Review: Took a while to fully immerse myself in the book, but once my interest was captured it was hard to put the book down. Vivid characters, apt descriptions, a wicked crime, and the writing mimicked Jane Austen's style perfectly. I was transported back to English parlours, class systems, and gossip. The novel had some hiccups here and there, areas I felt were unnecessary and seemingly only added for the purpose of a history lesson (or showing the author knew her stuff). I did appreciate learning about the English celebrations involved in the Twelve Days of Christmas. I also revelled in the instances where Jane mentioned the doll Jemima and the attire they had prepared for her (this was a fashion lesson I thoroughly enjoyed). I also ate up the rapport between Jane and Raphael. They were well suited as partners in sleuthing, with his penetrating gaze and her unabashed intelligence. By the end I was enthralled with the story and liked the conclusion. Good start to my 50 Book Pledge.
Rating (out of 5 stars)
Originally published: October 28, 2014 Author: Stephanie Barron Hardcover: 336 Pages; ISBN 161695423X Publisher: Soho Crime Genres: Mystery, law & crime, historical fiction, regency, detective stories, literary hero Acquired from:Waterloo Public Library