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?
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©2011 Janet Quin-Harkin (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
“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)
Georgie is the best friend you turn to when you need cheering up. I enjoy the audible books because the narrator puts so much energy into her reading. She is having fun. And I always have fun listening to her.
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.
Love audiobooks for commuting and anywhere really.
This series has definitely become my guilty pleasure. I have listened to all of the previous editions in the Her Royal Spyness series, and they were all enjoyable, but in this one, Lady Georgiana really hits her stride as a character.
I won't give any spoilers, but some of the best parts of this story include the inclusion of Coco Chanel and Lady Georgiana's mother, who has a more inclusive role in this story. I am not very familiar with the life of Coco Chanel, but if she was anything like the way she was portrayed fictionally, I would be eager to learn more about such an icon. Rhys Bowen has previously portrayed real life persons as characters and they were very like their real life personae to the knowledge I have of them.
I don't feel the perceived absence of Darcy O'Mara detracts from the story, because it is really a non-issue, he is still present in the thoughts of Lady Georgiana, and it was nice to have the introduction of someone who could possibly take his place. [I can not believe I am commenting on romantic complications between two fictional characters, I suppose I will be reading Regency Romances before long (no offense to lovers of that genre).
I will not end this review without mentioning that Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job as she has in all the previous version. Her voice and characterizations are spot on.
Very high up I would say in the top 75%
I just could not figure out who the murderer was...I suspected everyone except the real culprit.
She is very good. I would say as good as she always is.
Not really. a book is a book.
Georgiana in Nice...with Coco Chanel and her mother...what else could you ask for.
I have listened to the entire series so far. Lots of fun. Not a lot of suspense. Just good fun stories weaving history with mystery. The narrator is really terrific. Can't wait for the next one.
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.
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 love all of the books in this series but this one is one of my favorites due to amazing narration, variety of characters , not so predictable plot.
I wish Audible would have a separate category for ironic detective stories
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