Naughty in Nice

Naughty in Nice

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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?
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425243497
0425243494
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_LoriO Aug 14, 2019

This series is fun to read and hard to put down. I grabbed the first book because I wanted a light, fluffy beach read, but I’ve continued devouring the series long after returning from the beach! The selling points are a main character who’s easy to root for and a variety of interesting settings. The books star Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (also known as Georgie), who is 34th in line for the English throne and completely broke. She refuses to marry for money, despite her family’s constant nagging. The series is set in 1930’s Europe, but each book takes us somewhere different – from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to the French Riviera, and many places in between. Naughty in Nice (#5) was my favorite book in the series so far. I enjoy that the author weaves in fictionalized historical figures, including several British royals. In this book, Georgie befriends Coco Chanel. After finishing this installment, I immediately picked up book #6, eager to find out where Georgie’s story goes next. This series is highly recommended for anyone who likes cozy mysteries, light romance, and a dash of history.

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Spirit_of_Che
Jan 17, 2019

I almost gave up on this at the start with all the name dropping, royalty, coco etc. but I'm glad I read on. The story is a bit silly but well written with a few twists and turns. Never heard of the author but she has won several awards and I can see why.

Recommended for a light read to cozy mystery fans.

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maipenrai
Dec 15, 2016

(The fifth book in the Royal Spyness series)

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KatherineHere
Feb 20, 2016

A fun read. Interesting story of a trip to the Riviera at a time when a lot of aristocrats had lost their fortunes.

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Carmine1
Nov 20, 2014

Another great Royal Spyness book! They never disappoint!

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luv2read571
Jun 09, 2014

One of my least favorite books in this series, probably because Georgie's selfish/neglectful mother was front and center for much of the story.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 29, 2014

This writer is dependably funny, witty and interesting. She writes light mysteries which in some respects are reminiscent of Wodehouse, in terms of the characters, and the convoluted plot-lines. When you need a nice, light read that will entertain, she's a good one to pick up.

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Shelley51
Apr 15, 2013

I enjoyed once again looking in on the "royals" & how they act away from home! The story was entaining but I thought it was a little long. I do like the main characters that are woven into every story especially the grandad!

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merlinsilver
Jan 23, 2013

I really like all the Royal Spyness series.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes May 03, 2012

Nice (lol), light read. Fun for an afternoon with tea.

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DanniOcean Oct 03, 2011

In the fifth installment of the adventures of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie daughter of the second Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch and thirty-fourth in line to the throne of England - Georgie for short - we find the intrepid near-royal feeling very sorry for herself as all her not-nearly-as-poor friends are off to spend the winter in the south of France. Being impoverished during a depression is tough. Being an impoverished near-royal during a depression is even harder, believe it or not, when one has never been trained in anything useful (knowing which is the shrimp fork doesn't count) and one can hardly ask one's cousin the Queen for a loan. But if it's one thing Georgie does have, it's gumption, which has led Queen Mary to call upon her from time to time to help avoid some royal scandals. This time the Queen comes to Georgie's rescue - instead of being banished to the cold ancestral home in the north of Scotland (because her nasty and selfish sister-in-law Fig refuses to invite her to France), Georgie's way will be paid for by the Queen - if she will undertake a small commission or two for her. First, retrieve a stolen snuffbox from a suspected thief and second, keep an eye on her cousin Edward and that upstart woman of his, Wallis Simpson. That is not all that happens to Georgie in Nice, however. She reconnects with her lovely actress mother, comes to the attention of Coco Chanel who insists Georgie be a model for her latest collection, and catches the eye of a certain roguish Marquis - much to the consternation of a certain Irish peer who has long been Georgie's fascination. Of course, this is Georgie we're talking about. The snuff-box thief turns up dead with Georgie as prime suspect. While walking the catwalk she promptly trips, falls into the lap of a Russian princess and in the ensuing confusion Queen Mary's borrowed ruby necklace is stolen. What else could happen? Well, that Irish peer could turn up with what looks like a secret wife and son, and there seems to be a Georgie doppelganger skulking around the south of France, wreaking havoc for her. If this is starting to sound like a tissue-drenching melodrama, take heart - Georgie is a clever, winsome heroine, the dialogue is quick with banter and the 1930's setting is dripping with atmosphere. One could almost call it a cozy mystery, except it has far too much spirit. For fans of the Phrynne Fisher and Maisie Dobbs series.

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