Once again Rhys Bowen has created a delightful clutch of characters- good and bad- who this time inhabit hotels and villas in Nice. Lady Georgiana is sent off in service to the queen and manages to tangle herself up in murder and mayhem.
The performance is spot on, with each character having a distinctive voice, so you'll have no trouble telling them apart.
If you are a fan of this series, Naughty in Nice is a must read (or listen to.)
This is a fun read. It goes on a bit too long and there is a bit too much "man wrongly accused." I'd say spoiler alert but I think it's part of the description of the book. If not it's telegraphed so far out that you'd have to be deaf to miss it. Also, the romance is a bit contrived and hokey.
Did I love this? No.
If you enjoy period romance and think it might be fun to have a little murder in as well, read away! If you're looking for a great mystery, maybe check out something else.
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.
Rhys Bowen's "spyness" novels are light and fun, but don't do too many of them . They quickly become so predictable that they don't hold your interest.
If you enjoy a historically based novel, have a background knowledge of the English royal family, enjoy a strong female character, like mysteries, & enjoy twisted humour - then you will love this series. There is a bit of romance, but it doesn't overshadow the storyline. The reader does a great job depicting the cast of characters. Would love to hear more by this author. It was so interesting to hear about the world of fashion in the 1930's and about the Riviera. Great story.
This is a great series, set in 1930's, with a hint of romance along with a mystery. However, I am tired of hearing the same explanations of the main characters in each book. Obviously, it is so the books can stand alone, but for fans, it is tedious. The plot keeps one riveted, and the narrator is absolutely excellent. Overall, I recommend it.
OK, make that "most fun". Look, I love mysteries but most are dark and foreboding. This is a lark; a good mystery set in a satire of the British upper classes of the '30s. Georgie is a great heroine, naive but quick to learn. The narration is fantastic. Katherine Kellgren does an incredible job with all the different characters. Even her male voices are good; she doesn't try to drop her register like so many female narrators do. What else. . .start the series at the beginning and enjoy the ride!
Mother and catlover
I really like the narrator! My husband, however, hates her, so I can only listen when Kevin's not home, but that's okay; it's not much to pay for my total enjoyment!
Another simply delightful mystery about Georgie, and my manner of speaking always changes after I listen to them :-). It was full of misleading clues and surprises all the way through. It was certainly not a hard-boiled mystery by any stretch, but it was a lot of fun. Rhys Bowen and her Royal Spyness mysteries are always a breath of fresh air – particularly with US politics being such a mess right now!
I love the series and this was one of the best. The story had a real women looking for fun feel that was great to read.