Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.Georgie is excited when Darcy announces out of the blue that they are flying to Kenya for their extended honeymoon. It is only after they arrive that she suspects he has actually been sent there on an assig...

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Title:Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
Author:Rhys Bowen
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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs Reviews

  • Mburrows

    I give this book 5 stars because I love all of Rhys Bowen's books.

  • Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    This was a very good read. I liked the realistic description of Africa and its wildlife. However, I was disappointed that Lady G. Did not get involved in more hi jinxs, and we did not have the benefit of Belinda’s sassy comments. It read as a mystery with very little comic relief.

  • Barbara Rogers

    Series: Royal Spyness #13

    Publication Date: 8/6/19

    Number of Pages: 304

    I have wanted to start reading this series since its beginning, but for some reason I never did. I remedied that by starting with this book – and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t find starting with the thirteenth book a problem. Yes, I missed the development of the relationship between Darcy and Georgie, but – goodness – I got to start with the honeymoon! I’m sure I missed out on the development of othe

    Series: Royal Spyness #13

    Publication Date: 8/6/19

    Number of Pages: 304

    I have wanted to start reading this series since its beginning, but for some reason I never did. I remedied that by starting with this book – and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t find starting with the thirteenth book a problem. Yes, I missed the development of the relationship between Darcy and Georgie, but – goodness – I got to start with the honeymoon! I’m sure I missed out on the development of other characters and relationships, but I fully intend to go back and read the first books of the series when I have a chance to do so. None of what I’d missed detracted from my enjoyment of this book. It is well written and witty with great characters and multiple mysteries. All of the loose ends were wrapped up and justice was served just as it should be.

    Georgie and Darcy spent the first few days of their honeymoon on a friend's houseboat in a secluded section of the Thames. That was a wonderful, private first few days of marriage, but soon enough the food ran out and they had bumped their heads on the low ceilings one too many times. They both decided it was time to head back into London – where Darcy soon announced that he’d arranged for the remainder of their honeymoon to be in Kenya. WOW! The trip of a lifetime and Georgie is so excited.

    Soon, our sharp-as-a-tack heroine comes to suspect that there is more to the destination than meets the eye. When she confronts Darcy, he tells her that he’s been assigned to keep an eye out for a suspected jewel thief. She buys that and soon settles in to help him determine who the thief might be – and to catch him or her.

    Once they arrive in Kenya, things soon begin to happen – but none of them actually point toward a jewel thief. There are lots of other mysteries as well – a murder, attempts on Georgie and Darcy’s lives, residents swapping spouses, drug parties – you name it. Then, when you add in the political intrigue, you have quite a busy story.

    I thoroughly enjoyed and certainly recommend this book. It is well written, well-plotted and I really loved the characters. I’ll definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series as well as going back to read the previous books.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • LibraryLaur

    I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this outing with Georgie as much as I usually enjoy the entries in the series. I think I missed the regular supporting characters (especially Queenie and Georgie's grandfather) because of the removed setting (Kenya), and the central mystery wasn't as compelling as it usually is to me. Or maybe it's just unlucky number 13. :) No worries; I will happily join Georgie and Darcy on their next adventure no matter where it may take them.

    *Thanks to Netgalley a

    I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this outing with Georgie as much as I usually enjoy the entries in the series. I think I missed the regular supporting characters (especially Queenie and Georgie's grandfather) because of the removed setting (Kenya), and the central mystery wasn't as compelling as it usually is to me. Or maybe it's just unlucky number 13. :) No worries; I will happily join Georgie and Darcy on their next adventure no matter where it may take them.

    *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda

    In this latest entry in the Royal Spyness series, Georgie and Darcy finally are married and they set off for Kenya on the second stage of their honeymoon. Only Georgie quickly discerns that the trip is part of an assignment from the Foreign Office for Darcy, and soon they are embroiled in possible robbery, treason, and a very definite murder.

    While the Kenyan locale was interesting, I found this story less engrossing than most of the previous ones in the series. For someone who had be

    In this latest entry in the Royal Spyness series, Georgie and Darcy finally are married and they set off for Kenya on the second stage of their honeymoon. Only Georgie quickly discerns that the trip is part of an assignment from the Foreign Office for Darcy, and soon they are embroiled in possible robbery, treason, and a very definite murder.

    While the Kenyan locale was interesting, I found this story less engrossing than most of the previous ones in the series. For someone who had been involved in solving multiple previous murders and mysteries, Georgie seemed unrealistically naive and clumsy in her approach both to the debauchery around her and to the murder. At one point, she almost blabbed to relative strangers about Darcy’s secret vocation, and her wide-eyed “golly” response to much of what she saw got to be a bit annoying.

