Rhys Bowen

  • Comté du Kent, Angleterre, 1934.
    Passer un smoking pour le dîner, utiliser une fourchette pour la viande, une autre pour le poisson... Franchement, quel intérêt à toutes ces simagrées ? C'est pourtant bien ce à quoi va devoir se plier Jack Altringham, héritier du duc d'Eynsford fraîchement débarqué d'Australie.
    Pour l'aider, une seule candidate, la charmante Georgie. Mais, dès son arrivée à Kingsdowne Place, dans le Kent, elle découvre que certains membres de la famille d'Eynsford se donnent beaucoup de mal pour mener la vie dure à son élève. Et quelques jours plus tard, le duc meurt poignardé.
    Aux yeux de tous, Jack est le suspect parfait. Sauf pour Georgie qui va tout faire pour démêler le faux du vrai entre petits secrets, rancune de classe et vengeance à froid...

  • Écosse, 1933.
    Tandis que son cher Darcy se la coule douce en Amérique du Sud pour les fêtes de fin d'année, et que sa mère s'est réfugiée dans le hameau perdu de Tiddleton-under-Lovey en compagnie du drolatique dramaturge Noel Coward, Georgie, elle, se retrouve coincée au château de Rannoch suite à une tempête de neige.
    C'est donc pour elle un miracle de Noël lorsqu'on fait appel à ses services pour animer une sauterie entre aristocrates à Tiddleton. Ce paisible village tout droit sorti des pages du Chant de Noël de Dickens connaît hélas une succession de tragiques événements : après qu'un enquiquineur du coin s'est cassé le cou en tombant d'un arbre, deux autres soi-disant accidents font deux nouvelles victimes...
    /> Se pourrait-il qu'un vent mauvais souffle au pays des merveilles ?
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1933.
    La reine vient de confier une nouvelle mission à notre héritière favorite : partir à la recherche de sa précieuse tabatière, volée sur la très hédoniste et chic Côte d'Azur.
    Georgie, déjà comblée par la confiance que lui accorde Sa Majesté, a l'heureuse surprise de voir Coco Chanel en personne lui proposer d'être son modèle pour ses dernières créations ! Toutefois, pendant le défilé, les choses se passent atrocement mal : le collier inestimable qu'elle porte, appartenant lui aussi à la reine, est subtilisé à son tour. Et, peu après, un homme est retrouvé assassiné !
    Avec deux vols sur les bras et un meurtrier en liberté, Georgie n'a pas vraiment le loisir de profiter du casino...
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1932.
    Les affaires de Georgie sont loin d'être au beau fixe. Afin de se faire un peu d'argent, elle a alors l'idée du siècle (selon elle) : tenir compagnie à des gentlemen de passage dans la capitale. Une pièce de théâtre, un bon dîner, un brin de conversation et le tour est joué ! Sauf que son premier client attend visiblement une conclusion bien différente à cette soirée...
    Pour éviter un scandale, Georgie est renvoyée fissa en Écosse. Mais il ne s'agit pas seulement d'une punition. En effet, Scotland Yard lui confie une tâche de la plus haute importance : surveiller la partie de chasse royale qui se tient au château de Balmoral. Quelqu'un vise les héritiers du trône britannique, et qui d'autre que Georgie, avec son flair légendaire, pourrait démasquer le coupable ?
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1932.
    La reine a confié à Georgie une nouvelle mission délicate : elle doit héberger la princesse Hanneflore de Bavière et jouer les entremetteuses entre elle et le prince de Galles dans l'espoir que ce dernier se détourne enfin de son amante américaine.
    Mais entre la propension d'Hanni à séduire tout ce qui porte une moustache, son langage de charretier et sa fâcheuse tendance au vol à l'étalage, Georgie a déjà fort à faire. Et comme si tout cela ne suffisait pas, la princesse bavaroise se retrouve mêlée à un meurtre... Pour éviter un scandale diplomatique, Georgie va devoir remettre sa casquette de détective amateur et se résoudre à démasquer le véritable coupable.
    Entre Downton Abbey et The Crown, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !
    « Bien plus qu'un simple roman policier, Son Espionne royale mêle avec brio amour, histoire, humour et mystère. Captivant ! » Louise Penny, auteure de Nature morte.

