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The Royal Assassin

(The third book in the Victorian Bookshop Mystery series)
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The members of the Archivist Society are once again searching for justice--this time investigating a burglary that blew up a safe and the room containing it, and searching for the thief who killed a young man who tried to stop them. Then the Duke of Blackford appears at the door of Georgie's bookstore, seeking to enlist her help in protecting the Russian Princess, Kira, who is on a visit to her fiancé, Duke Hereford. So the Archivist Society takes on two simultaneous investigations, and Georgina must go undercover, posing as the secretary to the Duchess who is hosting the Princess and as an English tutor to the Princess.
This is a pleasant and interesting mystery, weaving in lots of information about British society, particularly as it is seen through the eyes of an ordinary Britisher--a self-reliant, feminist book seller. And the characters are wonderfully engaging, especially since we have now seen them through three novels. Here, we pick up entertaining background information about Sumner and Emma. The plot drives forward nicely, with a few intense scenes that kept me reading--sometimes even into the early hours of the next day. (Yawn.) This is a fine series. Give it a shot!

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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