Belgium, July 1956. Achille Van Acker, the Belgian Prime Minister, travels to a country house he has just purchased in the Eau d´Heure Lakes region, hoping to enjoy a peaceful second honeymoon with his wife. But his plans are cut short: the rumors of an affair between the young King Bauduoin and his stepmother Lilian de Rethy and the information that they will be spending their vacations together on the Riviera force Van Acker to mobilize the secret services to keep the couple under surveillance. Secret agent Pierre Pierlot will be tasked with traveling incognito to Nice to follow the royal couple up close and inform the Prime Minister of all suspicious movements.
We will accompany this peculiar super agent through confusions, misunderstandings, and intrigues and will meet other characters like the beautiful, unsettling Gudula, all to readers’ delight. Our hero will take us to the most marvelous corners of the French Riviera, will walk with along the streets of Nice, will dine in enchanting trattorias, will stay in fine Tuscan hotels, and will take us to glamorous masked balls in fairytale palaces.
The Riviera is a delightful comedy with brilliant twists and turns, fresh and cheerful with a touch of elegance, a reminder of classic spy stories, with the glamorous Côte d’Azur of the end of the 50’s as a backdrop.