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 as...

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Title:Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs Reviews

  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner

    What could be more thrilling than to dip into a story featuring our favorite couple, Georgina and Darcy, right in the middle of the notorious Happy Valley set in 1930's Kenya? I've read many accounts of Happy Valley, so it was super exciting to discover that this iconic group of decadent settlers was included in the story.

    The young couple is on their honeymoon but that doesn't stop the intrigue. This may be the very best in the series - but it is one of my favorite series, so it's hard to choos

    What could be more thrilling than to dip into a story featuring our favorite couple, Georgina and Darcy, right in the middle of the notorious Happy Valley set in 1930's Kenya? I've read many accounts of Happy Valley, so it was super exciting to discover that this iconic group of decadent settlers was included in the story.

    The young couple is on their honeymoon but that doesn't stop the intrigue. This may be the very best in the series - but it is one of my favorite series, so it's hard to choose! I loved the setting, certainly. Finally getting to this stage in the saga of Georgina and Darcy is very rewarding, too. Bowen is an effortless writer - the prose flows, the plots intrigue, and the characters delight! Lovely!

  • Eden

    2019 bk 262. Another excellent entry in the Royal Spyness series. My only wish, that Rhys Bowen had opened with the wedding, I would have loved more details of that. I love Mrs. Simpson's /David's snippy comment - "We weren't invited to the wedding." Of course not - the Queen does not want Mrs. Simpson in her presence ninny. Any way, I digress - Darcy and Georgiana begin their honeymoon on a houseboat moored on the Thames - until they run out of food, at that point they return home for food and

    2019 bk 262. Another excellent entry in the Royal Spyness series. My only wish, that Rhys Bowen had opened with the wedding, I would have loved more details of that. I love Mrs. Simpson's /David's snippy comment - "We weren't invited to the wedding." Of course not - the Queen does not want Mrs. Simpson in her presence ninny. Any way, I digress - Darcy and Georgiana begin their honeymoon on a houseboat moored on the Thames - until they run out of food, at that point they return home for food and comfort and a royal tea party. It is there under questioning that Darcy reveals the next part of their honeymoon will be in Kenya. The pair fly to the African Colony where they are immediately embroiled in the activities and misadventures of the Happy Valley set - and set out to solve both the real and the cover mysteries that is the reason behind that location for the honeymoon. Georgiana has problems of her own - the queen has charged her with keeping David and Mrs. Simpson from getting married while in Kenya, how is one honeymooner to do that?

  • 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 other characters and relatio

    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.

  • Patrice

    I Recommend This Book

    Yes

    (Advanced copy read 06.07.19)

    Plot spoilers

    I enjoyed reading Love and Death Among the Cheetahs. Rhys Bowen does a good job with her research on the characters in the Royal Spyness series. Lady Georgiana and Darcy are finally married and decide to honeymoon in Kenya. Of course there is an alternative reason for Darcy to be there, he has been sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of some jewels. Travel to Kenya involves Planes, trains, and automobiles, which were

    I Recommend This Book

    Yes

    (Advanced copy read 06.07.19)

    Plot spoilers

    I enjoyed reading Love and Death Among the Cheetahs. Rhys Bowen does a good job with her research on the characters in the Royal Spyness series. Lady Georgiana and Darcy are finally married and decide to honeymoon in Kenya. Of course there is an alternative reason for Darcy to be there, he has been sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of some jewels. Travel to Kenya involves Planes, trains, and automobiles, which were much different in this time period, and when they arrive in Kenya, they are welcomed by the British aristocratic colonists who live a much freer lifestyle than Lady Georgiana is used to.

    The mystery involves one of the landowners and the group of locals who have gathered for a party. The characters are given good details, and I could see them portrayed in a 1930s black and white movie starring Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, as I have all of "Her Royal Spyness" books.

  • 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 and the publi

    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 been involved

    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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  • Sasha

    Love my yearly dose of Her Royal Spyness! This year's honeymoon trip to Kenya wasn't quite what I'd hoped but the mystery was solved on a bittersweet note; Georgie followed her heart on this one and it touched my own heart a bit as well.

  • 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

  • Lesa Divine

    I can't believe I've stuck to this cozy mystery series to this far. Can't want to see where else Rhys Bowen has Georgian doing next.

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