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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 Majest 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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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 Majest 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?

30 review for Naughty in Nice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zyra

    these books are so good. cozy, light reads but page turning. i would have liked if there was more of Darcy & Georgina's romance. all in all perfect relaxing read. these books are so good. cozy, light reads but page turning. i would have liked if there was more of Darcy & Georgina's romance. all in all perfect relaxing read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    5/15/11: *gasp* She's writing another one! Will Georgie finally be deflowered by Darcy?!?! I don't know how long I can wait to find out!!! :P 9/22/11: Welp, looks like there's going to be another book in this series. For some reason, I have no doubt that we are to be strung along at least until Georgie and Darcy's relationship is, er... consummated. Of course, this consummation could take the form of marriage even; I don't know! Still, I'm not complaining. This series is one of my few guilty plea 5/15/11: *gasp* She's writing another one! Will Georgie finally be deflowered by Darcy?!?! I don't know how long I can wait to find out!!! :P 9/22/11: Welp, looks like there's going to be another book in this series. For some reason, I have no doubt that we are to be strung along at least until Georgie and Darcy's relationship is, er... consummated. Of course, this consummation could take the form of marriage even; I don't know! Still, I'm not complaining. This series is one of my few guilty pleasures. (And speaking of Darcy - why was he so absent in this book? I didn't realize how much I liked him till his presence was basically nil.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written June 9, 2018 3.7 Stars - Enjoying and funny mystery solving... Book #5 ********************************************** « Lady Georgie 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. » Our heroine Lady Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, is a noble young lady and a cousin of King George V of England. When the Queen once again Review written June 9, 2018 3.7 Stars - Enjoying and funny mystery solving... Book #5 ********************************************** « Lady Georgie 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. » Our heroine Lady Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, is a noble young lady and a cousin of King George V of England. When the Queen once again ask Georgie for a spy favor in sunny warm Nice (on the French Riviera) in the middle of the cold British January winter it is just to good to be true. Together with her quite hopeless (actually hilarious... ha ha!!) chambermaid Queenie is our witty heroine soon on her way to France. ... But what about the gorgeous sexy, as always shamelessly flirting, Darcy O'Mara? Will he appear and will it ever be more? I always listening to these lovely dorky oldish style UK stuff with a big happy smile — This fifth installment Naughty in Nice isn't in any way unique, or so much different from the previous parts, but I got 9:25 enjoyable audiobook hours. As always with excellent “snobbish upperclass English” great narrated by Katherine Kellgren. — Looking forward to the sixth part. ********************************************** I LIKE - some cozy and simple Lady Georgie style

  4. 4 out of 5

    Judith Starkston

    Rhys Bowen’s latest offering in her Royal Spyness series, Naughty in Nice, is pure fun. The French Riviera in 1933, Coco Chanel, Mrs. Simpson and the Duke of Windsor lurking on the sidelines, handsome scoundrels and clever thieves, gorgeous gowns and too much champagne, not to mention a dark, handsome lover and a clever if somewhat naïve young Lady Georgiana (cousin to Queen Mary) out to solve all the puzzles even if it puts her life in danger. Rhys Bowen is the master of the historical mystery Rhys Bowen’s latest offering in her Royal Spyness series, Naughty in Nice, is pure fun. The French Riviera in 1933, Coco Chanel, Mrs. Simpson and the Duke of Windsor lurking on the sidelines, handsome scoundrels and clever thieves, gorgeous gowns and too much champagne, not to mention a dark, handsome lover and a clever if somewhat naïve young Lady Georgiana (cousin to Queen Mary) out to solve all the puzzles even if it puts her life in danger. Rhys Bowen is the master of the historical mystery that is not quite as tame as most cozies but is delightfully entertaining without vivid violence or ugliness. She combines gentle satire of the English upper classes with a genuine affection for many of her characters, and her depiction of the period, setting and people reflects her careful research and knowledge, all to give her readers an engrossing, page-turning, can’t-put-it-down read. Click for the rest of the review and a great photo of Coco Chanel and Vera Bate Lombardi, two stars of Naughty in Nice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen is the 5th book in the Royal Spyness Mystery series. Lady Georgiana Rannoch is sent to Nice by the Queen to recover her stolen snuff box and befriends Coco Chanel who asks her to model. Unfortunately, the Queens necklace is stolen while Georgiana is modelling and their neighbour, Sir Toby Groper, the snuffbox thief, is murdered. Another fun and entertaining book. It was nice to catch up with all the characters and we get to spend more time with Georgiana's mother, b Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen is the 5th book in the Royal Spyness Mystery series. Lady Georgiana Rannoch is sent to Nice by the Queen to recover her stolen snuff box and befriends Coco Chanel who asks her to model. Unfortunately, the Queens necklace is stolen while Georgiana is modelling and their neighbour, Sir Toby Groper, the snuffbox thief, is murdered. Another fun and entertaining book. It was nice to catch up with all the characters and we get to spend more time with Georgiana's mother, but unfortunately we do not see much of Darcy. A nice, light and very enjoyable mystery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kiri

