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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.

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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Cozy for Christmas

This title has all the required elements of a cozy Christmas mystery - large house party, mysterious death(s), and lashings of descriptions of wonderful food, drink and parties. The plot is a little far fetched,but it is Christmas after all:). Ms. Kellgren is a masterful narrator with a huge compliment of accents, and the ability to switch from one to the other with amazing deftness. A great antidote to the bleak midwinter.

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  • Felicia The Geeky Blogger
  • 2012-11-25

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!

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  • Anna
  • 2012-12-03

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.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2012-11-24

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!

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  • Malena
  • 2012-12-05

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.

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  • Eddie Lynn
  • 2013-06-24

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!

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  • K. FRENCH
  • 2017-01-21

Rhys Bowen entertains.

I enjoy her books. they are fun and have plots. not full of foul language or descriptive nude scenes. only problem is I cannot turn them off. as I try to work while listening I do get more done.

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  • AudioAddict
  • 2016-12-30

Five stars as always!

STORY (suspense) - Love this series! The stories have great mysteries, a wonderful cast of characters, a touch of romance and lots of just plain fun. In this book Georgiana and the rest of the main characters travel to a small village in England to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. Everything is going great until people start dying. The deaths seem accidental, but they continue. Can't say much more or I'll give things away, but this is a fun listen especially at Christmastime.

PERFORMANCE - Two words say it all. Katherine Kellgren!

OVERALL - I love everything about this book. There is no sex or bad language. There are lots of deaths but no gory details. The book is a light easy listen but there are lots of characters to keep straight, and good luck figuring out the murderer! Highly recommended for everyone, though some men (like my husband) may find it a little girly or silly.

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  • Ursula
  • 2012-12-30

Love this series

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

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  • ShawnaLanne
  • 2012-12-08

She's Back!

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

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Besides the main character's I loved the dowager countess. She's such an old salt.

Which scene was your favorite?

The caroling.

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

It made me laugh out loud several times.

Any additional comments?

I liked this book better than the last two combined.

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  • JoAnn
  • 2012-12-06

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.

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