The Twelve Clues Of Christmas
Royal Spyness #6
Berkley Prime Crime
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Featuring: Lady Georgiana Rannoch
Hardcover / e-Book
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Mystery Historical | Holiday | Mystery
She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady
Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the new yearâ€”before
a Christmas killer wrings another neckâ€¦
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to meâ€”well,
actually, my true love, Darcy Oâ€™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 Iâ€™m
snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky,
and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.
So itâ€™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, deadâ€¦. Dickensian, indeed.
Freddieâ€™s merely a stocking stuffer. On my second day in
town, another so-called accident turns up another mincemeat
pieâ€”and yet another on my third. The village is buzzing that
a recent prison break could have something to do with itâ€¦
that, or a long-standing witchâ€™s curse. Iâ€™m not so sure. But
after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could
be possible in this wicked wonderland.
51 comments posted.
Re: The Twelve Clues Of Christmas
All my memories of Christmas are happy ones. Christmas is a
big deal in my family, so as a child it was magic & I have
carried those traditions through to my children.
(Mary Preston 4:13am November 11, 2012)
I love Christmas and love reading so this would be a great book to read
(Bonnie Capuano 4:16am November 11, 2012)
Memories of Christmas, family together, and celebrating the true purpose.
(Marjorie Carmony 6:10am November 11, 2012)
I have some great memories of Christmases when I was young and when my children were young of exciting Christmas mornings and wonderful food and family celebrations.
(Maureen Emmons 7:09am November 11, 2012)
My favorite christmas memory is that with the two nephews we have a scavengar hunt for their big presents. They have clues and have to find them. I did this one year and they insisted that we do this every year since.
(Pam Howell 8:07am November 11, 2012)
We sing Christmas Carols at my Mom and Dad's house every year. Somehow it has become a tradition that when we sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" that my niece and I scream Five Golden Rings at the top of our lungs!! We're a weird family but we have fun!
(Renee Pajda 8:09am November 11, 2012)
My favorite Christmas memory is from when we as a family were stationed in Germany. It was the first family Christmas that the Army did not come first. A live tree was found and decorated. I do not remember what present were received ... for me it is the memory of the tree the laughter and love that created a extended family I still have today.
(Shelby S 8:09am November 11, 2012)
Christmas was letting us leave the lights on the tree all
day long. It was having as many rolls with dinner as we
liked, and not having to eat the vegetable if we didn't want
to. We always found an orange and chocolate coins in our
stockings. We didn't get as much from Santa as the
neighbors, but we had Aunt Jo, who knew just the right gift
to make us smile and would play with us the whole day long.
It's not possible to recreate the setting without my
grandparents and without being 6 years old, but I try my
best to recreate the feelings of happiness and fun for my
(Sharon Shirley 9:23am November 11, 2012)
aaaa great contest
(Kent Cook 9:36am November 11, 2012)
We always went to myaunt's house on Christmas day
(Sandy Giden 10:37am November 11, 2012)
Memories of Christmas always include a visit to our local assisted living facility loaded down with gifts we had purchased throughout the year (lap robes, bed jackets, walker aprons - aprons made with pockets for a book, kleenex, glasses, pen and paper, etc. that attaches to their walkers leaving hands and pockets free - socks, lotions, etc.) Oh how their eyes lit up when they saw us coming. So many of these elderly folks have no family near by so Christmas could be quite lonely. Now we are empty nesters, but we continue with this tradition as our children do so with theirs in their communities.
(Beth Charette 10:44am November 11, 2012)
I have good memories of my childhood Christmas celebrations at home. But I think I actually enjoy Christmas more as an adult, primarily for two reasons. The first is I get to see everything anew through the eyes of my grandchildren. The more important reason is that I have a fuller appreciation of what Christ, Mary and Joseph did for us. Their gift humbles me.
(G S Moch 11:11am November 11, 2012)
There were 6 of us and we would all have to stand at the top of the steps and wait for our parents to take our pictures coming the steps than we got to open our presents. I did the same thing with our children when they were young..
(Tina Myers 12:38pm November 11, 2012)
My father loved Christmas---so he always made is special--I really miss him on this wonderful holiday.
(Sue Farrell 12:43pm November 11, 2012)
I remember coming down on Christmas and finding my stockings filled with gifts and also many gifts around the tree. My mother would Christmas shop all year; and of course being the only child I was a little spoiled. I miss both mom and dad at this time of year
(Shirley Younger 12:52pm November 11, 2012)
I enjoyed your book about Lady Georgiana in Scotland, at Balmoral and meeting the lady aviator. I passed it to my mother and she enjoyed it too!
