Author(s): Celia Imrie
Somewhere on the French Riviera, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and Cannes' red carpets, lies the pretty town of Bellevue-Sur-Mer. Sheltered from the glittering melee, it is home to many an expat - including an enterprising team who plan to open a new 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 gave up the stage to live in quiet anonymity, has decided not to be involved. The famous Cannes Film Festival is on and she is far too busy entertaining unexpected visitors from her past, and an intriguingly handsome Russian. As the razzmatazz of the festival begins to spill over into Bellevue-Sur-Mer, its inhabitants become entangled in complex love triangles and conflicting business interests. With the race on to get the restaurant open in time, the gang find themselves knee-deep in skulduggery, and realise they can no longer tell who's nasty ...and who's nice.
Witty and enchanting, the second novel from the well-loved actress and Sunday Times bestselling author of Not Quite Nice follows the hilarious exploits of retired expats in the South of France
A hugely enjoyable romp of a novel with eccentric characters, a delightful background and a savoury tang of crime -- Katie Fforde A very witty novel by a very witty woman. Hugely entertaining -- Julian Fellowes A warm, light-hearted, fast-paced tale that fans of Peter Mayle will enjoy -- Joanne Harris Utterly delicious in every way -- Joanna Lumley This debut from national treasure actress Celia perfectly captures the colour of ex-pat life and the glitz and glamour of the South of France. A shaft of early summer sunshine, a funny, spirited read -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail A delicious piece of entertainment ... The characters are a hoot and their antics are hilarious; even better, Theresa is a fabulous cook and Imrie includes the recipes of her signature dishes The Times Wonderful and very amusing -- Helen Lederer Good Housekeeping Sunny, funny debut novel ... A keenly observed, rollicking tale of mature expats reinventing themselves on the French Riviera ... Quickfire dialogue and the strong characterisation Mail on Sunday In a delicious touch, the action is punctuated with recipes for the local dishes that are cooked by the characters so that readers can, if they wish, cook along with the action Daily Telegraph It's lots of fun, with adventure at a certain age as its driving force, and sun-kissed recipes Sainsbury's Magazine A comic caper set among the tangled lives of a group of expats in a southern French village Observer Fast-paced and refreshingly frill-free, the text keeps you on edge without the unnecessary embellishment. If you're not already on holiday reading this, it will make you want to pack your bags! Best Celia Imrie reveals herself to be a gifted novelist in the witty and engaging Not Quite Nice Choice
Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is best known for her film roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. On stage, she won Best Actress in a Musical for Acorn Antiques: The Musical and was nominated for Best Actress in Noises Off. Celia Imrie's upcoming films are A Cure for Wellness, Year by the Sea,Bridget Jones's Baby and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, all due for release in 2016. Her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, was published in 2011, and her acclaimed Sunday Times bestselling first novel, Not Quite Nice, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2015. celiaimrie.info @CeliaImrie