    This series officially counts as a guilty pleasure. I really look forward to another lighthearted romp through a 1920's/30's style murder and mayhem high-society style with Georgie and Co. This book whisks us away to Nice in the winter of 1933, at HRH Queen Mary's behest. (I won't say why it'll spoil the plot). We get a right dose of Fig before departing London and a view of the soup-lines and general conditions of the Depression. Seriously Fig needs a good one up the backside - and no her name This series officially counts as a guilty pleasure. I really look forward to another lighthearted romp through a 1920's/30's style murder and mayhem high-society style with Georgie and Co. This book whisks us away to Nice in the winter of 1933, at HRH Queen Mary's behest. (I won't say why it'll spoil the plot). We get a right dose of Fig before departing London and a view of the soup-lines and general conditions of the Depression. Seriously Fig needs a good one up the backside - and no her name is no justification for her behavior/actions. Then again I have a few family members like her so I can sympathize with Georgie a bit more than many I suspect. We get a bit more background on Binky as well, Belinda breezes through, and we get to meet Coco Chanel amongst other society celebrities of the day! This is not a serious read of course but it is well posited, researched, and placed in its setting. Ms. Bowen is a pleasure to read for her period mystery fiction.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ “Please don’t go and die on me, my lady,” she said. “If you go and die, nobody else will employ me, as you bloody well know.” If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, they are very enjoyable cozy mysteries with a long-running plot regarding the main characters, and I highly recommend you start with the first book, Her Royal Spyness. 🙂 I apparently started up reviewing this series under the impression I had already posted review ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ “Please don’t go and die on me, my lady,” she said. “If you go and die, nobody else will employ me, as you bloody well know.” If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, they are very enjoyable cozy mysteries with a long-running plot regarding the main characters, and I highly recommend you start with the first book, Her Royal Spyness. 🙂 I apparently started up reviewing this series under the impression I had already posted reviews of the first three books, and I have not. Bad book blogger. I do have a review up of the 4th book, but that’s not very helpful…sigh. I will remedy that shortly, but it has been a VERY long time since I read those! Things I Liked - Georgie seemed to come a little more into her own in this one, become a little less of the naive schoolgirl. I was happy to see her lose a little of her reserve, even if it ended up being a moot point. Even though most of her family things of Georgie as an ornament at best and a useless nuisance at worst, the Queen somehow thinks the world of her and sends her off on these strange and sometimes exotic assignments…always “cracking” fun! - I love how Rhys Bowen brings actual historical figures into her books, like Coco Chanel in this one. Even though of course it’s still fiction, it’s fun to imagine them as they might have lived and acted. We also got a little more of a glimpse into Georgie’s long-dead father’s life, in a rather SHOCKING reveal at the very end! Holy crap. I really hope something plays out of that in future books. - There were a lot of witty moments and in this one, which one expects from Rhys Bowen, but this story seemed to have more than the usual number of zingers. How Binky could have plucked up enough courage to have created a first child with Fig is still a matter of speculation. Why he did it a second time indicates insanity in the family. Things I Didn’t Like - Can Darcy never give Georgie straight answers? I mean, he seems to like her well enough, why not trust her a little? And why does he keep showing up in these strange places and making her question his regard for her? - The mystery aspect seemed slightly lacking in this one, but I was interested enough in Georgia’s doings with her mother and her friend Belinda, and also the general atmosphere, to keep reading. This one just seemed to flounder a bit. Still enjoyable, but without the best punch. If You Like… …the Amelia Peabody series, or the Maisie Dobbs series, you’ll probably enjoy the Her Royal Spyness series as well! Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram |

