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
This was a light, entertaining story, perfect for the holidays. Great diversion for holiday stress.
Great performance ! Katherine Kellgren sounded like she was having fun with the narration.
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As predicted, it was another uplifting break thanks to the continuing adventures of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch.
When you’re in the mood for a fun little break from longer heavier books, it’s so nice to have such an enjoyable series at hand.
Rhys Bowen (and especially Katherine Kellgren) deliver so consistently - I always get what I expect out of each instalment.
I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!
The pot was light. It was perfect for a Christmas who-dunnit.
I think Katherine Kellgren does an amazing job. I will go on to read more books narrated by her just because I enjoyed her so much.
This has been one of my most favorite series.
I have come to love Lady G. This was a completely fun story, especially in December. I'll be listening to this for many Decembers to come. I thoroughly enjoyed the main and minor characters. And many are true "characters" whose personalities brought anything from chuckles to concerns to belly laughs.
I like to watch stories unfold. I don't analyze every character or interaction to figure things out before the author's reveal. This story unfolds well. It was very satisfying for me.
A little too long for my taste but not bad. I think I'm just a little tired from murder mysteries.
A little far fetched IMO but again it is a story after all.
The narrator makes a great performance in jumping from once character to another.
I love the old english accent.
I opened my own account this year because my husband and I have such disparate taste in books. This is much more fun!
Yes, the performance was excellent. Listening to the writing as spoken by a Brit made a difference
We listened together as we traveled cross country, which gave us opportunity to comment on our speculations. Guessing abounded, but the cleverly devised story hid the truths well.
Once the pattern became obvious, our anticipation for each new murder grew.
Each good novel needs a love interest and this one delivers with a touching first kiss included.
We chuckled together with our realization of the concept, even though we had guessed the culprit earlier on.
We enjoyed the tale.
It was OK. I listened durning the Christmas season. It was entertaining to hear the details of a traditional British Christmas in a country village while I was baking and decorating.
I have been listening to Louise Penny mysteries and Laurie R. King mysteries. This is my first Rhys Bowen book. I think the story was just too light for me, but cute.
Darsie - I love the Scottish accent.
Maybe at Christmas time, maybe on DVD.
See comments above.
Katherine Kellgren is one of the great narrators: every character has a distinct voice, and the pacing is spot-on with the plot. Her range of accents is impressive. This is a light-weight mystery but Ms. Kellgren's narration makes it quite enjoyable.
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