Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

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Georgie is excited when Darcy announces out of the blue that they are flying to Kenya for their extended honeymoon-- but when arrive she suspects he has actually been sent there on an assignment. They are picked up in Nairobi and taken to a lovely house in Happy Valley, the center of upper-class English life. There have been some spectacular robberies in London and Paris, and it is suspected that the thief may have fled to Kenya. The decadent lifestyle at Happy Valley involves wild parties and rampant infidelity. When Lord Cheriton makes a play for Georgie she rebuffs him-- and he is later found dead along a lonely stretch of road. And almost everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead. -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432867102
Characteristics: 459 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Alternative Title: Love & death among the cheetahs


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Sep 09, 2019

Georgiana and Darcy are finally married. They have no money, which is not a surprise, so they spend the first few days of married life in a borrowed houseboat on a deserted stretch of the Thames. But finally Georgie wants to leave sex and champagne for cucumber sandwiches and a bath. None of their options are without drawbacks until Darcy announces they can continue the honeymoon in Kenya. Wanting him to herself, Georgie agrees and meets various of the characters who come under suspicion for jewel smuggling, working for Hitler, and murder. And Georgie is supposed to keep an eye on David, the heir to the throne, and of course, Mrs. Simpson.

The British expatriates are at their smug, class-conscious, snobbish, bed-hopping best. And the mystery surrounding the murder victim is complicated by timing and the large number who could be glad he’s dead. Keeping track of her cousin is almost a non-starter, but Georgie does figure out who did it after she and Darcy survive some interesting attempts on their lives.

Not the best of the series’ books, but glimpses of Africa and of course the fact they are finally married are good.

Aug 30, 2019

I enjoyed this book as much as I have enjoyed her previous novels!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 07, 2019

While this wasn't the strongest installment in the Royal Spyness series, I appreciate the trickiness of writing a book about British aristocrats set in colonial-era Africa, and thought Bowen did attempt to handle it with sensitivity, though didn't quiiiiiiite always succeed as well as she could have. It's incredibly satisfying as a longtime reader of the series to see Darcy and Georgie's relationship continuing to progress as they begin their marriage, and though the mystery felt like a bit of an afterthought, I'll definitely continue with this series, even if I'm hoping for a slightly more engaging next book.


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