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is book 5 in the Royal Spyness series which is my new favorite series! I listen to them on Audible and I adore the narrator who does a fantastic job with all the different voices and nationalities. In this book she introduced a French inspector who reminded me of the Pink Panther. Very fun!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    4.5 Stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen features engaging, impoverished noblewoman Lady Georgiana Rannoch as heroine. In this installment, Georgie is ordered by her relative, the Queen, to recover a stolen snuffbox from Sir Toby Groper, a private collector currently residing in Nice. Excited for the change of scenery from dreary England, Georgie heads for the coast, meeting Coco Chanel along the way. And who other than Georgie’s own mother owns a villa overlooking Sir Toby’s residence? Georgie mo The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen features engaging, impoverished noblewoman Lady Georgiana Rannoch as heroine. In this installment, Georgie is ordered by her relative, the Queen, to recover a stolen snuffbox from Sir Toby Groper, a private collector currently residing in Nice. Excited for the change of scenery from dreary England, Georgie heads for the coast, meeting Coco Chanel along the way. And who other than Georgie’s own mother owns a villa overlooking Sir Toby’s residence? Georgie moves in, gets a fashion makeover, and proceeds to meet her new neighbor. She also meets a dashing marquis who distracts her from the elusive love of her life, Darcy O’Mara. Where Georgie goes, trouble inevitably follows, and soon she’s up to her boots in murder, deceit and secret identities. Already I’m impatient for the sequel. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna Kim

    It's funny to read other reviewers admit that this is their guilty pleasure, because that's kind of how I feel. The stories in the series are just frothy and not particularly deep. Georgie isn't a an especially good detective, either; she barely manages to (literally) stumble unto the clues that help her solve the mysteries. Speaking of which, the clumsiness is getting a bit tiresome. I know that's a character trait of hers, but it's starting to get a little bit ridiculous. Regardless, this is a It's funny to read other reviewers admit that this is their guilty pleasure, because that's kind of how I feel. The stories in the series are just frothy and not particularly deep. Georgie isn't a an especially good detective, either; she barely manages to (literally) stumble unto the clues that help her solve the mysteries. Speaking of which, the clumsiness is getting a bit tiresome. I know that's a character trait of hers, but it's starting to get a little bit ridiculous. Regardless, this is a nice, light mystery series that's perfect for anyone who wants a bit of fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Another fun adventure with Lady Georgiana, this time dispatched by the Queen to the French Riviera in order to retrieve a purloined snuffbox. Georgie has no idea how she will possibly manage such a thing but she's happy enough to escape the grey chill of London for a warmer climate. It's always fun to see how the author will manage to pull in Georgie's cast of supporting characters, no matter where she travels, however there wasn't enough Darcy this time around. Georgie also makes a surprising d Another fun adventure with Lady Georgiana, this time dispatched by the Queen to the French Riviera in order to retrieve a purloined snuffbox. Georgie has no idea how she will possibly manage such a thing but she's happy enough to escape the grey chill of London for a warmer climate. It's always fun to see how the author will manage to pull in Georgie's cast of supporting characters, no matter where she travels, however there wasn't enough Darcy this time around. Georgie also makes a surprising discovery, the potential future storylines of which get nixed almost immediately. If this were a more serious series, I'd be more disappointed and annoyed at never seeing this explored. But this just isn't that type of deep, introspective series so it's all good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.75