We've had good Christmases in this house, my husband and I, but best has always been when we've invited someone who would otherwise have been alone. One year we had a young mother and daughter, it was great fun to have a child here! Another year we hosted a girl from Latvia who was at college with me and would have been alone in a rented flat. She brought a Latvian cake and we had a good time all weekend.
(Clare O'Beara 1:07pm November 11, 2012)
When we were very young we would have "our" Christmas when we woke up,
then go to my maternal grandfather's house for Christmas dinner and gift
exchange then late in the afternoon we would go to my father's family for
supper (usually poultry soup and biscuits (not cookies) and a gift exchange.
When we were just about falling asleep our parents would take us home to
bed. BUT the next day was the BEST. My mother made us stay in bed and
read our Christmas books(gifts) and have lunch in bed and only come down
for dinner, signaling we were back to our normal routine.
(Sandra Spilecki 1:19pm November 11, 2012)
this chance is nice
(Debbi Shaw 1:50pm November 11, 2012)
One of my fondest is the Christmas tree all decorated with ornaments and lights - real glass at the time. Without my glasses, the tree was a glorious mass of colors.
(Winnie Pang 2:00pm November 11, 2012)
I really enjoy Christmas. I loved to read books about it also.
(Cynthia St. Germain 2:30pm November 11, 2012)
A few years ago, my husband and I spent Christmas in London! It was amazing--we did all the traditional things, especially eating plum pudding, etc., and drinking hot toddy's, things like that. And we watched the Queen's Address, which was a blast!
(Kathleen Conner 3:05pm November 11, 2012)
O used to love waking up and getting our stockings. We could open those while we waited for Mom and Dad to get up.
(Debra Guyette 4:00pm November 11, 2012)
I guess the most memorable Christmas for me was when I was
first engaged and joining into my fiancee's family
Christmas. All of my memories from childhood onward with
that holiday have been pleasant. This particular one as an
adult was extraordinary because I was learning new
traditions like a tree lit with real candles. It was great
(G. Bisbjerg 4:07pm November 11, 2012)
I LOVE CHRISTMAS ITS A TIME TO SPEND WITH FAMILY.
(Shelly Caggiano 4:34pm November 11, 2012)
My memory is begging my Dad to get a tree even tho we were Jewish....so we walked to the tree lot and I selected a little *fake* tree which stood in the living room with no ornaments.....
(Susan Coster 4:39pm November 11, 2012)
My fondest most memorable Christmas was the year I took our first son, age 3, out for a drive on Christmas eve to look at all the Christmas light displays, then over to Grandma's house for cookies and hot chocolate and to meet up there with Dad. When the three of us left and arrived back home, there were huge snowy boot prints on each carpeted step going up to the living room and over to the Christmas tree. My son was screaming, "Look, Santa came while we were gone, I can see his footprints." His eyes were as big as saucers when he saw four huge metal Tonka trucks under the tree, along with many other gifts. We have always kept the tradition going out looking at the Christmas light displays with our three children growing up--as our parents did with us. My brother does this also with his large family of 14 children!
(Linda Luinstra 5:07pm November 11, 2012)
My favorite memory of Christmas is having a plastic Christmas tree put up by my cousin and having presents under the tree for the very first time. My parents don't celebrate Christmas because they were raised without the Christmas stories and Santa Claus. So putting up a tree and having presents under a tree, let alone understanding Christmas were just too foreign to them.
But my cousin decided to put up the Christmas tree for my four sisters and I which made it so special.
(Kai Wong 5:10pm November 11, 2012)
The excerpt is comical, so I sure it will be a fun book to read. Thanks for having
the contest. Christmas is the birthday for Jesus, so it is such a blessed day,
especially if it can be spent with family.
(Suzanne Bischoff 5:38pm November 11, 2012)
My favorite memories of Christmas are spending them with the family at my
sister's house and going out after dinner to look at all the Christmas lights and
decorations. When we came back we ate our pumpkin pie. :D
(Barbara Elness 5:41pm November 11, 2012)
My favorite memories of Christmas are when my children were small and celebrating at my parents house with all the Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
(Sheila True 6:16pm November 11, 2012)
all my memories of Christmas are delightful . full of laughter and family togetherness
(Danielle McDonald 6:34pm November 11, 2012)
I always remember that the most exciting part of Christmas was getting the
package from my Aunts when I was a kid. There was always something
wrapped and cookies inside. It didn't matter what it was, but the excitement
of hearing the door bell and having the mailman hand us the box was so
(Ann Sheiring 7:05pm November 11, 2012)
Perfect for the holidays to come.Thank you for the chance.
