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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 Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada 01-16-13
    Kathy Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada 01-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and enthusiastic!"

    This book was fun, enthusiastic and an easy listen. Really enjoyed the narrator. She brings the characters to life. I was looking for something to make me feel Christmassy and this did the trick, though it was not over done.
    Didn't realize that this was a series. Think I will go back and start with book one.

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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 01-15-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 01-15-13 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "On the first day of Christmas....."

    Yet another hilarious Lady Georgianna story! She finds herself holed up in Scotland at her unpleasant sister-in-law's beck and call, and decides to find somewhere else to go. So she hires herself out as a Royal Family hostess for a Christmas house party in Devon. Her mother, cockney grandpa, and love interest Darcy all show up, and then the bodies start to accumulate. Lots of laughs while Georgi solves the mysteries, makes friends, and even gets Darcy to declare himself!

    The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job, with spot-on accents, and just the right tone throughout. An enjoyable, fun series!

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    Sharon Seattle, WA, United States 01-14-13
    Sharon Seattle, WA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A lovely treat to open"

    12 clues is the latest of the Lady Georgiana books and is right on the money. The Christmas theme works really well with the crime and the descriptions of the celebrations made me want to eat the whole time.

    Rhys Bowen likes to both have a contained story while moving the overall story along which she's done here. Things might be looking up at last for Georgie - or are they? I was glad she didn't shoe-horn the entire cast into the story. The reason for the cast in play to be there were plausible. Any more would not have worked.

    Then there's the audio verion. I love Katherine Kellgren, she never disappoints. Every accent and character is pitch perfect. This is a performance not a reading. I feel like these are friends of mine about to walk around the corner and whisk me off to do something fun or maybe find a body.

    This is an excellent addition to series. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

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    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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