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Naughty in Nice took Georgie’s character developments in a great new direction and highlighted the fact that she’s really made giant leaps since the beginning of the series. I always love it when characters progress. We also see some changes in her family circumstances and the formation of important new social connections for Georgie. However, “Wherefore art thou, Darcy?” was my first thought when I realized that Darcy was pretty much MIA for 99% of Naughty in Nice. As a Darcy fan (who doesn’t l Naughty in Nice took Georgie’s character developments in a great new direction and highlighted the fact that she’s really made giant leaps since the beginning of the series. I always love it when characters progress. We also see some changes in her family circumstances and the formation of important new social connections for Georgie. However, “Wherefore art thou, Darcy?” was my first thought when I realized that Darcy was pretty much MIA for 99% of Naughty in Nice. As a Darcy fan (who doesn’t like Darcy?) I felt his absence rather keenly. On the other hand, it was refreshing for the story to depart from the question of “will they, won’t they?” that had dominated much of the previous books. Not only did we see Georgie becoming more adventurous and outspoken while exploring other romantic options (which was fun and a welcome development for her character), but it also allowed Georgie to spend some much needed time with her mother and other older and more experienced ladies that surely did her a world of good. It’s really nice to see her flighty mother take a more active role in her life, rather than flitting away immediately as she used to do – I hope we’ll see more of Georgie’s mummy being a mother in later books. And as someone who’d been wishing that Georgie could finally get some decent clothes and food, I cannot describe how much I LOVED her hanging around Chanel and coming away with Chanel gowns. Perhaps we can now have a slightly upgraded and slightly less socially-embarrassing Georgie? Provided Queenie doesn’t burn any of those new gowns, I suppose. If it wasn’t evident from the above, fashion and flirting with the cool crowd on the Riviera was a lovely break from the remote locations with limited festivities and a great new step for our heroine. Seeing Georgie learning to mingle was really the best part of Naughty in Nice, and the silver-lining from the Darcy shortage was new suitors, even if they were only temporary. I almost wish Jean Paul, he of the suspicious motivations and silver tongue, could have hung around, but the love-triangle hater in me approved of the outcome and the brief glimpse of a jealous Darcy was well worth it. Surely he should be taught that Georgie’s not that easy? All this fun, fashion and flirting has its drawbacks, however, and what suffered here was the actual mystery. There was little time to focus on the mystery of who stole the snuffbox and it was really conveniently found in the end. Worse, it was close to half the book before the murder took place, and by then it had little impact other than to give Georgie a sense of urgency to remove herself from the useless detective’s suspect list. There is also a little family secret for Georgie that is introduced out of the blue at the end and just as quickly bundled off, so that it feels like and unnecessary throwaway tidbit. You win some, you lose some, I guess. The mystery fan in me hopes there’ll be a better balance in the next installment, combined with further developments for Georgie’s character, her relationship with Darcy and her family circumstances that had begun to head in a positive new direction with this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    The Her Royal Spyness series is a fluffy historical mystery series that takes place around Europe during the early 1930's. It's protagonist is a young woman named Lady Georgiana who is 34th in line for the British crown. Despite her social position her family is near penniless and the British royal family keeps asking her to assist them in various ways unaware of her situation. Each book also has a light mystery in which Lady Georgiana gets involved in as well. Naughty in Nice started out promis The Her Royal Spyness series is a fluffy historical mystery series that takes place around Europe during the early 1930's. It's protagonist is a young woman named Lady Georgiana who is 34th in line for the British crown. Despite her social position her family is near penniless and the British royal family keeps asking her to assist them in various ways unaware of her situation. Each book also has a light mystery in which Lady Georgiana gets involved in as well. Naughty in Nice started out promising. I was disappointed with the previous book in the Her Royal Spyness series as the fun bubbly tone was mostly missing. In Naughty in Nice that seemed to have returned and I was really invested in the story at the beginning. I feel like despite Naughty in Nice's fun beginning it began to eventually feel as though it was following the same kind of pattern as the previous books. This is a common problem with books in a longer series and it's one of my reading pet peeves. Although the mystery elements, the dialogue, and the changing settings are entertaining, the lack of character development began to frustrate me. I'm someone who gets emotionally invested in characters more so than plot. Obviously I prefer both to be equally as good, however if the characters don't interest me in some way or there isn't any development to them I lose interest quickly. While I feel like the characters in this series are interesting they also feel now in the fifth book somewhat static. The characters are still the same, their relationships have not changed, and the same mistakes and misunderstandings are being made. It might also not have been as helpful to read so many of these back to back as with the first couple of books I read with a good amount of time in between. Either way I don't really care to read any more of the series at this point. I would still recommend the first few books in the series to anyone whom the blurb catches their attention as they were really fun to read. However I would warn going in that it does get very repetitive after a while and perhaps space them out as you go.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Hunter

    Better effort by Bowen here. The "when will Georgie lose her virginity" storyline continues, though somewhat muted compared to prior installments. A few characters other than Georgie and her grandfather come across as likable. I'm still at a loss as to why Georgie would consider Belinda her best friend. Fig still needs to fall off a cliff. Darcy's a romance novel cliche. But what's this? A smidge of likability from G's mom? Also, a very fun and cool appearance by Coco Chanel makes this one more Better effort by Bowen here. The "when will Georgie lose her virginity" storyline continues, though somewhat muted compared to prior installments. A few characters other than Georgie and her grandfather come across as likable. I'm still at a loss as to why Georgie would consider Belinda her best friend. Fig still needs to fall off a cliff. Darcy's a romance novel cliche. But what's this? A smidge of likability from G's mom? Also, a very fun and cool appearance by Coco Chanel makes this one more tolerable than the others. Don't expect great things from this series. Treat the books like the breezy vacation reads they are. There's fun to be had here. You just might need to blindfold and gag your inner critic for a little while.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mike Finn

