Somewhere on the French Riviera, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and Cannes' red carpets, lies the sleepy town of Bellevue-Sur-Mer. Sheltered from the glittering melee, it is home to many an expat - although it hasn't proved as peaceful as expected.
Now an enterprising band of retirees has resolved to show it's never too late to start afresh and open a restaurant. Snapping up a local property and throwing themselves into preparations, Theresa, Carol, William and Benjamin's plans are proceeding unnervingly well. But when Theresa encounters a mysterious intruder, she begins to wonder what secrets the building is concealing.
Meanwhile Sally, an actress who fled the stage to live in quiet anonymity, has decided not to be involved. She's far too busy anyway, shepherding around a gaggle of A-listers, including a suave Russian with a superyacht and a penchant for her company.
As the razzmatazz of the Cannes Film Festival penetrates Bellevue-Sur-Mer, its inhabitants become entangled in a complex pattern of love triangles and conflicting business interests, and something starts to feel distinctly oeuf. Finding themselves knee-deep in suspicion and skullduggery, the restaurateurs realise they can no longer tell who's nasty and who's nice.
©2016 Celia Imrie (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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love the two books by Celia Imrie...fun and pacy stories with very life like characters. The recipes sprinkled throughout are lovely abd I must admit I have pintrest a few! Beautifully read by the author too...a joy! Hope there is a 3rd book!
"Not bad, bit not great either"
Celia needs to lay off the tendency to write lists rather than describe things. The book, and its narration were a tad dull, but then I think her characterisation usually benefits from the visual, rather than just the oratory, which is why this book doesn't quite work.
"Another cracking yarn"
An excellent yarn with just enough intrigue to stop it being altogether too 'nice'. I do like happy endings and I hope we shall hear more from the crew at Bellvue sur Mer.
"Very average book Predictable characters"
ok book not very original, characters to posh with not many redeming features, narator poor god knows how she got the book published
"A really happy book"
Narrated by Celia Imrie I enjoyed every minute of this book.
The characters are easily identified as being at a crossroads which 60 somethings can identify with. Uplifting.
"Easy listening and fun!"
This is the second of Celia Imries books that I have read and I enjoyed the light hearted ups and downs of life on the French Riviera.
"A brilliant ironing story !!"
I thoroughly enjoyed this story,.I found it very entertaining.
I could relate to the people a lot as I Iive in France part of the year and it is very familiar ! 😄
"A lovely listen"
A great follow on to 'not quite nice' which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to.
This is an easy listen, nice story which is read well.
"An absolute joy to hear Celia Imrie read the book"
Celia Imrie brings every character alive and leads warmth and vitality to the entire book. Couldn't put it down. Give yourself a treat by listening.
Really disappointed in this. It was full of cliches and a really poor and unrealistic story based on unrealistic premise. Weak characters with no depth or reality and most of all weak dialogue. Such a shame as I had expected more.
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