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The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness #6)

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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
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
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Melanie This is actually the first one I found in my library and read. Then I went back and read all of the others. This is my favorite of her series!! Enjoy!

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Jan 05, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what can I say about The Twelve Clues of Christmas without sounding like a complete and utter fangirl? Rhys Bowen has really outdid herself this time – this is the perfect Christmas book for mystery aficionados and longtime fans of the Royal Spyness series will have a great deal to be happy about with the developments in this latest installment. In two words: More Darcy!

After the fun, fashion and flirting of Naughty in Nice and Georgie's numerous adventures abroad, we return to England fo
Nov 30, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the high body count in this cosy mystery, it is a perfect Christmas read. Set in the 1930s, penniless Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself holed up in her brother's castle in Scotland facing a bleak Christmas with her penny pinching sister in law and her boring family. Finding herself a job helping to hostess a large house party in Devon, she happily escapes to the quaint village of Tiddleton-under-Lovey. All is going well with the guests enjoying traditional Christmas fare and activitie ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it
Pure escapist fun of the best kind, this book does a beautiful job of channeling vintage Agatha Christie. The "Her Royal Spyness" series is my favorite of Bowen's, because of the way she captures the feel of Christie, only with tongue held firmly in cheek. The mystery is always a good one, but there's plenty of room for humor, too.
This one is obviously set at Christmastime, & captures that perennial favorite of Golden Era mystery settings, the country house party with a house full of potent
Nov 02, 2015 Suzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful find! Her Royal Spyness mysteries have been recommended to me but this was the first that I have read, part of my 2015 holiday reading marathon. Seemingly unrelated murders are occurring daily in a small English town, Tiddleton-under-Lovey, where a diverse lot of people have gathered for the Christmas holidays. Penniless Lady Victoria Georgiana "Georgie" Charlotte Eugenie (Her Royal Spyness) is coincidentally on the scene, having been hired as a social director by the local landed g ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it
As I came to the end of the last week at school – I was so exhausted I needed something undemanding and cosy to read – I had been planning to read Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. However I had bought The Twelve clues of Christmas on something of a whim from ebay a couple of weeks ago – and so decided to give it a try instead. I have to admit when I saw it was published by Berkley Prime Crime I had groaned slightly – because although I have read a few rather pleasant little cosy (so ...more
Please, do yourself a favor, run to your library or your bookstore or borrow the first book in this series from a friend and read it, you will NOT regret it. In yet another amazing installment Georgie finds herself playing hostess to a group of people from various backgrounds in a small village named Tiddleton. However, the first day she's there someone dies, and the second day another villager dies, and the third day, too. Soon people are scared for their lives wondering who could be next. But ...more
Lori McD
If you're not familiar with the Twelve Days of Christmas (the song and the tradition), I suggest you bone up a bit before reading this cozy little mystery....

Admittedly, I didn't quite "get" this story until I did. Which is a sad thing for me to admit. But then the obvious clues fell into place.

Once again, Her Royal Spyness, Georgie, finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. This time, it's the mystery of a serial killer intent upon using the Twelve Days of Christmas as the inspiration. B
Clearly I am in the minority with regard to this book. I have really been enjoying this series and I looked forward to this latest entry eagerly. I had it on reserve at the library while it was still listed as "on-order". I was disapointed though and I think it is the weakest entry to date.
I will leave the plot summary to the others . . . .and move on.
One of the things I like about this series is that it is "cosy". I will grant you that "cosy" and "murder" together would seem to be a little cont
Jan 09, 2013 Marcie rated it liked it
Balderdash! I wish I had discovered this book at the library a month ago, mid-December. It's perfectly charming -- a Christmas-themed parlor mystery! Set in a quaint, Dickensian English village during a fascinating time (1930s, when royals were still "royal" but dirt-poor after investing in American stock). The hostess of the holiday vacay has offered a traditional English Christmas celebration for a FEE (loved all the details of the darling practices), but the bodies just keep dropping! I say, ...more
What a treat. Perfect for Christmas season listening -- Bowen's series about an impecunious noble woman, her suitor, the dashing Darcy O'Mara, her cockney grandfather, actress mother and bumbling maid is charming, with warmly portrayed characters that are good company even if they are all familiar types. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren is fabulous -- I can't imagine she's ever bad -- and the plotting of this installment is much tighter than the first volume. I enjoyed it so well I will go back ...more
My second read of this great Christmas story and I am enjoying it more since I have read more of this series this year. It is so much better when you know and care about the characters. Still good as a stand alone.
Kathy Davie
Dec 06, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, history
Sixth in the Her Royal Spyness historical mystery series revolving around Lady Georgiana and a country house Christmas in 1933 in Tiddleton-under-Lovey.

