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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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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 11-25-12
    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2010

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"

    Read from November 20 to 24, 2012

    Listened for FUN!
    Part of my 25 Christmas Reads for 2012
    Overall Rating: 4.50
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating 4.50

    Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.50
    Christmas Rating: Just plain fun!

    First thought when finished: Rhys Bowen hit it out of the park with The Twelve Clues of Christmas. It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

    Just my thoughts: The Twelve Clues of Christmas was a jolly good time! I had a blast while listening and was thrilled to delve back into her royal spyness. This is one fun series for those that like amateur sleuth stories. Check it out when you get a chance! These have a small carry over story but I think they can be read out of order or as standalones.

    About the audio: Narrated by Katherine Kellgren and she did a bang up job! Her voices were spot on, the pacing was fantastic, and the reading was delightful.

    Final thought: I recommend the Royal Spyness series to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Seattle, WA USA 12-03-12
    Anna Seattle, WA USA 12-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What ho, old bean!"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Lighthearted, Smart, Whodunnit


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

    Not on the edge of my seat, no. It was a good murder mystery without too much predictability. It was an utter pleasure to listen to and to follow Lady Georgie on yet another adventure. If there can be charming murder mysteries, this is definitely one.


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

    Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite narrators of all time - she does voices and accents and dialects beautifully. It feels like an entire cast is acting out the story.


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

    Laughed. MANY times.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Malena United States 12-05-12
    Malena United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Tradition English Christmas gone haywire"

    Once again, Lady Georgie is stuck at Castle Rannock with her miserly sister-in-law, Fig, making her life miserable and Christmas is just around the corner. So, why not take a job on a country estate in Devon, make a little money and get far, far away from Scotland? All is fine until local people start dying. But are these deaths accidents or murder?
    Once again, Darcy is on hand to lend his simmering sensuality to mix and he does distract Georgie quite a bit as she goes about trying to figure out what's going on.
    This is one of my favorites in the series. I just love Lady G's spunk and how wonderfully English these books always are. And there are always several laugh out loud incidents in any of the Royal Spyness books.
    I loved this reader's ability to capture personalities so well with her intonations.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Soulsbyville, CA (USA) 11-24-12
    Rebecca Soulsbyville, CA (USA) 11-24-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Another Great Lady Georgie Mystery"

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch escapes the horrid fate of spending Christmas with her step-sister's family at Castle Rannoch by attending a house party in a quaint English village instead as a Royal Family entertainer for the house guests. But as soon as she arrives, people start dying in strange accidents and she shortly begins to suspect that these accidents are really murders. Accompanied by the dashing Darcy O'Mara, Georgie sets out to solve these murders and uncovers the twelve clues to these murders. Clever and witty, with a dash of romance, Rhys Bowen weaves old English Christmas traditions and centuries-long superstitions with pre-WWII England and all of its social class upheaval to create a magical Christmas mystery that is sure to entertain. Fantastically performed by Katherine Kellgren, I quickly lost myself in the story. A Must-Listen Mystery for this Christmas season!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-02-13
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2007

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Fun listen over the holidays"

    You know, these books won't make you smarter. But, they're great entertainment. Especially fun to listen to this one and have it end on New Year's Day in the book and in real life. Once again, the narration is fabulous.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Westminster, CO, United States 12-06-12
    JoAnn Westminster, CO, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Such fun to listen to"

    This is such a fun series to enjoy. Sometimes kind of silly but always interesting. The series wouldn't be the same without the great narration of Katherine Kellgren. Looking forward to the next one.

    12 of 13 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 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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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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    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 06-24-13
    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 06-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Ah, Georgie, you've done it again!"

    I won't bother to report on the storyline, as you can read about it in the descriptions of others. Instead, I'll report on the entertainment value, as I see it. Rhys Bowen writes fun, lively mysteries that move quickly and offer the listener/reader a glimpse into 1920's in England. Descriptions of conditions, clothing, food, and ambiance are so vivid the listener can almost feel as if he/she was in the midst of it all. Narration by Ms. Kellgren is perfect, slipping from one dialect to another with ease, male and female characters clearly articulated with emotion and liveliness. I have listened to so many Bowen books that I hear the first sentence and feel "ahhh, she's back".
    So, would I recommend it? Yes, because, for me, it's pure entertainment.
    Specifically, this book is paced well, with rich characters that would never appear in reading as colorfully as they are when read by Ms Kellgren. I want more!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada 12-30-12
    Ursula Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada 12-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this series"

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

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    Fay Virgin, UT, United States 12-07-12
    Fay Virgin, UT, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Twelve Clues is one of the best Lady G stories"

    Lady Georgiana stories delight me. The concept is simple: a young royal (35th in line for the throne) without any money or much life experience tries to make it in the world on her own. It's after the 1st great war in England and Scotland and life is hard for everyone. In this story, Lady G's awful sister-in-law makes it impossible for her to stay in the Scottish family castle for the holidays, so she applies for a job assisting an English aristocrat with a classic English Christmas house party.
    Bodies start piling up the day she arrives - one a day, made to appear accidental. Lady G determines she is 'noblesse oblige' to solve the murders before anyone else dies. Lord Darcy O'Mara, love of her life, shows up just in time to help her with enquiries and makes the season bright.
    Highly recommended.

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  • Sophie Tomms
    Co.Down, Northern Ireland
    12/30/13
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    "A cosy murder mystery."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    This was a gently funny Christie-esque book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some audiobooks are mind improving and others are just for pleasure. This was an enjoyable pleasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    Denny, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Murder with style"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Classy
    Funny
    Whodunit


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The not so jolly 12 days of Christmas


    Any additional comments?

    This series is definitely worth listening to but I would recommend starting with book one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Spalding, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "Light and entertaining listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I enjoyed the audio version.


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

    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.


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

    I haven't heard any of Katherine Kellgren's material before but I shall look out for her in the future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Plenty of moments that made me smile and some that made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Cwmbran, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "Christmas treat"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Fun mystery


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

    Agatha Christie books


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

    Good pace and brings characters to life


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Christmas carols can be deadly


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable and light hearted. Good Christmas listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    United Kingdom
    12/18/13
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    "Talented narrator, contrived story"
    What disappointed you about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    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.


    Has The Twelve Clues of Christmas put you off other books in this genre?

    Not in this genre, bit I won't be hunting out any more by this particular author.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not really any of them stick in the mind.


    What character would you cut from The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    I would develop all of the characters more, in particular the villagers who play a key part in the story later on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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