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
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
If you like mysteries and want to add a touch of Christmas to it then this is your book.
The plot is an interesting one. It starts you out as a Christmas story and builds from there. It gives you a real touch of old England and what it is to have a title and some money.
As for my favorite scene, well I really enjoyed hearing about the food they where eating and the Christmas customs that where followed at that time. The ending was very good. I just enjoyed the whole book.
The books is just a good listen. It is frank, interesting, and moves along.
My last comment would be that thanks to the author for writing it and thanks to the narrator for doing such a great job reading it to me. Loved the different character voices she used. Made my Christmas much better as I listen to it a couple of weeks before Christmas.
The narrator - it was like listening to someone just telling a story. Not too seriously, either…!
No - but I will start looking for her!
I did laugh a few times.
I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much if I were reading it. It is definitely a book to have read to you as a diverting bit of fun.
I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.
I could write the same review for all Royal Spyness Mysteries... Cute as a bug. Fun. Entertaining. I love the world and characters Rhys Bowen has created. I love how Katherine Kellgren narrates the series. Great art? Nope. Just cute, fun and entertaining. Does it need to be more?
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.
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.
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
I really don't know but I have it in my library if i want to.
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.
That would be hard they were all so good....evne the maid.
I never could guess how this book whould end & that made it even more special!
The mystery unfolded ok, but everything. Seemed to move too slowly and if I sped the reading speed it was unnatural
The "crazy" lady she always seemed at the edge of the story and yet perhaps the wisest.
Too slow and too gruff in the ladies voices. Proper and royal ladies would it seems be more polished
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.
good holiday book
when she got drunk
the relationship between the girl and her grandfather
this was a book I would listen to again
Katherine Kellgren does the best voices. Her inflection really adds to the story.
A British Christmas houseparty is my favourite for a mystery. Try Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer.
Yes, in this series. There were a lot of characters and she kept them all different.
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