Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night: A Lady Julia Grey Novella
By Deanna Raybourn
Published: June 1, 2014

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a brand-new novella, starring her beloved heroine, the intrepid Lady Julia Grey

To mark the passing of another decade, the esteemed (and eccentric) March family have assembled at Bellmont Abbey to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their sleepy English village. But before Lady Julia and her handsome sleuthing husband, Nicolas Brisbane, can take to the stage, a ruckus in the stable yard demands their attention. An abandoned infant is found nestled in the steel helm of St. George. What's more, their only lead is the local legend of a haunted cottage and its ghastly inhabitant—who seems to have returned.

Once again, Lady Julia and Nicholas take up the challenge to investigate, and when the source of the mystery is revealed, they'll be faced with an impossible choice—one that will alter the course of their lives…forever.

My review:

Twelfth Night is another e-novella about Lady Julia and her husband Brisbane. Although the novels are mysteries, the novellas can barely qualify as "mystery". This time around, Julia's family have gathered for Twelfth Night where they will be performing a traditional play but during rehearsal, an abandoned baby is found. It also appears that there may be a "witch" living in a cottage on the grounds. Lady Julia investigates with the help of her husband and her niece. 

I enjoyed reading about my favorite characters again and I found the ending to be satisfying. This would be a great story to read around the holidays. I only wish the mystery element was stronger or that the author would give her readers what they really want-another Lady Julia novel! In the meantime we will have to settle for her novellas and this is one of the better ones.

Note: I received an e-ARC for review purposes courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher


  1. I am going back to check whether this is still available with Netgalley. Love this author's books.

  2. I have enjoyed two of Raybourn's novels, so I should probably check out her Lady Julia novels. It definitely sounds like something I'd enjoy. Oh, and that cover is gorgeous!

  3. I've got the first couple in the Lady Julia Grey series ... I really have to make a start. Glad you enjoyed revisiting :)


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