~Free E-pub ♩ Bonfire Night ☪ Amateur Sleuth Lady Julia Grey And Her Detective Husband, Nicholas Brisbane, Face Their Latest Adventure In This Novella By New York Times Bestselling Author Deanna RaybournIt S The Autumn Of , And Almost A Year Has Passed Since Much To Their Surprise Lady Julia And Nicholas Became Parents Just As The Couple Begins To Adapt, A Solicitor Arrives With A Strange Bequest Nicholas, It Seems, Has Inherited A Country House But Only If He And His Family Are In Residence From All Hallows Eve Through Bonfire NightNeither Lady Julia Nor Nicholas Is Likely To Be Put Off By Local Legends Of Ghosts And Witches, And The Eerie Noises And Strange Lights That Flit From Room To Room Simply Intrigue Them Until A New Lady S Maid Disappears, Igniting A Caper That Will Have Explosive Results The Fourth In A Series Of Lady Julia Grey Stories Set During Traditional English Holidays, Bonfire Night Follows Silent Night, Midsummer Night And Twelfth Night Look For Deanna S Newest S Novel, Night Of A Thousand Stars, In October
Sigh fully completed the seriesnot ready to say goodbye. Nooooo I just read on Raybourn s blog that this is going to be the last of Julia I m so sad I was still hoping forfull length novels in the future Curse those publishers for tabling the series Still, I m thankful she wrote the novellas to help wrap it up for readers even though she had to publish them ebook only. I absolutely adore this series, in fact I would go as far as to say it is my favorite historical mystery series out there and sadly, while the author has been working on other books, while all equally as fabulous, this series has been put on hold with just a few splattering of novellas here and there to tide us over.Thankfully all those novellas live up to the rest of the series and have all been equally as wonderful as the actual books and of course, Bonfire Night is no exception I just love Julia, Brisbane and all of the March family They are quirky and daring and smart and yes, just a bit crazy but all so lovable that it really is hard to say goodbye to them after putting down the newest addition to the series and I have missed them all dearly.So it was no surprise that as soon as I saw the release of this newest mystery I snatched it up immediately and dove right in Oh how I have missed the wild adventures and situations Julia gets herself in The chaos and mayhem rival no other and the witty banter between all of the March clan and Brisbane truly make this series so much fun to read and relish.I absolutely adored this latest release and I truly hope if we don t get another book, than the author at least continues to grace us with this amazing little novellas to hold us over and whet our appetite. It was great to check in with the Brisbane s in this short story 3.5 starsThe events of Bonfire Night take place towards the end of 1890, when young John Nicholas Jack the baby discovered in the stables at Bellmont Abbey in Twelfth Night is firmly ensconced in the Brisbane s nursery One evening at the end of October, relaxing in their new London home with Portia and Plum, the Brisbanes receive a visit from a shady character who professes himself a solicitor He informs Brisbane that he has inherited a country property by the name of Thorncross Hall He s never heard of it but the bequest appears legitimate, even though there are some odd conditions attached, one of which is that he must be in residence at certain periods in order to secure the inheritance One of those periods is from All Hallow s Eve until Guy Fawkes Night, which is just days away.Intrigued, the four of them head to Berkshire where they are promptly greeted with stories of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night.It s pretty clear to team Brisbane and the reader that the servants and the villagers are up to something the question is, what Our intrepid quartet quite happily sits up late at night simply to enjoy the efforts of the chain clankers, banshee howlers and demon coachmen, wondering why the villagers are going to such lengths to try to frighten them away.Or are they This is an engaging little story with a nice twist, but once again, it really does require a familiarity with the characters and their past exploits for it to make sense, so if you ve not read any of the other books in the series, you ll be at a bit of a loss I m going to go off at a bit of a tangent about a little nit picky something that bothered me view spoiler One of the things that didn t sit quite right for me was Julia s attitude toward motherhood I know that throughout the books, it s something she s been ambivalent about, but at the end of Twelfth Night she and Brisbane made the decision to bring up his baby half brother as their own, and it was a decision she clearly felt deeply about, and that s great And while Julia is behaving in the same way as many upper class mothers, who didn t really bring up their own children, but handed them to an army of nurses, governesses and tutors, I felt that for Julia, the baby is something to be taken out and played with and then put away when she d had enough I m sure that my being a mum who was fortunate enough to have been able to afford to stay at home with her kids when they were little is colouring my view, and I don t intend to provoke a major argument over different views of motherhood I m just saying that it s how it affected ME, and that it s why I didn t find things like the opening conversation between Julia and Portia wherein Portia points out that Julia keeps misplacing the baby to be very funny A silly thing to be picking out of such a short book, but it diminished Julia for me as a character somewhat hide spoiler 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 focuson 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.For those who enjoy historical romantic suspense and husband and wife detective teams, this is a good series to try The novels offer thechallenging mysteries and the novellashumorous and light.My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review. I wish Raybourn would writeof this series I really love and miss these characters. Oh, how I love Lady Julia Well, actually, I love Brisbane, her husband, one of the hottest heroes ever in a clean romance Hats off to Deanna Raybourn for her creation In this very short novella, Brisbane has inherited a manor house from a total stranger, and when the family Julia, Brisbane, Plum, Portia, young Jane, and baby Jack arrive there, they discover that it s haunted by some rather inept ghosts High jinks and mystery ensue.I mourn the demise of Brisbane and Lady Julia and hope that the author s new publisher decides to pick up the series Don t read this novella unless you ve read at least some of the preceding novels But, if like me, you have enjoyed the novels, this and the other three novellas are a delight. This is the last in the Lady Julia Grey series, and I have been putting off reading it because I don t want the series to end I gave the novella 4 stars but would probablyhonestly give it somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars if it weren t for the fact that it s the last story The author wraps up most of the loose ends of the previous novella, but the story reads as if she wants the series to end as well There isn t much of a plot, and the characters aren t as vibrant or witty or full of personality as they have been in previous books.I very much wish that the series could continue in novel length novellas being limited in their story telling by their shorter length as I think the main characters still have many stories to be told That being said, if you have not read this series, I highly recommend you start at the beginning and work your way through including all the novellas The characters, the quality of the writing, and the mysteries are all beautifully rendered and should not be missed.