Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful murder mystery set over the twelve days of a Regency Era Christmas party Christmas Eve Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family a

  • Title: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Author: Stephanie Barron
  • ISBN: 9781616954239
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful murder mystery set over the twelve days of a Regency Era Christmas party.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 mistletoeJane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful murder mystery set over the twelve days of a Regency Era Christmas party.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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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Stephanie Barron was born Francine Stephanie Barron in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families Francine s passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories She grew up in Washington, D.C and attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a two hundred year old Catholic school for girls that shares a wall with Georgetown University Her father died of a heart attack during her freshman year In 1981, she started college at Princeton one of the most formative experiences of her life There she fenced for the club varsity team and learned to write news stories for The Daily Princetonian a hobby that led to two part time jobs as a journalist for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News Francine majored in European History, studying Napoleonic France, and won an Arthur W Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities in her senior year But the course she remembers most vividly from her time at Princeton is The Literature of Fact, taught by John McPhee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker John influenced Francine s writing than even she knows and certainly than she is able to say If there were an altar erected to the man in Colorado, she d place offerings there daily He s her personal god of craft Francine spent three years at Stanford pursuing a doctorate in history she failed to write her dissertation on the Brazilian Bar Association under authoritarianism can you blame her and left with a Masters She applied to the CIA, spent a year temping in Northern Virginia while the FBI asked inconvenient questions of everyone she had ever known, passed a polygraph test on her twenty sixth birthday, and was immediately thrown into the Career Trainee program Boot Camp for the Agency s Best and Brightest Four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA were profoundly fulfilling, the highlights being Francine s work on the Counterterrorism Center s investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, and sleeping on a horsehair mattress in a Spectre era casino in the middle of Bratislava Another peak moment was her chance to debrief ex President George Bush in Houston in 1993 But what she remembers most about the place are the extraordinary intelligence and dedication of most of the staff many of them women many of whom cannot be named She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later Fifteen books have followed, along with sundry children, dogs, and houses When she s not writing, she likes to ski, garden, needlepoint, and buy art Her phone number is definitely unlisted.

    388 thoughts on “Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas”

    1. Originally posted on the wonderful AustenproseThe holidays make me nostalgic for past times I’ve never actually experienced, so I leapt at the chance to spend the Yuletide season with Jane Austen. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is the twelfth installment in a series that features one of my favorite novelists as an amatuer sleuth, but so far I hadn’t managed to read one of them. It seemed high time to rectify that lapse, especially since author Stephanie Barrons studied European histor [...]


    2. I am sure that plenty of people will enjoy this book but unfortunately, I wasn't one of them. The first strike for me was turning the author Jane Austen into a character, which I find distasteful; I was willing to be convinced otherwise but wasn't. Second strike was the repeated references to her niece's doll & its outfits (clearly used as an excuse to put in stuff about Regency clothing) -- it would have gone down better for me if there had been at least some mention of gifts for the other [...]


    3. This review was first posted on Babblings of a BookwormThis is the latest in the series by Stephanie Barron featuring our beloved authoress, Jane Austen as an amateur sleuth, stumbling across and solving murders. I am a little late to the party on this series, considering this is the first one I’ve read, and it’s number 12 in the series! There are some references to the previous books, but this book is pretty much stand-alone. It is set in the year 1814, so Jane is already a published author [...]


    4. Stephanie Barron remains for me the reigning queen of Austenesque fiction. Not only does she have a deep knowledge of Regency manners and history and a true ear for Austen’s dialect as expressed in her letters, but she also has great plotting skills! All her talents were on display here: I enjoyed Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas as much as any of the previous novels in this series. (If you have not read the whole series, this one can be read as a standalone; you simply need to understand [...]


    5. Stephanie Barron knows her Austen and is a masterful storyteller! Her latest, "Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas", though long anticipated, did not disappoint. Barron does her research well and tells her story in a most Austen-like style. She is The Incomparable when it comes to Austenesque mysteries. Or Austen fiction! I have long missed Lord Harold but our dear Miss Austen is introduced to another mystery man who adds much intrigue for this latest mystery. Well done.


    6. Forgive me! I'm still enchanted by the setting of a Regency era Twelve Night of festivities, activities, espionage, forbidden love and murder. I have truly enjoyed this series for its blend of historic authenticity, biographic fiction, intrigue and just overall good writing. This last, ah It felt like my very own Christmas gift from the author. The author purposefully gave her readers a bit of something extraordinary- the chance to vicariously experience the excitement of a Regency Christmas at [...]