    Furthermore, aspects of the mystery were left to inference

    and a couple other plotlines

    were wrapped up hastily at the end by other people, making for an unsatisfying conclusion to the couple’s adventure.

    This was not a particularly strong addition to the series, but I’m hoping for better in Georgie and Darcy’s next outing.

  • Mark Baker

    Lady Georgiana and Darcy have finally wed, and Darcy has a surprise – an extended honeymoon in Kenya. Georgie is excited to get to see local wildlife, but once they arrive, she quickly learns that Darcy is hoping to get some information on a notorious jewel thief that is rumored to be making an appearance in the country soon. The couple are quick to settle into the British colony in the country, but they begin to realize that not everyone is as friendly as they first appear. Then a murder interr

    Lady Georgiana and Darcy have finally wed, and Darcy has a surprise – an extended honeymoon in Kenya. Georgie is excited to get to see local wildlife, but once they arrive, she quickly learns that Darcy is hoping to get some information on a notorious jewel thief that is rumored to be making an appearance in the country soon. The couple are quick to settle into the British colony in the country, but they begin to realize that not everyone is as friendly as they first appear. Then a murder interrupts their trip. Can they figure out what is happening?

    Those who are fans of Darcy (like me), will be pleased with his presence in this book. As is befitting a honeymoon, he and Georgie are true partners in figuring out what is happening around them. Not that he steals the show from Georgie, who still figures out just about everything along the way. We do get the usual slow start, which allows us a little time to hear from most of the series regulars before heading down to Kenya. And let me say their trip made me very happy for how travel has advanced since the 1930’s. Even when we arrive in Kenya, it takes a bit of time for the murder to take place, but once it does, the mystery is well worth the wait with some great secrets that Georgie and Darcy must bring to light. I did have a hard time keeping all of the British colonists straight, but that never got in the way of following the mystery. My bigger complaint is an event that takes place in the middle of the book that seems force to have Darcy and Georgie where they are needed for the plot. I appreciated how the book worked in the world politics of the time without feeling out of place in the series. And I also appreciated the ability to be an arm chair traveler since I can’t take a vacation this year, although it really made me want to go on a safari of my own.

    NOTE: I received a copy of this book.

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  • Diane

    As a true fan of Rhys Bowen, having read all of her books, I could not wait for the latest installment in Her Royal Spyness series. However, I find myself rather disappointed with this entry and am trying to figure out why exactly. So I read the reviews on Goodreads hoping that someone would put their finger on what was missing, but no one has expressed the sense of what I'm actually feeling upon completing this story. I absolutely love the way Rhys is able to intertwine real history into a cozy

    As a true fan of Rhys Bowen, having read all of her books, I could not wait for the latest installment in Her Royal Spyness series. However, I find myself rather disappointed with this entry and am trying to figure out why exactly. So I read the reviews on Goodreads hoping that someone would put their finger on what was missing, but no one has expressed the sense of what I'm actually feeling upon completing this story. I absolutely love the way Rhys is able to intertwine real history into a cozy mystery. I believe she handled many of the less desirable truths of this historical time period, and in particular, the debauched, colonial activity in Kenya with aplomb. However, the character development that she has built into the last twelve books of this series was severely lacking in this book. In fact, my two favorites, Georgie and Darcy, are supposed to be in love and on their honeymoon yet they act more like pals than newlyweds. Trust me, I don't need a romance novel here, I would just appreciate dialog that was more in keeping with two people in love, rather than "You're a cracking girl, Georgie. I made a good choice when I asked you to marry me." Since they're both good at solving puzzles (It's the first time that I remember that Darcy actually mentions Whitehall), I was hoping that their future adventures might be more in keeping with say, Nick and Nora Charles of that time period. While the vernacular of that time period would use "cracking", does a newlywed say that to his lady love? I think not.

    The mystery in this book was very easy to solve, even with all the red herrings being tossed out. This, too, was a departure for Rhys. Absolutely no surprise here. The wrap up, as others have mentioned, was hasty and very unsatisfying. Rhys is about to enter a new historical time period in this series that is exceedingly serious and I am truly hoping that Rhys will be able to flesh out more dynamic dialog between lovers solving crimes together. Georgie and Darcy, along with all the Old Faithful characters, are worth saving! I love them and want this series to continue.

    I hate coming to the end of an author's books and having to wait for the next installment! It's hard to wait, so Rhys, please keep them coming!