    'Naughty In Nice' sees Georgie on another covert mission for the Queen, this time retrieving a small piece of art that no one wants to admit was lifted by a guest at Buckingham Palace. The mission takes Georgie to winter on the Riveria, where England's wealthiest escape the English weather and the dreariness of a country going through an economic depression, to party and gamble and do things that would be frowned upon if done back home in England. While she's in Nice, Georgie becomes a model for 'Naughty In Nice' sees Georgie on another covert mission for the Queen, this time retrieving a small piece of art that no one wants to admit was lifted by a guest at Buckingham Palace. The mission takes Georgie to winter on the Riveria, where England's wealthiest escape the English weather and the dreariness of a country going through an economic depression, to party and gamble and do things that would be frowned upon if done back home in England. While she's in Nice, Georgie becomes a model for Coco Chanel, is courted by a French Baron, is almost raped by an English industrialist, loses a stunningly expensive necklace belonging to the queen, finally gets to experience her mother's hospitality, gets arrested for murder and becomes a target for the real killer. The book is full of colour and action. The plot turns out to be more complicated than it seems. Georgie is centre stage throughout but we see less than usual of her ensemble cast, although they all make an appearance. I liked the way Rhys Bowen displayed the extravagance of the wealthy against a back-drop of general poverty. The book opens with Georgie working in a soup kitchen in Victoria station, watching the rich walk by to catch the Boat Train as they head for sunshine and ease. This puts Georgie's first-class on Le Train Bleu from Paris to Nice into context. The rich come across as superficial, self-absorbed, unpleasant and completely unaware of the enmity that their behave produces in the people who service their lifestyle. The attempted rape, which takes place on a yacht, is described in a way that makes it clear that the would-be rapist, who would describe what he's doing as seduction, not rape, abuses a lot of women and takes his right to do this for granted. Georgie, once she understands the man's intentions, defends herself. I liked that the man's behaviour wasn't normalised and the Georgie didn't just brush it off. This was a sort of 'Winter Sun Vacation' episode in the series. It was fun but it also made aware of how much I dislike the people Georgie associates with. Le Train Bleu is gone and the Riviera is no longer the destination of choice but the rich are still with us and their behaviour hasn't changed. As usual, my enjoyment of the story was enhanced by Katherine Kellgren's excellent narration. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample. https://soundcloud.com/audible/naught...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This series has once again surprised me by getting even better than the last four! In Naughty in Nice the queen asks Georgie to retrieve a very expensive snuffbox for her, but when a murdered body shows up and Georgie becomes the number one suspect what can she do but investigate the murder? With a great cast of new characters, including Coco Chanel, and some returning characters this book was simply wonderful and I finished it in one night! The characters are so well written in this series, that This series has once again surprised me by getting even better than the last four! In Naughty in Nice the queen asks Georgie to retrieve a very expensive snuffbox for her, but when a murdered body shows up and Georgie becomes the number one suspect what can she do but investigate the murder? With a great cast of new characters, including Coco Chanel, and some returning characters this book was simply wonderful and I finished it in one night! The characters are so well written in this series, that you find the mystery taking the "back burner." In the previous books I had hoped that we'd see and learn more about Darcy, and in this book you see him less, however that did not take away from the book, if anything it added to the book because some characters wouldn't have appeared if Darcy would have been there. You still see more of Darcy and I still hope we learn more about him later, but it was a nice change. You also see less of Belinda in this book, which again was a nice change. However you see tons more of Georgie's mother and two new characters who are thrown to center stage, Coco Chanel,and Vera, two hilarious and loyal ladies that I hope appear more in future books. In this book Georgie's mother shows a different side of herself, a more caring, gentle, motherly side that if almost the opposite of what we've seen of her in former books, I really liked the new attitude she had and I hope she continues to appear in future books. The mystery was excellent, there were plenty of clues for the reader to look for, and yet I didn't guess the killer until Georgie did. The author did a great job of steering you off-course with other clues and conflicting viewpoints. Overall a stellar book Naughty in Nice was probably better than the first four books in the series combined, so it will get 5/5 stars. Can't wait to read the next one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    This installment of the Royal Spyness series was a lot of fun. It would have been more fun if not for the stupid misunderstanding between Georgie and Darcy, but I realize their estrangement served a dual purpose: it allowed Georgie to be free for a flirtation with the sexy jewel thief who calls himself the Marquis of Ronchard, and it maintains the sexual tension between G & D for another book. Will they or won't they? or when will they? Instead of having Georgiana spy on the Prince of Wales and T This installment of the Royal Spyness series was a lot of fun. It would have been more fun if not for the stupid misunderstanding between Georgie and Darcy, but I realize their estrangement served a dual purpose: it allowed Georgie to be free for a flirtation with the sexy jewel thief who calls himself the Marquis of Ronchard, and it maintains the sexual tension between G & D for another book. Will they or won't they? or when will they? Instead of having Georgiana spy on the Prince of Wales and That American Woman, this time Her Majesty sends Georgie to the French Riviera to recover a stolen antique snuffbox. HM suspects the thief is one Sir Toby Groper (as Georgie muses, he is aptly named, because he gropes any nearby female.) Then he turns up murdered and the French police suspect Georgie because the gardener saw her enter the house. But Georgie was miles away at the time with the fake Marquis! So apparently Georgie has a twin/double. I thought the mystery was well done in this one. The bit about Georgie's doppelgänger was touching and sad. I also enjoyed the appearance of Coco Chanel. And Georgie's mother was actually nice in this one - she buys Georgie some much needed gowns, plus a fur coat! 3.75 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    I thoroughly enjoy this delightfully British mystery series set in the 30's. This installment Georgie (once again thanks to the Queen) is set out on special mission which takes her to Nice. There are plenty of twists and turns and hijinks occur as always. . Georgie, due to instances which I cannot discuss as it will ruin the story, begins a romance with a charming and sexy French man. I got a huge kick out of the introduction of Coco Chanel, which leads to Georgie FINALLY getting some much neede I thoroughly enjoy this delightfully British mystery series set in the 30's. This installment Georgie (once again thanks to the Queen) is set out on special mission which takes her to Nice. There are plenty of twists and turns and hijinks occur as always. . Georgie, due to instances which I cannot discuss as it will ruin the story, begins a romance with a charming and sexy French man. I got a huge kick out of the introduction of Coco Chanel, which leads to Georgie FINALLY getting some much needed additions to her wardrobe. The setting is truly divine, and I now have an obsessive need to see Nice (Though lets face it, I truly believe this bookworm would be disappointed, as it won't be like it was in the 30's)I have mentioned on any occasions, that my love of this series is based on the fabulous characters, not the mystery itself. You won't be disappointed this time around as there are some delightful scenes with Belinda, Queenie, Darcy, and Georgies Mom and maternal grandfather. If you haven't had a chance, I highly recommend the audio versions of this series. Katherine Kellgren does a brilliant job of bringing to life each and every character

