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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs | Rhys Bowen
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Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley, but murder crashes the party in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series. I was so excited when Darcy announced out of the blue that we were flying to Kenya for our extended honeymoon. Now that we are here, I suspect he has actually been sent to fulfill another secret mission. I am trying very hard not to pick a fight about it, because after all, we are in paradise! Darcy finally confides that there have been robberies in London and Paris. It seems the thief was a member of the aristocracy and may have fled to Kenya. Since we are staying in the Happy Valley--the center of upper-class English life--we are well positioned to hunt for clues and ferret out possible suspects. Now that I am a sophisticated married woman, I am doing my best to sound like one. But crikey! These aristocrats are a thoroughly loathsome sort enjoying a completely decadent lifestyle filled with wild parties and rampant infidelity. And one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, has the nerve to make a play for me. While I am on my honeymoon! Of course, I put an end to that right off. When he is found bloodied and lifeless along a lonely stretch of road, it appears he fell victim to a lion. But it seems that the Happy Valley community wants to close the case a bit too quickly. Darcy and I soon discover that there is much more than a simple robbery and an animal attack to contend with here in Kenya. Nearly everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead and some will go to great lengths to silence anyone who asks too many questions. The hunt is on! I just hope I can survive my honeymoon long enough to catch a killer. . . .
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rebbyj
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always fun

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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As a Vegetarian I had hard time w/ discussions of hunting & descriptions of animal skins. Glad neither Georgie or Darcy participated in killing of animals. I'm not saying it should have been left out. It is historically accurate. As is depiction of British Aristocracy. It's the ugly side of the British empire. It just made it less of the happy read I come to expect from this series. 🕵️‍♀️ #royalspyness

Crinoline_Laphroaig I did like was Georgie and Darcy working as a team. Learning to make compromises in their marriage.
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ralexist
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Set in 1930s Kenya, the mysterious death of a English expat coincides with the honeymoon trip of the MC. I applaud the idea and the setting but I didn't find the story as compelling. Although a few famous faces showed up, it missed some of the quirky regular characters that make this series great. All great elements for what should've been a great story but it just felt a little flat to me.

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JenlovesJT47
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This was just okay, not one of my favorites. The mystery aspect seemed to drag a bit, and there was not much humor. Newly married Georgie seemed more naive if possible. Still, the beautiful setting of Kenya makes up for it a bit. 3⭐️

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MKbookworm
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It was a treat to listen to Rhys Bowen discuss her newest book and upcoming projects. Can‘t wait to start this one.

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Verity
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Enjoyed this. The mystery is less in the foreground than usual - because there‘s plenty of Darcy and Georgie going on. And I thought Bowen did a good job of giving an idea of the Happy Valley set and their antics without altering the tone of the series.

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Verity
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Current historical crime read - and it‘s reminding me how fascinating (in a oh my goodness can‘t look away sort of way) the Happy Valley are are. I‘ve read a fair few books about this lot, but I want more - so give me your recommendations!

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Amie
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Mehso-so

This was a light, entertaining, easy read, which is what I expect from this series. The mystery got started far too late in the book, and sometimes it feels like the main characters don't learn or change much, which gets a little old. I missed some of the usual fun side characters, but this had an interesting setting.

Tove_Reads I enjoyed her other two series, but didn‘t really get into this one. 6mo
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jillrhudy
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Surely I haven‘t read 13 of these?!? But I‘ve read every one, so indeed I have. I gobbled it up like a hot hors d‘oevre but could not help feeling that it didn‘t quite meet my expectations. Bowen placing Georgiana and Darcy among the Happy Valley set should have been much more intriguing somehow. She‘s trying to do too much in too few pages and I missed Queenie. Wotcher, miss! #mystery #series #anglophilesoflitsy