"Love and Death Among the Cheetahs" A Royal Spyness Mystery By Rhys Bowen: Review/Giveaway

by Terrance McArthur

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of this book and links to purchase it.

Rhys Bowen has written the Constable Evans series (mysteries set in Wales that always contained a pun on the word “Evan” in the title), the Molly Murphy books (an Irish lass becomes a private investigator in 1890’s New York City), and the Her Royal Spyness Mysteries (The thirty-fourth in line for the British throne does undercover work for the Queen in the 1930s), as well as a few WWII-based stand-alone titles. She’s a nifty person to know (we’ve met her through a mystery-writing group), her books have been welcome visitors in our home, and we feel blessed by the arrival of the thirteenth in the Her Royal Spyness line, Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.

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Rhys Bowen
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Finally! Georgie and Darcy are married! They begin their honeymoon on a houseboat on a quiet stretch of the Thames…can’t Darcy do better than that? Yes, he can! Suddenly, they are off to Kenya! OK, it seems he is doing one of his hush-hush missions, and Georgie is supposed to keep The Prince of Wales away from “that American,” Wallis Simpson, on orders from the Queen. They land in a British enclave called Happy Valley, where everybody seems to have been married to everybody else and swapping is the rule. Everybody’s into sex and drugs (because rock & roll hadn’t been invented, yet), and they treat the peoples of the land as being lucky to have the civilized set to run things. One of the randiest landowners turns up dead, and everybody (including Georgie and Darcy) have motives for murder.

This book has everything from early airlines to sex games, from jewel thieves to safaris with big game, from colonial officials to German intrigue. It’s almost a tribute to Agatha Christie, with bored, upper-class Brits enmeshed in a web of relationships and opportunities that border on Murder on the Orient Express complexity. The usual supporting characters for Georgie’s adventures are mostly missing (You can’t just cart them all off to Kenya with the honeymooners, can you?), but there are more than enough quirky characters to fill the void.

Travel off to Kenya with Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, and there’s enough wildlife and wild life for all.

To enter to win a copy of Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cheetahs" or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 24 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Librarian in Fresno County, California. He is also a storyteller, puppeteer, magician, and maker of pine needle baskets. On top of that he writes stories that range from rhymed children's tales to splatterpunk horror. He's an odd bird, but he's nice to have around.

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  1. Sounds interesting. I've read a number of books in this series. Count me in!

  2. Looks like an interesting read! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. We really enjoy Rhys Bowen's books, thanks for the chance to win a copy of Love and Death Among the Cheetahs! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  4. Love this series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)om

  5. Would really like to read. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Another fun series! I really like Georgie and the period the stories are set in. Love to be in the running - thanks! m.drew@neu.edu

  7. This series is fascinating. Rhy's books are always a delight and i become enthralled with all of the stories. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Sounds wonderful - and the cover art is fabulous! ssnbawin(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. I've been waiting for this book to come out for what seems like forever. I've read all the books in the series, and can't wait to read this one, so I hope you'll pick me as the winner. I met Rhys Bowen at a writer's conference. She autographed one of her books for me, and we sat at same table and chatted. She's a great lady, and a lot of fun to talk to. EvCullet(at)gmail (dot) com

  10. Looks wonderful...thank you..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  11. Book looks and sounds great, Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


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