A Royal Spyness Mystery #5
September 6, 2011 / 0425243494
Historical Mystery / 1933 / England & France
by Brenda Weeaks
The fifth Royal Spyness mystery has protagonist Lady Georgiana Rannoch
(still poor) working in a soup kitchen on a typically cold wet English
She's living in the family home, with heat and food thanks to her
brother Blinky and his wife Fig. When they decide to go to the French
Riviera, Georgie's choices are freezing and starving in the family
home or being banned to Scotland with the servants. Lucky for her,
the Queen intervenes.
The Queen wants her stolen Snuff Box returned. Sir Toby Groper
(aptly named, by the way) has it at his vacation home on the French
Riviera (Sunshine here she comes). While trying to recover the Snuff
Box Georgie plays fashion model, considers her virginity and becomes
the only suspect in a murder (never a dull moment).
Naughty in Nice is just that. The undertone of the 1930s
storyline is life in Nice as well as promiscuous sex and using it
to get money, but there are no love scenes. And for being a badly-dressed,
poor royalty relation, Georgie still gets to rub elbows with rich
and famous, which makes the historical part of the storyline interesting.
Naughty in Nice has three mysteries - a theft, a murder
and Georgie trying - again and again - to get that pesky Snuff box.
Georgie is in the middle of it all, of course, and gets help from
her loved ones as well as a 1930s icon. She also deals with a frustrating
French detective determined to put her behind bars.
It's a historical mystery series full of classic 1930's characters:
Georgie, a kind, virginal, age twenty-two protagonist; Queenie,
her maid from the "bob's your uncle" social class; the
manipulating sister-in-law, Fig; the weak-kneed, but kind brother;
the selfish Mummy (mother) with loose morals; the best friend who
gets all the men; Darcy the possible boyfriend with too many secrets;
and the down-to-earth, kind-hearted Grandfather.
The atmosphere is very 30s and the dialogue very "Cheeves
and Wooster." It's a light read full of history and mystery.
Very enjoyable. Not a lot of spoilers in this one.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Her Royal Spyness #1 [review]
A Royal Pain #2 [review]
Naughty in Nice
The Twelve Clues of Christmas #6 [review]
Heirs and Graces #7 [review]
Queen of Hearts #8 [review
Malice in the Palace #9 [review]
Crowned and Dangerous #10 [review