    7. Jane Austen, her mother and sister are traveling the 17 miles from Chawton to Steventon to spend the holidays with her brother James and his family. They must travel by public stage all day and into the night to reach their old home. They're looking forward to seeing James-Edward, age 16 and Caroline, age 9. Jane and Cassandra have a special surprise for young Caroline to make her holiday special. Along the way, an accident forces them to make the acquaintance of a Mr. West who is staying with t [...]


    8. Delicious writing in an Austenesque style. Red herrings galore, so that you'll wonder who the real culprit is. Manor homes and balls and dinners . . . Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is an altogether charming read.If you're a Jane Austen fan, what's not to love about reading a story with your favorite author as a character -- and the main one at that! This story takes place in the English countryside, weaving in facts about Jane Austen into the plot. What a fun way to get to know more abou [...]


    9. It took me a while to figure out what to say about this novel, because I did neither hate nor particularly enjoy it. In the end it was just an average story and after less than a week I’ve forgotten most of the plot already. I think it was a nice idea to turn Jane Austen into a fictional character for this series and I definitely enjoyed the festive spirit but don’t think that I’ll read any of the other books in the series in the near future.


    10. This book was a gift from my dear friend, Kim, who I love and with whom I am well pleased. I cannot wait to start reading it!I am enjoying this book a great deal. I can already claim knowledge of the research done by the author. On page 43, the characters mention Benjamin West who painted "The death of General Wolfe". General James Wolfe is actually a relation of mine and died taking Quebec away from the French. Jane Austen would have known of him and may have seen this painting as well. Emily D [...]


    11. As with most of the books I've read the past couple of months, this took waaay too long for me to finish. When i have to "drag" a book out due to time constraints, I feel like maybe I lose some of its magic. So, I'm not sure if my feelings on this one may be in part due to the fact it took me a bit to finish. I liked this one, but after having read a book about Jane from another author recently, found this one lacking a little something. I really enjoyed the Christmas setting and try my hardest [...]


    12. Stephanie Barron always does a very credible job of writing Jane as Jane and the mysteries are equally interesting and twisty in nature. You won't go wrong in this latest addition to the series. My only dissatisfaction was with her treatment of Austen's brother, James. I will admit that I haven't read about the real James Austen extensively, but I have never come across anything that would justify making him such a caricature, a virtual model for Mr. Collins of P&P fame. I suppose I am more [...]


    13. Jane Austen’s novels continue to inspire authors more than 200 years after they were penned. The popular and prolific Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series and the 44 Scotland Street series) is writing a modern-day take on Jane Austen’s meddling matchmaker, Emma Woodhouse, with Emma: A Modern Retelling (publication date April 7, 2015). In McCall Smith’s novel, Emma returns to her beloved Highbury to live with her father after she graduate [...]


    14. There are a lot of books in this series so apparently they comprise a well-loved series, but it is the first I have read. It does refer to other stories in the series but stands on its own. This story, centered on the traditional twelve day celebration of Christmas is extremely detailed, to the point of being pedantic. Rooms and meals. in particular seem described in far too much depth. Often I like this, but not all the time and not in every particular. And like Jane Austen’s novels the chara [...]


    15. As a 4 year running tradition, my friend Crystal and I listen to a Christmas Murder Mystery during the long car ride on the way to and from visiting our families for the holiday. Because they have to fit the qualifiers "Mystery" and "Christmas" they are usually of dubious quality. I was excited by this one because it also added the slightly ridiculous qualifier "Jane Austen historical fiction" to the list. From the first 30 minutes of listening to this it nearly put the both of us to sleep. I do [...]


    16. I read Stephanie Barron for fun. This book did not disappoint. She always takes care to include factual information of the era, in this case the Yule log or the cutting of greens for the church. This time much time was given to the custom of Christmas then, in 1814, versus the later more Germanic practices that Queen Victoria introduced which we still practice. According to Barron, the holidays then still adhered more to the 12 nights, Epiphany, and ancient pagan rituals. If I ever heard of Twel [...]


