Bonfire Night by Deanna Raybourn #AfternoonDelight #Review

Bonfire Night by Deanna Raybourn #AfternoonDelight #ReviewBonfire Night by Deanna Raybourn

Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 3, 3014
Pages: 56
Format: eARC
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four-stars  

This is the fourth of the holiday novellas in the Lady Julia Grey series. I have really enjoyed these lighter, shorter suspenses in the series that focus more on family and the tender relationship between Brisbane and Julia. It’s fun how they take on a different holiday and how it was celebrated in the Victorian era.

This is a series that should be read in order as the character and romantic development are series arcs even if the mysteries are solved within each book.

The story opens when Julia and Brisbane are entertaining Julia’s brother, Plum, and her sister, Portia along with Portia’s daughter in their home and a solicitor brings the news that Brisbane has inherited a country estate with the provision that he inhabits the house the period of time between All Hallow’s Eve and Bonfire Night. Brisbane and Julia are suspicious, but the whole family is enticed by the mystery so they all pack up and head to the country only to discover they are staying in the most haunted house in England. Its a fun romp until the lady’s maid goes missing and Brisbane questions what its all about.

I found this one particularly delightful because it provided a delightful All Hallow’s Eve romp with Portia and Plum along with the Brisbanes as they encountered a haunted house and a disappearing lady’s maid. It’s not a difficult mystery and the story concludes quickly, but it has a nice twist there at the end.

My only niggle was the price tag for such a short piece.

For those who enjoy historical romantic suspense and husband and wife detective teams, this is a good series to try. The novels offer the more challenging mysteries and the novellas more humorous and light.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I really do want to give these a go. I’ve enjoyed hearing about them 😀 They really do sound great. And with you on seeing how holidays were celebrated. Can be so different sometimes.

    • Yeah, I love this detective couple and it is fun to see how older holidays are celebrated. I wish we had Bonfire Night. It sounded fun.

  • I love stories that focus on family, and I have really been wanting to try this author. I will look up the first book and see if I can get my hands on it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

    • Oh yay! These are pretty good. The novels are tons more serious with the relationship developments and mysteries, but Julia’s huge eccentric family are a huge draw. It’s probably at your library if you wanted to test drive Silent in the Grave to see if you like it.

  • I am so cheap, I won’t pay more than 99 pennies for a novella regardless if it’s good or not LOL. Well it looks like it’s worth it!

    • I hear you! That’s why I mentioned the price based on the pages. I generally grab them for review or wait until I score a gift card. 😉