Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Christmas Novella in the Lady Julia Series (#5.5)
Published By: Mira (November 1, 2012)
Genre: Historical Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars!
'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—?
If there is one character (or in this case characters) I have missed the most it would be Lady Julia and Brisbane. I adore this dynamic duo and have missed this series so very much, it is by far one of my favorites. It seamlessly combines all the genres I love best and puts it in one neat little package that is utterly hard to ignore and not love.
Raybourn has a unique ability to combine genres so flawlessly that everything she writes is completely believable. Whether that be the paranormal aspect of this series or the hijinks that Lady Julia manages to get herself into time and time again. Whenever I open up a book in this series I know that I will be getting exactly what I want and need and have a smile on my face the whole way through.
And oh how I have missed the loving gruffness that is Brisbane and the bossy cunning nature that is Julia. The craziness that is her family and the undeniable love between them all.
I love watching Julia and Brisbane's relationship continue to grow and evolve. Each new chapter in their life together gets better and better as they both become more accustomed to their love for one another, their devotion, their loyalty and the life they are leading and blending. Brisbane is as busy as ever with new mysteries to solve and adventures and he is getting better at letting Julia help take part in solving them even if he is still that gruff alpha male we all have grown to know and love over the course of the series.
Julia is still the meddling mischievous woman that gets herself into more trouble than naught even though her intentions are purely good and she has a heart of gold. She, like Brisbane loves fiercely and will protect whatever she sees fit too, which more often that naught, also gets her in trouble with Brisbane who wants nothing more than to lock her in an ivory tower and to keep her safe.
This was so well done and really did remind me all over again why I fell in love with this series to begin with and it left me longing for more adventures with Brisbane and Julia.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*