Series: Lady Julia Grey #5.5
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Limited on 2012-11-01
Genres: Historical Romance
After a year of marriage-and numerous adventures-Lady Julia and Brisbane hope for a quiet, intimate Christmas together-until they find themselves at her father's ancestral estate, Bellmont Abbey, with her eccentric family and a menagerie of animals. Nevertheless, Julia looks forward to a lively family gathering-but amongst the celebrations, a mystery stirs. There are missing jewels, new faces at the Abbey, and a prowling ghost that brings back unwelcome memories from a previous holiday-one that turned deadly. Is a new culprit recreating crimes of the past? And will Brisbane let Julia investigate?
I do so love Lady Julia and her Brisbane. One of my favorite pair of English detectives, next to Sherlock and Dr. Watson. I generally have little to no interest in reading novellas as I might have mentioned to some of you earlier. They usually consist of the author attempting to make a big anti-climactic story out of a seventy page novella. It is just not a workable project, yet so many keep attempting it. However, I have read everything Deanna Raybourn has written thus far and I could not imagine not reading this just because it was a novella and I was pleasantly surprised.
As suggested by the title, this is a Christmas novella. Julia and Brisbane have found themselves trapped in the Abbey with a small amount of the March clan for the Christmas holidays and there seems to be a burglar afoot. Due to the fact this is a novella there is no murderer for Julia to uncover, but it seems that every one of the Marches has a secret hidden that needs to be known before the burglar can be found.
I could not stop giggling when the thief was caught. That probably gives too much of the plot away, but still it was funny and I could totally see something like that happening at my house during the holidays…or anytime really. I liked that this book didn’t try to be overly dramatic. It was nice to just sit back and read a light and fluffy mystery set in one of my favorite fictional worlds. It did make me quite nostalgic for the full-length Lady Julia novels. I don’t know if Raybourn is going to write anymore? I know she has been working on other things that I plan to read, but I do hope that she writes some more full-length Lady Julia mysteries.
I have one more novella to read in this series and that review will be coming to you all shortly. Apparently I’ve read them out of ordered, which irks me no end, but I suppose I will just have to get over it. Quite looking forward to seeing what other shenanigans Julia can manage to get herself into!