Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery, Book 12 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 41 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 28, 2014|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #219,409 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,841 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,088 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,316 in Regency Romance
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In Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, Jane, Cassandra, and their mother are visiting her brother James in Steventon where Jane grew up. They are invited to a Christmas House party in the nearby estate of The Vyne, which is the ancestral home of the Chute family. The visit goes well until a courier dies by what appears to be a tragic accident. Or is it? The courier had stopped by to visit and also was carrying a signed version of the Treaty of Ghent. Together with Mr. West, the son of the famous painter Benjamin West, Jane works towards solving the Crime.
I loved the characters in this novel. Barron does an excellent job of weaving in the real history and what it would have been like to celebrate Christmas in the Regency period. The mystery itself was intriguing.
Overall, Jane Austen is a perfect Regency Christmas mystery. It was an excellent novel for any time of year.
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