By Stephanie Barron
Jane Austen turns sleuth during this pleasant homicide secret set over the twelve days of a Regency-Era Christmas party.
Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the vacation with friends and family on the Vyne, the attractive ancestral domestic of the rich and politically well known Chute kinfolk. because the 12 months fades and neighbors start to assemble underneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory temper: Mansfield Park is promoting properly; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams symptoms the Treaty of Ghent, to be able to finish a warfare no one in England rather wanted.
Jane, even though, discovers vacation cheer is fleeting. one of many xmas revelers dies in a sad coincidence, which Jane instantly perspectives with suspicion. If the twist of fate used to be actually homicide, the killer is certainly one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound visitors. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, darkish secrets and techniques coming to mild in the course of parlor video games, and previous friendships returning to hang-out the Christmas events, whom can Jane belief to assist her become aware of the reality and forestall the killer from amazing again?
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