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Naughty In Nice [Hardcover]

Rhys Bowen
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Sept. 6 2011 A Royal Spyness Mystery (Book 5)

The national bestselling 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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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun easy read Aug. 24 2012
By Leigh TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Georgie is one of my favourite characters, I look forward to reading about her latest adventures, it never fails to make me chuckle and sometimes laugh out loud, which causes some strange looks when you're reading on the bus to work. The latest installment puts Georgie in the South of France where she meets up with her mother and the famous fashion designer Coco Chanel. The story moves along at a perfect pace, and left me flipping through pages quickly to find out what exactly was going on. Does Georgie have a double, or perhaps it was a clever disguise? Will Georgie be put in jail, or will Queen Mary put a stop to it? Then of course there was another possible love interest for George in this book, though I must admit after a rocky start, I'm starting to like Darcy, I found him arrogant at first but as the series has gone on I find that he's not so bad. As always in the end everything sorts itself out, but in the meantime it was a lot of fun to sit back, relax and visit Georgie's world of 1930's Europe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss my Darcy...but hellooo Jean-Paul Sept. 8 2011
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I have been looking forward for the next book in the Royal series, and while I did find it to be amusing, I feel that it was missing a major piece. Where was Darcy?? Bowen has created one of my top 20 favorite male protagonist roles in literature and he was deeply missed from this story. The way that he was semi-written-out from this extension of Georgie's tale was rather obvious. What there was of Darcy had a distinct lack of gumption and fight. He's Irish and his girl is taking to a "Frenchie" and a theif! Where was my sexy rogue repartee? He could have greatly enhanced the story and added what was sorely missing, some sexy men. Now wait, I did not forget Jean-Paul. I found him charming, sexy, and fresh. I hope that he will be making a return in Georgie's future. However, the only real heart stirring moment we have with him is on the beach at his villa after rescuing Georgie from the grotesque Sir Toby. Everything else is cut short by arrests, thievery, and escaping imprisonment. Georgie was in the Riviera for crying out loud and she didn't get beyond a chaste kiss or two! She did better in Transylvania with "vampires" a foot in the last book. Where were the flirtations? Where was the romance? Where was the sex? I sure hope that in Bowen's next installment of Georgie's story, that Darcy has shaken whatever caused him to loose his backbone in this book. I want the old Darcy back! Jean-Paul, you can come back too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rhys Bowen Has A New Fan!!! Sept. 8 2011
By Molly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a fantastic author! She did a wonderful job at creating a fun, mysterious novel. It was well written and the characters were full of so much personality.

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*
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series! Sept. 18 2011
By Karen - Published on Amazon.com
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I "discovered" Rhys Bowen with her first book in the Molly Murphy series. I've read all of those, so when Ms. Bowen began this series, I tried it, and I love this series even more than the Molly Murphy series! I'm a cozy mystery addict who loves strong female sleuths, especially British ones. Lady Georgiana is 22, single, a member of the royal family, honest, trusting, beautiful, and smart. This installment in the series was excellent. Bowen managed to work Georgiana's grandfather and her friend Belinda into the plot, but Darcy wasn't as much of a presence as I would have liked, so I am anxious for the next installment in this series. I hope that I will be able to read about Georgiana and Darcy's engagement and then marriage. She could assist him in his secret missions! If you like this series, I recommend Kate Kingsbury's Manor House series. There are some parallels in setting, etc.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars endearing jocular amateur sleuth Sept. 7 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1933 in spite of being 34th in the queue to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch is impoverished. She works in a London soup kitchen where she can save money an get some free meals.

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.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere" - Mae West Aug. 25 2012
By L. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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It's January and London is cold and dreary. Everyone that Georgie knows is headed to the South of France, but perpetually broke Georgie hasn't a prayer of taking a holiday. Just when she's resigned herself to a gloomy winter spent stranded in the family's frigid townhouse, Georgie gets an unexpected reprieve. The Queen asks Georgie to discreetly retrieve a royal collectable that's gone missing. As luck would have it, this little mission will take Georgie to glamorous Nice, where she is wooed by a suave French aristocrat and a boorish British tycoon.

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
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