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Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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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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?

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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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    Clifford Bodell 01-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Light and fun."

    Light and fun. Great escape from the reality of today's modern life. I can't wait to get to Georgiana's next adventure.

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    Linda 01-21-15
    Linda 01-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and entertaining"

    I have really enjoyed this series. Similar to the Jeeves series. Never know what antics she'll get up to next!

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    nbc 01-19-15
    nbc 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Exciting"

    I happened to stumble on this series and actually started with book 8. I love love love it. After listening to the 1st book, i went back and purchased book 1 and now I am here at book 6 and enjoying it. It's like a mature Nancy D. but better. It's funny, lively (which i did not expect from a book with a old english 1930s setting), keeps you guessing and full of suspense. The narrator is awesome. She has the ability to change her voice for each character and not sound phony or put on even for male characters. I can tell Georgi's voice from Belinda's, HM and so on. Even my husband wants me to put it on speaker so he can listen and when he can't, he wants me to tell him what is happening lol. Great entertainment. You will not be disappointed.

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    Lily 01-18-15
    Lily 01-18-15 Member Since 2013

    bunnymama

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    "The Best Yet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's the funniest "Royal Spyness" book I've read.


    What other book might you compare Naughty in Nice to and why?

    It can be compared only to the other "Royal Spyness" books.


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

    Georgie's mother, or maybe Coco Chanel (yes, that one) or maybe Noel Coward (yes, that one too).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a lot. The interaction between Georgie and her mother is priceless, and one-upping her snobby sister-in-law, Fig, is delightful. Georgie's maid continues to be totally incompetent, and her grandfather comes running when he thinks his beloved granddaughter is in trouble - which she is, most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren does a fine job of narrating the book, except for those characters with a French accent. Some of her pronounciations really reminded me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. (If you know the movies, you'll recognize "rheum".)

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    Kellye 01-08-15
    Kellye 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good listen!"

    I just love these fun stories. Easy listens.
    The narrator does a great job. I love Queenie!!

    Enjoy the book.

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    Amazon Customer 01-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sun, romance & murder"

    As always, Georgie's world is a fun romp. Jumping to conclusions gets her into trouble.

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    Tog 08-03-14
    Tog 08-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.

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    "The formula is wearing thin but holds up"
    Would you listen to Naughty in Nice again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Bits of her stories will always make me laugh. This was no exception.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 02-18-14
    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013

    I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!

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    Would you listen to Naughty in Nice again? Why?

    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.


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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 02-11-14
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Still does not disappoint at book #5!"

    This is a great light-hearted series! I totally recommend it any one who needs a little laugh and a bit of fun!

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    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 11-10-13
    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 11-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The complete distraction I too-often want"

    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.

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