  • Londres, 1932.
    La reine demande à Georgie de s'acquitter d'une tâche bien délicate : représenter la famille royale lors du mariage de la princesse de Roumanie et du prince de Bulgarie, qui aura lieu en Transylvanie dans le fameux château de Bran. Georgie accepte avec plaisir, d'autant que la mariée se trouve être une ancienne camarade d'école.
    Mais le château est lugubre, l'atmosphère de la région, berceau de toutes les légendes de vampires, macabre. Et le séjour de Georgie prend un tour carrément terrifiant quand, la veille de la cérémonie, l'un des invités meurt empoisonné ! C'est à elle qu'il revient de sauver les festivités nuptiales... avant que la mort ne sépare les jeunes mariés un peu plus tôt que prévu.
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1932.
    Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, fille du duc de Glen Garry et Rannoch, trente-quatrième héritière du trône britannique, est complètement fauchée depuis que son demi-frère lui a coupé les vivres. Et voilà qu'en plus ce dernier veut la marier à un prince roumain !
    Georgie, qui refuse qu'on lui dicte sa vie, s'enfuit à Londres pour échapper à cette funeste promesse de mariage : elle va devoir apprendre à se débrouiller par elle-même.
    Mais le lendemain de son arrivée dans la capitale, la reine la convoque à Buckingham pour la charger d'une mission pour le moins insolite : espionner son fils, le prince de Galles, qui fricote avec une certaine Américaine...
    Entre Downton Abbey et The Crown, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !
    « Bien plus qu'un simple roman policier, Son Espionne royale mêle avec brio amour, histoire, humour et mystère. Captivant ! » Louise Penny, auteure de Nature morte.

  • Farleigh field

    Rhys Bowen

    • City
    • 21 Octobre 2020

    En cette année 1941, même si la guerre fait rage dans toute l'Europe, rien ne semble pouvoir bouleverser le mode de vie aristocratique de la famille Westerham. Jusqu'au jour où le corps d'un mystérieux parachutiste est découvert sur les terres de leur domaine de Farleigh Place. Leur monde si bien ordonné se fissure. La victime était-elle un espion allemand ? Agent des services secrets et ami de la famille, Ben Cresswell est chargé de mener, discrètement, l'enquête.
    Il retourne dans cette propriété dont il garde tant de bons souvenirs, mais aussi des blessures encore à vif. Il y retrouve Pamela, la fille des Westerham dont il a toujours été amoureux, et un passé qu'il croyait enfoui resurgit. La mission de Ben à Farleigh Place va révéler les sentiments et les secrets d'une famille dont le destin sera bouleversé à tout jamais.

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  • When New York theatre impresario Tommy Burke asks Molly Murphy to help him take care of some family business back in Ireland, Molly is happy to oblige. Tempted by the prospect of going home for the first time in years (and putting her fledging detective agency on firm financial ground), Molly throws caution to the wind and climbs aboard the White Start Liner Majestic with hopes of sneaking on and off the isle without raising a peep. Until one passenger, who happens to be a famous Broadway actress goes missing-'and another turns up dead. So much for smooth sailing . . .

  • Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is contemplating giving up PI work for something a little less...exciting. Molly has had quite enough excitement recently, thank you very much. Especially from the handsome but deceptive NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan. She wants him out of her life for good. But when Daniel is accused of accepting bribes and lands himself in the Tombs, the notorious city jail, he begs Molly to help prove he was framed. After everything they've been through together, how can she turn him down? As Molly finds herself drawn further into Daniel's case, Molly begins to fear that his trouble is related to one of his investigations: catching a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, known to the locals as the East Side Ripper . . .

  • Molly's sixth sense is warning her - danger and death lie ahead!A woman private eye in a man's world, Molly Murphy is having a hard time succeeding in running her detective agency in New York. That's why she agrees to go undercover for the NYPD to expose a pair of spiritualist sisters as con artists... even though the offer of work has come from police captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan had once won Molly's heart - until she discovered he has a socialite fiancée and an upcoming society wedding. Still, needs must, and so Molly finds herself posing as an Irish cousin at the uptown mansion of Senator Barney Flynn. Flynn's invalid wife hopes the psychic sisters can contact her dead son, kidnapped and lost in a sensational crime, and after a spooky séance, Molly isn't so sure the sisters are fake... but she's certain the police bungled the kidnapping case. But very soon her questions are leading her to danger... and it doesn't take a psychic to tell Molly that if she continues she may very well end up dead!

  • Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene . . . My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again - which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony - especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!Mother's movie and Darcy's larceny lead everyone to Cy's Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there's enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead - as if there wasn't enough drama already . . .

  • As thirty-fifth in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right, not in His Majesty's back.Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn't landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen, and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham, the Duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia, for high society.The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants, none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward.And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the Duke

  • She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the New Year - before a Christmas killer wrings another neck . . . On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - well, actually, my true love, Darcy O'Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I'm snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.So it's a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But then there are three deaths, so-called accidents. Perhaps a recent prison break could have something to do with it . . . that, or a long-standing witch's curse. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.

  • Royalty has its privileges, even when you're thirty-fourth in line to the throne, as Lady Georgiana Rannoch discovers on the glamorous - and dangerous - French Riviera . . .Why should my clueless brother, Binky, and his decidedly disagreeable wife, Fig, be the only ones to enjoy the fun and sun of the French Riviera? Thankfully, Her Majesty the Queen has once again come to my rescue. She is sending me off to Nice with a secret assignment - recover her priceless, stolen snuff box from the disreputable Sir Toby Groper.Her Majesty's trust is an honour, but an even greater honour is bestowed upon me in Nice - none other than Coco Chanel herself asks me to model her latest fashion. Unfortunately, things go disastrously wrong on the catwalk and before I can snatch the snuff box, someone's life is snuffed out in a very dastardly way. With a murderer on the loose - and my dearest Darcy seen in the company of another woman - how's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

  • Thirty-fourth in line to the throne - and England's poorest heiress - Lady Georgiana finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs . . .
    With my hateful brother Binky in town, I've been desperately seeking an escape. To my delight, it comes in the form of an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania-legendary home of vampires. I soon realise why I was the one honoured with such an invitation. The bride, Princess Maria Theresa, happens to be my old school chum, Matty. But my stay in her macabre-looking castle turns unnerving when I find dear Matty with blood running down her chin. Then, during the ceremony, a prominent wedding guest is poisoned. Something must be done lest the nuptial festivities go to ruin, or, worse yet, the couple's vows become: to love and to cherish, till undeath do us part . . .

