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
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.
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.
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.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Probably. I have not read the print version.
Well, since this is a lot of jolly good fun, hard to say edge of my seat. But it was still a good mystery. I did not guess the "who-dunnit" part.
She's always perfect.
Yes. I laugh a lot.
This whole series is just delightful. Though actual mysteries, there is an element of comedy, a bit of good- natured poking of fun at British aristocracy/royalty, and even a smidgen of romance. I so look forward to each new book. Hold onto it till I'm ready for something completely special. Close to a perfect series. High on my list of favorites I've listened to. And I'm not sure I'd like the written book as much as the narrated one, and only THIS narrator. Nobody else could do it as well.
The narrator is great! Story is interesting. Love all the characters. Will relisten the whole series in couple of years.
No. It is a comfortable listen. Cozy. Even with all the dead bodies. But i did finish it in 3 days. Didnt want to put it down.
I don't think so...the narrator's voice wasn't as soothing as I prefer, and the story was a bit dry.
It was worth the wait!
Yes, she was very good at all the accents and age differences.
I'd rent the DVD.
so much fun! Light-hearted,easy romp. It's holiday fun full of romance, old-fashion English festivities and murder!!! Very enjoyable. Looking forward to the entire series.
I heart mysteries, political non-fiction, and memoirs, especially all in one book.
Katherine Kellgren's narration is so compelling, it makes up for the simplistic ending to this mystery. I am not one to listen to books that are a part of a series; I feel there are generally better, more unique books to be had that don't require a substantial time commitment. That said, this book stands well on its own and is a nice diversion for listeners looking for something easy for the holidays.
I hesitated listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas because Georgiana's character and her strident purity had become so annoying in earlier books. But I am pleased to report both that her character has matured and that the silly recurrent theme of snooping on the Prince of Wales has disappeared. I am a bit puzzled, though, about when her relationship with Darcy moved to the next level (kissing in closets). Weren't they at odds at the end of the last volume, Naughty in Nice? Maybe I tuned out the end of that book.
The plot twists in The Twelve Clues of Christmas are well handled and keep the reader guessing. The house party is filled with fun secondary characters, most of whom have secrets to hide. By the end, the village must be abandoned because so many residents have died. I still have several quibbles with the overall themes of the series. If Georgie's mother has so much money, why doesn't she support Georgie? Will we ever learn more about who/what Darcy works for? I am not sure I will listen to more of the series if it continues. It will depend on my need for lightweight distraction.
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. It's not a time period chosen by many authors but an interesting one. Can't wait for the next one!
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