My Take
I do enjoy the setting Bowen has created for this series. It's a treat to read about a noble family that has fallen on hard times and the straits to which they're reduced...ooh, that sounds kind of nasty. It's not that I enjoy their "poverty" so much as it's a change from the usual billionaire romances. And it gives us an inside look at th
My original review seems to have been eaten so here it is again

Poor Georgie is stuck in snowy Scotland after the birth of Fig and Binky's second child. Now it's Christmas and Fig's awful family is coming and they all want Georgie out of the house and married off to some terrible prince or ANYbody. Georgie's heart belongs to the enigmatic Darcy O'Meara but they can never marry, even if he does manage to earn a respectable living, for Darcy is Catholic and Georgie is in line for the throne. Even G
Dec 02, 2012 elaynne rated it liked it
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Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

I selected this book because when I chose it, it had a 5 star rating in all three categories (Overall, Performance, Story) by at least 30 people. Since listening, Overall and Story have been downgraded to 4.5 and over 40 people have reviewed it.

Definitely not really my sort of book though I do confess to liking occasional and random murder mysteries.

Even though she's "only" 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch has a reputati
Amy Lignor
Jul 27, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
This book is a delightful mystery that’s masterfully plotted! With the locations, wardrobes, and the ‘pride & prejudice’ of the societal elite, readers will be automatically reminded of Agatha Christie’s perfect novels.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch is staying with her brother and his wife at the ‘Family Home,’ which is a very cold and damp pile of stones located in Scotland called, Castle Rannoch. The date is December 14, 1933, and Georgie is basically thinking she would love to be anywhere but th
LOVED IT!! This is Bowen at the top of her game and showing the best that this series can be. In the world of cozies, this one really manages to stand out as something special. Not only is Georgie as fabulously adorable and klutzy as ever, but the mystery really has definite substance to it. Twelve days leading up to the New Year, mysterious violent deaths, escaped convicts, a house party of mismatched guests, and our favorite member of the royal family with Grandad, Mummy and dreamy Irish peer ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
It's December 1933 and just because you are thirty-fifth in line for the English throne doesn't mean that you can't be penniless. Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in just that position and things become unbearable when her sister-in-law, the unlovable Fig, makes it quite clear that Georgiana won't be welcome to stay at her family's home, Castle Rannoch, for the Christmas holidays. So Lady Georgiana answers an advertisement and agrees to help hostess a large Christmas party at Lady Hawse-Gorz ...more
Sep 02, 2015 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This would be a fun book to read around the holidays, but it works to read anytime.
I really liked the mystery in this one and didn't figure it out. There were several lovely red herrings to think is it this person, is it that person.
The romance between Georgie and Darcy makes some progress, but these aren't romance novels so if you're looking for that, you'd need to look elsewhere. The romance, although central to what Georgie wants for her life, isn't central to the story. Still, it's nicely d
Matthew Hunter
What does it say about me that my ranking goes up as the body count rises? Bowen gave me a blood bath, and I liked it. I also liked that I got to know Darcy a little better. Last book, I called him a romance novel cliche. Now he's almost human.

Bowen continues her upward momentum as the installments in the Her Royal Spyness series become progressively more enjoyable. The mystery, not the manners, takes center stage here. Favorable comparisons with Agatha Christie seem more appropriate now. And my
Pamela Shropshire
Feb 06, 2017 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it
Well! This is definitely the best of the series so far. Very clever mystery along with all the trappings of an old-fashioned English country Christmas - what more could an Anglophile cozy mystery fan ask for?

