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)
This was a great easy read. Lots of fun and well done. The books are easy to figure out but there are always some nice things added in and the characters are funny and light hearted. Georgie is getting more clever and it would be nice to actually have her figure it out before she gets herself in a pickle. Having said that though, there are lots of adventures, parties and interesting (and often shallow) people. The narrator is enjoyable. Ms Bowen is good at coming up with interesting ideas and is entertaining. If you are interested in an easy fun time, this is a book you will enjoy. Funny characters and lots of bridget jonesque girl fun with a good accent.
I love the Royal Sypness Mystery books. Rhys Bowen must have a great sense of humor because there are plenty of times while I'm listening to her books that I laugh out loud. The writing is excellent and the story is creative and entertaining.
I only wish that Georgie and Darcy could be paired up to solve a mystery together and that their romance was spiced up considerably.
I've listened to the whole series and the narrator is wonderful and truly brings the whole story to life. I'll definitely listen to more audiobooks narrated by Katherine Kellgren. She's GREAT!
I can't wait for the next Royal Spyness Mystery.
A murder mystery for the delicately nurtured, or those who merely wish to escape the daily grind and grittiness. In the Miss Marple genre, but with a heroine who has youthful, girlish exuberance and the patina of royalty. This is the latest delightful instalment in this lighthearted series, which never fails to provide enough plot twists and surprises, to keep the listener engaged. Perfect for an overnight transatlantic flight or for cheering up time spent dreary waiting rooms.
This audiobook is a perfect confluence of author and narrator. It is a hilarious book with a mystery plot and many excellent lines from various characters. The author's previous books in this series were funny, but had weak mystery plots. This book has both excellent characters and plot. The narrator does an absolutely perfect French accent, adding immensely to the listening pleasure. I was a bit leery that the author had included famous people as characters in her book, but she nails them in the book. They are portrayed very accurately and well.
This is the sort of book that lingers in the listener's mind for a long time and with pleasure. I recommend this book for hours of delight.
I will keep this short. I started listening to this series earlier this week. I am all caught up now and feeling really despondent that there are not anymore to listen to now. A great mix of mystery, humor, history and romance. There is not a dull moment. The heroine is fabulous, fun supporting cast and a truly fabulous setting.
Katherine Kellgren could read the phone book and make it sound fun.
Baltimore book lover
I enjoy this series so much and this book in partuclar because the getting-repetitive love interest figures very little. However, Coco Chanel and the often absent mother are nice additions. The main character, who is a minor and penniless royal, is sent by the Queen of England to the French Riviera to quietly retrieve stolen item of her majesty's. Of course it's never as simple as it starts out. The mystery is challenging, yet not too dour or dark in tone. The author does a good blancing act in this respect. The setting is well described and lively. The reader is top notch and I enjoy every word and detail.
Read these in order if you can. Just started with the first in the series and read straight through them all!! The stories are great and the reader is one if the best. Her ability to use different accents and voices really makes the stories come to life.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
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.
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.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
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!).
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.
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.
Yes, though I was unable to listen all in one sitting, I have to admit to stealing time that was otherwise allotted.
This is a perfect match of author to narrator. I'd like to give them both a hug.
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