Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (67)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Stephanie Barron (Soho Crime, 28 October 2014).

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 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 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?


I saw advance copies of this at the American Library Association and grinned like a fool. I love this series, and had no idea there was a new one coming out; it's been three years since that last one.

There's a whole cottage industry of Jane Austen pastiche these days, of sequels and reimaginings of her novels; these little mysteries are more appealing to me than all of that. 

1 comment:

  1. I love Jane Austen, throwing her into a mystery gives me the opportunity to finally say , "what would Jane do?"

    nice pick !