  • ME

    It's a shock and disappointment to give this book 2 stars. I've read the whole series and I am a Georgie fan for sure, but this was an absolute bore. Georgie is barely present, Darcy is a shell of himself, and the story is completely context driven. Pages and pages of contextual description with barely a plot line thrown in for good measure. And about that plot. The mystery here springs from a night at a bed-hopping party that, for this series, is out of tune. There have been other hints in othe

    It's a shock and disappointment to give this book 2 stars. I've read the whole series and I am a Georgie fan for sure, but this was an absolute bore. Georgie is barely present, Darcy is a shell of himself, and the story is completely context driven. Pages and pages of contextual description with barely a plot line thrown in for good measure. And about that plot. The mystery here springs from a night at a bed-hopping party that, for this series, is out of tune. There have been other hints in other books of the debauchery of the time, but only hints, really. Here it is spelled out in technicolor. Not something I expect to find in this series, and an unpleasant surprise. Reading the Afterword I see that the story is based on historical fact, and maybe that's the problem here: the whole story was already sketched out in history and Bowen had to wrench something entertaining out of it. But it was not. Entertaining, that is. A real low point in an otherwise great series.

  • The Library Lady

    The reviews here are making me ROTFLMAO.

    First, you've got the people who want to scrub history sparkling clean and are getting offended at what is

    in its portrayal of colonial Kenya. I would suggest that these people, whose knowledge of history is clearly pretty limited, at least read this summary of the movie "White Mischief."

    , where you will see that the plot of this book is clearly taken from things that really happened. Yes, it's offensive stuff and did you read the forward, where

    The reviews here are making me ROTFLMAO.

    First, you've got the people who want to scrub history sparkling clean and are getting offended at what is

    in its portrayal of colonial Kenya. I would suggest that these people, whose knowledge of history is clearly pretty limited, at least read this summary of the movie "White Mischief."

    , where you will see that the plot of this book is clearly taken from things that really happened. Yes, it's offensive stuff and did you read the forward, where Bowen clearly states as much? This stuff REALLY HAPPENED.

    Then there are the folks offended by the sexuality. Not of Georgie and Darcy, which is as cleanly scrubbed as the above complainers would like the history to be, but of the Happy Valley set--and truthfully, even that is pretty tame. Yes, there is talk of partner swapping but not the teenie weenie littlest depiction of that sex. Truthfully, I think that some of the complainers are disappointed that there are no dirty details, and as for your teens reading this, there are better things in most YA sections for them to read.

    No, my problem with this book is that it just doesn't work. I mean, these books are mindless fluff, but this one isn't good fluff. It's not very funny (I guess we miss more time with Queenie the hopeless maid, Granddad, and other fun characters), and it's not very clever. Mixing in the Happy Valley history just doesn't work, and the ending is both clumsy and pat.

    And the reviewers sputtering over sex and political correctness don't seem to notice the literary quality. Or lack thereof in this book.

    This is one series that I can't get review copies for on Edelweiss. And truthfully, that doesn't bug me that much.

  • Critterbee❇

    However historically accurate this may have been, it was not enjoyable to read about a group of privileged twits insulting everything they could about Kenya while still complaining about whatever they were unable to forcefully covert to traditional British conditions. Too many wild animals! The shopping here is horrible! These gardens don't look English enough, let's bring in non-native plants! How boring, the only activities here are polo, bed-hopping and shooting animals! Why don't the 'native

    However historically accurate this may have been, it was not enjoyable to read about a group of privileged twits insulting everything they could about Kenya while still complaining about whatever they were unable to forcefully covert to traditional British conditions. Too many wild animals! The shopping here is horrible! These gardens don't look English enough, let's bring in non-native plants! How boring, the only activities here are polo, bed-hopping and shooting animals! Why don't the 'natives' cook traditional French/British food?

    Queenie and Georgie's mother were hardly in the story, and Belinda not at all, so the only familiar characters besides Georgie and Darcy were Wallis Simpson and 'cousin David.'

    And Georgie, after everything that she has been through, you would have thought that she would grow and change as a result. How can she still be the same clueless naif? No wonder Darcy doesn't tell her what he really does for the government - she tries to blow his cover when she introduces him. I thought that she was growing more backbone and common sense. Golly! Why are there mirrors on the ceiling in a house where the hostess greets us while nude in her bathtub?

    And the mystery!

    This is a review of an e-arc, and perhaps the editors will take another look at how this book reads and consider whether they really want to portray people in Kenya so disrespectfully, and the British as so pompous and callous. No joke, at one point while Georgie and other Brits are on safari, a group of Maasai warriors pass, and were described in terms very similar to how all of the other animals were described.

    A much better title would have been: Drug-running, partner-swapping, and colonial exploitation in 1930s Kenya.

    *eARC Netgalley

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