|Royal Pain, a (2008) [Novel]|
by Rhys Bowen
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Series: Royal Spyness
(From the publisher):
Baked beans and boiled eggs. That's what my expected houseguest, Bavarian Princess Maria Theresa Hannelore Wilhelmina Mathilda, will have to eat if I don't get help posthaste. You see, the Queen of England has concocted a plan in which I am to entertain the princess, conveniently placing her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes he might finally marry.
But there's one thing queens never take into account: money. Of which I have little, ever since my brother, Binky, cut off my allowance. And which is why I moonlight as a maid in disguise. (How am I to hire a maid when I am a maid?) So, like Her Royal Highness, I must draw up plans.
PLAN ONE: Clean house in manner of palace, have Granddad and neighbor pretend to be staff.
PLAN TWO: Blackmail Binky and horrid sister-in-law into sending a few quid.
PLAN THREE: Unteach Princess Hanni English culled from American gangster movies and teach proper English - lest she address queen as "old broad."
PLAN FOUR: Cure said princess of embarrassing shoplifting habit.
PLAN FIVE: Keep eye on wild princess at parties, where she drinks like a fish and dances too close to Darcy O'Hara, the cad who's unfortunately stolen my heart too.
Oh, and then there's the rather more worrying matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni's unwitting involvement with the communist party. I really don't want to be held responsible for single-handedly instigating another English-German war. It's enough to drive a girl potty...
Original title: A Royal Pain
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Comic Crime