense, murders, thefts and detective work that involves the entire family. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. My thanks to the author, publisher and firsttoread for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Another adventure with Lady Georgie! In this tale, she is preparing for her long awaited wedding to Darcy. One of her mother's ex-husband has named Georgie has his heir. Said ex is out of the country so Georgie goes to check out his country estate as her new home with Darcy. The household staff is very sparse and all new, and things at the estate are very odd. Georgie starts to investigate, more things don't add up, her mother arrives after her own upcoming wedding is called off, dear Queen makes a re-reappearance, Granddad makes an appearance, things get weirder, and Granddad calls in a favor from Scotland Yard. Darcy arrives just as the mystery reaches its conclusion and justice prevails once again. Darcy and Georgie actually manage to get married and the book ends as they start their happily ever after. Any new Rhys Bowen book is cause for celebration and I hope this isn't the end of this series!

Thanks firsttoread for a ARC copy to read and review. Georgie is staying at the Polish princess Zou Zou's place in London fretting over getting better clothes for her trousseau for her wedding. There is a huge cast of characters, and I'm just assuming they are people she has helped in the previous books. Georgie has just renounced her line of succession for the throne in order to marry her beloved commoner Darcy. She is 35th in line...or was. One of her mother's ex husbands sends word to Georgie he is leaving his estate to her after he passes, so she goes to the estate to check it out. There she receives a horrible welcome from some rude servants but she does not let it bother her. After a few close calls on her life she realizes more is going on at the estate than she realizes. Of course she can't turn away a mystery. Four funerals and a wedding is an aptly named book. Wow, book 12... I had no idea. This blurb caught my eye on First to read, because of the Royal Wedding. I'll be honest this is a light and fluffy mystery book. I've never read a book in this series but it does a good job of pulling you through even though there's a large cast of characters. I'm guessing from the previous 11 books. One thing is constant is that everyone loves Georgie. I can't say I'd go back and read the other 11, but this was a HEA book so I picked the perfect one to read. Four stars of entertainment!

Very enjoyable read. The characters continue to develop, as Lady Georgiana attempts to set up home in an old English estate. As usual, things do not go according to plan... Well done mystery, not easily solved.

I LOVED this book! I read it in just over 48 hours and could not put it down. I was hooked from the first page. The writing style was fast paced and in good form. The plot moved along well and the characters were well developed. I would definitely recommend this book to others and I look forward to reading more from Rhys Bowen. I appreciated that the mystery was not easily solved and that it was resolved in the way it was. I also appreciated that the title was relateable to the story.

This light-hearted series follows the crime-solving adventures of Lady Georgianna Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne in the years leading up to Wolrd War II. Although it may sound like a glamorous existence, the truth is that, while Georgie is a sweet girl who is loved by many, including the King and Queen and dashing Darcy O'Mara, she has no money or property -- but is also unable to get a job, since that "just isn't done." I've really enjoyed the series, although, at times, Georgie's hand-to-mouth existence is tough for a modern woman to stomach. In this entry, however, Georgie's fortunes have begun to change. Engaged at last to O'Mara, the couple is invited to make their home at the ancestral estate of a man once married o Georgie's mother, and who has made Georgie his heir. Georgie heads off to set up her new household, but finds that not all is as it should be at Eynseleig; detecting adventures ensue. While past books have been of rather an international intrigue format, this book is an old-fashioned English country mystery. I thought it was absolutely delightful, harkening back to many of the mysteries that were written contemporaneous to the timeframe portrayed.

I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review. I enjoyed this book. The book is a mystery set in England before World War II. A couple is planning their wedding and their future residence is given to them by the brides ex stepdad. when the bride, Georgiana, goes to ready the castle for moving in after the wedding she runs into trouble. The story plot kept me interested and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I enjoyed the book.

Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite writers, and her Georgie has kept me entertained with every installment. This book seemed more grown-up, maybe as a reflection of Georgie's maturity. I liked the more complex plot, and how Georgie had to keep standing up for herself. Like Georgie and her mum, I never thought I'd be happy to see Queenie -- but I hooted when she put the smack-down on the cook. My only hesitation is Darcy. Like Georgie, I never quite trust him, even though he's always utterly charming. I'm always braced for him to be exactly what she thinks he is: an untrustworthy womanizer. Maybe the next book will prove me wrong. I know I'll keep reading! PS Rhys, if you're reading this, please write a sequel to In Farleigh Field!

I enjoy reading this cozy mystery series, and in my opinion this is the best book so far. Georgie and her mum are fantastic!! Georgie just never gives up when she thinks there is something amiss. Darcy is as always charming. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Georgiana Rannoch has withdrawn from the line of succession to the British throne and is finally planning her wedding to Darcy O’Mara. The small wedding that they hoped for is blossoming out of control as the Queen expects them to invite European heads of state and the royal princesses are now bride’s maids. There is also the problem of where to live after the wedding. A solution comes from Georgiana’s godfather. He has made her his heir and offered his country estate as a home for the newlyweds. Georgiana has fond memories of living at Eynsleigh as a child, but is unprepared for the changes that have taken place. The grounds hav been neglected and the small staff seems surly and inept. As the current mistress of the estate it is up to her to make it run smoothly, but there is something that does not feel right. Footsteps in the night, an attempt on her life and the disappearance of a visitor have her on edge and wishing that Darcy was there with her. Rhys Bowen has populated her novel with familiar faces. Queening, her disastrous maid, has finally found her niche in the kitchen. Her actress mother and her grandfather, a retired policeman, also arrive to support her. Reading one of Bowen’s novels in the Her Royal Spyness series is like a mix of Downton Abbey and Midsomer Murders and will keep you thoroughly entertained.

