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The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery | [Rhys Bowen]

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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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect holiday entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ShawnaLanne Blahville 12-08-12
    ShawnaLanne Blahville 12-08-12

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

    It's a great story and reader. I go back and forth between reading print and listening to audio versions of the Royal Spyness books. But I always enjoy the the audio versions. I liked the idea of the 12 clues of Christmas and didn't get it until the writer made the discovery, though I did get one of the murder's which is always loved that the long arch of the story was moved forward.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides the main character's I loved the dowager countess. She's such an old salt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The caroling.


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

    It made me laugh out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book better than the last two combined.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    amar Newark, NJ, United States 12-04-12
    amar Newark, NJ, United States 12-04-12
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    "good book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

    it was very interesting and exciting book to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The leading lady.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to spy fans.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 04-27-14
    RueRue 04-27-14

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    "Light and Fun"
    Where does The Twelve Clues of Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a light, entertaining story, perfect for the holidays. Great diversion for holiday stress.


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

    Great performance ! Katherine Kellgren sounded like she was having fun with the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 03-22-14
    Simone 03-22-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Always Refreshing!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 12-13-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Christmas fun, my favorite Royal Spyness"

    What a fun little Christmas murder mystery. This is the 6th "Royal Spyness" book, but could easily stand alone for a fun Christmas read. Aside from 1st book beginning the series, this is my favorite. It is a fluffy, brain in neutral read... but my goodness, it captures the fun of a traditional English Christmas. The food, parlor games, caroling, and community traditions are woven cleverly with a series of crimes. Excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 12-12-13
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Surprisingly Entertaining"

    This book turned out to be much better than I thought. It was a good fun story. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times while listening to this. This is the perfect light read.

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    Calliope 06-22-13
    Calliope 06-22-13
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    "My favourite in the series so far"

    This is a great, lightweight audiobook.......There's the collection of unrelated guests at a traditional country Christmas in a quaint little English village -- a perfect place for fun, romance, mystery, and murder. Katherine Kellgren again does a great job voicing all the characters and bringing them to life, and there's enough familiar in the story to keep regulars happy and enough different to keep it from being too familiar and boring. I think Rhys Bowen struck the perfect chord on this one.

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    Susan wakefield, ma, United States 05-16-13
    Susan wakefield, ma, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Georgie"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, lighthearted, truly enjoy this series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gerorgie......Her grandfather - really all of them are well developed characters....Darcy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Queenie always doing everything wrong but showing up when its important.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reminds me of a female Columbo, not quite put together, everyone overlooks, but he likes it that way, because in the end you realize just how smart he is.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sara Canton, GA, United States 05-12-13
    sara Canton, GA, United States 05-12-13
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    "Can't get enough!!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    I love the evolving plot between Georgie and Darcy!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Darcy finally telling Georgie he loves here.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I love all the recurring characters but Georgie is my fave.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The holidays have never been so dangerous.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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