See also A Royal Pain, Royal Flush, Royal Blood and The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Winter in London—so dreary, so cold, what’s a gal to do? Decamp to the Riviera, of course. But that takes money, something Georgie, (properly called Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, as the 34th in line to Britain’s throne), doesn’t have. Turfed out of her family’s London mansion by her Cruella De Vil sister-in-law, Fig, and her brother, Binky, who are taking that trip to the Riviera, Georgie is left behind to close up the house, leaving no place to lay her head.
But fate intervenes soon after with a summons from the Queen that culminates in a free ticket to Nice for Georgie. But at a price. The Queen wants Georgie to recover a priceless snuff box stolen from her some time ago. Does that make Georgie a thief herself or just a retrieval specialist?
Once again Georgie is in hot water—and we don’t mean Nice’s warm ocean waves. But still it could be worth it with all those dishy men hot on her heels. Right? No. . . . .
After arriving and suffering a night in Binky’s and Fig’s austere surroundings, Georgie lucks out staying at a lush villa with—we won’t tell and spoil the surprise.
Asked to model in a fashion show given by the one and only Coco Chanel and wear one of the Queen’s priceless necklaces leads to catastrophe—naturally; this is Georgie we are talking about. Following on the heels of this disastrous fashion escapade, there’s a mad escape from a not so dishy millionaire’s yacht into the arms of a handsome French marquis.
But coming up on the horizon are multiple murders and—you guessed it—the chief suspect is our intrepid heroine. The police close their minds to other suspects and it’s up to our gal to hunt for answers. But at what price? Will she be held prisoner, shot at, fall over a cliff, burn up in a ball of fire or survive against all odds.
That last chapter is a real ‘nail biter’ with a plot that twists and turns to unexpected conclusions.
Author Rhys Bowen talented mix of historical facts and settings with fictional characters makes this series not only enjoyable but authentic to what might have actually happened. This fifth book in the Royal Spyness series is, like all the others, entertaining with unforgettable characters and plots.
Naughty in Nice
Author: Rhys Bowen
Publication Date: 6 September, 2011
Pages: 336 hardcover
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