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The Twelve Clues of Christmas

(Her Royal Spyness #6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,807 Ratings  ·  927 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)

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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
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 potent
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
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 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
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.
Kathy Davie
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, mystery
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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Lori McD
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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
Pamela Shropshire
Feb 06, 2017 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
Sep 02, 2015 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
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.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this Christmas murder mystery. Set in a pre WWII England the characters are facing a group of murders that are easily explained as accidents. But our heroine begins to question the accidents as the dead bodies start to stack up.
Good story with good characters. 😊
The clue to solving the murders in a usually quiet, small town is a very clever one, and, since it was set in England, I enjoyed the old- fashioned English Christmas traditions that were incorporated into the story. There is quite a bit of mild cursing throughout the book.
Lesa Divine
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great cozy mystery with Georgiana. She's off to a small village and when accidentally deaths starts happening of course Georgine figured out that there's more.
Love me some Darcy oh and her maid Queenie be cracking me up.
Another mystery I couldn't figure out. Now I'm on to the next book.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful addition to this addicting series!
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I am totally addicted to this series! It transports me to a different time, and the characters are likable! The main character reminds me of Lucy from the tv show “I LoveLucy”. So many silly scenarios makes it the perfect summer read!💖
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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 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 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 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
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
Marlee Marshall
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Jessica Joye
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Verity W
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is so much fun - even if the "Royal Spyness" thing still bugs me! I've read in order up to this point and this was the first time I've skipped books (but I'm relying on the library now and they charge you to reserve things so I'll take as I find!) but I didn't feel like I'd missed too much - Georgie's relationship with Darcy has moved on and she's acquired a maid, but it didn't impede my enjoyment of the mystery as Georgie continues to try and find a place in the world that doesn't i ...more
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