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
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
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.
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.
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.
NO, the audio version is simply delightful thanks to Katherine Kellgren and her many talents. You will enjoy the audio!
Not really "another" book, but all the books in this particular series are delightful.
I have read all of the Royal Spyness books, and this narrator will not disappoint you.
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.
Sometimes, the characters and the stories of this whole series became predictable, but I would still recommend getting the books!! Enjoy them!
Characters and story. More than pleasant. Clever and fun.
The premise and setting. Nice to listen to over the holiday.
Don't think so. Not sure. It was very nice.
I chuckled and smiled. It was lovely entertainment.
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!
I have been enjoying Rhys Bowen's series and was delighted there is a new Christmas volume.
I was especially impressed that it really had to do with Christmas and Christmas is central to the story. I have noticed that many authors write a "holiday" book that could stand on its own without any Christmas theme, its just that the mystery takes place around Christmas, but "12 Clues" needs the holidays to hang together.
Further, the story itself, as well as the narrator, are excellent and quite enjoyable. I have listened to maybe 20 Christmas audibles this you and !2 Clues is the most memorable.
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!
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.
I love everything about this series. It has royalty, drama, laughter and mystery. The main character is so loveable and funny, and ver smart.
This was a fun listen. I'm ashamed to admit how long it took me to catch on to the mystery which only delighted me more once I had at least some of the motive figured out. It was farsical and therefore not meant to be overly serious.
All the characters are likeable and its set after the great wall street crash. It's interesting to see all the upper classess trying to redefine themselves in order to survive financially in a tough economy.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren does accents and men's voices very well. You have no difficulty keeping up with the dialog. Her reading is not overly dramatized as I wouldn't like that but it's also not under performed. Her phrasing and timing add to the quality of the listen.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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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