Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: A Jane Austen Mystery

Soho Crime. Oct. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781616954239. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781616954246. M
OrangeReviewStarBarron 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.
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