Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

The Twelve Clues of Christmas
by Rhys Bowen

This is the 6th book in the Royal Spyness mystery series, and takes place in Dec 1933/Jan 1934. Lady Georgiana Rannoch is 34th in line for the British throne but has no income of her own and no place to call her own. Her family home now belongs to her married brother, and her sister-in-law heartily dislikes her. Not eager to spend the holidays w/her brother's family and his in-laws, she answers an advertisement for a job to assist a hostess with a large Christmas party. The best thing is that the home is in the same quaint village that her mother will be staying in with Noel Coward as they co-write a play. Deaths begin to occur in the area, one per day, that everyone chalks up to accidents. But Georgiana doesn't believe it even when it's learned there's been a prison break from Dartmoor prison and the escapees are believed to be in the area. This is very much a character-driven story as we get involved in the Christmas party and Georgiana's life, with the murders occurring almost as an aside. The common thread to these killings was inventive and caught me by surprise, even though all the clues were there to see. A very enjoyable cozy mystery/historical fiction with likeable main characters. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Charlotte's Reviewer Profile and more of her reviews ]

[Also available in Large Print format.]

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