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Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness #5)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,826 Ratings  ·  528 Reviews
Una vera fortuna essere al servizio segreto di Sua Maestà. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, trentaquattresima in linea di successione al trono d'Inghilterra, temeva che suo fratello Binky e quell'antipatica della moglie fossero gli unici a potersi godere sole e svago sulla riviera francese, quand'ecco la regina venire in suo soccorso inviandola a Nizza per una missione delicatissim ...more
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Sep 22, 2011 Melee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 11, 2011 Kiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 07, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
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
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 adventu
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
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
May 24, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2014 Ryan G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)
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
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
Apr 04, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 25, 2011 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2011 Patricia Burroughs rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This was a lot more high-stakes than previous novels, since Georgie is arrested for crimes in France and is guilty until proven innocent. I couldn't stop listening! She may be naive, but she has a sharp mind.
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
Jan 20, 2016 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay yeah, this series is the definition of COZY. It comforts you so much, even if the content is kind of not up to par. The locations and the unique characters and the quick dialogue warm you up and keep you settled in from the first page. And it HAS been enjoyable almost every step of the way, but Naughty in Nice has to be one of the weaker ones. The mystery plot should have been elevated here. I mean reading about France and Georgie's escapades were very nice and I liked how effortlessly the ...more
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

Finalmente è tornata una delle mie eroine preferite: Lady Georgiana Rannoch.
Questa volta è al servizio segreto di Sua Maestà ed è in Costa Azzurra.
È la trentaquattresima in linea di successione al trono d’Inghilterra e temeva che suo fratello Binky, con quell’antipatica della moglie, fossero gli unici a potersi godere una vacanza a base di sole e svago nella riviera francese. Per fortuna è la regina a venire in suo soccorso, inviandola ufficialmente a Nizza per una missione delicatissima e seg
Jun 13, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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  • Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4)
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