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Naughty In Nice (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen
Cover Artist: John Mattos
Review by Verna Suit
Berkley Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425243497
Date: 06 September 2011 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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It's January 1933 and Lady Georgiana Rannoch is sent on another undercover assignment for the Queen of England. This time she travels to the Riviera to recover a valuable snuff box that's been stolen from the Queen by a collector. In the process, she's recruited as a fashion model by designer Coco Chanel and romanced by a dashing French marquis. Georgie welcomes his attentions because she's recently come to doubt her former heart throb Darcy and her family is pressuring her to marry.

More by Rhys Bowen:
Royal Spyness Mysteries:
* Her Royal Spyness
* A Royal Pain
* Royal Flush
* Royal Blood
* Naughty In Nice
* The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Molly Murphy Mysteries:
* In Dublin's Fair City
* Tell Me, Pretty Maiden
* In a Gilded Cage
* The Last Illusion
* Bless the Bride

Georgie also welcomes the chance to trade cold, sleety London for the sunny Riviera like her best friend Belinda has done. Even her brother Binky and his family are there, invited to stay in a villa rented by his in-laws. Georgie would have gone with them except that Binky's horrid wife Fig convinced her husband that they couldn't afford to pay her train fare, too. So the Queen's mission has come just in the nick of time.

Lady Georgiana is a heroine you love to root for. She's penniless, charming, and unpretentious. But she also knows her place (34th in line to the throne and a favorite of the Queen) and is not afraid to use the influence of her royal lineage when necessary. Real-life characters Chanel, Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales, Mrs. Simpson, and others add verisimilitude and historical fascination.

This fifth entry in the Royal Spyness series is a delightful diversion and surprisingly timely. Set in the depths of the worldwide depression of the 1930s, it resonates with the financial crisis today. Georgie's mission for the Queen is complicated by an additional theft, a few bodies, and an arrest for murder, but after an exciting chase scene, be assured that all comes right in the end.

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