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The Twelve Clues of Christmas Audiobook

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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    Sharon 01-01-15
    Sharon 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect Holiday Listen"

    A classic English mystery with engaging dialogue and descriptive detail is delivered by an extremely capable actress! How many voices and accents can one woman do? This was a delightful novel to listen to during the Holidays!

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    "Great Story"

    This was a well written mystery that left me guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more books in the series.

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    P. Eeds Pinole, California USA 12-12-14
    P. Eeds Pinole, California USA 12-12-14 Member Since 2016

    An avid knitter who loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts

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    "Always enjoy the Royal Spyness Mystery series"
    What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    I enjoy listening to Christmas story books around the holiday and this one fit just perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Lady Georgiana and her Darcy!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is able to carry off the different voices and I can keep track which character is speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    This was "light listening" book, which is exactly what I needed in between the weighter books that I listen to.

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    Stevo Ireland 12-01-14
    Stevo Ireland 12-01-14

    I love stories.

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    "Cracking Christmas Adventure"

    Fans of this series will know what to expect... and once again, Rhys Bowen doesn't let us down. For me, this is the best of the Royal Spyness mystery stories so far, which just get better and better with each instalment. Katherine Kellgren brings each character to life wonderfully, and the ending of yet another enjoyable Lady Georgiana adventure is always a sad occassion... until the next one of course!

    For anyone new to Lady Georgiana Rannoch, where have you been hiding? Basically 'The Twelve Clues of Christmas' is a light hearted murder mystery set in the English countryside over the Christmas holidays, featuring Lady Georgiana as our heroine and regal amatuer sleuth, who finds herself on the scene of a variety of strange murders. This is very Agatha Christie-ish in it's style, unlikely scenarios and coincidences abound, but it's done with plenty of humour... and there's even some romance thrown in.

    All in all, this was a very enjoyable audiobook to listen to, and 'The Twelves Clues of Christmas' is an excellent addition to the fun Royal Spyness series of books.

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    Jeneanne Paden 11-01-14
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    "Fun Christmas Who-Dunnit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was looking for something with a Christmas twist, and The Twelve Clues of Christmas was perfect.


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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 10-31-14
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to my cozy mystery reading friends. It is the best book in the series...each book seems to be getting better.


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

    Actually, it did keep me wondering. This story is about Georgie escaping her rotten sister-in-law's family for Christmas by taking a paid job as a hired hostess/helper over the Christmas holidays at a country estate. The owners are hosting a large Christmas party, scheduled to last many days and Georgie is to help with activities and needs of the guests. It just so happens that someone died in what is thought to be a bizzare accident before she arrived. However, more people meet with "accidents" following her arrival and she can't help but cry MURDER!

    This is the closest so far to an Agatha Christie style mystery in the bunch. That is a high compliment from me. If you are not a fan of Ms. Christie, but you enjoy the Royal Spyness books, I think you'll also adore this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.


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

    No tears were shed in listening to this book! There were a number of giggles along the way and a whole lot of satisfied listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a mystery I will pull out each December to get me in the mood for Christmas. You thought I was going to say murder, didn't you?

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    Sharon Spanish Fork, UT, United States 10-30-14
    Sharon Spanish Fork, UT, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best of the Royal Spyness Series"
    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Katherine Kellgren is able to provide a very distinct voice and characterization for each character. She is very talented.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Susan Nall Sheehan 10-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely No Regrets Listening To This Book!!!"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    I have just finished listening to "The Twelve Clues of Christmas" and it is 1:12 AM - it was SO GOOD, that I got out of bed to get to my laptop to tap out this review!! This book on Audible is PERFECTION!! Yes - I would listen to it again and I am going to start right now! This is a verbal and literal WORK OF ART!! A JOY!! GO AND BUY IT NOW!! Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren are the best Author/Narrator pair! Thank you!!!


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

    There is no comparison!


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

    Her depth of giving characters life is INCREDIBLE AND UNMATCHED!! You have to listen to believe me - it is joyful, fun, witty, brilliant - all sunshiny words to describe the experience!


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

    Rolicking Fun!! English Countryside Murder Mystery At Christmas!! Brilliant!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book!

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    Sammy Says california 09-19-14
    Sammy Says california 09-19-14
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    "PURE FUN. The whole series thus far is pure fun."

    I am tough to please and have very eclectic taste but these books are so darn cute that even I don't care if they are predictable and simple. They won't be burning up the literary charts anytime soon but it doesn't matter. Light-hearted, funny and utterly charming is the best way I can describe the series. I have found that one book is as good as another, though Georgie's improved circumstances in this book were gratifying. Katherine Kellgren is a great narrator, again, just charming.
    Let it all go and just enjoy these. Worth it.

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    Tog 08-03-14
    Tog 08-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.

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    "Best voicework of the series to date."
    What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Katherine Kellgren. I want to be her when I grow up. Except I'm male, and probably older.

    Apart from that, the book itself has an intriguing plot that took me from one or two "Oh my god" moments, to pounding my head in frustration at the way Georgie handed things.


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

    I really can't think of any. This one was unlike the others in the series and was more inline with Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series in a some ways.

    It has the feel of a Royal Spyness book, but there's a tension and pace that the others don't share.


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

    About a dozen different accents from different parts of England.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end. I'm not the type normally affected by that sort of thing, and the idea of it looming in the background for that long was getting on my nerves. But when it finally happened, I found myself wishing I wasn't wandering around a grocery store at the time. There are better places for a man to tear up than standing in front of a pasta sauce display.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so torn on this book. The pattern used by the killers was logical and consistent, if a little far-fetched, but I didn't spot it until the 7th victim. Once I knew the pattern I knew where each future attempt would take place. Georgie figured it out a little later, and yet it never occurred to her to the obvious targets.

    Another facepalm-worthy moment came from a sub plot where she worked out a possible Identity of the killer, then passed up three different chances to make use suspicions known, one of which was an invitation by the local police to tell them anything she might have found. There was no reason to avoid telling them at that point, it's like the author just forgot that Georgie knew the information.

    Despite those mistakes in the plot, this is still one of the best entries in the series, mainly for the extreme cleverness of the pattern of the crimes..

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