At the beginning, Georgie is at Castle Rannoch with Fig, who has recently given birth to a daughter. Fig is clearly suffering from what we now call post-partum depression and Georgie is at her wit's end. Then Fig's overbearing mother shows up, and Georgie overhears the two of them complainin
Marilyn Fontane
Jan 07, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in Christmas customs who also love mysteries. Any cozy lover
Shelves: mystery, christmas
Lady Georgiana Rannoch, too poor to live with any but obnoxious relatives, but 35th in line to the throne of England, takes a job as a social hostess for a house party given by Camilla Hawse-Gorzley to celebrate (and charge for) an old fashioned Christmas in 1933. A wide assortment of paying guests come from far and wide (India and America)to spend the 12 days of Christmas (ending on Jan. 1st, not Jan. 6, Epiphany--a likely switch since few realize the 12 days start, rather than end, with Christ ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Audrey rated it really liked it
Rhys Bowen's Christmas caper contains over a dozen murder attempts (some successful, some not), which must be a new personal record! Fear not, those faint of heart. Bowen strikes the right mix of intrigue and innocence in this this, her sixth Royal Spyness installment.

The lovely and impoverished Lady Georgiana Rannoch, sick of her bossy sister-in-law, leaps at the chance to escape dreary old Scotland for the holidays. She responds to an advertisement in The Lady and is soon instated as the fashi
Dec 07, 2012 Larraine rated it liked it
t's hard to be a penniless aristocrat in 1930's England especially when there are plenty of people just like you who are doing just fine. Lady Georgianna is at her wit's end. Her sister-in-law, aka the detestable "Fig," has recently had a baby and is suffering from post partum depression although in 1933, nobody knows what that is apparently. It's nearly Christmas, she is still in the castle in Scotland. It's cold - because Fig claims they don't have the money for heat. The food is awful because ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing
The Twelve Clues Of Christmas is the 6th book in the Royal Spyness series.

Things couldn't look bleaker for Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty fourth in line for throne. The cold winds are blowing across the moors, she over hears her sister in law, Fig, being told by Figs mother she just has to find somebody to marry Georgiana and take her off the family's hands. Fig's sister and her family will also be spending the holiday at Rannoch. Georgiana had spent some time in Nice with these obnoxious people
#6 in the Royal Spyness series. 1933, now number 35 in the line of succession for the English throne, Georgie applies for and is immediately accepted by Lady Hawse-Gorzley to assist in hostessing a large Christmas party. Georgie will add a royal presence to the house party, and enjoy warmth and sufficient food while escaping the drafty castle in SCotland and the company of her sister-in-law, Fig. The usual complications and coincidences ensue. Her mother is spending Christmas in the same village ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Andie rated it liked it
Georgiana is one again at loose ends for Christmas. spending it babysitting her sister-in-law's relatives at Castle Rannoch is out of the question, but she has no money to go anywhere else. o when she stumbles upon an advertisement looking for a "young lady of breeding" to help entertain house guests in a charming village in Dorset, she jumps at the chance. The house guests turn out to be paying guests, but the hostess is a charming woman, the food & accommodations are lovely and isn't it ju ...more
May 05, 2013 Edel rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of this series and of books based around the festive season so this book appealed to me in many ways. In this book, book 6 in the series Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself helping out a hostess in a large country pile in Tiddleton - Under-Lovey . Christmas in the country sounded like a great idea until the first body showed up then Georgie's detective skills needed to be put into action when the body count started to rise. This is a terrific series with favourite characters such ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Viccy rated it really liked it
It's Christmas time in Jolly Olde England and Lady Georgina Rannoch,34th in line for the Throne, is looking for a way to leave Castle Rannoch before her sister-in-law, Fig, drives her crazy. She answers an advertisement to be a social hostess at an old-fashioned Yule time in Devon. Georgie arrives right after a man is murdered in a pear tree on the grounds of the house where she will be hosting. And, every day after another member of the village is murdered. Georgie figures out the murderer is a ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, historical
This delightful installment in the Royal Spyness Mysteries finds Lady Georgiana at a house party for the holidays. She begins to regret her agreement to help the hostess plan entertainments when townspeople start dying one-by-one. As the weeks progress toward Christmas, the deaths continue. Is there a link between them? Are these accidents as they appear to be, or are they murders committed by some mad soul, like one of two escaped convicts on the loose? At least she can rely on Darcy O’Mara, a ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Aug 05, 2014 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
My god how I love listening to this series. Katherine Kellgren is positively brilliant at bringing to life each and every one of Rhys Bowen`s richly developed characters. The mysteries themselves really aren`t what draws me to this series, it is definitely the characters. This time around Georgie heads out to a picturesque little town and as usual there is a wonderful mix of quirky characters, yummy sounding British food, witty banter and of course MURDER. And this installment has plenty of murd ...more
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