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
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.
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.
Besides the main character's I loved the dowager countess. She's such an old salt.
It made me laugh out loud several times.
I liked this book better than the last two combined.
it was very interesting and exciting book to listen to.
The leading lady.
I would recommend this to spy fans.
This was a light, entertaining story, perfect for the holidays. Great diversion for holiday stress.
Great performance ! Katherine Kellgren sounded like she was having fun with the narration.
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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.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
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.
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.
Funny, lighthearted, truly enjoy this series
Gerorgie......Her grandfather - really all of them are well developed characters....Darcy
Queenie always doing everything wrong but showing up when its important.
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.
I love the evolving plot between Georgie and Darcy!
Darcy finally telling Georgie he loves here.
I love all the recurring characters but Georgie is my fave.
The holidays have never been so dangerous.
Can't wait for the next book!
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