Light and fluffy mysteries – when you need a break from the grim, dark, violent and CSI-inspired

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Lady Georgianna needs to save the monarchy from scandal? Small town ladies jump in and protect the community from sneaky bankers and cads? Down-on-your-luck society folks stop murderers and evil-doers? Light and fluffy? You bet!  Loads of jumping in.  Loads of risky behavior that ends well enough.  A few handsome men.  A few men who underestimate women.  Plenty to keep things rolling along. Good for an end-of-summer kind of read? Absolutely!

Rhys Bowen’s latest, Malice at the Palace, brings back Lady Georgianna Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the throne and always in the middle of something. The queen seems to keep finding little jobs for her to do which spare her from being forced to marry creepy aristocrats or live with her brother and unpleasant sister-in-law at their drafty castle in Scotland. This time, she finds a body just after taking Prince George’s fiancée to meet her new family. Lady Georgianna’s love interest with a mysterious past also reappears. It’s fun, it’s fast, and things keep moving along without too much gore and gloom — just what I needed as summer starts to wind down and that to-do list is growing.

It reminded me of how much I enjoy similar light mysteries – nuns who specialize in herbal poisons, spinsters who are just too nosy and all of the other characters above, too. If you’re looking for something similar, try one of these:

Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series or her Molly Murphy series. Learn more here.

Margaret Frazer’s Sister Frevisse series. Learn more here.

Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma series.

Jill Churchill’s Grace and Favor series.

Susan Wittig Albert’s Darling Dahlias series. Learn more at http://www.darlingdahlias.com/index.php

Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series. Learn more at http://phrynefisher.com/ The Phryne Fisher stories have been made into a great TV series, available through some online streaming services and at many public libraries – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I would watch them just to see Phryne’s clothes—simply wonderful!  Light and fluffy and oh, so fun!

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