Naughty in Nice – Rhys Bowen

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5/5 French Villas

On The Back:

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 Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice-as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How’s a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

My Thoughts:

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 you find the mystery taking the “back burner.” In the previous books I had hoped that we’d see and learn more about Darcy, and in this book you see him less, however that did not take away from the book, if anything it added to the book because some characters wouldn’t have appeared if Darcy would have been there. You still see more of Darcy and I still hope we learn more about him later, but it was a nice change. You also see less of Belinda in this book, which again was a nice change.

However you see tons more of Georgie’s mother and two new characters who are thrown to center stage, Coco Chanel,and Vera, two hilarious and loyal ladies that I hope appear more in future books. In this book Georgie’s mother shows a different side of herself, a more caring, gentle, motherly side that if almost the opposite of what we’ve seen of her in former books, I really liked the new attitude she had and I hope she continues to appear in future books.

The mystery was excellent, there were plenty of clues for the reader to look for, and yet I didn’t guess the killer until Georgie did. The author did a great job of steering you off-course with other clues and conflicting viewpoints.

Overall a stellar book Naughty in Nice was probably better than the first four books in the series combined, so it will get 5/5 stars. Can’t wait to read the next one!

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