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Naughty in Nice

(Royal Spyness #5)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  9,920 ratings  ·  765 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 my re
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley (first published September 6th 2011)
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these books are so good. cozy, light reads but page turning. i would have liked if there was more of Darcy & Georgina's romance.
all in all perfect relaxing read.
May 15, 2011 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
Review written June 9, 2018

3.7 Stars - Enjoying and funny mystery solving...

Book #5


« Lady Georgie 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. »

Our heroine Lady Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch, is a noble young lady and a cousin of King George V of England. When the Queen once again
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 06, 2011 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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
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
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
Another fun adventure with Lady Georgiana, this time dispatched by the Queen to the French Riviera in order to retrieve a purloined snuffbox. Georgie has no idea how she will possibly manage such a thing but she's happy enough to escape the grey chill of London for a warmer climate. It's always fun to see how the author will manage to pull in Georgie's cast of supporting characters, no matter where she travels, however there wasn't enough Darcy this time around. Georgie also makes a surprising d ...more
Actual rating: 3.75
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
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
The Her Royal Spyness series is a fluffy historical mystery series that takes place around Europe during the early 1930's. It's protagonist is a young woman named Lady Georgiana who is 34th in line for the British crown. Despite her social position her family is near penniless and the British royal family keeps asking her to assist them in various ways unaware of her situation. Each book also has a light mystery in which Lady Georgiana gets involved in as well.

Naughty in Nice started out promis
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
Pamela Shropshire
This installment of the Royal Spyness series was a lot of fun. It would have been more fun if not for the stupid misunderstanding between Georgie and Darcy, but I realize their estrangement served a dual purpose: it allowed Georgie to be free for a flirtation with the sexy jewel thief who calls himself the Marquis of Ronchard, and it maintains the sexual tension between G & D for another book. Will they or won't they? or when will they?

Instead of having Georgiana spy on the Prince of Wales a
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
Susan Johnson
Oct 25, 2011 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
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
Jul 11, 2015 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
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)
Naughty in Nice
4 Stars

Asked by the Queen to recover a stolen snuff box, Lady Georgiana Rannoch jumps at the opportunity to escape dreary London for the sunshine of Nice. The trouble starts when Georgie stumbles across a body and is accused of murder. Can she clear her name before she causes a diplomatic incident?

As always, Bowen's never misses a trick in her satirical descriptions of the British upper classes and this time her focus in on the spoiled and wealthy (or those pretending to be wealth
3.5 stars
I needed more Darcy in this one. His absence was felt. I did enjoy Coco Chanel being in it as I always like seeing real life figures in fiction.
Aug 18, 2011 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
May 23, 2014 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
The Lit Bitch
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slowly I am binging this entire series and I hope you have been following along with my reviews on each book. I have no stranger to Rhys Bowen’s books, but this series was one that just kept flying under my radar.

My mom gifted me the first book in this series at least 4 times and I did give in and read the last book in the series—-first, like an idiot. But I decided to finally remedy the situation and started this series from the beginning.

As I said, I am slowly binging the series so that I can
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
This addicting series has everything!
Delightful characters
Historical background
I love Bowen’s writing style! I can actually visualize being there with the main character!
I highly recommend this fun read!
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful, cozy mystery in the Her Royal Spyness series. This one takes place in Nice, as the title indicates. Georgie's mother plays a more prominent role in this mystery, which was nice to see. Coco Chanel also makes an appearance!
Nov 19, 2012 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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Georgiana - she's definitely a trouble magnet!

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.

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“I gather you weren't keen on going back to Scotland with your brother at this time of year. I don't say I blame you. Terribly bleak and cutoff in the winter."
"Oh no, Mom," I said, as her words sunk in. "My brother is not going back to Scotland. He and my sister-in-law are going to the Riviera."
The Riviera? I had no idea."
"For my sister-in-law's health. She's feeling rather frail at the moment."
"I don't think that frail would ever be a word to describe your sister-in-law," the Queen said, looking up with a half smile on her lips as a tray of coffee was reeled into the room.
"I managed to have six children without making a fuss. One just got on with it.”
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