Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

by Deanna Raybourn

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ISBN-13: 9781488029950
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/13/2017
Series: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery , #8
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 59,484
File size: 286 KB

About the Author

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.

Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

"Sex, lies and awesome clothing descriptions" is how one reader described Deanna's debut novel, Silent in the Grave, published in January 2007. The first in the Silent series, the book follows Lady Julia Grey as she investigates the mysterious death of her husband with the help of the enigmatic private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane. From the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to a Gypsy camp on Hampstead Heath, Silent in the Grave deftly captures the lush ambience of Victorian London.

The series continues with the second book, Silent in the Sanctuary (January 2008), a classic English country house murder mystery with a few twists and turns for Brisbane and Lady Julia along the way. Silent on the Moor (March 2009), set in a grim manor house on the Yorkshire moors, is the third adventure for Lady Julia and the mysterious Brisbane.

March 2010 saw a departure from the series with the release of The Dead Travel Fast, a mid-Victorian Gothic thriller that chronicles the adventures of novelist Theodora Lestrange as she leaves the safety and security of her Edinburgh home for the dark woods and haunted castles of Transylvania. Deanna turned once more to Lady Julia and her companions with Dark Road to Darjeeling (October 2010). With an exotic setting in the foothills of the Himalayas and the introduction of an arch-villain, Dark Road to Darjeeling is the most thrilling installment yet. The fifth book in the series, The Dark Enquiry, follows the return of Lady Julia and Brisbane to London for their most puzzling adventure yet. The Dark Enquiry hit the New York Times' Bestseller list the week before its official release.

Deanna plots her books from her home in Virginia. After one too many hot Texas summers, Deanna and her husband packed up their daughter and moved to the mid-Atlantic state, where they enjoy the fall leaves but deeply miss good Tex-Mex cooking.

Still Virginia has been good to this author. Deanna's novel Silent in the Grave won the 2008 RITA Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, three additional RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Dark Road to Darjeeling was also a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery as well as a Romantic Reviews' finalist for Best Book of 2010.

You can find her blogging five days a week at www.deannaraybourn.com/blog, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter, check out her contests and book trailer videos, and catch her latest appearances at www.deannaraybourn.com.

Hometown:

Williamsburg, Virginia

Date of Birth:

June 17, 1968

Place of Birth:

Ft. Worth, Texas

Education:

B.A. in English and History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1990

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Twelfth Night 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is a great novella for that moment when you don't have a lot of time to read. I love to read Julia and Brisbane stories. They are always picking and poking but they always have each others back. This is set at Christmas time. The whole family is gathered for the Twelfth Night Revels. But nothing is easy for this family. Here comes the spoilers but I will jump over them. I will say that it again tests Julia and Brisbane plus Julia's niece Perdita who helped solve the puzzles. Don't pass over this story. I believe it will lead to more.
ElaineReads More than 1 year ago
I should have reviewed this book when it was first released. I certainly was anxious to read it at the time. Unfortunately, I procrastinated and then forgot to write the review. The silver lining to that is that it forced me to re-read the book in order to finally review it. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Twelfth Night is a short story, not a novella, in the Lady Julia Grey universe. If you are not familiar with these books, you have a treat in store for you. You don’t want to start with this one because it is full of spoilers from the previous novels. I am glad I re-read it at this time because it is definitely a Christmas holiday book, although it does not take place exactly at Christmas. It is a family book as is appropriate for the holidays with family members we love and those we only tolerate, as well as one or two that we would rather avoid altogether. The best thing about re-reading this book now is that I am once again excited about the Lady Julia Grey books. I see a re-read of the entire series in my near future. If you are new to the series, the author appears to have finished writing them, so you will be able to read them as quickly as you can without having to wait for the next book to be published. I assure you it was hard to wait. They are so good. This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Picks right up after the Christmas-time novella, Silent Night, left off. Again, a lot is happening around Christmas-time, New Years in Lady Julia's life ... a lot ... and all captured in such a short novella. I totally loved the fact that all the cast of characters from previous books was either mentioned or made an appearance. A sweet short story. However, I am definitely awaiting the next Lady Julia full-length mystery - we've been given lots of tidbits on what is to come.
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