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Georgie is just back from her honeymoon with Darcy when a friend in need pulls her into a du Maurier-like murder in this all-new installment in the New York Times best-selling Royal Spyness series from Rhys Bowen!

Georgie's best friend, Belinda, inherits a spooky old house in Cornwall and asks Georgie to go with her to inspect the property. When they arrive, they meet Rose, a woman Belinda knew as a child when she spent her summers with her grandmother in Cornwall. Belinda never liked Rose, who has always been bossy and a bit of a bully, but when Belinda's house proves to be uninhabitable, Rose invites them to stay with her. 

Rose is now married to Tony Summers, Belinda's childhood crush, and lives in the lovely house on the cliffs that he has inherited. Rose confides that she thinks Tony killed his first wife and now she is afraid. She asks Georgie and Belinda to observe Tony's behavior and their surroundings. Is Rose imagining things? Is Tony dangerous? In their quest for answers, they encounter a creepy housekeeper, Mrs. Manners, and learn that some kind of forgotten tragedy occurred on the property years ago involving them all. 

There is a lot of strange to go around and things only get weirder - and deadlier - when one night a member of the household is found dead. All clues point to Belinda as the prime suspect. Now Georgie must uncover some long buried secrets that may prove the victim was really a villain before Belinda takes the fall for the murder.

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This is what I like

Yes! Lady Georgie and Rhys Bowen are back. The previous book was a major disappointment and I was a tad reticent to pre-order this audiobook but I did and I’m glad. The old Georgie is back and I’m pleased to say that Rhys has written a book up to her usual high standards.

Georgie and Darcy are settled into their new home but his career calls him away, again. Georgie goes to London to catch up with friends but finds “there’s no ZuZu (audiobook listener;unsure of the spelling), no Belinda, no Queen Mary, and no Grand Dad.” When she returns to Aynsley, who should appear but Belinda with her new Aston Martin and a plan to visit the property in Cornwall left to her by her Grandmother. So the two of them hit the road.

I liked the story of Belinda’s childhood and the people from her youth she meets when back in Cornwall. One of those early friends recognizes her and insists that Georgie and Belinda stay with her and her husband. The husband, by the way, who Belinda knows a little better than is acceptable. It is Belinda, after all. There are many strange things happening and many stories from decades ago. They all make for mystery and, of course, a murder for Georgie to investigate. Good stuff!

Queenie appears sparingly, which is fine with me. The narration was not the least bit of a distraction. Katie Kellgren is still missed but Jasmine Blackborow is filling in nicely.

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Marvelous cozy mystery!

THE LAST MRS. SUMMERS is Book 14 in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness cozy mystery series about Lady Georgina (Georgie) Runneth who is now Mrs. Darcy O'Mara since she gave up her claim to the British crown (she was 35th in line so she gave up nothing of value). Georgie has no formal training as a murder investigator but she has a real talent and lots of opportunity because she is called on to solve one or more murders in each book in the Royal Spyness series. This series is set early in the 20th century (Approx. 100 years ago).

This novel has Georgie and her best friend Belinda Warburton-Stokes visiting the south coast of England while Darcy O'Mara is away on an assignment. They end up staying in the castle of an old make friend of Belinda's when the owner of the castle is found naked and dead on Belinda's bed with the bloody knife that stabbed him in Belinda's hands. Three other people end up murdered. Georgie's task is to solve the murders while staying out of the way of the police.

The prior novel in the series titled Love and Death Among the Cheetahs is set in Africa during the honeymoon of Georgie and Darcy O'Mara. It is the only bad novel in the wonderful series. The Last Mrs. Summers is a nice recovery back to the 5 star ratings of all earlier series novels.

I started listening to the series because it was narrated by Katherine Kellgren who was simply the best narrator ever. Kellgren died of cancer much too soon early in 2018. Jasmine Blackborow has done a very good job of narrating the three series novels published since Kellgren's death but there is no way she or anyone else could match the incredible narrating job of Katherine Kellgren.

I recommend this series and this novel. Each novel is standalone but reading the novels in order helps to observe the unmatched character development of the many characters by author Rhys Bowen.

