Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Female, 2014
She may be 35th in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the new year—before a Christmas killer wrings another neck…
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig. So it’s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead…. Dickensian, indeed.
Freddie’s merely a stocking stuffer. On my second day in town, another so-called accident turns up another mincemeat pie—and yet another on my third. The village is buzzing that a recent prison break could have something to do with it… that, or a long-standing witch’s curse. I’m not so sure. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.
©2012 Janet Quin- Harkin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Katherine Kellgren performs an impressive range of accents: Irish brogue, high-pitched Cockney, fussy American, West Country burr, and more. Kellgren triumphs as Georgi, who is 34th in line to the throne, giving her a refined accent contrasted with down-to-earth sensibilities. Due to the author's light touch and Kellgren's humorous delivery, the many Yuletide deaths in this cozy do not become macabre. The listener just marvels at the mounting 'accidents' amid the bountiful Christmas cheer." (AudioFile)
Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Female, 2014
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I enjoy listening to Christmas story books around the holiday and this one fit just perfectly.
I love Lady Georgiana and her Darcy!
She is able to carry off the different voices and I can keep track which character is speaking.
This was "light listening" book, which is exactly what I needed in between the weighter books that I listen to.
Fans of this series will know what to expect... and once again, Rhys Bowen doesn't let us down. For me, this is the best of the Royal Spyness mystery stories so far, which just get better and better with each instalment. Katherine Kellgren brings each character to life wonderfully, and the ending of yet another enjoyable Lady Georgiana adventure is always a sad occassion... until the next one of course!
For anyone new to Lady Georgiana Rannoch, where have you been hiding? Basically 'The Twelve Clues of Christmas' is a light hearted murder mystery set in the English countryside over the Christmas holidays, featuring Lady Georgiana as our heroine and regal amatuer sleuth, who finds herself on the scene of a variety of strange murders. This is very Agatha Christie-ish in it's style, unlikely scenarios and coincidences abound, but it's done with plenty of humour... and there's even some romance thrown in.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable audiobook to listen to, and 'The Twelves Clues of Christmas' is an excellent addition to the fun Royal Spyness series of books.
I was looking for something with a Christmas twist, and The Twelve Clues of Christmas was perfect.
Yes, I would recommend this book to my cozy mystery reading friends. It is the best book in the series...each book seems to be getting better.
Actually, it did keep me wondering. This story is about Georgie escaping her rotten sister-in-law's family for Christmas by taking a paid job as a hired hostess/helper over the Christmas holidays at a country estate. The owners are hosting a large Christmas party, scheduled to last many days and Georgie is to help with activities and needs of the guests. It just so happens that someone died in what is thought to be a bizzare accident before she arrived. However, more people meet with "accidents" following her arrival and she can't help but cry MURDER!
This is the closest so far to an Agatha Christie style mystery in the bunch. That is a high compliment from me. If you are not a fan of Ms. Christie, but you enjoy the Royal Spyness books, I think you'll also adore this story.
All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.
No tears were shed in listening to this book! There were a number of giggles along the way and a whole lot of satisfied listening.
This is a mystery I will pull out each December to get me in the mood for Christmas. You thought I was going to say murder, didn't you?
Katherine Kellgren is able to provide a very distinct voice and characterization for each character. She is very talented.
I have just finished listening to "The Twelve Clues of Christmas" and it is 1:12 AM - it was SO GOOD, that I got out of bed to get to my laptop to tap out this review!! This book on Audible is PERFECTION!! Yes - I would listen to it again and I am going to start right now! This is a verbal and literal WORK OF ART!! A JOY!! GO AND BUY IT NOW!! Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren are the best Author/Narrator pair! Thank you!!!
There is no comparison!
Her depth of giving characters life is INCREDIBLE AND UNMATCHED!! You have to listen to believe me - it is joyful, fun, witty, brilliant - all sunshiny words to describe the experience!
Rolicking Fun!! English Countryside Murder Mystery At Christmas!! Brilliant!!
I love this book!
I am tough to please and have very eclectic taste but these books are so darn cute that even I don't care if they are predictable and simple. They won't be burning up the literary charts anytime soon but it doesn't matter. Light-hearted, funny and utterly charming is the best way I can describe the series. I have found that one book is as good as another, though Georgie's improved circumstances in this book were gratifying. Katherine Kellgren is a great narrator, again, just charming.
Let it all go and just enjoy these. Worth it.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
Katherine Kellgren. I want to be her when I grow up. Except I'm male, and probably older.
Apart from that, the book itself has an intriguing plot that took me from one or two "Oh my god" moments, to pounding my head in frustration at the way Georgie handed things.
I really can't think of any. This one was unlike the others in the series and was more inline with Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series in a some ways.
It has the feel of a Royal Spyness book, but there's a tension and pace that the others don't share.
About a dozen different accents from different parts of England.
The end. I'm not the type normally affected by that sort of thing, and the idea of it looming in the background for that long was getting on my nerves. But when it finally happened, I found myself wishing I wasn't wandering around a grocery store at the time. There are better places for a man to tear up than standing in front of a pasta sauce display.
I'm so torn on this book. The pattern used by the killers was logical and consistent, if a little far-fetched, but I didn't spot it until the 7th victim. Once I knew the pattern I knew where each future attempt would take place. Georgie figured it out a little later, and yet it never occurred to her to the obvious targets.
Another facepalm-worthy moment came from a sub plot where she worked out a possible Identity of the killer, then passed up three different chances to make use suspicions known, one of which was an invitation by the local police to tell them anything she might have found. There was no reason to avoid telling them at that point, it's like the author just forgot that Georgie knew the information.
Despite those mistakes in the plot, this is still one of the best entries in the series, mainly for the extreme cleverness of the pattern of the crimes..
I haven't read the print versions of any of the Royal Spyness books, but I can't imagine they could be any better. Katherine Kellgren's ability to give voices to Rhys Bowen's clever cast of characters is truly magical. The combined artistry felt like it really took me to 1930's Devonshire.
I loved the combination of Christmas, romance, mystery and adventure in this book. I've loved all of the Royal Spyness series, but this is my favorite so far. Rhys Bowen is a writer with a knack for waving a carrot under the noses of her readers and then slipping them an apple and a sugar cube. Delicious!
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