Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #5)
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 M...more
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...more
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...more
Rhys Bowen is the master of the historical mystery...more
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...more
I so much more enjoy this series when Georgie is put in situations by the Queen (of England) that more fit...more
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...more
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...more
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!!!...more
This time she finds herself in France, on a mission to retrieve a stolen item of the queen's. As her terrible luck would have it, the man who now has the item is pretty despicable and her mission proves to be more complicated than she would have expected.
Her finances are still abysmal, her family, at least part of it, still insufferable and a misunderstanding has caused a drift between her and her usual ally and romantic interest, Darcy.
The famous Coca Chanel makes an appearance (what fun!), the Duke of Windsor, french police...more
My second outing with Lady Georgiana was much more enjoyable then my first. This is a light and fluffy mystery, well lent to the Riviera setting. Georgie remains a little wide eyed and innocent, not the best trait for a detective, and her family remains almost cartoonishly vile. Plus...more
For this adventure Georgie spend...more
There really is nothing like reading a cozy by one of your favorite authors, especially once the series is established and you already have a good connection with the principals and especially when the setting is historical because it means the author gets to bring in all sorts of fun people.
I always anticipate a fun, fast read from Rhys Bowen and this is no exception. I am currently reading two mysteries series by her and I think this one might be my favorite because I adore the setting in...more
A charming delightful read when not able to travel to the Riviera; although it rained quite a bit.
The line “Do you tie everything in to sex?” To have interest in a person or not and then the dismissal if of no interest seems to depict this book’s reading well. The names of the characters emphasize the rumpus attitude in the book; male Dom vs. female Dom and who be the winner (Lady Georgiana Rannoch or Sir Toby Groper?)
We have her modeling and befriending...more
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.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set...more