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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2014 Stephanie Barron (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • T. Dunas
  • 03-06-15

Jane Austen and the 12 days of Christmas

I have read numerous Jane Austen genre books and although some have come close to her style, none have been this accurate. Stephanie Barron has done a fantastic and admirable job with this Jane Austen Mystery Series in both historic authenticity and integrity to the original Jane Austen herself. This is an entertaining book that is reminiscent of the novels of the main character with a grand mystery to solve for further enjoyment..

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  • Annie
  • 05-01-21

My favorite of the series!

This is my favorite of the series! I particularly love all the doll costumes she makes for her neice and Twelve Days of Christmas traditions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-17

Absolutely fabulous!

This was my first Stephanie Barron book and now I must read or hear all the rest!!!!!

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  • Mr&Mrs
  • 23-11-21

Chef's Kiss

I was not prepared to be so dazzled by a book that is essential Jane Austen fanfic (and weirdly not fanfic of her work but fanfic of HER). But the writer is perfectly acquainted with Jane Austen and Regency life which is more than can be said for most contemporary authors who write in Regency settings (like a version of Sanditon, Austen's unfinished work, which was later finished by many modern authors who have speculated varying endings to the story and the one I'm thinking of was pretty bad). I am a picky reader and picky about historical accuracy and I just loved this. It was, dare I say, the perfect read?

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  • Wenden
  • 14-10-21

what a great story

it was a fun change from the historical romances I usually read. both my husband and I enjoyed it!

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  • Freda
  • 05-01-21

Enjoyable read for Jane Austin fans!

If you love Jane Austin's classics you'll enjoy this book. Ms. Barron captured the feel of her writing style and tried to give a peek into her life and thought process, albeit fictional.

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  • LR
  • 05-01-21

Austin detective romane

While starting slowly the characters are strong, memorable and plot consistently interesting. It maintains its Austin flavor throughout.

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  • Claudia N.
  • 29-12-20

Nice listen!

Really enjoyed listening to this murder mystery... I like that fact that it’s written in Austen’s style... the story was a bit slow I feel but I guess that was the whole point

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  • Teacher/Realtor
  • 27-12-20

Loved a lot about this book!

I love mysteries with history, clothes, food descriptions, no gore, and beautiful language. This has it all. However, I completely understand why it’s gotten mixed reviews. It’s as though someone went through and randomly separated sentences and added adjectives to the nouns. The flow gets jolts of these awkward interruptions. There are occasional oddities such as “very ancient.” I hate to be critical in any way, because I could never write something like this. It’s well thought out, detailed, and beautiful, but it needs a gentle editor who gets the writer and can clear up the cumbersome sentence bumps in the sections between the dialogue. I’ve tried hard, because I love the detail, and it makes me sad to not finish, because it’s got the potential to lead its category.

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  • Vicki
  • 22-12-20

A nice light read

I picked this book simply because it was Christmas week and I wanted a Christmas story. It wasn't the most compelling period mystery that I've ever read but it was enjoyable.

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  • Florence Gaye
  • 02-11-21

Spoiled by narration.

I downloaded this title as it was included in my membership and I do enjoy Jane Austen's novels, although she is far from my favourite classical author (Dickens, Conan Doyle and Hardy, should you care to know) and was hoping for a novel with seasonal atmosphere and a decent mystery. I don't agree that Barron's writing style captures that of Austen in the least as some reviewers state. Rather, it seemed very obviously a contemporary author's spin on Austen's style. Perhaps I am being too literal. It did capture Christmassy details and the characters were well developed and I really did quite like Jane and Cassandra. However, as with just so many books I've listened to, the narrator ruined it for me with her bizarre inflection of soeech, that appeared mid-sentence and at the end as though something revealing was afoot- there wasn't.
I really cannot imagine the process by which audiobook narrators are chosen. It's as though anyone with a clear and decent speaking voice is deemed perfect for the task, when there's so much more to it than that. I do not require a performance akin to the afternoon play on Radio 4, nor am I a primary school pupil who must have vivid and distinct voices for every character. I just want to listen to the book being read well enough to allow the story to take centre stage and in no way does the reader achieve this. I found myself becoming increasingly irritated by her strange narrative that kept pulling me out of the story. And correcting her pronunciation out loud, at which point, I thought switching it off was the better option. Really disappointing.

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  • Mel
  • 25-11-21

Fun

I enjoyed this creative license with Jane Austen - it was engaging & well done, and well narrated.

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  • Heather M Voskuyl
  • 18-09-21

Excellent

Well researched historical context, satisfying mystery, engaging style. A thoroughly enjoyable book well performed by the narrator.