The newest Jane Austen mystery book out in time for your holiday reading pleasure. Jane discovers family secrets and murder during the twelve days of Christmas in Regency England. Jane, Cassandra and her mother are invited to spend the Christmas holiday with her brother James and his family in the home Jane grew up in. James is now the rector of their father’s church but unlike his fun-loving father is a serious minister who questions any holiday frivolity. The whole family is invited to to stay at The Vyne a nearby manor house. The ladies are thrilled with the chance to see the house again and become re-acquainted with their neighbors especially in a festive household. But international politics, love affairs and murder creep into even the fashionable of society and dampen the holiday spirits of all those staying at The Vyne. Will Jane discover who the murderer is and why before everyone goes their separate ways?
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in to investigate a politically sensitive case involving the death of a local Anglican priest who is hosting a secret international meeting of religious leaders. Among the guests is a quiet unassuming priest, serving as an interpreter for one of the foreign guests, Father Brown. Holmes races against the clock to solve this murder before the word spreads to the visiting priests consulates and a murder becomes an international incident. He is assisted as always by Watson and an occasional well-timed question or comment by Father Brown.
Hercule Poirot is the featured detective in this book though he is barely mentioned in the first half of the novel. Events are seen through the eyes of two other characters and then Poirot is asked to investigate the death of a tyrannical matriarch at Petra. Was it murder or was the journey to beautiful Petra just to much for her?