    17. Somehow I've been completely unaware of this mystery series set in Georgian-era England with Jane Austen herself solving crimes, even though the author, Stephanie Barron, now has twelve books to her credit. Normally I am pretty obsessive about reading a mystery series in order but when I spotted this book on our library's New Book shelf, I was intrigued by the Austen-themed concept and the charming Christmas setting and decided to give it a try. The book was delightfully done in the manner of Au [...]


    18. This book is part of a series that feature Jane Austen, who not only writes classic novels that will be read centuries after her death, but also happens to solve mysteries in her spare time. In this story, Jane and her family are invited to a luxurious estate for the Christmas holidays. But instead of the usual holiday festivities of masquerade balls and games, one of the guests is found dead, apparently thrown from his horse. Jane, with her astute observations, quickly uncovers that the death w [...]


    19. Jane, her sister, and mother go to have Christmas with her brother James and his second wife Mary. James is a self-righteous prig and Mary completely obnoxious. Thankfully, they're invited to spend the holiday with their friends at The Vynes. Otherwise, it would've been a dreary affair, indeed.If you like historical novels that go into the details of how the holiday was celebrated in England, this is a good book to go for. I enjoyed it overall despite the nearly constant intrusion of Jane's brot [...]


    20. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would - I'm not really into crime books, but apparently all you have to do is add Jane Austen and set it at Christmas and I'm easy.Jane is a Jessica Fletcher of her time - a famous author with a side in solving crimes. It shouldn't work, but I totally bought into it. I'd love to see a TV Show of this complete with quick-witted heroine and eccentric supporting characters.I might have to have a look at the rest of these books now, although I have a strange atta [...]


    21. Too many books and too little time! I started this one and found that the story didn't pull me in as quickly as I had hoped but I did enjoy some of the tongue-and-check observations of the holidays written in formal 18th-Century English so it may be a nice choice for those who have a special interest in Austen or this series. :)


    22. I listened to this book and while this version of Jane is very forward and almost snarky, she is a treat and I love how authentic the writing and historical placement was.


    23. This book is absolutely delightful. I was wary about Jane Austen being a sleuth, but Barron handles her subject with such skill and knowledge that it worked beautifully! Here, the mystery centered around the Twelve Day festivities of Christmas, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The period, the holiday, the mystery, and Austen -- a perfect Christmastime read.


    24. enjoyably festive read. I liked all of the historical details, from clothing and food to the language used in dialogue and descriptions. lots of information about history and politics as well. I want to read more of this series. merry christmas! :)


    25. This is the first in this series I've read, and while I didn't find it an inexpert pastiche, I did find it inconsistent, and the mystery less than satisfying. I doubt I'll go back to read the first 11 in the series.


    26. I found this ponderous and slow and the impact of two murders on a country party at Christmas much too muted to feel real. I won't be reading any more of the books in this series.


    27. I reviewed this book through several days so scroll to the bottom to read all my thoughts !Day 12A Killer Revealed/Final thoughtsThis whole book has unfolded at a wonderfully leisurely pace. What I enjoy most about Stephanie's version of Jane, is her multitasking ability. Jane keeps her decorum and stays within her spinster role while still managing to gather clues about the whereabouts of various suspects. The tension in the final chapters builds as the reveal of the murderer. Like most mysteri [...]


    28. I have read and enjoyed every book in this series over the years and was afraid Barron was done with Jane - not so, and I couldn't be happier. The fact that this mystery was set at Christmas, my favorite holiday, made it even more enjoyable - a wonderful way for a mystery buff to kick off the season, with murder, treason, and international intrigue!Jane is just as I remembered her from Barron's past books - full of wit, dry humor, and sharp intelligence, perhaps not totally content with her quie [...]


    29. Quick summary: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is the 12th book in Stephanie Barron’s Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. I can vouch for it being a standalone novel because it’s the only book in the series I’ve read so far. It’s Christmas 1814, and Jane Austen, along with her sister, Cassandra, her mother, and the family of her brother, James, are invited to spend the holidays at The Vyne, the lavish estate belonging to her old friend, Eliza Chute, and her husband, William, a memb [...]


    30. A good mystery--a very enjoyable read. And if you like Jane Austen you would like it even more. Would like to read more of these. Good historical detail to flavor the story more and accurate, well detailed. She caught Jane Austen well--her attitude and spirit. Done like a journal. which resonates with Jane's letters and a little like Watson in Sherlock Holmes. A good idea as Jane Austen was a keen observer, like in her novels and a detective is as well, so why not have her as a detective of sort [...]


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