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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being a Jane Austen Mystery Book 12) by [Stephanie Barron]
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Praise for Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

LibraryReads November 2014 Top Ten List

Witty, immaculately researched . . . Reminiscent at moments of Sense and Sensibility.
--USA Today

"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."
--The Denver Post

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.
--The Boston Globe

"[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."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Just add eggnog and a Yule log.
--Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

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.
--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"[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."
--I Love A Mystery

[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.
--Library Journal, STARRED Review

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.
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

Barron has clearly done her homework in the language and manners of Austen's time . . . Her latest venture edges out competing authors of Regency whodunits.
--Kirkus Reviews

A good double closed house mystery and an engaging historical novel, with careful descriptions of Georgian Christmas customs.

[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.
--Gumshoe Review

Praise for the Being A Jane Austen Mystery Series

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.
--O Magazine

Wonderful . . . echoing the rhythms of the Austen novels with uncanny ease.
--Entertainment Weekly

A genteelly jolly series.
--The New York Times Book Review

Splendid fun!
--Minneapolis Star Tribune --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephanie Barron was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written fifteen books. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00K4BA8ZM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Soho Crime (28 October 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2258 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 371 pages
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Stephanie Barron is a graduate of Princeton and Stanford, where she received her Masters in History as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow in the Humanities. Her forthcoming novel, THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN (Ballantine, January 22, 2019) traces the turbulent career of Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchill's captivating American mother. Barron is perhaps best known for the critically-acclaimed Jane Austen Mystery Series, in which the intrepid and witty author of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE details her secret detective career in Regency England. A former intelligence analyst for the CIA, Stephanie--who also writes under the name Francine Mathews--drew on her experience in the field of espionage for such novels as JACK 1939, which The New Yorker described as &quot;the most deliciously high-concept thriller imaginable.&quot; She lives and works in Denver, CO.

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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Christmas Read
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