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    Reading this Royal series is like spending the afternoon eating chocolates on the sofa. It's a great way to spend the day. There's just something so entertaining about the Lady Georgiana and her quest to have a bearable life. She's just so hamstrung with the poverty of her family and yet so closely tied to the Royal Family that she has few options. Luckily, this time the Queen sends her to the Riviera and finally Georgie gets to kick up her heels. She shares a lovely villa with her mother and Co Reading this Royal series is like spending the afternoon eating chocolates on the sofa. It's a great way to spend the day. There's just something so entertaining about the Lady Georgiana and her quest to have a bearable life. She's just so hamstrung with the poverty of her family and yet so closely tied to the Royal Family that she has few options. Luckily, this time the Queen sends her to the Riviera and finally Georgie gets to kick up her heels. She shares a lovely villa with her mother and Coco Chanel, no less, who wants to dress her. She is pursued by Sir Toby Gropher and the handsome Marquis de Ronchard. Even Darcy makes an appearance. Georgie is having the time of her life. Then people start getting killed and she is arrested for a murder and must deal with the dislikable French police. By the end of the book, I had a rollicking good time just like Georgie. Let me go pop another chocolate in my mouth.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    This series is one of my favorites, it is always entertaining, humorous and creative. In this addition Georgiana is off to Nice with the hope of inter-mingling with the notorious, young, European jet setters. Her main adjective is to retrieve a snuff box that was taken from a gathering hosted by The Royals. It must be a clandestine operation because it would not be appropriate to implicate any of the attendees, however, the Queen is quite certain she knows who the culprit is. Georgiana's advent This series is one of my favorites, it is always entertaining, humorous and creative. In this addition Georgiana is off to Nice with the hope of inter-mingling with the notorious, young, European jet setters. Her main adjective is to retrieve a snuff box that was taken from a gathering hosted by The Royals. It must be a clandestine operation because it would not be appropriate to implicate any of the attendees, however, the Queen is quite certain she knows who the culprit is. Georgiana's adventure takes her on quite a ride surrounded by the privileged and all the regular eclectic characters of the series. Her romantic life becomes highly tumultuous and as always the story is laugh out loud funny. These are wonderful, feel good cozy's that include historical incidents and characters that collide with Georgiana's erratic kookie life. Katherine Kellgren does a great job narrating and is the perfect voice for Georgiana.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Lady Georgiana is spending the winter in Nice. All the regular characters are there to liven thing up. Queen Mary has paid her way and Georgie agrees to do favor for HRM. Her Mother meets her at casino and invites Georgia to stay with her. Coco Chanel is holding a show and Georgie is modeling wear the Queens necklace. Georgie stumbles and the necklace is stolen. Trying to find one of the items Georgie finds a murdered man. The French inspector accuses Lady Georgiana of the MURDER. Who will come Lady Georgiana is spending the winter in Nice. All the regular characters are there to liven thing up. Queen Mary has paid her way and Georgie agrees to do favor for HRM. Her Mother meets her at casino and invites Georgia to stay with her. Coco Chanel is holding a show and Georgie is modeling wear the Queens necklace. Georgie stumbles and the necklace is stolen. Trying to find one of the items Georgie finds a murdered man. The French inspector accuses Lady Georgiana of the MURDER. Who will come to her aid is one of the many twists and surprises that are fun in this fast moving funny book. A large print books from library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dichotomy Girl