  • In her third Royal Spyness whodunit, Rhys Bowen returns with Lady Georgiana, thirty-fourth in line to the throne, everyone's favorite penniless heiress . . .
    With its posh clientele gone to the country, my fledgling housecleaning business has fizzled. Now to make a living I must rely on my other talents, as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But on my first and only assignment, the not-so-gentle man seems to have quite the wrong idea - and Darcy, my on-again-but-usually-off-again beau, must come to my rescue . . . To avoid further scandal, I'm shipped home, like a naughty schoolgirl, to Castle Rannoch, where I am required to keep the entirely unsuitable Mrs. Simpson from seducing the Prince of Wales. Oh, and I've also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard by keeping an eye on the members of the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince of Wales instead of quails. And manage all this without strangling my odious sister-in-law, Fig, or my spineless brother, Binky . . .

  • It's 1930s London, and Lady Georgiana - thirty-fourth in line to the throne - has a lot on her plate, but little in her cupboards, in this national bestseller . . .Baked beans and boiled eggs. That's what my houseguest, the Bavarian Princess, will have to eat if I don't get help posthaste. The Queen of England has requested I entertain said princess, placing her in the playboy prince's path in hopes he might finally marry. But queens never consider money, of which I have little. And which is why I moonlight as a maid-in-disguise. My plans:1) Clean house in manner of palace
    2) Blackmail brother Binky into sending a few quid
    3) Un-teach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies - lest she address queen as "old broad", and
    4) Keep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like fish.Then there's the matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni's unwitting involvement with the communist party. It's enough to drive a girl mad . . .

  • The author of the Molly Murphy mysteries now turns her attentions to the mischief, mishaps and musings of minor English royalty My ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. Thirty-fourth in line for the throne, I am, as they say, flat broke. When my brother Binky cut off my meager allowance, I bolted from Scotland - and my engagement to Fish-Face (I mean, Prince Siegfried) - for London, where I have:a) built a fire in the hearth - entirely on my own, thank you very much b) fallen for an absolutely unsuitable Irish peer c) made a few quid housekeeping incognito, and d) been summoned by the Queen Herself to spy on her playboy son. Less than thrilled with this last bit, I'm wondering what to do, when an arrogant Frenchman - who was trying to swipe our family estate! - winds up dead in my bathtub. Now, my new job is to clear that very long family name . . .

  • A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - thirty forth in line to the throne, and England's poorest heiress.At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie's rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears . . .

  • Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen - especially one that includes lodging. The King's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumours about George's libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn't so simple.George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men - including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George's mistresses.Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds - and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places - the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

  • Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common - nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible subway crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.Molly's detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She's healing from injuries sustained in the train crash and she's refurbishing her house, which has only just been rebuilt after burning down. She's also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus's most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel's murder case.Rhys Bowen's characteristic blend of atmospheric turn-of-the-century history, clever plotting, and sparkling characters will delight readers in The Edge of Dreams, the latest in her bestselling Molly Murphy series.

  • With Molly Murphy's wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan quickly approaching, the Irish sleuth heads to the Westchester County countryside, where his mother can lend her a hand and advise her on a bride's proper place. And shockingly, Molly seems to be agreeing. She has already promised that she'll close up her PI business and settle down after marrying, but she isn't a married woman yet. So, when she gets word of a possible case, she sneaks back into the city to squeeze in a little more sleuthing before the wedding bells can ring.A wealthy Chinese immigrant wants her to find his missing bride, and Molly - sure she isn't getting the whole story - suspects that his bride ran off. But where could she go? The only Chinese women in early-twentieth-century New York are kept under lock and key, and Molly can't help but wonder if she's saving the woman from the streets or helping to lock her away for good.Rhys Bowen's deft touch and charming wit make Bless the Bride another stellar addition to her Anthony and Agatha award-winning historical series.

  • Molly Murphy-'Molly Sullivan, now that she and Daniel are finally married-'is bored. Having given up her detective agency when she married, she now finds that her life is much less exciting, her days an endless stretch of housekeeping and chores. But when Molly secretly attends a suffragist meeting with her friends Sid and Gus and meets a shy, distracted woman who claims to live in a haunted house, everything is about to change.Rhys Bowen's short story The Face in the Mirror offers just the taste of mystery and mayhem fans will need to tide them over until the next Molly Murphy novel.

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