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The Twelve Clues of Christmas

Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Series: Royal Spyness, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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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.

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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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Love this series so much!

So happy I found this wonderful series. It is well read highly entertaining and lots of fun when real life people from the era appear in the stories. Don’t want this series to ever end.

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  • Sophie Tomms
  • 30-12-2013

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.

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  • Emma
  • 02-12-2013

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

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  • Christine
  • 11-03-2014

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.

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  • L
  • 02-02-2014

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.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 19-01-2020

The Twelve Clues of Christmas

This is another great book in the series and funner than the last. Read brilliantly again by Katherine Kellgren.

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  • M J Gurden
  • 30-12-2019

Enjoyable Christmas listen

This is the first of the series I have listened to, purchased for car listening during Christmas journeys. Whilst bodies mount up in a somewhat unrealistic manner, I thoroughly enjoyed the story for what it is an easy listening (cosy) mystery. The narration was strong and the writing decent.

Would recommend this and will probably try out more from the series.

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 16-09-2019

Brilliant

I have never read/heard a book by this author before, but I’ll certainly be looking out for her books in the future. It is very well-written, with strong characters. The only thing that put me off a little was the high- pitched narration.

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  • Christine
  • 21-09-2017

Too many murders

The many, many murders in this book had me rolling my eyes. I'm also getting annoyed now with the characterisation and voicing of Queenie.

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  • Hes
  • 13-01-2017

Great Story

Really enjoyed the story line and it kept you guessing right to the end.
Well worth getting

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  • Jayne Baker
  • 12-04-2015

Just good fun

Got this book on a special offer. I have to say it was much better than expected, funny and a good mystery. The main character is really likeable and the author has a gift for bring all other minor characters to life. The narration is spot on.