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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

Author(s): Rhys Bowen

Location(s): Kenya

Genre(s): Historical, Cosy Mystery

Era(s): 1930s

Royal Spyness Mystery 13

Georgie is excited when Darcy announces out of the blue that they are flying to Kenya for their extended honeymoon. It is only after they arrive that she suspects he has actually been sent there on assignment. She tries not to be angry – she is, after all, in paradise] The couple are picked up in Nairobi and taken to a lovely house in Happy Valley, the centre of upper-class English life in the city. Here, Darcy finally confides that there have been some spectacular robberies in London and Paris, and it is suspected that the thief was a member of the aristocracy who may have fled to Kenya. Georgie is shocked at the decadent lifestyle, wild parties and rampant infidelity in Happy Valley; especially when one of the leading lights in the community, Lord Cheriton, makes a play for Georgie herself. She rebuffs him and later he is found dead along a lonely stretch of road. At first it seems to be a lion attack. But why was he on that stretch of road, alone, late at night? It seems the Happy Valley community wants to close the case, but as Georgie and Darcy investigate, it turns out almost everyone has a motive to want Lord Cheriton dead.

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