Naughty in Nice

Naughty in Nice

eBook - 2011
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Royalty has its privileges, even when you're thirty-fourth in line to the throne, as Lady Georgiana Rannoch discovers on the glamorousђ́ؤand dangerousђ́ؤFrench Riviera... Why should my clueless brother, Binky, and his decidedly disagreeable wife, Fig, be the only ones to enjoy the fun and sun of the French Riviera? Thankfully, Her Majesty the Queen has once again come to my rescue. She is sending me off to Nice with a secret assignmentђ́ؤrecover her priceless, stolen snuff box from the disreputable Sir Toby Groper. Her Majesty's trust is an honor, but an even greater honor is bestowed upon me in Niceђ́ؤnone other than Coco Chanel herself asks me to model her latest fashion. Unfortunately, things go disastrously wrong on the catwalk and before I can snatch the snuff box, someone's life is snuffed out in a very dastardly way. With a murderer on the looseђ́ؤand my dearest Darcy seen in the company of another womanђ́ؤhow's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781101543818
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jan 17, 2019

I almost gave up on this at the start with all the name dropping, royalty, coco etc. but I'm glad I read on. The story is a bit silly but well written with a few twists and turns. Never heard of the author but she has won several awards and I can see why.

Recommended for a light read to cozy mystery fans.

Dec 15, 2016

(The fifth book in the Royal Spyness series)

Feb 20, 2016

A fun read. Interesting story of a trip to the Riviera at a time when a lot of aristocrats had lost their fortunes.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 08, 2015

This series is such a fun read, somehow not becoming frustrating despite the fact that Georgie's personal life often gives the impression of having had the reset button hit at the beginning of each installment. Bowen is smart to keep changing the setting--we've been in London, Scotland, Transylvania, and now the South of France--and while it of course is absurd that the same cast of supporting characters manages to show up in whatever far-flung locale Georgie finds herself in, you're having too much fun reading about her adventures to complain. Fun, fluffy escapism (in the best possible way).

Nov 20, 2014

Another great Royal Spyness book! They never disappoint!

Jun 09, 2014

One of my least favorite books in this series, probably because Georgie's selfish/neglectful mother was front and center for much of the story.

Apr 29, 2014

This writer is dependably funny, witty and interesting. She writes light mysteries which in some respects are reminiscent of Wodehouse, in terms of the characters, and the convoluted plot-lines. When you need a nice, light read that will entertain, she's a good one to pick up.

Apr 15, 2013

I enjoyed once again looking in on the "royals" & how they act away from home! The story was entaining but I thought it was a little long. I do like the main characters that are woven into every story especially the grandad!

Jan 23, 2013

I really like all the Royal Spyness series.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes May 03, 2012

Nice (lol), light read. Fun for an afternoon with tea.

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DanniOcean Oct 03, 2011

In the fifth installment of the adventures of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie daughter of the second Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch and thirty-fourth in line to the throne of England - Georgie for short - we find the intrepid near-royal feeling very sorry for herself as all her not-nearly-as-poor friends are off to spend the winter in the south of France. Being impoverished during a depression is tough. Being an impoverished near-royal during a depression is even harder, believe it or not, when one has never been trained in anything useful (knowing which is the shrimp fork doesn't count) and one can hardly ask one's cousin the Queen for a loan. But if it's one thing Georgie does have, it's gumption, which has led Queen Mary to call upon her from time to time to help avoid some royal scandals. This time the Queen comes to Georgie's rescue - instead of being banished to the cold ancestral home in the north of Scotland (because her nasty and selfish sister-in-law Fig refuses to invite her to France), Georgie's way will be paid for by the Queen - if she will undertake a small commission or two for her. First, retrieve a stolen snuffbox from a suspected thief and second, keep an eye on her cousin Edward and that upstart woman of his, Wallis Simpson. That is not all that happens to Georgie in Nice, however. She reconnects with her lovely actress mother, comes to the attention of Coco Chanel who insists Georgie be a model for her latest collection, and catches the eye of a certain roguish Marquis - much to the consternation of a certain Irish peer who has long been Georgie's fascination. Of course, this is Georgie we're talking about. The snuff-box thief turns up dead with Georgie as prime suspect. While walking the catwalk she promptly trips, falls into the lap of a Russian princess and in the ensuing confusion Queen Mary's borrowed ruby necklace is stolen. What else could happen? Well, that Irish peer could turn up with what looks like a secret wife and son, and there seems to be a Georgie doppelganger skulking around the south of France, wreaking havoc for her. If this is starting to sound like a tissue-drenching melodrama, take heart - Georgie is a clever, winsome heroine, the dialogue is quick with banter and the 1930's setting is dripping with atmosphere. One could almost call it a cozy mystery, except it has far too much spirit. For fans of the Phrynne Fisher and Maisie Dobbs series.


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