(Holly Vanderhule 7:14pm November 11, 2012)
Having family and celebrating together was wonderful.
(Sharon Berger 7:51pm November 11, 2012)
I think it's just about spending time with families now. When I was younger, it was all about the gifts... :)
(May Pau 9:07pm November 11, 2012)
There are 2 memories, really, but the one that stands out in my mind the most is going to my Grandmother's house. We would drive out there on Christmas Eve. There was always a lot of snow, and we would walk down the middle of the road, in the tire ruts, down a long sidestreet to Church for Midnight Mass. All of the lights would be off, and we would hear Christmas Carols being sung in Polish by the Choir, in the balcony behind us until Midnight, when the Pastor, and his procession, carrying Baby Jesus, would appear. Wherever he was, they would turn on one light. I was very young at the time, and the sight of this amazed me, and filled me with such joy!! It still does to this day, although I no longer go to that Church. After Mass, we would trudge back to my Grandmother's house for a special Christmas dinner that she slaved over, and it was filled with special Polish dishes that she made herself. A lot of the relatives were there, and she made a lot of food. She had 13 children, so you could imagine what a celebration it was, when you count the Grandchildren!! There were also Christmases during my life that were special with my Family, and once I was on my own, but the Christmases that I spent with my Grandmother were the best!! Your book sounds like it would be another step to witness and experience!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:23pm November 11, 2012)
As a child Christmas meant matching velvet dresses for my sister and me sewn lovingly by our mother.
(Mary Chin 9:48pm November 11, 2012)
this sounds like a great read
(Kimberly Hoefs 9:51pm November 11, 2012)
Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the contest!
(Teresa Ward 10:36pm November 11, 2012)
i would love to read this cant wait
(Denise Smith 10:57pm November 11, 2012)
My favorite memories of Christmas was going to Midnight Mass with my Mom and siblings (there were 8 of us), then my Mom would finish the food prep and cook some more because on Christmas Day more family would come...mostly for my Mom's cooking, especially her banana pudding~
(Sumiyati Monoarfa 11:21pm November 11, 2012)
My favorite memories of Christmas are the ones from my childhood. I loved waking up early to see what Santa left for my siblings and I.
(Christine Mead 6:48am November 12, 2012)
I have great Christmas memories but my most favorite is the first Christmas with my son. Since he was 9 months old at the time and it was so fun seeing his reactions to everything.
(Julie Parrish 11:47am November 12, 2012)
I love Lady Georgie!
Some of my favorite memories all relate to when a lot of the
family got together - that's ebbed & flowed over the years
as generations pass & people move far away. But now were
moving into the stage where the next generation is arriving
& we look forward to that.
(Diane Sallans 8:47pm November 12, 2012)
My favorite memories during the holiday season were when my children were
growing up we always went skiing in Colorado. We usually did not share
gifts. That was our present to ourselves. We really had some fun times and
one awful time when it was so cold with blizzard conditions for the entire
week in Steamboat Springs, CO. We could not ski that trip. My children still
go skiing but usually only on weekends.
(Joy Isley 3:13pm November 13, 2012)
Growing up in southern California meant Christmas so warm we could go for a walk on beach; living in New England with my own family it can be as warm as Southern California or as cold as Maine! At our Quaker meeting the children put on a Christmas pageant featuring the youngest baby born that year, ancient donated bathrobes as costumes and a flurry of paper cranes lofted from the balcony when the Three Kings finally meet Baby Jesus....
(Beth Fuller 6:32pm November 15, 2012)
As a child, I remember when we got sleds and it didn't snow, so we played marbles and made other games with the plastic sleds.
(Alyson Widen 5:44pm November 18, 2012)
I love Christmas all the kides show up, maybe. If they don't have to work or the weather is bad.
(Judy Ferguson 4:15pm December 4, 2012)
This will be a great stocking stuffer!
(Cheryl Stillwell 8:24pm December 4, 2012)
I Love Lady Georgie stories!
(Diane Sallans 8:31pm December 4, 2012)
I love Christmas stories and this sounds like a good one to get.
(Bonnie DeRosa 10:35pm December 27, 2012)
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