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The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Royal Spyness # 6
Rhys Bowen

November 6, 2012 / ISBN 0425252787
Historical Mystery / British / 1930s / Extended Royal Family

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

To avoid Christmas in Scotland with her brother's family, Lady Georgiana (35th in line to the British throne) applies for a paid job in the quiet English countryside. Her trusty maid Queenie accompanies her. As luck would have it Georgina's mother is staying with popular writer (Noel Coward) in the same area, and even better, her grandfather (retired policeman) shows up. It's a family affair that will leave you smiling.

To the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas" multiple deaths occur - one after another. Georgina and her grandfather wonder if it's too many accidents or murder. Could there be a serial killer among them? Good thing they have suspicious, not to mention nosy, natures. The two take to snooping around and stirring up gossip. What does look bad for Georgina and her family is the lack of deaths in the village until they arrived.

Twelve Clues of Christmas gives readers a witty protagonist, cleverly placed clues, a picturesque English countryside and plenty of Christmas entertainment. Readers will find the combination of visitors and village secrets (that are not so secret) make for some impressive false leads.

On the personal side Georgina and Darcy come to somewhat of an understanding but maybe not enough to satisfy us readers. Also the ending may surprise readers as well… Is it really a new start for Georgina or merely a set up for the next mystery?

Reviews of other titles in this series

Her Royal Spyness #1  [review]
A Royal Pain #
2    [review]
Naughty in Nice
#5   [review]
The Twelve Clues of Christmas #6  [review]
Heirs and Graces #7  [review]
Queen of Hearts #8 [review 1] [review 2]
Malice in the Palace #9 [review]
Crowned and Dangerous #10
[review 1] [review 2]

Reviewed 2013