    3.5 Stars Many of you may not know this about me, but I read fluffy little mysteries as a guilty pleasure. I prefer British ones the best. It started when I discovered Agatha Christie in my early 20's, and though nothing compares I enjoy a quaint little who-done-it. As much as I enjoy these books, I sometimes get frustrated. I just want to scream: (view spoiler)[ "Put that bitchy Fig in her place, get your neglectful, philandering mother to contribute to your income, and seduce Darcy already!!! 3.5 Stars Many of you may not know this about me, but I read fluffy little mysteries as a guilty pleasure. I prefer British ones the best. It started when I discovered Agatha Christie in my early 20's, and though nothing compares I enjoy a quaint little who-done-it. As much as I enjoy these books, I sometimes get frustrated. I just want to scream: (view spoiler)[ "Put that bitchy Fig in her place, get your neglectful, philandering mother to contribute to your income, and seduce Darcy already!!! (hide spoiler)]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Naughty in Nice 4 Stars Asked by the Queen to recover a stolen snuff box, Lady Georgiana Rannoch jumps at the opportunity to escape dreary London for the sunshine of Nice. The trouble starts when Georgie stumbles across a body and is accused of murder. Can she clear her name before she causes a diplomatic incident? As always, Bowen's never misses a trick in her satirical descriptions of the British upper classes and this time her focus in on the spoiled and wealthy (or those pretending to be wealth Naughty in Nice 4 Stars Asked by the Queen to recover a stolen snuff box, Lady Georgiana Rannoch jumps at the opportunity to escape dreary London for the sunshine of Nice. The trouble starts when Georgie stumbles across a body and is accused of murder. Can she clear her name before she causes a diplomatic incident? As always, Bowen's never misses a trick in her satirical descriptions of the British upper classes and this time her focus in on the spoiled and wealthy (or those pretending to be wealthy) living it up on the French Riviera. As Georgie hobnobs with the likes of Coco Chanel and Wallace Simpson, she manages to find the time to do a little sleuthing. While her investigative skills are improving, she still overlooks many of the obvious clues and finds herself in dire situations. On the romance side, Georgie learns something troubling about Darcy and he is MIA for most of the book. Hopefully, their relationship will progress more significantly in the next book. All in all, Georgie's adventures are always good for a laugh, and this is no exception.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    3.5 stars I needed more Darcy in this one. His absence was felt. I did enjoy Coco Chanel being in it as I always like seeing real life figures in fiction.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Giota

    The mystery was one of the best in the series. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of Darcy

  28. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Slowly I am binging this entire series and I hope you have been following along with my reviews on each book. I have no stranger to Rhys Bowen’s books, but this series was one that just kept flying under my radar. My mom gifted me the first book in this series at least 4 times and I did give in and read the last book in the series—-first, like an idiot. But I decided to finally remedy the situation and started this series from the beginning. As I said, I am slowly binging the series so that I can Slowly I am binging this entire series and I hope you have been following along with my reviews on each book. I have no stranger to Rhys Bowen’s books, but this series was one that just kept flying under my radar. My mom gifted me the first book in this series at least 4 times and I did give in and read the last book in the series—-first, like an idiot. But I decided to finally remedy the situation and started this series from the beginning. As I said, I am slowly binging the series so that I can be nice and caught up for the new book being released later this summer. The books are super quick reads and I can usually hammer out one a week in between my other reading commitments, so here we are with number 5! So I’ve gotta say what a relief it is to be out of dreary Scotland, and even London for that matter. I know that the last book was set in Romania, but it too was equally as dreary. The French Rivera is such a warm breath of fresh air in this series. At the same time I was reading this book, I was also reading another book set in an exotic location so I was getting a double dose of warmth and newness. I love how Bowen uses this location to good effect. The rich, famous, and royal all flock to Nice and having the impoverished Georgie visit there and encounter all glamorous people was so much fun. I also liked that we got to see her interact with her mother a little more in this one than in some of the previous books. I also liked that there was a possibility of a new romance for Georgie in this one. While Darcy will always be my favorite, it was also kind of fun to see her getting to experience a different type of love affair and man. Also, I’ve gotta say, when this series first began I wasn’t really a fan of Fig and Binky, but now I plum hate Fig! What a bitch and Binky….so spineless but yet jolly as can be. I feel so bad for Georgie having this terrible family situation but at the same time that’s what drives her character and I love seeing how she makes the best of a bad situation. Georgie is so funny and interesting in this one. While there wasn’t as much interaction with Darcy as I had hoped, I did like seeing Georgie start to spread her wings and grow into her station. Plus the mystery was fun, if not a little predictable, but fun all the same! See my full review here

