the narrator is very good, and the story moves along wonderfully
I like that Lady Georgiana Rannoch(known to friends and family as Georgie)35th in line to the throne, is enjoying a wonderful Christmas with family that loves her, and people that appreciate her. I also love that she gets to spend so much time with the man she loves.
Georgie, of course!
It made me smile, laugh and sigh in contentment--no crying this time.
I've been a fan of Rhys' Georgie character ever since I listened to the first Royal Spyness story, Georgie has been through a few hard times, and I was so happy that things started to change for her--positively-in the previous story-Naughty in Nice, and continued on even more positively with this story. She was due for some very postivie things to happen in her life, and this story made that happen. It's my favorite Royal Spyness story so far.
It was a delightful surprise!
This is the first time I've heard Katherine Kellgren perform and I immediately searched for other books she's done. She is spectacular.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
A better narrator. Less characters and a faster plot.
I think the narrator would be great as part of an ensemble cast. Her voice was the same for almost everyone. Add to it, all the characters were similar so the inflections were almost the same. Between the slow story, I'm talking (at the halfway point) and the similar voices It was just painful.
I enjoyed the period.
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!