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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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    Margaret 01-03-13
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    "More fun adventures of Georgie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The narrator brings each character to life. It is as if the people are there in the room with you. The listener is kept interested until the very end, and I especially enjoyed the Christmas theme.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve Clues of Christmas to and why?

    The previous installments are equally as good. Rhys Bowen has maintained the story line by really making the listener love each and every character, and want to follow them over time from novel to novel.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    So well done I find it hard to believe that all of those voices came from one performer. Kudos to her talent!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Impoverished Lady Georgie once again gets in over her head in trying to solve murders that stump the professionals. But she never forgets her ties to royalty, or to the man she loves.


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    Margot Newburyport, MA, United States 01-02-13
    Margot Newburyport, MA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Always a good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have enjoyed the series. It is a good mystery told by interesting characters and the narrator makes it very enjoyable.


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

    The plot kept me wondering and interested at all times.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy seeing the characters develop over time. This is what makes me wait anxiously for the next in the series.

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    P. Cunningham Rohnert Park, CA United States 01-01-13
    P. Cunningham Rohnert Park, CA United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very light reading"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Edit out most of the first hour. It was pretty boring. I had to force myself to continue listening. And there were too many murders. I would also have recorded the section containing the recipes and game instructions that were part of the print book. I feel a little cheated.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    I might try reading the first book in the series to see if that would hook me into reading more. Most people praise the first couple of books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with her grandfather and with her maid were the most amusing, but nothing stands out as a favorite.


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

    I'd probably watch it if it were on TV, but I wouldn't pay to see it.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is fantastic. Her performance was the only thing that kept me listening until the end of the book. I will definitely look for more books with this narrator.

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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 12-30-12
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Rhys does it again."

    All of Rhys books are easy and fun to listen to. I must say that the narration of the older women were a little hard to listen to, but overall a good performance. Was glad to get her latest book and was not disappointed.

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    Stephanie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 12-28-12
    Stephanie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 12-28-12
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    "Rhys and Katherine are a winning pair"

    Rhys Bowen can tell a great story, this one as usual had quite a few laughs and smiles. love the characters which are developed so well, Katherine Kellgren rates a 6 star for all the accents

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    Anne Clarendon, TX, United States 12-24-12
    Anne Clarendon, TX, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Well Done"
    What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Good story line, entertaining, liked the voices.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve Clues of Christmas to and why?

    Phryne Fisher Series


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

    One of her better ones, but I have liked them all.


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    Diana ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 12-24-12
    Diana ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "ENTERTAINING!!"

    I love this series. It is light hearted with a good story line that usually is interesting to try and figure out.

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    Sue CLOVIS, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Sue CLOVIS, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Addictive Series"

    I listened to this book out of sequence and fell in love with the characters and the narrator. I listened to the first six books as fast as I could....now I'm sorry! More please!!!

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    Caroline Stoneham, QC, Canada 12-24-12
    Caroline Stoneham, QC, Canada 12-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A Delicious Christmas Mystery!"

    I'm usually not very fond of mysteries that are set around a holiday because too often things seem to be forced made to fit into that particular setting. Rhys Bowen has convinced me that it can be done and well done. The story flows and the holiday setting just make details and descriptions of Georgie's surrounding more interesting and genuine. We are treated to a traditional English Christmas with the carroling, the Yule log and the plum pudding. You'll want to change the menu for next year's celebration.
    The characters continue to be explored and they grow. Georgie is not the same shy and awkward girl we met in Her Royal Spyness. She's less clumsy and isn't afraid anymore to speak her mind and get her point across. Darcy, Georgie's mother and grandfather are along for the ride and we are treated to just enough of the detestable Fig's antics and criticisms. The mystery is well done and quite complex. It will keep you guessing and has plenty of red herrings to make you think you are getting ahead of what the characters have managed to understand.
    As always, Katherine Kellgren narration is flawless. All her characters are distinct and have appropriate accents without ever being made into caricatures. I could listen to her for hours and hours.
    My only criticism is that Belinda, Georgie's best friend, was sorely missed. Hopefully, she'll be back next time.

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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 12-23-12
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "An Ode English Yule: quaint, romantic, horrifying!"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    Yes indeed! The story is complex-enough that I am sure I missed many interesting and pertinent details. It is written and performed so enjoyably that it is a pleasure just to hear, even as background noise,much like a TV can sometimes be a friendly accompaniment. It can be tuned in or out of one's hearing like the conversations of a groups of visitors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked best the attitude of the main character. She is plucky, yet has a realistic dollop of normal human insecurity thrown in so that one almost feels as if "it could've all really happened".


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

    The voice characterizations are so convincing that I always knew who was speaking. One would think that a woman could never do men's voices well. But she, somehow, in her woman's voice, conveys when men are speaking, and one believes they ARE the men of the story.


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

    The events of the end were horrifying. I was concerned, as I heard them, that I would be upset once the story was done. But, the story proved a real murder mystery and, even so, had a happy ending, so that the final awful cliff-hanger events did not ruin my day! This author, along with the artful reading by the narrator, has an ability to start off at a comfortably pleasant pace, and then, as the story goes on, a snowball begins to form and rolls downhill, ever faster and growing larger. The excitement builds and it becomes hard to "put it down" till one reaches the climax!


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful Christmas-time listen! Well worth setting aside time for! Nice for a group of murder mystery buffs (with good senses of humor) who also like a little romance. A bit reminiscent of Jeeves and Wooster-type stories, but not quite as goofy (and PG Wodehouse IS my fav author, by the way)!

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