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by Rhys Bowen

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Title:Naughty In Nice (A Royal Spyness Mystery)
Authors:Rhys Bowen
Info:Berkley (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:HH Library, 20th Century

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Bowen continues to impress me with her ability to bring historical real persons into her literature in the most life like form. Her research into these people's attitude, lifestyle and whereabouts during the setup of each book has to be appreciated by a reader like me who cares for authenticity and facts.

While Coco Chanel appears and takes centre stage in this part of the series, a post World War 1 and pre World War II backdrop of depression and strict British rules and social attitude, the French riviera and the comments of Wallace Simpson and Prince of Wales's attitudes towards a rising Nazi Germany make up the sideline, not influencing the main murder mystery. I always like the lightness and humor with which Rhys Bowen smoothly expresses her serious thoughts, never forcing a lot of intellectual details boring the reader.

It was comforting to see Lady Georgiana being less dependable upon Darcy, less clumsy and in improved financial state, at least she wasn't starving! The murder and robbery were much more interesting, dramatic twists which somehow didn't seem cliche but entertaining! I liked this book much more than the last two. ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
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. ( )
  FredYoder | May 10, 2015 |
If you love historical fiction, fashion and mysteries, you will love this book by Rys Bowen. Lady Georgina Rannoch, 34th in line for the throne of England and longing for something interesting to do in January, 1931 is given a special assignment by the Queen. The weather is cold and her brother and sister in-law are going off to the French Riviera. Georgie would love to go too but she can’t afford the fares and could she take staying with her sister-in-law, Fig?

Coco Chanel acts exactly as I would have predicted, she and Georgie’s mother are great friends. I forgot to mention that Georgie and her mother are both surprised to see each other there. And Georgie gets to enjoy her mother’s dramatics. Mrs. Simpson appears in conversations and short snatches of the book and her character matches what I have read about her too. Also the Duke of Windsor is scaring his mother, Queen Mary with his carryings on with Mrs. Simpson.

There is also a salute to the class system and makes you see which people have a heart and which don’t.

There is a murder mystery, and the French detective is determined to think that Georgie is the murderer. She manages to get into several dangerous situations. This book left me longing to see Coco’s creations for Georgie, and a deep affection for the main character. Too bad another Georgie, my mother, never got to read this book. My mother would have loved this historical peek into fashion.

I highly recommend this book. ( )
  Carolee888 | May 9, 2015 |
Naughty in Nice is the 5th book in the Royal Spyness mysteries and it is another good one. This time Georgie goes down to Nice, Her Majesty the Queen paid for her fare, since she is attempting to perform a duty for the Queen. Georgie is so focused on successfully completing her mission, she keeps naively stepping into the way of trouble. She also once again automatically believes the worst of her beau Darcy and doesn't bother to confront him with it, just assumes they both know the same story.

Anyway she eventually figures out a way to get the Queen's snuff box back and along the way finds a long lost relative. She also learns a lot about her deceased father. Even her grandfather finds his way down to Nice to help sort things out. Fun book, fun story, Great series. ( )
  readafew | Dec 23, 2014 |
It’s January 1933, and impecunious Lady Georgiana Rannoch is saved from a dreary winter in a drafty castle in Scotland by a commission from the queen: to recover an antique snuffbox the queen believes was stolen by a wealthy member of the aristocracy who winters on the French Riviera. She’s got a place to say, but it’s nowhere near the sea, and it’s with her dreaded and dreadful sister-in-law and family. But soon, our heroine finds herself in a beautiful sea view home owned by none other than Georgie’s mother and with Coco Chanel as a houseguest.

Soon, however, the whole adventure turns ugly when the supposed snuff-box stealer is murdered and Georgie is taken into custody by an inept French cop. How is Georgie going to get the snuff-box back when she’d have to revisit the scene of the crime to do so?

A modeling gig with the House of Chanel winds up with Georgie tripping (with the klutziness she warned Coco about), falling and somehow losing a hugely valuable necklace lent by the queen. And then she sees the love of her life, Darcy, with a woman and child she’s certain are his mistress and love child. What’s a girl to do?

Rhys Bowen’s “her royal spyness” stories are madcap mysteries, always with just a dollop of romance, but not too much for those who like their mysteries “straight.” I count myself in that category. Georgie remains a great protagonist, sweet, somewhat naïve, but brave and fearless. She manages to get her beloved grandfather, a former London cop, to cross the pond for the first time when she lets him know she’s in trouble. A lot of trouble. Great entry in a favorite series. ( )
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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 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? [book description retrieved from Amazon 11/14/11]
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In Nice to recover the Queen's stolen snuff box, Lady Georgiana Rannoch participates in a Coco Chanel fashion show where a necklace also belonging to the Queen goes missing, forcing her to search for both priceless items and solve a murder.

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