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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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    Sharon 01-12-13
    Sharon 01-12-13
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    "Entertaining"

    I initially found the narration a little over exaggerated and difficult listening, however, once the setting moved out of the castle I began to thoroughly enjoy the performance. So glad I stuck with it past the first few chapters. The narrator captures Lady Georgiana and Darcy perfectly. While a few of the elements were predictable, the individual characters and the puzzle of the 12 "clues" made a very fun story. Great diversion during long, cold, dark, early morning commutes.

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    Bonny 01-12-13
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    "Great Christmas fun - Enjoyable series"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    Yes. I repeat good Christmas book every year or so.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good suspense. The characters are not transparent, they have depth. I usually figure out the "catch", not this time.


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    Diana Norman, OK, United States 01-09-13
    Diana Norman, OK, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure fun!"
    What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Great holiday book especially for anglophiles!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Georgie and Darcy's happy ending.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful narration giving a great performance of numerous characters.


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    Chris Wilton, California, United States 01-07-13
    Chris Wilton, California, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining as well as educational!"
    Where does The Twelve Clues of Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love the trip back in time to an area we have never experienced.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Interesting plot which was Introduced slowly. The characters were far more intriguing.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Extremely fun!


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

    No, not really. Just love the characters and the delivery of there dialects.


    Any additional comments?

    We take alot for granite when it comes to family and the people around us.

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    Christine Canada 01-07-13
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    "A Light Mindless Romp"

    A great way to while away a few hours in a kinder gentler (maybe) era. This is a series that I enjoy for light listening. It is effortless and fun. The narration is excellent.

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    J. Lazarow Central Texas 01-07-13
    J. Lazarow Central Texas 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A fun holiday mystery"

    I enjoy the Royal Spyness series--just the right mix of humor, history, and mystery--a light and enjoyable listen. I believe there were a few story inconsistencies with the previous book, mostly having to do with Georgie's wardrobe, but they did not affect the overall story. Darcy is in this story more than the other books, which is an added bonus.

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    Amazon Customer Cut Off, LA, United States 01-07-13
    Amazon Customer Cut Off, LA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book!"

    Love the author and the main characters. The narrator adds that special touch to the story with her depiction of the characters. Great story line and series, can't wait for the next installment.

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    Kathi 01-07-13
    Kathi 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Another in a charming mystery series--all great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    Probably. I have not read the print version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well, since this is a lot of jolly good fun, hard to say edge of my seat. But it was still a good mystery. I did not guess the "who-dunnit" part.


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

    She's always perfect.


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

    Yes. I laugh a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is just delightful. Though actual mysteries, there is an element of comedy, a bit of good- natured poking of fun at British aristocracy/royalty, and even a smidgen of romance. I so look forward to each new book. Hold onto it till I'm ready for something completely special. Close to a perfect series. High on my list of favorites I've listened to. And I'm not sure I'd like the written book as much as the narrated one, and only THIS narrator. Nobody else could do it as well.

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    "My favourite series"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    The narrator is great! Story is interesting. Love all the characters. Will relisten the whole series in couple of years.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. It is a comfortable listen. Cozy. Even with all the dead bodies. But i did finish it in 3 days. Didnt want to put it down.


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    "Not a bad Christmas tale"
    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I don't think so...the narrator's voice wasn't as soothing as I prefer, and the story was a bit dry.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was worth the wait!


    Did Katherine Kellgren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she was very good at all the accents and age differences.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd rent the DVD.


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