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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“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 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.
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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 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.
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.
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