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    This book is the fifth in The Royal Spyness Series. I really enjoy this series, need to read #4) and I think this is the best one yet. The London house is being closed as Lady Georgianna's, 34th in line for the throne, brother and his family are preparing to go the Riveria. Unfortunately there is no money for Georgie and her maid to go with them. But then the Queen asks if Georgie would undertake a secret mission to recover a valuable snuffbox that has been stolen from the castle and is surely in This book is the fifth in The Royal Spyness Series. I really enjoy this series, need to read #4) and I think this is the best one yet. The London house is being closed as Lady Georgianna's, 34th in line for the throne, brother and his family are preparing to go the Riveria. Unfortunately there is no money for Georgie and her maid to go with them. But then the Queen asks if Georgie would undertake a secret mission to recover a valuable snuffbox that has been stolen from the castle and is surely in Nice. And of course to keep an eye on the wayward Prince and Mrs. Simpson,too. In the dining car on the way to Nice, Georgie meets Coco Channel. Channel is very impressed with Georgie and wants her to be a model in a fashion show that is being planned. Soon, with less than desirable accomodation with her brother and family, Georgies heads off to villa where Channel is staying, only to find out it is her mothers villa. Their neighbor is the just the person she wants to meet, the one that stolen the Queen's snuffbox. She visits with Sir Toby to see if the snuffbox is actually there and it is. The next day Sir Toby is found dead in his pool and a witness has placed Georgie at seen. Mean while at the fashion show, Georgie is wearing one of Channel designs and a necklace provided by the Queen as nears the end of the runway she trips and falls and the necklace disappears. Who is repsonsible for the theft and the killing of Sir Toby. And are they related. We have a fair amount of suspects. Other than Georgie, there's is the Marquis, for which Georgie has developed an interest in, who is the girl in town that looks so much like Georgie, the wife who has her fill of cheating husband, Sir Toby's son who was booted out of school and has accumulated a fair amount of gambling debts. Coco pulls in some favors and gets an inspector from Surtee and Georgie ask her grandfather,a retired policeman, to come and help. Between the three of them they are able to solve this exciting case. Thia is a really fun and exciting read. More exciting twist and turns than the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo. Try and start with the first so you will know all the charactersand how they have developed. Chuckles abound in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    One of my requirements when reading murder mysteries is that the protagonist can’t be too dumb to live. If I’m rolling my eyes because of a protagonist’s pointless stupidity, I’m getting pulled out of the story, and the whole reason I read murder mysteries is to get pulled into a story. In the fifth installment of Her Royal Spyness, our plucky heroine Georgie sadly crossed into eye-rolling territory. While Naughty in Nice has the most complicated plot of the series so far, Georgie is strangely den One of my requirements when reading murder mysteries is that the protagonist can’t be too dumb to live. If I’m rolling my eyes because of a protagonist’s pointless stupidity, I’m getting pulled out of the story, and the whole reason I read murder mysteries is to get pulled into a story. In the fifth installment of Her Royal Spyness, our plucky heroine Georgie sadly crossed into eye-rolling territory. While Naughty in Nice has the most complicated plot of the series so far, Georgie is strangely dense. One of the things I’ve enjoyed about Georgie so far is that she’s smart but inexperienced. Here, it was less that Georgie suddenly seemed like she had no experience and more that she transformed into a naïve and clueless waif. Her teeth-grinding stupidity was doubly frustrating because the plot would have been loads better if she had been her usual self. Also, I hate Georgie’s new maid. The maid reminds me of the introduction of Daphne’s family in Frasier, in that she adds nothing but annoyance and unfunny, forced scenes that diminish the main characters. I like the idea of an incompetent-but-loyal maid, but given Georgie’s dire financial straits, having a maid destroying her wardrobe strikes me as less generous and more careless, doubly so when considering the numerous references to how many highly-competent servants are out of work in 1930s England. I did enjoy the mystery in Naughty in Nice, and my fingers are crossed that Georgie’s back to form in No. 6. Recommended.

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