Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

Being A Jane Austen Mystery

Book - 2014
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"The twelfth installment in Stephanie Barron's fan-favorite Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. 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?"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, c2014
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAR
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 09, 2017

This series is notable for the author's ability to credibly adopt the voice of Jane Austen as the narrator. Barron works the events detailed in these mysteries between, and into, actual events reported by Austen and family in their memoirs and letters. In this title, Barron has only to imagine a carriage accident and an unexpected invitation to spend Christmas at an (actual) estate in the neighborhood of her brother's vicarage - and the outline of her plot and setting are established. The Chute family were major political figures of the day, and artist Raphael West did visit them, and Austen and her family did know them. Add some (fictional) guests and permit the (actual) Treaty of Ghent to go missing at a crucial moment ... and Jane is once again in the perfect spot to save England from the machinations of Napoleon. If only all our novelist were so clever. Great fun.

Aug 19, 2016


Dec 17, 2015

I selected this for some light reading on the airplane and wasn't disappointed. Well described characters, a serviceable mystery and interesting tidbits about Christmas customs of the time.

samdog123 May 21, 2015

This is an excellent mystery series featuring Jane Austen. Highly recommended, but do start with the first in the series and read through. 'Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor' is number one.

hgeng63 Jan 29, 2015

Barron's got the details, the tone, the style, & the voice, but the entirely plausible mystery occurs OFFstage.

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