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 Parkis 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 gathering dies in a tragic accident whose circumstances Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane's fellow snowbound guests. With clues scattered amid 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?
©2014 Stephanie Barron (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I have read numerous Jane Austen genre books and although some have come close to her style, none have been this accurate. Stephanie Barron has done a fantastic and admirable job with this Jane Austen Mystery Series in both historic authenticity and integrity to the original Jane Austen herself. This is an entertaining book that is reminiscent of the novels of the main character with a grand mystery to solve for further enjoyment..
I love Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries and this one, I think, will be my favorite. I enjoyed the holiday setting and the depiction of her closest family. The narrator was perfect, she did a lovely job.
Not necessarily. I love to read but don't always have the time. That is why I love my Audible books!
I am a Jane Austen fan and a Stephanie Barron fan. I have all but two of Stephanie's Jane Austen mysteries in print form so my comparison would be to those other stories.
Yes, I have. Kate Reading can bring a story and the characters to life like no one else!
How can an author make murder so tedious, so boring?
A murder mystery from a reliable author, or, perhaps, one of Austen's classic tales, just to get back in touch with the real Jane!
Narrator was fine, though a bit flat- which was probably due to the material.
The idea behind it is wonderful. And, it was lovely to meet Miss Austen's mother Mrs. Austen should have her own series.
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