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.
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"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
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!!!
There is no comparison!
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!
Rolicking Fun!! English Countryside Murder Mystery At Christmas!! Brilliant!!
I love this book!
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.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
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.
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.
About a dozen different accents from different parts of England.
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.
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..
I haven't read the print versions of any of the Royal Spyness books, but I can't imagine they could be any better. Katherine Kellgren's ability to give voices to Rhys Bowen's clever cast of characters is truly magical. The combined artistry felt like it really took me to 1930's Devonshire.
I loved the combination of Christmas, romance, mystery and adventure in this book. I've loved all of the Royal Spyness series, but this is my favorite so far. Rhys Bowen is a writer with a knack for waving a carrot under the noses of her readers and then slipping them an apple and a sugar cube. Delicious!
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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.
I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!
The pot was light. It was perfect for a Christmas who-dunnit.
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.
This has been one of my most favorite series.
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.
A little too long for my taste but not bad. I think I'm just a little tired from murder mysteries.
A little far fetched IMO but again it is a story after all.
The narrator makes a great performance in jumping from once character to another.
I love the old english accent.
I opened my own account this year because my husband and I have such disparate taste in books. This is much more fun!
Yes, the performance was excellent. Listening to the writing as spoken by a Brit made a difference
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