- 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
- 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)
0 current holds with 2 total copies.
|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Bagley Public Library||M MON (Text)||33500013297619||New||Checked out||12/15/2020|
|Detroit Lakes Public Library||M MON (Text)||33500013297627||New||Checked out||12/18/2020|
- ISBN: 1250178398
- ISBN: 9781250178398
320 pages ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
|Summary, etc.:||"More goes wrong than could be imagined when Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge of The Right Sort Marriage Bureau are unexpectedly engaged to dig into the past of a suitor of a royal princess in Allison Montclair's delightful second novel, A Royal Affair. In London 1946, The Right Sort Marriage Bureau is just beginning to take off and the proprietors, Miss Iris Sparks and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, are in need of a bigger office and a secretary to handle the growing demand. Unfortunately, they don't yet have the necessary means. So when a woman arrives - a cousin of Gwen's - with an interesting and quite remunerative proposition, they two of them are all ears. The cousin, one Lady Matheson, works for the Queen in "some capacity" and is in need of some discreet investigation. It seems that the Princess Elizabeth has developed feelings for a dashing Greek prince and a blackmail note has arrived, alluding to some potentially damaging information about said prince. Wanting to keep this out of the palace gossip circles, but also needing to find out what skeletons might lurk in the prince's closet, the palace has quietly turned to Gwen and Iris. Without causing a stir, the two of them must now find out what secrets lurk in the prince's past, before his engagement to the future Queen of England is announced. And there's more at stake than the future of the Empire - there is their potential new office that lies in the balance"--Provided by publisher.|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1
The second installment in Montclair's Sparks and Bainbridge series (following The Right Sort of Man, 2019) features a royal plot that fully engages the partners in the Right Sort Marriage Bureau. Iris Sparks, former British intelligence officer, and Gwen Bainbridge, upper-crust widow, are succeeding at their high-end matchmaking business in post-WWII London, but once again, crime intrudes. A palace insider asks the duo to vet Philip of Greece, who is courting Princess Elizabeth. It seems a blackmailer possesses letters indicating that Philip's parentage may be in question, and it's up to Iris and Gwen to authenticate the letters and find the blackmailers. That, naturally, leads to murder, but all is explained in a smart, Agatha Christieâstyle finale in which friends and foes are gathered to hear who did what and why. One of the series strengths is the focus on the personal lives of Iris and Gwen, both of whom are struggling, Iris with the consequences of her activities during the war, Gwen with battling for custody of her son. Written with flair and lots of snarky humor, this is great fun for British mystery fans. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
ALLISON MONTCLAIR grew up devouring hand-me-down Agatha Christie paperbacks and James Bond movies. As a result of this deplorable upbringing, Montclair became addicted to tales of crime, intrigue, and espionage. She now spends her spare time poking through the corners, nooks, and crannies of history, searching for the odd mysterious bits and transforming them into novels of her own.
Search for related items by subject
|Subject:||Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain 1926-
London (England) History 20th century Fiction
Women-owned business enterprises Fiction
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain 1926- Fiction
|Genre:||Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.