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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being a Jane Austen Mystery Book 12) Kindle Edition
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 Park is 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 revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst 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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--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.
--Booklist [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.
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.
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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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La historia es lo bastante interesante y, para ávidos lectores de Austen, probablemente resulte muy amena. También la recomendaría a quien le gusten las historias de misterio ambientadas en la Inglaterra de principios del siglo XIX.