I received this book from Penguin First To Read for free in exchange for an honest review. I loved the latest installment from Georgie and gang. Not my favorite case of hers, but I loved the story and the old friends we saw in this one. And, of course, the ending was wonderful!

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is the 12th book in the Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. As with the previous 11 books, I enjoyed this one very much. Lady Georgiana Rannoch is planning her wedding to Darcy O'Mara and not much is going right. Her best friend is making her wedding dress and plans to dress her like a drainpipe and the Queen wants to take over the guest list and invite all the crown heads of Europe. Georgie is worried about where she and Darcy will live after the wedding when she gets an invitation to live at her ex-stepfather's estate while he is climbing the Andes in South America. Georgie jumps at the chance, but when she moves in, she finds something afoot, like she always does. The staff is incompetent, the house is dirty, furniture and belongings are missing, and there is a crazy old lady living in a locked wing. And to top it off, her mother moves in after her fiancé calls off their wedding and her grandfather's fiancé dies and moves in as well. Poor Georgie--will she ever get married? This book almost has an end-of-the-series feel to it, but I hope not.

Funny, wonderful read. This is the first one I have read in the series. Definitely an easy read. No deep thinking needed.

Another fun read from Rhys Bowen, featuring Her Royal Spyness Lady Georgiana. This one brings most of the favorite characters in the series together as Georgie prepares for her wedding. Will she or won't she finally make it down the aisle?

This was glorious! I adore this series, and this is the best one yet! I've been waiting for ages for this book, THE WEDDING, and it did not disappoint. The plot was well thought-out and kept me guessing. Georgie was cleverer than in previous books, I thought, and ably navigated the mystery. This book felt like both an ending, while keeping it open for future adventures. I am hoping to see more of Georgie.

I have read this series on and off after the very first one, Her Royal Spyness, made me laugh out loud. The entire premise was just so absurd and presented in a very tongue-in-cheek way. I have continued to find them enjoyable, but less funny. I was interested to see that the long-awaited culmination of the Georgiana/Darcy relationship was promised. I do find it strange that Georgie is as naive as she was in the beginning, but it was an enjoyable read.

I've read all the books in this series, and I was a tad disappointed. I found Georgie to be a major snob in this one, which is something I don't remember from the previous books, at least not to this extent. I wished Darcy was featured more in the story, especially since this was their wedding book. All in all, I hope, now that they are married, that Darcy might stick around more, I think that would help the series to grow and change. Still will read more of this series when the next book come out.

I was less than impressed with this book. Admittedly I haven't read anything in this series, and I don't think I've read anything by the author at all before now. I didn't have much trouble figuring out characters, relationships, and backgrounds, so that was a plus. Unfortunately I had major trouble suspending my disbelief at the main character's relationship to the royal family. Oh, the king and queen want to attend my wedding! Oh, the royal princesses want to be my bridesmaids! Even though I'm broke and so very far down the line of succession and have to remove myself from it entirely to wed the man I love! Sorry. Perhaps it wouldn't have bothered me so much if I'd read previous books in the series building up their relationship to each other. Even without the royal issues, though, I was not impressed with the main character's ability to solve or DO anything. It felt as if everything just happened to fall into her lap, regardless of her actions or thoughts. While I appreciate the opportunity from the publisher to read this for free, I cannot say I enjoyed the book, and I will not be looking out for more books by the author.

Not my cup of tea. Story was trite, predictable and not that interesting. Geared to a specific audience.

A great addition to the series! Lady Georgina’s life is anything but dull. This story fit the characters and gives them plenty of places to go in the future! Loved this book.

I have enjoyed Rhys Bowen as an author since discovering the Evan Evans series of cozy mysteries set in Wales. I've read a few of the Molly Murphy series - which, like the Evans' series, is a light mystery with likeable characters but with an added historical setting. This is the twelth book in the Her Royal Spyness series, but the first I have read. True to form, it is a cozy mystery, historically set in England in 1935. I was able to understand the plot and the characters without having read the prior 11 titles. It was an enjoyable and light read, moving quickly after a bit of a slow start (which, truth be told, may have been my lack of background knowledge because I jumped into the middle of the series). Would make a great vacation read. For fans, obviously, of cozy, lighthearted mysteries.

Loved this new book by Rhys Bowen. If you've read them all or this is your first time, you'll be able to follow the story and understand. that about her books also. Crazy, fun, and oh so posh but will the wedding even happen? Lovely awesome book

I’ve always enjoyed Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series and Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is one of the best. Mystery, danger, characters I love and just the right amount of humor. The book really focused on Georgie and her family and friends, sometimes to the detriment of the mystery but I didn’t care. The characters have been somewhat stuck in the last few books. With this book their lives moved forward, sometimes in unexpected ways. Because of the changes in their lives the next book can take the main and minor characters in any direction.

Another great read from Rhys Bowen. Nothing ever goes smoothly for Lady Georgiana but as always there is adventure, humour, interesting characters and twists and turns. Love this series!

Loved this book! Great addition to the series!


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