5/5 English Christmases
On The Back:
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.
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 were all of these simply accidents or were they more? Georgie is determined to find out.
Most of the normal, wonderful characters appeared, Georgie, Claire, Darcy, Queenie, Mrs. Huggins, and Georgie’s grandfather, and we are introduced to many new characters. Georgie and Darcy’s relationship takes a turn in this book and we see a lot more of him and even learn more about him. Queenie is ever hilarious with the best intentions and Georgie’s grandfather is, as always, kind and helpful.
The mystery in this book really shined. It completely blew me away once I recognized the pattern, and I must say that I did recognize the pattern before Georgie did, but that was the absolutely only negative part of the book. The reason for the killings was also different and unique, and it made a wonderful and different mystery that I’d read again.
Overall an amazing book, the mystery, the characters, the setting, it was all stellar. The Twelve Clues of Christmas deserves 5/5 stars!