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Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness #5)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,862 ratings  ·  464 reviews
"Royalty has its privileges, even when you're thirty-fourth in line to the throne, as Lady Georgiana Rannoch discovers on the glamorous--and dangerous--French Riviera...
"Why should my clueless brother, Binky, and his decidedly disagreeable wife, Fig, be the only ones to enjoy the fun and sun of the French Riviera? Thankfully, Her Majesty the Queen has once again come to m
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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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
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
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 ...more
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
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
Ryan G
Book number 5, and I'm still in love with Georgie,her mother, Darcy, Belinda, and all the rest of them. As you know, I'm a huge mystery fan, but I've never been one into the "cozy" classification of mysteries all that much. I find most of them to be rather predictable and full of stock characters that could easily pass back and forth between authors. But there is something so fun and lively about Georgie, that I can't help but keep coming back for more.

Poor Georgie, despite the royal blood flowi
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
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Probably the best work in this series to date, and so very, very evocative of The Mystery of the Blue Train. Having read that first will enhance your enjoyment of this book (if you like The Blue Train, anyway, which I do despite its flaws). I wouldn't necessarily say that you should read it just to be informed before reading this one, but the idea is worth considering. Anyway, Georgiana would still take the gold medal, if long jumping to conclusions were an Olympic event. I guess that's just how ...more
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 ...more
The last few books have Georgie in circumstances more fitting to her "station" as a royal family member. If you've read my reviews of this series before, you know I am no fan of Georgie trying to survive in her reduced (read basically poverty) circumstances. I think it was the author's intent to make Georgie's attempts to live as "normal" people do amusing. However, this feel flat with me.

I so much more enjoy this series when Georgie is put in situations by the Queen (of England) that more fit
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 ...more
I am so glad I pushed through the two previous books to finally get to this one. Naughty in Nice is back to being the good Georgie, the one we met in the first couple of books. It's given me hope for the series.

A good thing about this series is each novel is relatively stand-alone and do not depend on having read the previous episodes to follow the story. And with that in mind, I would recommend people skipping the previous two (Royal Flush and Royal Blood) and just go straight from A Royal Pain
#5 in the Royal Spyness series. This series entry won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel. I don't usually get enthused over historical novels - but this easy reading series is a hoot. The year is 1933 and Queen Mary of England sends Lady Georgiana Rannoch (impoverished, but 34th in line for the throne)to Nice to recover a stolen snuffbox. Lightweight fare, but Georgie meets CoCo Chanel and her business partner, re-encounters Mrs. Simpson (the married girlfriend of the Prince of Wals ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I have just returned from a delightful romp in Nice, France. My host was Lady Georgianna Rannoch, 34th from the throne. Georgie was facing a gloomy wet England while feeding the poor and unemployed at Victoria Station while even her best school pal, Belinda headed off to France for milder climes on the Riviera.

Once again, Her Majesty summons Georgie and funds her and Queenie's way to join the season if she will just do a small favor for her. Of course, as we know from former novels in this excel
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 ...more
Patricia Burroughs
I continue to love this series. The era between the world wars, with many world players (Prince Edward/David, That American Woman/Wallis, even Churchhill) playing minor roles, along with the cads and swingers of the time. I love the characters from Lady Georgiana to her mother (who finally steps up to the plate in this book and not only takes a central role, but demonstrates that she might even have a maternal urge or two) to her Irish rogue of a sometimes-boyfriend, to her totally inadequate bu ...more
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 ...more
This is more of a rambling rant than a review.

As always, Bowen delivers a nice cozy read. But darn it Georgie deserves a handsome and rich marquis to dote on her instead of chasing after someone who doesn't stick around.

The book was fun, but it seems like the usual cast was kind of forced into there. It was nice getting to know Georgie's mother more, but there is hardly much character development on their part.

In the end though I will read anything from Bowen because I always love the pace and
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)
Georgie’s brother Binky and his pregnant wife Fig are ensconced for the winter at Rannoch House in London where Georgie is also residing, but Binky and Fig get an offer from Fig’s sister to visit her house in Nice, on the French Riviera. Fig convinces Binky that they can’t afford to take Georgie with them. However, the Queen sends Georgie on a mission there to find her stolen snuff box. A snuff box is only the tip of the iceberg. After a night in Fig’s sister’s cramped, dilapidated house, not a ...more
Farhana Sufi
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 Fre
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 woul
This was a quick, easy & mostly entertaining read.

Lady Georgiana is 34th in line to the throne of George V. Her father Duke of Rannoch bankrupt the family & Georgie is now living off the goodness of her brother & begrudging non-royal snobbish sister-in-law.

Georgie finds herself in Nice at the behest of Queen Mary of Teck, looking to retrieve a stolen snuff box. In the mix is the Queen's stolen necklace, the murder of the crass self-made bounder, Coco Chanel, and an entourage of othe
Oh my! Georgie's at it again, up to her royal neck in trouble. At first, she thinks she's scored a way out of the dreary London winter when the Queen pays her way to spend it on the French Riviera. Could this posh, new setting change her from a naive, uptight "girl" into one of the "bright, young things" she's always admired - like Belinda? It seems so, when the men start to pay attention to her, but a mysterious theft and a set of murders catapult her into the focus of one particular man: the F ...more
This series is one of my favorites, having just discovered Rhys Bowen, I am enjoying reading back issues of her series. In this series, Georgiana, daughter of the Duke of Rannoch and an ex-actress, her mother (formally the Duchess until she left him for her first lover), is called Georgie by her friends and family. Her father lost their money in the 29 crash and gambling on the Riviera, and now Georgie finds herself there on a mission for the Queen to retrieve a stolen snuff box. She moves in wi ...more
This book is part of another of Rhys Bowen's series, here involving the daughter of side branch (in financial straits) of the Royal Family. Because she is quick-witted, she sometimes receives tasks from the Queen (Mary - grandmother of the current queen). In this case, much to her delight, she is sent to Nice to see if she can retrieve a snuffbox from the queens's own collection that was possibly filched by a less-than-scrupulous wealthy man. She is also to keep an eye on the prince and his less ...more
I enjoy light cozy mysteries (think melba toast-light flavor, crisp, satisfying without being cloying) but this one was sort of flat (think hardtack). I soldiered through, but this series may be running out of gas for me, as did Evan Evans.
Julie Wilhoit
Lady Georgiana is sent to the Riviera on a mission from Her Majesty to retrieve a stolen snuff box and none too soon as Lady G is growing weary of life in London and putting up with her sister inlaw Fig.

Once in Nice, she discovers that her mother is there sharing time with none other than Coco Chanel and Georgie is soon asked to model some of Chanel's newest creations. While walking the runway, some jewels Lady G is wearing is stolen when she trips and falls, and then the murders start. Lady G h
I liked the era of this series. Bur why oh why is Georgiana taking so long to decide if Darcy is the one? Good story, familiar faces - this book was a guilty pleasure.
Adam Shields
Short Review: Georgie (on task from the Queen) is in Nice for the winter to spy on Mrs Simpson and get a stolen snuff box back. As is normal, a dead body shows up and this time Georgie is the one accused.

On the whole this is better than the last two books of the series and Bowen seems to have realized that the "I'm a clumsy oaf that no one is going to love" bit is getting old. Georgie has more confidence here (with some reason because she is both more confident in her detective skills and there
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"I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
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Other Books in the Series

Her Royal Spyness (9 books)
  • Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
  • A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2)
  • Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3)
  • Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4)
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #6)
  • Heirs and Graces (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #7)
  • Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)
  • Malice at the Palace (Royal Spyness #9)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1) A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4) Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3) Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)

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