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After the dud that was Love and Death Among the Cheetahs I am happy to say Georgie is back on track.
There was one or two glimpses of a Georgie that I didn't like - but overall I feel she was a more empathetic, less of a ... well frankly a bit of a snob. I feel Rhys might be listening to her readers (or in this case listeners)
There were a couple of items I did not like in this book though - I feel the "investigation" was a little fruitless. I also feel sometimes we could get to the murder a little faster and work though the details after. Rhys has a great talent for story telling but when the murder feels like it is midway through the book it doesn't help. And lastly, her use of repetition (I say this again and again) needs to be toned down. I am all for a shorter story without that.
I did like the characters in this book outside the usual crowd. Though I did miss Georgie's mum (sometimes she brings that bit of glam we need. Belinda is great but she can only carry the story so far.)
I would like to see another adventure after this one set at home. And I would love to see another book where characters make a return - would like Coco Chanel who I loved.
Onto the next entry - I look forward to it.
And whilst I know we all miss Katherine Kellgren I do feel that Jasmine Blackborow is a worthy successor. I loved both her previous performances. I know some people didn't. But she worked hard in this book and I liked it!

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Loved it!

It's been a while since I read from this series but I jumped in again and I'm so glad I did. Fun premise, fabulous narrator - a winning combination. I was sorry when it was over and look forward to the next book!

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Glad Georgie is back in Britain

Belinda is not as superficial as she was when younger. She and Georgie are great together. The story had me guessing up until the very end.

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horrible narration of all the male characters

Jasmine Blackborow has a tough job here, filling in for the much loved and dearly departed former narrator of the previous Royal Spyness novels......and she unfortunately barely makes a passing grade. I got used to her voicing of Georgie and Belinda, not so different as to make me feel that I didn't know who and what they were like, but every male character was just horrific. For some reason they not only had bad accents (that's the worst Irish brogue I've ever heard), somehow she dropped the volume and the speed of them, making every man sound quiet and sleepy or stoned most of the time. It was really distracting, and I'm sad to say it will be the last Royal Spyness novel I'll listen to. That's a shame, because the story itself was kind of fun - Georgie set up in her new estate with husband Darcy, while Belinda inherits some money and a ramshackle old cottage in Cornwall from her grandmother. The mystery itself is not that big a deal and entirely foreshadowed, but the mystery itself was never really the point in these novels, the characters were.

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Story is fine, don’t care for the narrator

I’m normally disappointed when Darcy appears only briefly in a new Royal Spyness, but this time it was almost a relief. The new narrator really isn’t up to the standard set by Katherine Kellgen. It’s understandable that Ms. Blackborow has her own take on the voices, but Darcy sounds flat and almost feminine. Belinda and Georgie sound almost alike. She got Queenie spot on, but she also wasn’t much present.

The story is fine, not as derivative as I’d feared, and it’s nice to see the character development of Belinda and some of the possibilities opening for her in this book. I’m hooked on this series and will surely buy those that follow, but with a hope to return to the previous narration.

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Georgie's life copies Rebecca in a fresh way

A delightful trip through beautiful Cornwall for Georgie and Belinda leads them to mystery like that of the classic REBECCA. Very well done .
I hope to see more about smuggling in the area whether it is historical or current to the 1930s Also more of Darcy and Georgie working together to solve crime.

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it wasn't the best out the the series

the beginning of the book, the narrator made gorgie to whiny. I almost had to turn it off. I see her as a strong woman and hated the way she was being presented. it did get better.

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Gaffs

I love these books. They are fun. No harm done but, they read Belinda the Miranda rights years before the were enacted.

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  • Peta S.
  • 08-18-20

who done it

loved it great twists in the storyline terrific who done it in high society ☺️

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  • Carol
  • 08-12-20

Brilliant book

Been waiting along time for this book after reading all the others and it didn't disappoint me. Love all the characters and hope there will be another book coming out soon.

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  • Jay D.
  • 08-05-21

Sounds like a Penny Dreadful!

Perhaps this book is more palatable when read than as an audio version. The voices were ghastly, stereo typical whinging aristocracy, more Edwardian than 1938...I tried to return it but couldn't, so suffered to the end. An intro says it's a homage to Daphne Du Maurier's "Rebecca". Just read that instead!

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 08-13-20

The Last Mrs Summers

This is another really funny story where she stumbles across the clues but is able to solve the murders of this grand house. It is a lovey listen with Jasmine Blackborrow voice.

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  • noddy
  • 12-04-20

Okay

Getting a bit repetitive with so few regular characters and life with Darcy, frightful one dimension bore, is just predictable regardless of the number of bodies. He does the same thing every story, unimaginative self opinionated fantasy. His accent however has gotten better with the new reader and i do like her work.
Same old but still good fun. The bad girls are more believable than the rest.

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  • Richard
  • 08-22-20

A murderously good novel

Familiar faces. Darcy is still the romantic. suspenseful. Couldnt wait to solve the crime and exonerate a main character