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The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (edition 2012)

by Rhys Bowen

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Title:The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Authors:Rhys Bowen
Info:Berkley Hardcover (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Loved
Tags:Royal Spyness mystery, historical mystery, England, murder, accidents, death, Christmas, romance, cozy mystery, library

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The Twelve Clues Of Christmas by Rhys Bowen



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Clever murder mystery. Great setting in Devon during Christmas. Fun little series. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |

Well, I know what the title is, and I'm waiting for the clues..... and all these people are dying.... Oh I can be slow when I'm reading for pleasure & not trying to figure things out! LOL!

But I'm not going to tell you, because that will be a spoiler......

So, back to the premise: Lady Georgiana has just become 35th in line to the throne (she was 34th). Her obnoxious sister-in-law has had a baby and has begged Georgie to stay... But then Fig's mum (very much more obnoxious) has arrived and is just a dreadful person & ruder (if possible) to Georgie. To make matters worse Fig's sister & family are about to descend upon Castle Rannoch as well.

Georgie wants to go back to London and stay in the family home, but Fig & her mother forbid it, stating it costs too much.... Georgie's brother, Bertie, has just agreed to take Georgie w/ him to London, when Georgie sees an ad in the local paper for a "helper" at a Grand Country Holiday party.

Georgie lands the position & upon arriving there is a murder...... Add in Darcy (Is that his name), her Grandad, her Mother, Queenie (the incompetent maid), and Noel Coward.......

This was a pleasant enough story, like I said, I wasn't really paying attention to the title, so I missed the correlation to the action. I read this in less than two hours and was pleased with the ending. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Simply a fun read. I continue to enjoy the characters, plots, and relationships in this series. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
A fun Christmas mystery. I always enjoy this series and as silly as they might be the stories aren't predictable.
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
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 just wonderful that this charming woman is Georgie's love Darcy's aunt? Plus it turns out that Georgie's mother is staying in the village with Noel Coward who is writing a play for her and her grandfather is also on hand with his lady friend as servants of all work for her mother's establishment.

Of course, bodies have to start showing up and they do almost immediately - 12 of them in all (Get it?) The plot & the sleuthing are mostly preposterous, but the descriptions of old-time British Christmas customs and food (with recipes in the back of the book) makes this a fun piece of holiday fluff. And as an added Christmas present, it looks like things are coming to a happy conclusion for Georgiana and Darcy's relationship. A fun, quick read for when you don't want to think too much. ( )
  etxgardener | Jan 7, 2016 |
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In memory of my father,
Frank Newcombe Lee,
whose family came from Devonshire,
not far from Tiddleton-under-Lovey
And this book is also dedicated to Sandra Sechrest, who lent her name to one of the characters in this story. (Acknowledgements)
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Ah, Christmas: chestnuts roasting; Yule logs crackling merrily; tables groaning under roast goose, turkey, mince pies and flaming plum puddings; carols and mistletoe; goodwill to all men.
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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 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 of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead…. Dickensian, indeed.

Freddie’s merely a stocking stuffer. On my second day in town, another so-called accident turns up another mincemeat pie—and yet another on my third. The village is buzzing that a recent prison break could have something to do with it… that, or a long-standing witch’s curse. I’m not so sure. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.
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Begins December 14, 1933.
"Free bonus: An English Christmas Companion" cover. Includes recipes, games and descriptions of English Christmas customs.
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While serving as an assistant to the hostess of a large Christmas house party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, Georgie gets the attention of her retired detective grandfather after dead bodies begin showing up.

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