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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.

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Hardcover, 311 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley Hardcover
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Hannah
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
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Brett
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
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Ali
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
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
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Marcie
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
Judy
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
Deborah
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
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elaynne
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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
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Amy Lignor
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
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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
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Nancy
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
Fred
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
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Audrey
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
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Marilyn Fontane
Jan 07, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Sarah
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
Kathy Davie
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
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Larraine
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
Ed
#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
Viccy
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
Joanna
Charming. If it's possible for a novel to be filled with murder and still be called charming, this one does it!
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The plot started out much to slow for my taste in mystery novels. I expected the characters to dive in much faster with the detective work.
But don't you fret. The plot sped up and turned out to be much more exiting and page turning.

And I must say... Reading a book filled with a good ol fashioned English Christmas, with all their meat,
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Lindi Axon
Okay, I admit it! I love a cozy mystery. Especially if it is set in England between 1920-1950. No one can beat Agatha Christie and Miss Marple but I keep trying to find someone who can. This series has a unique twist -- the heroin is the daughter of a duke and and an actress. When her father dies, she is left to the care of her brother - but between death taxes and his selfish wife, her brother can only keep her at his house in the country with no money for parties or seasons. Our Heroine, Georg ...more
Susan
Escaping her sister-in-law's idea of a family Christmas, Lady Georgiana answers an ad to help out at a large house party, and finds herself with an ill-assorted group of people in a quaint Devonshire village. She soon notices that a series of accidents seems to be killing one person a day, although it takes quite a while before she--or the local police--realize what the clues of Christmas are. Noel Coward makes a cameo appearance as a friend of Georgiana's irresponsible mother.
Lauren
A well-crafted, inventive central mystery make up for the shortcomings in Georgie’s sixth outing. Her maid still drives me bananas, and I don’t care how “loyal” she is, Georgie’s an idiot for keeping her around, but I otherwise enjoyed this cast of characters. There are a lot of characters here – an almost overwhelming amount at times – but that worked well within the plot, which mixed up a small English village, a traditional English Christmas, and the standard fare of murders and a manor in th ...more
Kathy
Oh, how I love a mystery set at Christmas time, and The Twelve Clues of Christmas treats readers to a traditional English Christmas with all the glorious food, events, and games included. There are those novels that you would love to climb in and be a part of, and this one is certainly one of those novels for me. Of course, one would have to avoid being one of the many victims in this book, as the twelve days of Christmas take on a rather gruesome overtone of murder.

Facing a bleak Christmas at R
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Phoebe
Faced with a dismal, cold, cheerless Christmas in Scotland with her hated sister-in-law and her sister-in-law's relatives, Georgie is desperate to escape. By sheer chance, she notices a help wanted notice for a young lady of impeccable background to act as hostess at Gorzley Hall for a house party. No one's background is more impeccable than Georgie's, being the daughter of a duke and 35th in line to the throne of England, so her application is accepted with alacrity. Good food, a warm house, an ...more
Mara Pembert
Had roaring good time with Georgie and company.
Valerie Andrews
When you're 35th in line for the throne and virtually homeless, with a demanding sister-in-law and an absentee mother, what do you do for the holidays in 1933?

Lady Georgianna answers an ad in the paper for a holiday house party hostess and discovers that Yuletide in a rural English village is not what she expected. Not with her mother helping Noel Coward write a new play in a cottage down the road, her ex-Scotland Yard grandfather playing houseman for the famous playwright and her mysteriously-e
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Suzie Fullmer
This was a really fun book. I already love mysteries, but this also had a fun holiday feel to it. Set in a small english town in the 1930s, the heroine, an aristocrat stumbles upon a mystery. The detail about traditional English Christmases, complete with games, food, etc. was also interesting.
Elaine
May 08, 2014 Elaine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Linden Georgson
This book was so fun! Rhys Bowen did such a great job of taking me to the time and place without lengthy descriptions. I really could imagine it all. And the mystery was so clever! Halfway through, I couldn't stop thinking about what the connections were to the murders and who was going to be next because of the clues already given. I have not read any of the other Her Royal Spyness mysteries yet, I had purchased this one because of the Christmas theme. I am so glad I bought it. I should share i ...more
Natalie
A diverting mystery with an engaging heroine. (view spoiler)
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"I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
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