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