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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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Old fashioned English Christmas Murder

Another fun spoof in the Royal Spyness series. Georgie and most of her familiar friends gather for an old fashioned English Christmas with all the trimmings. What she doesn't know is that a killer is using the carol about the Twelve Days Of Christmas to make a literal killing, murdering a person each day (almost) to fit the pattern. More deaths than in the rest of the series, as the need to fit the pattern, but I would love to be able to spend a Christmas like Georgie and Darcy do, without the murders!'

If you have not read (or heard) the earlier books in this series, go back to the first, Her Royal Spyness, and start off right. But if you have read or heard some or all of the earlier books and enjoyed them and are in the mood for some holiday related murder, start to listen at once. You will enjoy.

As always, Kathleen does a great job reading this book and her reading adds to the enjoyment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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Good Old Rhys and Her Spyness

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

Characters and story. More than pleasant. Clever and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

The premise and setting. Nice to listen to over the holiday.

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

Don't think so. Not sure. It was very nice.

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

I chuckled and smiled. It was lovely entertainment.

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Loved it...a delight from beginning to end!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Twelve Clues of Christmas and am looking forward to more Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness novels. This is the first I have read in the series. The story moves quickly and is engaging all the way. If you enjoy entertaining mystery novels, I highly recommend this one. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is excellent and I look forward to listening to more of her narrations, including this series. Great fun book!

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A Treat

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I've really enjoyed the entire Royal Spyness series and this latest installment did not disappoint! Loved being back in Georgie's world and enjoyed the mystery. Great Narration as well. Thank you Rhys and Katherine for another great book!

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love this book

I love everything about this series. It has royalty, drama, laughter and mystery. The main character is so loveable and funny, and ver smart.

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  • Norman728
  • philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 11-24-12

Georgie's Back and She's Gonna Be In Trouble!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It a fun listen, with a few surprises even the ones you see coming are welcome.

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

Singing?

Which scene was your favorite?

One word Queenie

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

that would be telling, but it was most welcome.

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It might be my favorite

Not one lag, full on fun with Georgi et. al. at Christmas time. And in a place that only the British could name. 🎄

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  • Toni
  • Wollongong, Australia
  • 11-28-17

Absofuckinglutly Wonderful

The entire series of these Books are wonderful, the characters true & colourful the storyline exciting &interesting, I love them, thank you Rhys Bowen for these characters.

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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.