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)
Your mileage may vary
This book prompted me to look up photos of sporty, vintage cars from that era based on the fun description of riding in a car in Nice. These books are a fun glimpse into what life may have been like in that time period, and how different it would have been to be royal and yet also penniless, as so many other people were.
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I like the reason why the queen ends up paying for Georgie's trip to Nice, because we all know someone like her sister-in-law.
I lose some patience when a woman assumes stupid things without confronting and getting facts so I was a bit frustrated with this one but it was a generally enjoyable book. As always, the performance was perfection.
Loved the location & most characters. Georgie needs to smarten up, & live more of her own life. How she can be so clever on one hand & yet so stupid most of the time? I start to like her & the story & then she does something stupid, & acts like a whiny teenager. It's unbearably annoying. Will try a later story and hope some age will improve her.
Great characters, voices, fun plot
She brings it to life. Her characters are true and their expressions are fun.
Book: 3 1/2 stars
Not enough Darcy! It was a quick read and I wasn't super engaged, but it had a pleasant setting.
Audiobook: 4 stars (Katherine Kellgren)
The audiobook is better than the book, as usual, due to the stellar narrator, this time doing a number of French voices.
If you are a follower of this series, you know how bad Georgie has had it, with her sister-in-law, her finances, and even her ladies' maid
In this story, however, she gets some positiveness in her life-she gets to live with her mother, she gets some better clothes, and she has female help in solving the mysteries in this story, and she gets admired by a man of her class-who is charming, rich, and respectable, a boost i'm sure to her self-esteem, but Georgie being Georgie, it does not change her.
very enjoyable--thank you Rhys, and thank you audible :-)
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