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The Twelve Clues of Christmas Audiobook

The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

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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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    Ruth Bain 04-27-14
    Ruth Bain 04-27-14

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    "Light and Fun"
    Where does The Twelve Clues of Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a light, entertaining story, perfect for the holidays. Great diversion for holiday stress.


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

    Great performance ! Katherine Kellgren sounded like she was having fun with the narration.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 03-22-14
    Simone 03-22-14 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "Always Refreshing!"

    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.

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    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 02-25-14
    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!

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    "Finally! Lots of Georgie and Darcy time together!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The pot was light. It was perfect for a Christmas who-dunnit.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of my most favorite series.

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    Arlene SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-17-14
    Arlene SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Royal Spyness Christmas Surprise"

    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.

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    Itamar 01-23-14
    Itamar 01-23-14
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    "Too english for my taste"
    What did you like best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas? What did you like least?

    A little too long for my taste but not bad. I think I'm just a little tired from murder mysteries.


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

    A little far fetched IMO but again it is a story after all.


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

    The narrator makes a great performance in jumping from once character to another.
    I love the old english accent.


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    Amazon Customer 01-11-14
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    "Fun Christmas mystery"
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    This book made me long to experience a traditional British Christmas. I loved the atmosphere in the story.

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    Sonja Moline, IL, United States 12-28-13
    Sonja Moline, IL, United States 12-28-13

    I opened my own account this year because my husband and I have such disparate taste in books. This is much more fun!

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    "No disappointment"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the performance was excellent. Listening to the writing as spoken by a Brit made a difference


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    Freda Phoenix, AZ United States 12-25-13
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    "Unwrap Clues for a Curious Christmas"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Once the pattern became obvious, our anticipation for each new murder grew.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each good novel needs a love interest and this one delivers with a touching first kiss included.


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

    We chuckled together with our realization of the concept, even though we had guessed the culprit earlier on.


    Any additional comments?

    We enjoyed the tale.

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    carina 12-23-13
    carina 12-23-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Cute British Christmas Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could Rhys Bowen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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

    Darsie - I love the Scottish accent.


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

    Maybe at Christmas time, maybe on DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    See comments above.

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    Margaret 12-19-13
    Margaret 12-19-13
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    "The narration makes the book: a fun listen"

    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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