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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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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.

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  • Tina
  • Streetsboro, OH, United States
  • 02-25-14

Finally! Lots of Georgie and Darcy time together!

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

The pot was light. It was perfect for a Christmas who-dunnit.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

I think Katherine Kellgren does an amazing job. I will go on to read more books narrated by her just because I enjoyed her so much.

Any additional comments?

This has been one of my most favorite series.

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  • Arlene
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 02-17-14

A Royal Spyness Christmas Surprise

I have come to love Lady G. This was a completely fun story, especially in December. I'll be listening to this for many Decembers to come. I thoroughly enjoyed the main and minor characters. And many are true "characters" whose personalities brought anything from chuckles to concerns to belly laughs.

I like to watch stories unfold. I don't analyze every character or interaction to figure things out before the author's reveal. This story unfolds well. It was very satisfying for me.

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Too english for my taste

What did you like best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas? What did you like least?

A little too long for my taste but not bad. I think I'm just a little tired from murder mysteries.<br/>

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A little far fetched IMO but again it is a story after all.

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

The narrator makes a great performance in jumping from once character to another.<br/>I love the old english accent.<br/>

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Fun Christmas mystery

Any additional comments?

This book made me long to experience a traditional British Christmas. I loved the atmosphere in the story.

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  • Sonja
  • Moline, IL, United States
  • 12-28-13

No disappointment

Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be better than the print version?

Yes, the performance was excellent. Listening to the writing as spoken by a Brit made a difference

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  • Freda
  • Phoenix, AZ United States
  • 12-25-13

Unwrap Clues for a Curious Christmas

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

We listened together as we traveled cross country, which gave us opportunity to comment on our speculations. Guessing abounded, but the cleverly devised story hid the truths well.

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

Once the pattern became obvious, our anticipation for each new murder grew.

Which scene was your favorite?

Each good novel needs a love interest and this one delivers with a touching first kiss included.

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

We chuckled together with our realization of the concept, even though we had guessed the culprit earlier on.

Any additional comments?

We enjoyed the tale.

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Cute British Christmas Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was OK. I listened durning the Christmas season. It was entertaining to hear the details of a traditional British Christmas in a country village while I was baking and decorating.

What could Rhys Bowen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have been listening to Louise Penny mysteries and Laurie R. King mysteries. This is my first Rhys Bowen book. I think the story was just too light for me, but cute.

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

Darsie - I love the Scottish accent.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe at Christmas time, maybe on DVD.

Any additional comments?

See comments above.

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The narration makes the book: a fun listen

Katherine Kellgren is one of the great narrators: every character has a distinct voice, and the pacing is spot-on with the plot. Her range of accents is impressive. This is a light-weight mystery but Ms. Kellgren's narration makes it quite enjoyable.

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I love this series.

My favorite so far! I love the romance between Darcy & Georgie. Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator.

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