THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS
A visit with Lady Georgiana is always a treat and keeps getting better as Bowen’s characters continue to grow into friends you never want to say goodbye to. You’ll love this charmingly witty entry in the Royal Spyness series and follow a path of red herrings to the end of a delightfully convoluted mystery.
Trapped at the family castle, Georgie longs for her true love, Darcy O’Mara, who’s tramping around South America. She accepts a job in the village of Tiddleton-under-Lovey, arranging a posh party. Also staying in the village are her mother and Noel Coward, holed up to write a play together. But once the party gets going, her boss’s loathsome neighbor Freddie falls dead from a tree. And that’s just the beginning, as Georgie belatedly learns about the recent prison break and a longstanding witch’s curse. When Darcy shows up, he’s going to have his hands full protecting his ladylove. (PRIME CRIME, Nov., 320 pp., $24.95)