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Nice Once the Story Gets Moving
on 27 October 2011
January of 1933 finds Lady Georgiana (Georgie for short) wishing she could travel to the French Riviera like so many of her class are doing. That longing only intensifies when the rest of her family manages to find a way to go and plans to ship her back to Scotland so they can close up the London house.
Then the Queen comes through, asking Georgie to head to Nice and find a snuffbox that was stolen from Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty even thinks she knows who stole the box. Delighted with what seems like a simple task, Georgie sets out. But she quickly gets involved with a fashion show, stolen jewelry, and murder. Is she in over her head?
For the second book in a row, Georgie has traveled outside of London. While I don't mind the journey abroad, they do mean some very slow starts. It's not that I mind the time spent with Georgie, in fact most of the characters in this series are fun (I'm not a fan of Georgie's maid, but she's a minor complaint), but it would be nice if the plot started off quicker. Not helping matters is one completely predictable sub-plot.
Once it does get going, it is quite fun with some great twists along the way. The ending took me by surprise and left me turning pages quickly to find out how Georgie was going to get out of that scrape.
While this series has always been light fun with some interesting history thrown in, I do wish the plots got going a little sooner. Even so, I will be waiting for Georgie's next outing.