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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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    Debra 12-02-12
    Debra 12-02-12

    Addicted to audio books.

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    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    Yes, it was fun, great characters and a good plot.


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

    For the most part. I did not guess the ending a head of time and for someone who has read a lot of mysteries that is an achievement.


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

    Katherine is great as always and I can't imagine the main character with another voice. In fact we started this series because she had been the voice in another story.


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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-20-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "A Bit of British Mystery for Christmas"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, especially the well done accents of the well-to-do and the common folks of England. It was a good mystery, but the interactions between the characters are what made the book stand out for me. Some funny, some strange and some very sweet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-10-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.

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    "A Royal Joy!"

    Why do I love this series? Well it's amusing on several levels. Perhaps my favorite take is the dramatic contrast in the main character's status as a Royal with her poor economic situation. She always sleeps in mansions and palaces, but they never seem to be heated. She has a personal maid, but she is a walking disaster. I could go on and on.

    The mysteries are clever, but always overshadowed by the hilarious situations we find our heroine in. Her wit, compassion, passion, patience and yes, her manners, make her one of the most irresistible characters I've ever encountered in literature.

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    "Old fashioned English Christmas Murder"

    Another fun spoof in the Royal Spyness series. Georgie and most of her familiar friends gather for an old fashioned English Christmas with all the trimmings. What she doesn't know is that a killer is using the carol about the Twelve Days Of Christmas to make a literal killing, murdering a person each day (almost) to fit the pattern. More deaths than in the rest of the series, as the need to fit the pattern, but I would love to be able to spend a Christmas like Georgie and Darcy do, without the murders!'

    If you have not read (or heard) the earlier books in this series, go back to the first, Her Royal Spyness, and start off right. But if you have read or heard some or all of the earlier books and enjoyed them and are in the mood for some holiday related murder, start to listen at once. You will enjoy.

    As always, Kathleen does a great job reading this book and her reading adds to the enjoyment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 01-12-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    NO, the audio version is simply delightful thanks to Katherine Kellgren and her many talents. You will enjoy the audio!


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

    Not really "another" book, but all the books in this particular series are delightful.


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

    I have read all of the Royal Spyness books, and this narrator will not disappoint you.


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

    Yes, of course. I wasn't on the edge of my seat or biting my fingernails, but did want to know what was going to happen. This series is not an in depth mystery book, but a mystery that keeps you wondering if you can figure out the guilty person before the narrator will tell you. But the characters become so familiar to you, and they are seem to leap off the "pages", and you will many a times laugh out loud, I certainly did.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes, the characters and the stories of this whole series became predictable, but I would still recommend getting the books!! Enjoy them!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TravisD 01-10-13
    TravisD 01-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

    Characters and story. More than pleasant. Clever and fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise and setting. Nice to listen to over the holiday.


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

    Don't think so. Not sure. It was very nice.


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

    I chuckled and smiled. It was lovely entertainment.


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    Dblms 01-05-13
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    "Loved it...a delight from beginning to end!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Twelve Clues of Christmas and am looking forward to more Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness novels. This is the first I have read in the series. The story moves quickly and is engaging all the way. If you enjoy entertaining mystery novels, I highly recommend this one. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is excellent and I look forward to listening to more of her narrations, including this series. Great fun book!

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    Jessica 01-02-13
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    I've really enjoyed the entire Royal Spyness series and this latest installment did not disappoint! Loved being back in Georgie's world and enjoyed the mystery. Great Narration as well. Thank you Rhys and Katherine for another great book!

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    Brenda 01-01-13
    Brenda 01-01-13

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    I love everything about this series. It has royalty, drama, laughter and mystery. The main character is so loveable and funny, and ver smart.

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    Was so happy to see that Rhys Bowen had added another novel. Lived up to expectations.

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