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The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
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Jul 27, 12

Read in July, 2012

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 there. Her mother is living in London and she wants to spend Christmas with her, but Mom is going away for the holidays to a place called Tiddleton-Under-Lovey with Noel Coward (yes, THAT Noel Coward). So not only is Georgie’s hope dashed but she is soon buried in snow at the ‘castle.’

A Christmas miracle occurs when Georgie has a chance to land a hostess position at a very lush holiday party in the village of Tiddleton right where Mom is having fun. She’s truly excited and finally in the holiday mood, but no sooner does Georgie get the job than a neighborhood troublemaker named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead as a doornail.

On her second day in Tiddleton, yet another accident happens, and so on. A local prison break might have something to do with these deaths, but no one really knows. Added to all this is the fact Georgie’s true love, Darcy O’Mara, has just turned up in Tiddleton when she thought he was in South America. Now Georgie may be 35th in line for the throne of England, but she’s way happier planning her Christmas, catching up with her love, and sticking her nose into all the ‘so-called’ accidents that seem to be never-ending.

This mystery (as well as the rest in the Royal Spyness series) is so much fun to read, and Georgie is one of those witty characters that will leave a lasting imprint. One of the best parts? Delicious Christmas recipes and games are also gifted to the reader in this book, so happy “early” Holidays!
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