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
Loved the story. For fans of Her Royal Spyness Series this book is more of a romance than murder mystery despite the murders. I was happy to see Georgie & Darcy spend more time together as a regular couple. Also, I was delighted to see their relationship advance.
I adored the descriptions of old English Christmas. All the activities sound like quite a bit of fun. I discovered their are country homes in the UK where such festivities are hosted - without the bodies.
Georgie was the first to determine the accidents were murders & it took them a while to put the mystery together. Georgie & Darcy worked well together on the mystery. I'd like to see more of them working together on mysteries.
Whenever Georgie & Darcy get married I hope that book will be similar to this one; lots of romance with just a bit of mystery. Hopefully, their wedding won't be too many books away.
I would also like to see them at Sir Hubert's estate since he knows both of them. And of course, Darcy needs to take her to Ireland.
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!
An avid knitter who loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts
I enjoy listening to Christmas story books around the holiday and this one fit just perfectly.
I love Lady Georgiana and her Darcy!
She is able to carry off the different voices and I can keep track which character is speaking.
This was "light listening" book, which is exactly what I needed in between the weighter books that I listen to.
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.
I was looking for something with a Christmas twist, and The Twelve Clues of Christmas was perfect.
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.
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.
All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.
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.
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?
Katherine Kellgren is able to provide a very distinct voice and characterization for each character. She is very talented.
"Murder with style"
I think Georgie is a great character we have seen her grow thru the series and you really root for her and want her to find her man as well as see things develop with Darcy.
She does a great voice for Georgie and a lot of the other characters. Her regional accents are not always the best but overall she brings a lot to the story.
The not so jolly 12 days of Christmas
This series is definitely worth listening to but I would recommend starting with book one
"A cosy murder mystery."
I would recommend this book to a friend if the friend needed a good listen while doing a mundane task. This is a guilty pleasure book which I find helps me keep ironing or cleaning the house. Nothing wrong with that!
I haven't listened to any other Rhys Bowen books before but will be listening in future. There is always a pile of ironing and my house never stays tidy.......cheaper than a cleaner.
The narrator is fantastic and has a good range of character voices. I would have given the performance five stars except that I HATED the voice of Darcy. He was meant to be from an aristocratic Irish family but spoke as if he was there to Tarmac the driveway.
This was a gently funny Christie-esque book.
Some audiobooks are mind improving and others are just for pleasure. This was an enjoyable pleasure.
"Light and entertaining listening"
I have not read the print version but I enjoyed the audio version.
I would compare this book to a hybrid of Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse with a bit of Brian Rix performance style thrown in.
I haven't heard any of Katherine Kellgren's material before but I shall look out for her in the future.
Plenty of moments that made me smile and some that made me laugh.
I though that this was a good all round lighthearted listen that was enjoyable from start to finish. I found my self trying to guess the next victim so I had obviously become drawn into the story-line. Probably not my usual sort of listening but I will look out for some more of the same in the future.
Agatha Christie books
Good pace and brings characters to life
Christmas carols can be deadly
Enjoyable and light hearted. Good Christmas listen.
This story continued much as the last. All men are lecherous wannabe rapists and everybody from the upper-classes is utterly ridiculous. It also annoyed me that the author couldn't be bothered with historical accuracy. We hanged witches in this country, they were never burned. It's bad enough when a foreign author gets this fact wrong, but for a British author to get it wrong is insulting. The narrator was a bit better this time, less of the ridiculous pronunciation and voices.
"Just good fun"
Got this book on a special offer. I have to say it was much better than expected, funny and a good mystery. The main character is really likeable and the author has a gift for bring all other minor characters to life. The narration is spot on.
"Talented narrator, contrived story"
The story was shoe-horned into a certain pattern. I love Agatha Christie and Agatha Raisin type stories, but this didn't hold my attention at all.
Not in this genre, bit I won't be hunting out any more by this particular author.
Not really any of them stick in the mind.
I would develop all of the characters more, in particular the villagers who play a key part in the story later on.
A little disappointed. I thought because it was Noel Cowerd it would have a better storyline and be more funny.
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