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The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    kathy Troy, IL, United States 08-07-13
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    "If you are able to buy the ridiculous plots - fun!"

    Yea - you have to suspend reality but if you can, and you like regency mysteries, these books are the best! I cannot wait for her Molly Murphy series to be added to audible.

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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-04-13
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    "Adore this series!"

    It is silly and the mysteries are easily solved but who cares. The characters are fabulous, the narration is spot on and the stories are fun. I have listened to the whole series and will definitely listen to all future ones. It is nice break, light and fun.

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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-01-13
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-01-13 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Neat Little Book...different."
    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    I really don't know but I have it in my library if i want to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The English take on the story & the main characters. It was like watching an old movie where the characters live a different kind of life. The descriptions were very interesting on the people & locations. I could feel myself right there in the midst of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    That would be hard they were all so good....evne the maid.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I never could guess how this book whould end & that made it even more special!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Cedar Lake, IN, US 06-29-13
    Sharon Cedar Lake, IN, US 06-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "slow moving"
    What did you like best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas? What did you like least?

    The mystery unfolded ok, but everything. Seemed to move too slowly and if I sped the reading speed it was unnatural


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The "crazy" lady she always seemed at the edge of the story and yet perhaps the wisest.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Too slow and too gruff in the ladies voices. Proper and royal ladies would it seems be more polished


    Could you see The Twelve Clues of Christmas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Non


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 06-18-13
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So much fun..very entertaining!"

    This is just a cute, entertaining book when you want a tiny break from the Thrillers you enjoy so much. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is superb and really makes the book.

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    Theresa FAYETTEVILLE, NC, United States 06-08-13
    Theresa FAYETTEVILLE, NC, United States 06-08-13
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    "great book"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    good holiday book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the mom


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she got drunk


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the relationship between the girl and her grandfather


    Any additional comments?

    this was a book I would listen to again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 05-24-13
    Nancy 05-24-13
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    "Best Entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

    Katherine Kellgren does the best voices. Her inflection really adds to the story.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve Clues of Christmas to and why?

    A British Christmas houseparty is my favourite for a mystery. Try Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, in this series. There were a lot of characters and she kept them all different.


    Any additional comments?

    Really fun!

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    bethieboop Hollis Center, ME 04-04-13
    bethieboop Hollis Center, ME 04-04-13 Member Since 2014

    "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis

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    "I love Georgiana!"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    Yes--this was a fun story and filled with all the good thoughts of an old-fashioned British Christmas along with a side of murder and mayhem. And a little bit of romance to go alongside it.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve Clues of Christmas to and why?

    I would compare the Royal Spyness series to the Aunt Dimity series, I think. They are of a similar tone and humour.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgiana is somebody I would love to know; cute, friendly, fun to be around and even though she tries to be logical and thoughtful--still just enough of a ditz to make me laugh. Her maid Queenie is hilarious, and I really enjoyed the characters of Georgiana's mother and Noel Coward as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me giggle a lot, and I found myself listening to it even while I was at work doing other things.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series by Rhys Bowen. I haven't really gotten involved with the other two series by this author, but the Her Royal Spyness series is adorable and lighthearted, and the 1920s in England with all the "Bright Young Things" are a fun time to read about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-23-13
    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful. Well written. Superb narration."

    In this sixth story of the Royal Spyness series it does not disappoint. It is a very well crafted story with a lot of little mysteries and the final expose is, indeed, unexpected and very plausible. The narrator is utterly superb. She has the ability to take on many different accents, timbres and pitches so it is very easy to listen to.

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    Renea Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-22-13
    Renea Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-22-13
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    "Fun Mystery with Exceptional Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this book, but Katherine Kellgren's performance is absolutely exceptional in this work. She managed to differentiate between at least 15 characters with ease. Kellgren's narration definitely enhanced my listening experience!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the main character Lady Georgiana for her wit and spunk.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    It would be impossible to choose a favorite as Kellgren performed each character with such finesse. She is a master.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a rather light mystery, so there wasn't much to cause an extreme reaction either way. I chose it as something easy to listen to during the holidays, and this fit the bill perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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