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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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 31 October 2013
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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on 21 May 2015
i do not understand the rave reviews...i found it plodding, boring, pedestrian and dull...the writing simple, straightforward, like a childish diary, and the heroine a real drag...i cannot believe that she would not have found gainful employment by age 18...she knew she had no 1933? even in 1833 she could have done something other than moiching off her relatives...and the "mystery" failed to engage me as well...not for me
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on 18 January 2016
Ugh! Can't think of anything to say to recommend this dire story. Cardboard cut-out characters, an incredibly stupid policeman, who would have never kept his job in the keystone cops, unbelievable story, a certifiable maid and an unsympathetic 'heroine'. I hated the narration, which was downright hectoring at times. Dreadful.
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on 29 November 2013
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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on 14 January 2013
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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on 27 December 2013
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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on 18 December 2015
This story was much the same as the previous - everyone from the upper-classes is utterly ridiculous and all men are lecherous wannabe rapists. It's all getting a little tedious now. I'm also finding the main female character increasingly annoying. The narrator was a bit better this time. Her accents were less ridiculous then the previous book, as was the over pronunciation. Overall a disappointment.
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on 27 December 2014
Wonderful Xmas related and thoroughly stylish background, a perfect xmas gift for lovers of light-reading-crime-fiction and agatha-christie-like backgrounds like myself.
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on 13 December 2013
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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