Friday, December 29, 2017

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas:
Being a Jane Austen Mystery
by Stephanie Barron
narrated by Kate Reading

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Published: 2014
Publisher: Soho Crime
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Christmas, Jane Austen
Hardback: 336
Rating: 4

Jane Austen Mysteries series:
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Jane and the Man of the Cloth
Jane and the Wandering Eye
Jane and the Genius of the Place
Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
Jane and the Ghosts of Netley
Jane and His Lordship's Legacy
Jane and the Barque of Frailty
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron
Jane and the Canterbury Tale
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Jane and the Waterloo Map

First sentence(s):
"Jane," said my mother over the lolling head of the parson slumbering beside her, "be so good as to shift your bandbox and secure my reticule.

Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful murder mystery set over the twelve days of a Regency-Era Christmas party.

Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted.

Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?


My two-bits:

Wonderful mashup of Jane Austen, Christmas and mystery. Loved learning a bit of Christmas activities in the 1800's.

Makes me want to do some embroidery.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

2 comments:

  1. I had never heard of this series before it sounds like a lot of fun if you're a Jane Austen fan, which I am :)

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  2. I adore this series. And it was great to have this one set during the holidays so all the details about Regency era Christmas could be shared.

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