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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?
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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?
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      • premium: False
      • source: USA Today
      • content: "[W]itty, immaculately researched... reminiscent at moments of Sense and Sensibility."
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      • source: The Denver Post
      • content: "Sings with not just a good plot but courtly language and an engaging group of characters worthy of the famed novelist herself . . . a first-rate mystery with so many twists and turns that you can hardly blame a reader who doesn't figure it out until the end."
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      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is a complex murder mystery with the same kind of rapier wit that Austen deployed. This is great fun for readers who long ago ran out of Jane Austen novels. Barron nails the period. She talks the talk and knows her history. The story stands up as a mystery as well, festooning its surprises in a tinsel of satire."
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      • source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer
      • content: "[A] charming holiday read. Barron re-creates the 1814 world wonderfully, from the elaborate dinner parties and Twelfth Day Children's Ball to the strict social rules and upstairs/downstairs divide--all with a humor and edge that would make Jane herself proud."
      • premium: False
      • source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
      • content: "Just add eggnog and a Yule log."
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      • source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
      • content: "Ingenious in plot--Barron plays fair with clues in this intriguing whodunit--Jane's latest adventure offers readers still more: a glimpse of holiday celebrations of two centuries ago, a pleasant excursion into the lives of Britons and a collection of well-drawn characters. Add Barron's deft imitation of her subject's prose style, and you have a novel that its subject may well have admired."
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      • source: I Love A Mystery
      • content: "[I]nteresting and exciting... lets us sink into a mode of life and lets us experience the mores ruling European society two hundred years ago, while keeping us intrigued with the outcome of the central mystery. Highly recommended."
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      • source: Library Journal, STARRED Review
      • content: "[A]n excellent period mystery for all historical fiction fans . . . Jane Austen devotees will especially appreciate immersing themselves in the many biographical details about Austen that accompany the fictional murder mystery."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
      • content: "Vivid characters propel the subtle plot to its surprising conclusion. The first-person narration captures Austen's tone as revealed in her letters: candid, loving, and occasionally acerbic."
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "Barron has clearly done her homework in the language and manners of Austen's time . . . [H]er latest venture edges out competing authors of Regency whodunits."
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      • source: Booklist
      • content: "[A] good double closed house mystery and an engaging historical novel, with careful descriptions of Georgian Christmas customs."
      • premium: False
      • source: Gumshoe Review
      • content: "[M]aintains Jane Austen as intelligent, witty, observant, kind, quick witted, and logical. The historical details of the time are carefully shown via the actions, dialogue, and setting descriptions . . . Just as Jane is putting together the clues and trying to decide who to trust, the readers can follow and come to their own conclusions."
      • premium: False
      • source: O Magazine
      • content: "If you have a Jane Austen-would-have-been-my-best-friend complex, look no further . . . [Barron] has painstakingly sifted through the famed author's letters and writings, as well as extensive biographical information, to create a finely detailed portrait of Austen's life--with a dash of fictional murder . . . Some of the most enjoyable, well-written fanfic ever created."
      • premium: False
      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "Wonderful . . . echoing the rhythms of the Austen novels with uncanny ease."
      • premium: False
      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "A genteelly jolly series."
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      • source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
      • content: "Splendid fun!"
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        Starred review from September 1, 2014
        Early in Barron’s enchanting 12th Jane Austen mystery (after 2011’s Jane and the Canterbury Tale), Jane receives a letter dated Dec. 25, 1814, from Elizabeth Chute, the wife of a prominent member of Parliament, inviting her and her family to come stay for a few days at the Vyne. Jane is pleased to leave Steventon Parsonage “to join the Christmas gaieties at one of the first houses in the neighborhood,” even if Mary, the wife of her brother James, complains that it’s a “great, old, draughty place.” On the Feast of St. Stephan, Lt. John Gage arrives at the Vyne from Ghent, bearing the signed peace treaty that has ended the War of 1812. The next day, Gage breaks his neck after falling from his horse, and the treaty disappears. Vivid characters propel the subtle plot to its surprising conclusion. The first-person narration captures Austen’s tone as revealed in her letters: candid, loving, and occasionally acerbic. Agent: Rafe Sagalyn, ICM Partners/Sagalyn.

      • premium: True
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        October 15, 2014
        Treason, murder and a whiff of international intrigue add spice to the Austen family holidays in the 11th book of Barron's series.What promises to be a dismal Christmas season for Jane Austen and her pinchpenny clergyman brother James brightens considerably with her invitation to The Vyne, an elegant old house with a long history. Its current owners, William and Eliza Chute, are the genial hosts of a large house party that's a welcome escape from the home of James and his hypochondriac wife. Jane, her beloved sister, Cassandra, and their mother much prefer to make merry with the other guests, including Raphael West, son of the well-known Philadelphia painter. Raphael, who's already encountered Jane and her party in a roadway accident, has no pretensions to the skills of his father. But he likes to sketch everything he sees, and his eye for detail is as keen as Jane's powers of observation, all of which come into play when a young naval lieutenant who's come to The Vyne on urgent government business dies of a broken neck nearby. Missing from his dispatch bag is a highly important document that could affect the future of Europe and America. A second death, a drawing of a naked woman on a cross, a secret passage and a small bottle are the disparate clues that Jane, with help from the dashing, enigmatic Raphael, uses to find the killer who has so tastelessly intruded upon the holiday season. The informed reader will find any number of allusions to the actual novels of Jane, who might be surprised to find how she's prospered as a detective. Barron (Jane and the Canterbury Tale, 2011, etc.) has clearly done her homework in the language and manners of Austen's time. Even though she's no match for her literary idol and her pacing is leisurely at best, her latest venture edges out competing authors of Regency whodunits.

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        Starred review from October 15, 2014

        Barron fittingly sets her wonderfully wry and witty 12th Jane Austen mystery (after Jane and the Canterbury Tale) during the 12 days of Christmas. It's Christmas Eve in 1814, and Jane and her family have been invited to spend the holidays at the Vyne, the gorgeous estate of the wealthy Chute family. What promises to be a lovely holiday celebration soon turns deadly when one of the guests is murdered, and Jane won't rest easy until they find the culprit. VERDICT This is an excellent period mystery for all historical fiction fans, but Jane Austen devotees will especially appreciate immersing themselves in the many biographical details about Austen that accompany the fictional murder mystery.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        October 1, 2014
        On Christmas Eve 1814, Jane Austen, her mother, and sister are traveling to her brother's manse, Steventon, for the holiday. En route in a snowstorm, their cart is upset by Raphael West, son of the painter Benjamin West, on his way to the Vyne, a nearby manor. On Christmas Day, the Austens are invited to join the gathering at the Vyne, a gathering hopeful that the new year will bring peace, now that Napoleon is jailed on Elba and the Treaty of Ghent signed. But all is as upset as the horse cart, when the courier with a copy of the treaty is killed. A day later, a young woman fond of the courier dies of apparent suicide. Jane and Raphael collaborate on revealing the truth, she through her diary entries and keen powers of observation and he through telling sketches revealing not only who is responsible for the deaths, but also the hypocrisy lurking under the veneer of society. Twelfth in the series, this is both a good double closed-house mystery and an engaging historical novel, with careful descriptions of Georgian Christmas customs, which involve celebrations beginning on Christmas and running through Epiphany.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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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...
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