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  • Mass Market Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425252345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425252345
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I now live in California, I'm a transplanted Brit--born in Bath, but my mother's family comes from Wales. Hence my first mystery series featured a Welsh police constable (the Constable Evans Mysteries of which there are 10). I've been a writer all my life but finally decided to write what I like to read--mystery novels with a great sense of time and place.
I currently write two series: The Molly Murphy mysteries set in 1900s New York City, featuring an Irish immigrant woman, and the lighter Royal Spyness Mysteries about a minor royal in 1930s England. She's Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, but completely penniless. These have been described by Booklist as "a smashing romp."
My books have been nominated for every major mystery award in the US and I have won 9 including Agatha, Anthony and MacAvity awards.

My Royal Spyness books ring true because I married into a family that once owned stately homes and has cousins with funny nicknames. So many good anecdotes there! The Royal Spyness books currently have a movie option and I'm hoping they will become more available in Britain.

When I'm not writing I love to travel, hike, sing, play my Celtic harp and generally enjoy lie.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2012
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Lady Georgiana is not looking forward to Christmas in 1933. It looks like she will be stuck in the family castle in Scotland with her sister-in-law's horrid relatives. Then she sees an advertisement for a member of the English nobility to act as co-hostess of a Christmas house party. She's thrilled when she gets the job and sets out for the small village of Tiddleton-under-Lovey.

When she arrives, she finds the house in an uproar. A man has died in their orchard from a self-inflicted gun shot while climbing a tree to pull a prank. It's unsettling, but when another body is found the next morning, Georgie begins to worry. The locals are chalking it up to a curse, but is more happening? Can she find the connection between the crimes? Or are they even crimes?

Reading this at the beginning of December certainly put me in the Christmas mood. And while I have never observed a proper English Christmas (being American and all that), I enjoyed seeing their traditions. Georgie and the supporting cast of regulars are all charming as always (yes, even Queenie when I warmed to her again), and I enjoyed the new comers as well.

I figured out a key plot point long before Georgie did, and I was beginning to get frustrated waiting for her to get there. Once she did, I forgave her since the lapse was explained quite believably. From there, it was a race to the finish, and I couldn't put it down.

Fans of the series certainly won't be disappointed. And anyone looking for a Christmas cozy will be delighted by the find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2013
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This is another in the great series featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, set in the 1930s. This story begins at Christmas 1933, with Lady Georgiana at Rannoch castle, home of her brother the duke, `Binky' and his wife `Fig'. Hearing that Fig's sister `Ducky', her husband `Foggy' and their dreadful daughter Maude are coming to join the family party, where Fig's mother Lady Wormwood is already spreading her misery, Georgiana takes an opportunity to make a run for it to Tiddleton-under-Lovey where she hopes to find her mother, and her beloved grandfather.

This is another great mystey story, intermingled with the great old traditions of an English country Christmas celebration; a house filled with guests and lots of fun. But there is a serious mystery at the heart of the story, and Georgie's attempts to save everyone make for a great story. Definitely recommended, and I can't wait to read more of this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pankhurst on 29 Nov. 2013
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I love all of this authors books, but this is probably my favourite. So Christmassy and descriptive with a very good story of mayhem and murder. I loved it.
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Not quite as good as Dame Agatha, I stress, but lovers of the blend of Romance Mystery and Frankly Outlandish (though completely explained and - in hindsight - understandable) solutions will love this one.
Hard to discuss the plot without giving too much away, but suffice it to say that Georgie and D'Arcy are up their ears in bodies, the deaths are suitably bizarre, and the solution (though it might be 30 or 40 pages too late in coming) is wonderfully satisfying.
The supporting characters - from Series regulars Queenie through Georgies mother, grandfather, and the vile Fig to the cameo of Noel Coward and on to the various Houseguests that make up "This weeks special guests," are wonderfully realised, and the entire thing is fun and immersive.
Just the ticket for a Christmas read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the ottewells on 27 Dec. 2013
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I saved this for the Christmas break and had a great day wallowing in the warm, drinking prosseco and reading about murders...
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Love the tips about ye olde english Christmas at the end of book for American readers good story bet you can t work out whodunnit to the end of the book
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