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Naughty in Nice Audiobook

Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

The national best-selling author of Royal Blood whisks her heroine away to the French Riviera for fun-and danger.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box.

As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items - and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

Listen to more Royal Spyness mysteries.

©2011 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Katherine Kellgren's performance encompasses an astonishing range of personalities while remaining true to her impoverished sleuth's impeccable enunciation…Kellgren, undaunted by the burgeoning cast of characters, supplies plenty of distinctive accents and jaunty tones. The delighted listener wants the story to go on and on.” (Audiofile)

"Fans of Peter Lovesey''s hilarious books transforming the future Edward VII into an unlikely sleuth will relish Bowen''s whimsical fifth Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 34th in line to the British thrown (after 2010''s Royal Blood). Bowen successfully melds a whodunit with comedy as few contemporary writers can." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"The best part of this delicious series is the cast of characters (well known and otherwise), led, of course, by the level-headed and stiff- upper-lipped Georgiana, who tackles whatever is in front of her, be it murder or romance, with uncommon relish. A royal romp." (Booklist)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-20-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "It's simply a fun and clever escape!"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 12-17-16
    AudioAddict 12-17-16

    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!

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    "One of my favorite series!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Reston, Virginia 02-06-15
    Jean Reston, Virginia 02-06-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfect antidote for midwinter blues"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 01-12-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2013

    I love audible. I love to "read". My reviews are short, and will help you save a credit!

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    "Celebrities, British Aristrocats all meet in Nice"
    What did you love best about Naughty in Nice?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Naughty in Nice?

    Gotta love a good fashion show!


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgi, of course and Belinda!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I do need to do some chores in between :)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-18-13
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2016

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.

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    "The Most Fun I've Had in the Last Six Months"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Naughty in Nice to be better than the print version?

    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!).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though I was unable to listen all in one sitting, I have to admit to stealing time that was otherwise allotted.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a perfect match of author to narrator. I'd like to give them both a hug.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    George Havertown, Pa, United States 05-16-15
    George Havertown, Pa, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great addition to the 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 02-24-14
    Simone 02-24-14 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "I Love This Series!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
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    "Adore this series!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 02-24-13
    Kathleen 02-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Lighthearted Listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jules 02-15-13
    Jules 02-15-13
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    "Nice Is nice"

    This is definitely one of my favorites in the series. It's always fun to see what kind of predicaments Georgie manages to get herself into.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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