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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 01-02-13

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • amar
  • Newark, NJ, United States
  • 12-04-12

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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Smashing, simply smashing!

Christmas isn't my holiday, so i rarely buy or read books with a Christmas theme. But who can resist Lady Georgie? Couldn't miss this chapter in her life so....

It's a fabulous book -- a very good mystery, as people keep getting killed (or just dying?) in and around the manor where Lady Georgie has found a seasonal job. But that may not have been the best part: what I really enjoyed was all the "other stuff", all the tidbits of information about how the Brits of that era celebrated the holiday -- wow, the food! Meal after meal, all of them sounding great. And the dances, costume balls, dressing up, and all the traditional games, the horses, the "crackers", the Yule log -- but how in heck did they get a presumably huge and soaking wet hunk of tree to burn? At the end of those twelve days, I should think all of them -- the servants and the served, alike -- would simply collapse of overload, overload on food, on celebrating, and on keeping up appearances. Anyway, just delightful, the whole thing. I've read and liked all of these books in this series, and this was surely one of the best.

Great narration, too -- as usual. I should think that by the end of narrating one of these books, narrator Katherine Kellgren would have a sore throat, from all that screeching - ha! Love the way she does the voices!

I know I'll listen to this one again -- so rich in story and details it needs to be consumed again, to get it all.

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I enjoy this series

If you like the series, you will like this entry. I found the character development done well and it was a good story. The plot took a little while to get going but once Georgie got herself to where the story took place, I thought things moved along well. Narration was good as always and I enjoyed listening as well as tracking the story. Again, if you like the series, you are safe here.

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An absolute delight!

What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

The huge cast of hilarious characters.

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

She was an amazing actress who made each character believable and unique. Listening to her was like watching a play on stage. It was a particular pleasure because there were so many characters and she was able to make each one a complete individual. And, she not only had to differentiate between upper and lower classes, but variations within groups, such as a duchess versus a countess, or a butcher versus a jeweler. She was wonderful.

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For my annual Christmas cozy quest, I delightedly present “The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” by Rhys Bowen. It’s part of the immensely popular “Her Royal Spyness” series which is highly recommended by Library Journal. Thirty-fifth in line for the British throne Lady Georgiana Rannoch hopes for a quiet Christmas in Devon, but of course murder, romance, genuine thrills, and hilarity ensue. It’s set in the 1930s, so Mrs. Simpson is the subject of talk and Noel Coward makes an appearance or two. It’s as much satire of the upper class as anything, with silly names, exasperating lady’s maids, and flaming plum puddings, as if P.G. Wodehouse decided to write murder mysteries set in great country houses. Wonderful fun.

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love this series

What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

I enjoy all things British.... these stories are the best . I love the fact that you can be a poor member of the Royal family.....

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Darcy

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

She is the beest. she almost puts you in the book....a most enjoyable experience......

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

Fun and Adventurre with A Poor Princess....I wish they were in line for filming...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Delightful mystery

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

The Twelve Clues of Christmas is the best of the series yet...

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

Loved the ending ... won't spoil it for you.

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

Katherine performs all the characters well and dramatically acts out the performances with her voice. Darcy O'Mara is delicious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful