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Naughty in Nice, Rhys Bowen 21 March 2023

2010 mystery/thriller, fifth in its series. Georgiana Rannoch, 34th in line to the throne, finds herself in Nice with a mission to recover the Queen's "borrowed" snuffbox.

I'm sorry to say that this is very much a continuation of the series: Georgianna continues to be largely a pawn in other people's schemes rather than acting on her own behalf, and even when she does do something in her own right she's usually acting without sufficient information and getting it wrong. (There's a cliché of romantic fiction here which was already tired when Georgette Heyer did it in the 1960s.)

There's a resolute refusal to advance anything like an ongoing plot; at the end of this escapade, Georgie is basically in the same position she was in at the start, which in turn is basically the same position she was in at the end of the first book. The period detail is fun and this is a period I know a bit about, but what you see is what you get, and nothing more; and I'm afraid it's stopped being enough for me.

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