Lady Georgiana Rannoch is an impoverished distant heir for the British throne, living in depression era England. While doling out meals in the local soup kitchen, she is summoned by none other than the Queen. It turns out that the Queen wishes to send Georgiana out on a special assignment. One of the Queen's valuable snuff boxes has been pilfered and is believed to be in the care and custody of a Sir Toby Groper. As this assignment entails a journey to Nice in the French Riviera, Georgiana leaps at the opportunity to assist her royal relative.
While on the train to Nice, who should she meet but none other than Coco Chanel, who invites Georgiana to model her new line for her. The trip just seems to get better and better. No sooner does Georgiana arrive, however, a murder takes place. Now, Georgiana has to recover the stolen snuff box and solve a murder, while fending off the amorous interest of Jean Paul, a French heart throb whom she meets. Moreover, she is also interested in discovering if her own true love, Lord Darcy, is cheating on her. Georgiana definitely has a full plate, but despite all this, she manages to find the time to engage in barbed repartee with the notorious Wallace Simpson, who is managing to insinuate herself in royal circles.
Written with wry, tongue in cheek humour, this lighthearted cozy mystery is sure to capture the heart of all those who love this genre. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that holds the reader in its thrall, but, rather, the journey to its resolution. Georgiana Rannoch is a delightful character, and I am a huge fan of this series of books.