The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

13542533Brilliantly timed, the next book in the “Her Royal Spyness”series is set at Christmas. Our heroine, Georgie, has been stuck in Scotland all summer and all fall, trying to “cheer up” her beastly SIL, Fig, who seems like she actually has postpartum depression, following the birth of Georgie’s niece. Not wanting to spend Christmas in a drafty castle with Fig’s whole family, Georgie finds a paying gig as a “hostess” for a lady in Devon who is hosting a proper English Christmas Party. Georgie soon finds out that the lady is actually charging her guests for the experience, so Georgie really helping make it run smoothly for the younger guests. Georgie’s Mr. Darcy O’Mara shows up as the lady of the house is also his aunt. As usually follows with our young, British aristocratic Jessica Fletcher, people start dying when she arrives. At first the deaths seem like accidents, but for the small town called Tiddleton-under-Lovey, a death a day starts to add up and all is not what it seems.

I had a great time trying to figure out Who Dunit and How They Dunit and the Christmas theme was just divine. It also helped that after six books, we start to get some resolution between Georgie and Darcy! He actually seems into her for her for the first time and not just a guy who happens upon her while on assignment for someone else.

I’ve got the next book ready to go over break. The final three after that are waiting for me that the library, but I didn’t get there before they closed, so they’ll have to wait until 2017!