Naughty In Nice Hardcover – Sep 6 2011
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"Georgie's latest adventure is charming and lighthearted as ever, though the 1930s setting carries ominous hints of the future." — Kirkus Reviews
"It's another delightful, unmissable installment in the Royal Spyness series. Bowen captures the cheeky humor and charm of the Lost Generation, ladling in a healthy dose of dry British wit and fundamental common sense." — Romantic Times
"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
About the Author
Rhys Bowen has been nominated for every major mystery award, and has won seven. She lives in California.
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I wish, though, that I had gone back and read books 1-4, I absolutely had a blast following Georgie in this fun, mysterious novel! From mishaps on the run way, to the Queen's stolen treasures, poor Georgie had a go of it! I fell in love with her character and fell in step beside her, as we walked the walk, strutting Chanel's fashions, and as we set out to find the murderer. It was all so fun! Not to mention an ooh-la-la hunky, hunky man to drool over! With a name like Jean-Paul, who wouldn't swoon???? :-)
This is one of those crazy, cozy mysteries where you just KNOW you will not want it to end. That's how I felt! I didn't want it to end. But the good news? I get to go back soon and read the other 4 Royal Spyness books! I can't wait! If they are as awesome as this 5 Book worthy novel, then no doubt I'll be singing more praises for this fantastic author!
*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
The Queen temporarily saves her from more terrible tasting food by assigning her an all expense paid trip to the French Riviera. Her mission is to retrieve a snuff box stolen by nasty Sir Toby Groper. In France, while riding the rails, Rannoch meets the legend Coco Chanel, who shocks the pauper when she asks her to model a new line of clothing when they arrive in Nice. While doing her royal assignment and modeling for Coco Chanel, Georgina investigates whether her lover Darcy O'Mara is cheating on her. However, her efforts merge when she is caught in the middle of a homicide and the royal necklace is lifted.
The latest endearing jocular Royal Spyness amateur sleuth (see Royal Blood) is a delightful Depression Era French Riviera romp. The heroine is a charmer as she fumbles and bungles her investigation while strutting on the catwalk. Coco Chanel adds to the fun as number 34 using the Queen's money (she hopes) acts Naughty in Nice.
But Georgie's luck doesn't hold out for long, and before you can say "What happened to Darcy?", she's involved in the theft of a valuable piece of royal jewelry and the murder of a prominent businessman. Don't be alarmed though, she still finds time to attend a party or two, exchange choice words with the notorious Mrs. Simpson and go shopping with Coco Chanel.
I really enjoyed this installment; it was so much fun. Georgie's first person narrative is full of her unique brand of witty, self-deprecating humor and well bred charm. There's a little romance, a little mystery and a whole lot of laughs.
I have to be honest - Georgie's sleuthing skills leave a lot to be desired. She doesn't actually solve mysteries, she more or less stumbles and bumbles her way though and conveniently winds up in the right place at the right time. Or maybe the wrong time. The point is, the "mystery" itself is not the strong point of this charming "cozy". The period detail, the setting, the characters...these are the real stars of the show. And that's fine with me. Great characters, sparkling, pithy dialog and a glamorous setting go a long way when it comes to a light hearted, entertaining story.
No strong language or sexual content.
Book One: Her Royal Spyness (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
Book Two: A Royal Pain (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
Book Three: Royal Flush (Royal Spyness Mystery)
Book Four: Royal Blood (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
Book Five: Naughty In Nice (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
Book Six: The Twelve Clues of Christmas