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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