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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!
I seemed to have missed this book when I was reading the series, but even listened to out of order, it's still ripping good fun. Our heroine travels to the Riviera on assignment from the Queen, manages to solve 2 mysteries, return the Royal jewels, uncover a forger, and still have time for sun, fun, and romance. What more could a reader want?
The only shortcoming in this installment is the over-the-top cliche of the French police detective, made worse by the Inspector Clouseau accent used by the narrator. I wish the narrator (otherwise wonderful) had toned it down a little and made the character still annoying but less of a laughable cliche.
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 thoroughly enjoy this series. It gives me a taste of British history and the pretentiousness of the aristocracy.. Lady Georgiana is so likable. I would enjoy being her friend. Then there is Darcy, her love interest although his part in this book is rather small but nonetheless significant. The setting here is the French Rivera and several famous historic characters make an appearance. As always there is murder and intrigue which unfolds nicely and is quite believable. No review would be complete without complimenting the narration which truly adds to the experience. I highly recommend the series and this book..
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
The Royal Spyness Mystery series by Rhys Bowen is wonderful -- very fun set of stories. Katherine Kellgren is a very enjoyable narrator and easy to listen to. I wish there were more in the series -- can't wait to find out what happens next!
Georgie's task for the Queen this time takes a decidedly spooky turn and prim, proper, stable Georgie faces danger with grace and aplomb. I absolutely love how she handles difficult situations. Congrats to Rhys Bowen for creating such an exciting series with highly likeable characters. The narrator does an EXCELLENT job with all the voices and I'm so happy I bought all six books on sale. I will definitely buy more from this author. Quite enjoyable!
This is just a fun listen. A stolen snuff box, a need to travel to Nice to get away from London winter, Coco Chanel, swarthy "gentlemen", and a slightly awkward heroine make for a well developed story and entertainment for the listener.
I am a truck driver who loves listening to audio books. I also play a music and some gardening when I can. I do really like to cook as well.
I am listening to the series and I really love it. There is nothing special I could say about this particular book other than I love the Narrator and the time period the whole series is set in. Start with book one and work your way through and you will have a blast.
I really like this cozy mystery series and in my opinion, this one is the best so far. My favorite thing about this series is the fantastic narration by Katherine Kellgren. I have listened to three books in this series and read another two in print and while I did enjoy the two in print, I think I would have enjoyed them even more if I had listened to them. There are not a lot of narrators that I rave about, but Katherine Kellgren is one of them (at least in this series, as I have not listened to her read anything else). She does a fabulous job distinguishing between voices, is able to do justice to the male characters (something I find very hard for female readers) and brings each and every character to life, most especially Georgianna. After reading books 3 and 4 in print, when I first started listening to this book it brought a huge smile to my face. It was great to hear Georgie again. The story, too, stood out for me. It is by far the most complex in the series and suprised me more than once. This is a feat for cozy mysteries as they are usually quite predictable (though enjoyable in their predictability). I did find myself gasping in surprise a few times, as well as sitting on the edge of my seat. I do wish that there had been more of Darcy in the book, but otherwise, it was an absolute delight to listen to.
Very entertaining story with a fabulous narrator. Not too heavy but an absolute joy to listen to.