I have decided not to grouse about the fact that we have yet again another very short visit with the charming March family, Lady Julia and her husband Brisbane. I will not mention that we haven't had a full-length Lady Julia novel since 2011 and I will not say that her rival detective Lady Emily has just solved her 9th (that's right, 9th) full-length mystery while Julia has only 5 full-length mysteries to her credit. No, I will not mention this at all in this review.
Instead I will just say that this novella was lots of fun. Brisbane and Julia are now caring for little Jack, baby son of Brisbane's father, and Julia is discovering that, although she dearly loves Jack, her finer abilities lie with solving mysteries, not with careful child care, so thank goodness for crusty maid Morag, who has transferred her main devotion from Brisbane to little Jack. It's little personal touches like this that keep us fans devoted to Lady Julia and her family.
This novella's mystery starts off with Brisbane inheriting a country house which must be inhabited by him from All Hallow's Eve through Bonfire Night if he wishes to maintain ownership. Although very suspicious about all this, off they go, Julia, Brisbane, Plum, Portia, the two babies and their entourage. Strange things happen. Is it a haunted house? Why has Nicolas inherited it? Why must they be present at this particular time?
Keep reading. It's lots of fun. It may be my favorite Lady Julia novella to date.