I think this will be the last of the series I listen to (my 4th out of 5). I had high hopes at the beginning because the narrator does such great voices. But over time, Georgie has become tiresome and annoying. The narrator's reading during action scenes has become so overwrought that I almost turned it off. And I am sure why a man like Darcy would keep coming back for a virginal twit that assumes the worst of him at every turn. Bye, bye, Georgie.
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.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
Probably. It wasn't bad as far as the story goes, but I didn't care for it as much as the others in the series.
It's not a single moment, but the deft way that one particular line was laid to throw the reader off track. It was done masterfully, and as someone working on my own books, I really appreciated the subtlety of it.
Just in the other books in this series. There are not enough words to describe her talent for accents, though there were not that many to hear in this one.
Bits of her stories will always make me laugh. This was no exception.
This one reverts to the formula she's used a few times before. Georgie's broke but manages to end up in a good situation while on assignment for the Queen. She becomes involved in a crime. She has doubts about her lover interest, Darcy O'Mara. She ends up solving the case through chance and misfortune and winds up in a bit of melodrama and in need of rescue.
It's still entertaining, but after the last one, I was losing faith in the series.
I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!
I would definitely listen to Naughty in Nice again. In fact I will probably listen to this entire series again down the road. It is like one of those "watchable" movies like Pretty Woman with Julia Robert and Richard Gere...whenever I see it listed, I turn it on. I think it takes great talent to write a light mystery of this kind. the characters are well developed. Like Georgie, I am also in love with Darcy, and get a thrill when I hear Katherine Kellgren portray him with that Irish accent. He appears just enough to keep the sexual tension at a peak. This is not an easy feat for the writer, keeping the reader interested. It bothers me to read other reviewers say that this is not a story to "expand the brain" or "make you smarter". It all depends on what you are looking for. I think it takes great skill to write such an entertaining and delightful story, and I am learning quite a bit about human nature as I listen, which expands my brain and allows me to better interact on a day to day basis. Props to Rhys Bowen! After I finish this series, I have the Molly Murphy series bookmarked; another series with great reviews.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
This is a great light-hearted series! I totally recommend it any one who needs a little laugh and a bit of fun!
Georgie is pretty willing to steal back a snuff box, given that she seems pretty smart and hard to fool too. In fact there are dichotomies throughout the book, where she is fooled and shouldn't be, while she is too wise to be so fooled. That's my criticism. My praise is for the amusement of it all. I'm embarrassed to say, I'm certain I'll be back for more. its like over-eating cookies at Christmas time -- uh oh, its exactly like that, as my next book in the series is about Christmas.
Rhys Bowen main character Georgina, is delightfully smart but naive. In line for the British throne - abet a long way down the list she still has to answer to the Queen. It's enlightening and interesting how Georgina has to straddle the coming of the modern world after WW1 and yet remain rooted within the confines of the aristocracy. And I appreciate the innocent modesty Georgina is retaining - very refreshing.
I am truly enjoying this series and will research Ryhs Bowen other writings to learn if they are as wonderful.
Katherine Kellgren brings Georgina vividly to life! Her inflections of voice, the 'tongue-in-cheek' sarcasm and her portrayal of Georgie's best friend's drawl is wonderful.
Proud owner of over 1500 downloaded audiobooks (fanatic?, addict? you decide :-)
I like Katherine Kellgren, I really do, but jeez enough with the Inspector Clouseau accent! I started out enjoying this light, comedic, mystery but half way through I was ready to throw my iPod out the window of my car.
* Mild spoiler alert* In addition to the ridiculous French accent I also started to get exasperated with the fact that Georgie’s societal position did not hold any weight with French law enforcement. It seems silly to criticize plot realism (or lack thereof) in this type of novel but really, not only is she the daughter of a duke, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria and on an errand for the current queen of England but she’s dating, or at least under the aegis of a rich French marquise. No way would any provincial detective arrest her. I’m willing to suspend belief for any mystery, let alone for this frothy series but there are limits. Apparently Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren don’t think so.
I really do enjoy this series! The characters are funny and well created. It is a light hearted mystery story line with bits of romance tossed in. I would like to see more come of Georgie & Darcy's relationship - hopefully the next book!
With no murder until chapter 22, it's difficult to think of this as a murder mystery. Additionally, with all the turmoil over which man to love, this moves very clearly into the romance genre. Not a bad genre, just not what is expected of a murder mystery. The narrator was energetic and her characterizations were excellent. Lady Georgiana sounded a bit like a cheerleader with a British accent from Southern California toward the end, but it was in keeping with the character as presented by the author. The story was certainly not what is expected of the usually excellent Ms. Bowen. Perhaps an editor had his/her way with the original manuscript a bit too much?