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.
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?
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.)
You mean I have to wait until WHEN???!!! for the next "Her Royal Spyness" story. I think I read on Rhys Bowen's blog that I will be waiting until 12/2012. These stories are well worth the time and effort. A delightful series. Katherine Kellgren is superb.
I love all the characters but not Queenie. She is just tooooooooooooooo much. The author needs to read up on how ones addresses a wife of a created Baron. She is Lady his last name not Lady her first name, unless she is herself a daughter of an Earl or Duke.
I would not recommend this book because it simply is not memorable.
The reader did a wonderful job of bringing the character to life.
It was just so, so.