Fantastic narration. All characters had different voices and accents. thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Highly recommend for fans of Downton Abby and mystery.
The huge cast of hilarious characters.
She was an amazing actress who made each character believable and unique. Listening to her was like watching a play on stage. It was a particular pleasure because there were so many characters and she was able to make each one a complete individual. And, she not only had to differentiate between upper and lower classes, but variations within groups, such as a duchess versus a countess, or a butcher versus a jeweler. She was wonderful.
For my annual Christmas cozy quest, I delightedly present “The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” by Rhys Bowen. It’s part of the immensely popular “Her Royal Spyness” series which is highly recommended by Library Journal. Thirty-fifth in line for the British throne Lady Georgiana Rannoch hopes for a quiet Christmas in Devon, but of course murder, romance, genuine thrills, and hilarity ensue. It’s set in the 1930s, so Mrs. Simpson is the subject of talk and Noel Coward makes an appearance or two. It’s as much satire of the upper class as anything, with silly names, exasperating lady’s maids, and flaming plum puddings, as if P.G. Wodehouse decided to write murder mysteries set in great country houses. Wonderful fun.
The reader was excellent, and managed a great number of voices consistently and believably. The prose is well written, and the characters well developed for the most part. The heroine was quite likable. The main issue is the plot, which apart from being far fetched, is not completely explained, and is drawn out far too long. I cannot say more without spoilers. I will say it's a fun light-hearted, smart book. Just don't expect the level of Agatha Christie here.
A fun, entertaining story. This series is clever - we can all relate to lack of money and being in love with someone who seems like they'll never commit to us but the heroine is a member of the Royal family. The characters and multiple murder mystery were engaging and kept me guessing.
The only thing I didn't like was the hunting scene. Contrary to the author's belief, plenty of upper class people in the 30s disagreed with hunting and 85% of people in the UK now believe it should stay illegal so it's horrible hearing it glamorised.
Anyone who loves a good cozy Mistry will absolutely enjoy the series. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is phenomenal. The way she can change accents as she's reading the story makes you feel like they're the actual characters talking and not just a narrator. This is a great series!
teacher & book lover
Every one of the books in this series is terrific! They are very funny and have a great mystery. These books provide you with hours of true joy! Check out the whole series!
Plot line pulled together incredibly well. The villains were hidden and red herrings offered options until the end. The romance came together nicely and the ending offered how for the characters'future.