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The Twelve Clues of Christmas

(Royal Spyness #6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13,448 ratings  ·  1,213 reviews
She may be thirty-fifth 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 Tidd
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
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Miss M JMO, but I don't think there's any problem reading this, or the rest of the series, out of order. The main through-story is the relationship with her …moreJMO, but I don't think there's any problem reading this, or the rest of the series, out of order. The main through-story is the relationship with her constantly MIA boyfriend, Darcy, and pretty much the same issues pop up in every episode (not enough income for them to be together) you haven't missed any major changes. The main plot absolutely stands on its own. I would definitely recommend this one, the Christmas story is fun and there's also an annex listing traditional English customs which I enjoyed.(less)
Sherry Sharpnack I had no trouble keeping up w/ the plotline in this one, even though it is the first I've read in the series. …moreI had no trouble keeping up w/ the plotline in this one, even though it is the first I've read in the series. (less)

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Jan 05, 2013 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 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
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect book for the Christmas season, I enjoyed every second of this audio book and will definitely read/listen to some of the other books in the ‘Her Royal Spyness’ series. It was not the murder mystery part that I enjoyed most but the setting in an English country house in the 1930s with all those Christmas traditions and so many details about life, class and royalty was very delightful. Not to forget to mention that there was a good part of humour in there as well. I absolutely ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Rhys Bowen mystery. I LOVED IT! It's a historical set in the 1930's,one of my favorite eras. Remember THE THIN MAN movies? The heroine is 33rd in line to the throne but is impovrished after the 1929 crash. Great period piece and a "novel" mystery idea. If you love wit and historical detail and a good mystery, try it! ...more
Deacon Tom F
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Clever Christmas Tale

I really enjoyed this book. It was so cleverly written and entertaining. The overall plot was nothing short of genius.

The characters were all tightly placed with individual qualities. I found myself relating to most, even those dripping with English satire.

The book was a bit slow starter but once the engines start it roared to the finish.

It was a wonderful experience and I want to read more of Ms. Bowen's works.

I highly recommend
The sixth book in this delightful series sees Lady Georgiana, or Georgie for short, answer an advertisement to be a social hostess at a large house party in the country over the holidays. Desperate to escape a dull Christmas in Scotland with her stuffy sister-in-law, Georgie jumps at the chance for a friendlier atmosphere and before she knows it, she's taking the train to the quaint country village of Tiddleton-under-lovey to put her hostess skills to use. Admittedly, I lost track of who was who ...more
Nov 18, 2012 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 potentiall
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 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Perfect for Christmas time; a cosy crime story with lots of Christmas cheer (and numerous deaths ha!)
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
'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
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
The Twelve Clues of Christmas
4 Stars

Lady Georgiana Rannoch manages to avoid spending Christmas with her idiotic brother and priggish sister-in-law by agreeing to act as hostess to a posh house party in Tiddleton-Under-Lovey. Unfortunately, things go awry early on when a young man is found dead in a tree and several others in the village die from apparent accidents. Is all of this merely coincidence or does someone have a grudge against the townsfolk?

This is such a wonderfully zany series and Kat
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delightful and an entertaining mystery. Georgie (aka Lady Georgiana Rannach, 34th in line to the throne) definitely lands on her feet this time in her endeavor to stay someplace lovelier and warmer than her brothers lonely London townhouse over the Christmas holidays. Lots of action and a respectable Agatha Christie type of mystery. Charming descriptions of the Cotswold village and a bit of hilarity about honoring traditional English traditions for American houseguests. The ever tantalizing Darc ...more
Dec 18, 2013 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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cd2018
I was utterly enchanted by this addition to the Georgie mystery series, as it had some excellent character development, a rather devious set of murders and a most beautiful Christmas celebrations.
Jan 09, 2013 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
Surprisingly good mystery which kept me guessing despite the clue of the title! It has been a while since I have read any of this series and I found this one was less silly than I had remembered.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Actual rating: 3.50
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
One of my all time favorite books. I even purchased the paperback for my grandmother for Christmas in 2013. I’m addicted to this series. I can’t listen to each book fast enough. I love the storylines, the settings, all the characters and all their crazy names. This one has more characters than usual. It also had more Darcy...yeah!

The audible narrator of this series until 2017, was the extremely talented Katherine Kellgren. Her accents and voices for each character was just awesome. Her voice ma
Absolutely delightful! A traditional English Christmas in the countryside is depicted by Rhys Bowen in this installment of her Lady Georgiana mysteries. Set in the English countryside, Georgie has fled the cold austerity of Castle Rannoch in Scotland to assist a lady with her ten day holiday house party.
Of course, crime rears its ugly head and Georgie promptly jumps in to help solve the case.

I really enjoyed the holiday traditions: mine pies, crackers, yule log, caroling, plum pudding, games suc
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 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
Mike Finn
"The Twelve Clues Of Christmas" is a Christmas Cracker of a book where the prize is solving an ingenious set of Christmas-themed murders, the wrapping is a colourful evocation of a 1935 English Country House Party made all the more believable because it's being constructed for paying guests by gentry who can no longer fund their way of life, and the explosive energy comes from an engaging heroine who is instantly likeable, even though she's thirty-fifth in line to the throne.

it takes talent to s
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here I go again jumping into the middle of series without an thought given to the books that came before. And guess what? It worked.

This is a more or less lighthearted mystery. Lady Georgiana R is 34th err no make that 35th in the line of succession. So unless there's an epidemic or a bombing she's not going to be queen. The daughter of and now sister to an impoverished Duke has seriously curtailed any hope for fun or a happy holiday. Desperate to escape the family castle in Scotland she'll do a
Exceptional, award winning narration brought this holiday story to life with unique voices and characterizations. Traditions of British and village life formed a foundation for the mysteries underway as Georgiana steps into a role as social hostess that allows her to escape the icy chill of Scotland for the holidays.
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Overall, enjoyable. Georgie is good at figuring out most things but slips up when it comes to personal issues and is awfully trusting! That said, this was a good, fun read, especially at this time of year.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable story with Georgie, Darcy and gang!
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
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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The Twelve Clues of Christmas completely rekindled my interest in this series! I was starting to debate whether or not I wanted to continue with this series after Naughty in Nice, which was lighthearted and fun but not much mystery or substance and nothing really progressed in the main plot. I’m so glad I kept reading! Book 6 was soooo much better. There was a real mystery in this one, and things kept happening at such a pace I could barely
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