Title: Silent Night – Lady Julia Mystery 5.5 (A Christmas Novella)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Historical Mystery
How I Read It: Kindle edition purchased by me.
Synopsis: ‘Tis the season for an investigation! Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane return for a Christmas caper at Bellmont Abbey.
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?
*Synopsis taken from Goodreads
My Review: It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Deanna Raybourn, so I purchased this one with the intention of reading it during the Christmas season. Although I wish it had been longer, I’m happy to say it was a lovely little holiday read and it was a welcome addition to my collection.
I’ve seen some reviews of people being disappointed with this novella, but to me, this was really just a taste of Lady Julia while we wait for the next full length book. Not only did it do a good job of capturing the feel of the March family, it gave us glimpses into a couple of different stories to come.
This novella represented exactly what Christmas is to me: setting aside was going on in busy lives to carry on traditions and see people you care about. We didn’t get any resolution of things that were left open at the end of the last novel, and I honestly liked that. I want a full story to resolve those things!
I don’t think this was as good as a full length Lady Julia novel, but I also don’t think you can have that expectation with just 70 pages. It gave us a little glimpse into what’s going on with some of the other Marches, although I will say I missed Lysander and I hope we see him again soon.
This was a cute little mystery and I really enjoyed it for what it was.
Read this book if: I think if you can set aside an expectation of this being like the other novels, you’ll like this one. It promises good things to come!
My Rating: 3.5/5 – Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun!