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I picked this up because I felt like I needed a break. Every Royal Spyness novel is light, funny, engaging and educational. I always find myself smiling while listening to Rhys Bowen novels.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (fun mystery) OMG, I just love these books! The mysteries are cleverly complicated, the characters are wonderful and it's all intertwined with just plain fun. Georgiana, the main character, is 35th in line to the throne of England, but the story is set during the depression and she is penniless. She survives through the help of friends, her own cleverness, and spying for the Queen. In this book she is sent to Nice, France to quietly recover (steal back) a snuff box that was stolen from the Queen.
Seems like all the zany main characters end up in Nice as well, and Georgie ends up in another of her many predicaments. I enjoyed this book immensely from beginning to end. It is an easy listen but will keep you guessing about many mysterious things that pop up along the way, and you will likely laugh out loud at Georgie's antics and those of her friends.
PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren reads this book. Her work is always amazing, and this is no exception. If you listen to the sample, you will learn that some of the characters are kind of "overdone," like the snobby British royalty and Georgie's promiscuous best friend Belinda, but IMHO that just adds to the delightfulness of the story and the performance.
OVERALL - There is no cursing in this book. As far as sex, there are mentions of passion and Georgie is chased around a yacht by its fat, amorous owner, but nothing else. There are a couple killings, but they just create mystery and are not gory. Each book in this series stands alone, but the slow-moving romance between Georgie and Darcy grows a little bit with each book. Darn it, I want them to get together!!! Highly, highly, highly recommended for girls of all ages, maybe not so much for guys because of all the girly fun.
These books are an unalloyed delight! The author gets right up to the edge of cloying and frivolous but never goes over the line. There is an underlying intelligence in Georgie that, along with her ebullient good cheer, makes her irresistible. And can we talk about Katherine Kellgren? Her mastery of all the accents, each one distinct and recognizable, is genius. No one should ever read these books when this brilliant narration is available to make it doubly enjoyable.
Audible is a really great way to escape into different worlds. I love "reading" and discovering new authors and stories.
Don't miss your appointment with all the celebrities, couturiers, shakers and movers of the French Riviera, even Georgi get's to go!! This book although set in France, does not leave the british humor across the channel, but brings all your beloved characters and new ones to the plot.
Gotta love a good fashion show!
Georgi, of course and Belinda!!
Yes, but I do need to do some chores in between :)
Naughty in Nice is witty, somewhat francais with the Jean-Paul Belmondo (better google if you don't know who this charmer is) type of charming guys trying to charm Georgi. You will love every morsel.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
Having not read the print version, it may be presumptuous of me to say, but I can't imagine that the audio version isn't far superior. Katherine Kellgren is mesmerizing. Her command of different English accents is amazing, and this is the first time I've heard totally believable English and American accents from the same narrator. Hats off and a deep bow to Katherine Kellgren (thanks so much for an entertaining read!).
This is an unusual series, in that it combines mystery with humor and romance. All three elements are in play at all times, and that in itself creates a pleasant tension within the story.
She can do a dozen different characters and accents, men and women, and keep them separate. It's like listening to a cast recording. Kellgren is simply amazing, and she makes the story come alive in a way that I've rarely experienced.
Yes, though I was unable to listen all in one sitting, I have to admit to stealing time that was otherwise allotted.
This is a perfect match of author to narrator. I'd like to give them both a hug.
I absolutely loved the setting of Naughty in Nice, and though it was a perfect follow up to the dark castles, dungeons, and Dracula from book 5, Royal Blood (which I also LOVED). I've never really known much about the French Rivera, so all through this story I was looking up the cities, hotels, and reference points mentioned. I cant believe how spot on Rhyse Bowen was in capturing all the details. She described the scenes so well that the pictures I found online looked exactly like what I had been picturing.
Aside from being obsessed with this era, I'm equally obsessed with this series, and thought I couldn't wait to start the next book. About an hour in to book 6, however, I realized I was still wonderfully hung over from my adventure in Nice, and decided to hold off so I could enjoy all the lingering effects of French men, high fashion, casino parties, and (sigh) Darcy O'Mara.
Another extremely outstanding performance by Katherine Kellgren as well. She is hands down, one of THE BEST narrators ever, and we're so very lucky to have her as the voice of Her Royal Spyness series!
Once again author Rhyse Bowen charms us with life in the 1930's. As always Georgie falls into the thick of murder and mayhem but with Darsie's help wins through.
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Short, cute, amusing and always provides a giggle.
I flip flop between 3 and 4 stars depending on my mood – but they’re all great fun!
It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.
I have had a stressful week and was looking for something fun and lighthearted to listen to. Naughty in Nice fit the bill perfectly. Katherine Kellgren is wonderful narrator, solid british accent without sounding campy. The story has some nice twists without becoming convuluded. If you are looking for a lighthearted, fun mystery, I strongly recommend that you give this book a chance.