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Twelfth Night

(Lady Julia Grey #5.6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,093 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I like that these novellas never seem rushed and that we're getting some conclusion to Julia & Brisbane's life.
Because this appeared in the summer, I decided to put it temporarily on the back-burner to read at a more wintry time of the year.

In Twelfth Night, the entire March family is gathered for the annual Revels at Bellemont Abbey. Having imbibed copious amounts of Plum’s punch the night before, Julia is nursing a hangover and is less than pleased at being woken by her sister, Portia, and practically dragged out of bed in order to convene with her father and the rest of the family about the upcoming
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy I could cry!!!!
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

This is apparently #5.6 (so, a bonus novella) in the Lady Julia Grey series. Needless to say, this is another review copy I picked up without knowing anything about it or the series it belongs to!

Reviews are all over the place for this series. Set in Victorian England, there’s no denying it’s incredibly anachronistic – on the first page our protagonist’s sister walks into her bedroom and comments on her brother in law’s nudity, like it’s a joke. The women discuss family
This is an absolutely charming little novella from the Lady Julia historical mystery series, and provided by the publisher through netgalley, with all the wonderful little touches that make the full-length novels so enjoyable to read. All the characters I love are there: the eccentric and yet sensible Lady Julia, her disparate and pleasantly odd family and her charming, clever and enigmatic husband. Even her rather silly cousin, Lucy makes an appearance.

The plot is similar to others in that it i
Lady Wesley
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All members of the eccentric family of Earl March have gathered at Bellmont Abbey to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their sleepy English village. Julia and Brisbane are busy, however, tracking down the origins of an abandoned infant found on the premises.

I was surprised and delighted by this well-plotted installment in the Lady Julia series. I suspect, though, that it helps a great deal to have read the preceding five full-length novels.
"God help us, there are two of you."

This novella was such a delight. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read! I love this cast of characters immensely. I laughed countless times and was left feeling completely satisfied. I hope Raybourn is not done with this series, but this would be a perfect ending if she is.
I love husband and wife detective teams particularly those set in historical times. Quite addicted really! This short novella is from one of my all-time favorite series, Lady Jane Grey, in which married pair Brisbane and Julia work their way through many a dark, gritty story. This particular installment in the series however, is of the lighter variety. Like other books in the series, this one needs to be read in order as many aspects of the storyline and the characters are ongoing in their devel ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

I never realize just how much I miss the eloquence and beauty of Raybourn's writing until I start one of her novels and it all comes back to me. How much I adore her writing and most of all, her characters.

I adore Julia and Brisbane and the whole March household, including their servants. They are just too lovable and quirky not to love.

The Lady Julia series happens to be one of my most, if not my, most favorite historical (with a slight edge of paranormal) romance series. It really does have
Andrea Guy
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Twelfth Night is an in between Julia Gray novels short story/novella. It keeps the story moving while we wait for the next full length novel to arrive, and really they can't get here fast enough.

I love Lady Julia. She's always been a strong heroine, however this story isn't really about Lady Julia being strong. Its a holiday-ish novel, with her family doing the Twelfth Night Revels. But there is a baby that's found, and the possibility of some ghosts and witches, this short story moves along at
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jun-14
Twelfth Night, by Deanna Raybourn, gives us a tidbit of what is now happening in the lives of Lady Julia and her husband, Brisbane.
To celebrate the passing of another decade, the admired (and often eccentric) March family have gathered together to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their rather dull English village. Before Lady Julia and Brisbane can perform their attention is drawn elsewhere when a newborn baby is found abandoned in the stable and a ghost shows itself near an old cottage on t
An anachronistic, but charming little novella. Not much meat for mystery readers and overall, fairly predictable, but I still liked it. I'm pleased that the author took her characters in a different direction than she'd led us to believe at the close of The Dark Enquiry. It appears that the author plans to continue the series, so it will be fun to see what she does next.
❂ Jennifer
4.5 stars

This short novella got an extra half-star because it takes place amidst all of Lady Julia Grey's family, and I absolutely love them in all their wacky eccentricity.

Slightly wordier review:
This is a fun novella that brings together all the quirky members of the March family - with a little mystery on the side.
Josie Jaffrey
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Martin
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The March family is all present at Bellmont Abbey for the traditional Twelfth Night mummers play. Every ten years the family gets together to perform the play written by Shakespeare. This year's performance has the addition of a foundling baby which opens an investigation by Brisbane and Julia to find out who he is. Julia is also dealing with some of her sibling's attitudes toward her new half-gypsy, private inquiry agent husband who is not their kind of people. This was has returning characters ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A continuation of the holiday season (Started in novella Silent Night) with the March family and Brisbane. It's a lighter version from the normal detective work Julia and Brisbane are involved with. In this one they end up with a gift they never foresaw.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
As always it's lovely to be re-immersed into the world of Lady Grey.
Julia Grey is an aristocrat and married to Nicholas Brisbane, a private enquiry agent in England, circa 1880ies.
Even for an e-novella, I felt that it was a pivotal episode and an important turning point for Julia Grey as to motherhood and what she wants “professionally” for her future and her husband's. There's no great plot here, except being reunited with Julia's family for Twelfth Night and finding an abandoned baby and, la
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novella definitely has a lighter tone than many of the early books in the series. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are so many major changes that occur in this short book, I can't wait to see what the future holds.

When I originally wrote the above statement I had no idea the series was ending. I think this novella is my favorite of the novellas. Among many things, I really love the character of Lady Julia's little niece Perdita, and wish the series had continued to see how Perdita turned
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A dose of Lady Julia and Brisbane is always good, no matter how small!
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella was really excellent! Really enjoyed seeing these characters again, even knowing that I'm running out of new stories for them!
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
How I wish this were a full book!
Srivalli Rekha
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading almost 1700 odd pages, this was was over in less than two hours.
It is a small novella which occurs in the March house in January. The story spans three days at the max.
One new character I loved was the little girl, Julia's niece. We get to see the soft side of Morag again (after the doggie bit in book 3).
The confusion of Julia was different from the usual yearning of the ladies belonging to that era. (no spoilers)
One more to go and I'll be done with the series.
Picking up right after Silent Night, this story covers the mystery of a newborn baby found abandoned on the March's property and the children thinking there's a witch in town. It tied up a few loose ends and sets Julia and Brisbane up for the next phase of their life, both professionally and personally.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Usually I’m thrilled to have old characters resurface and come neatly together, but... I just can’t deal with this series anymore. Words cannot express how happy I am to be almost done with the series and to leave it forever behind me in 2017.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much too short

Another great story, with characters we have come to love. Brisbane and Julia are in for quite a surprise with the events of this shirt tale.cant wait for the next installment.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Again, I loved this little novella and I loved to see the conclusion to the mystery in it! It's so short that I don't want to spoil it, but as always I love Julia's attitude and partnership with her husband, and all of her family.

I'm on to the final novella now, and I'm so sad that it's the last one!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new edition to the Brisbane family

This book was very enjoyable because it centered on the large March family and their holiday preparations. The family members are all eccentric in their own way, and it seems like one of the nieces is trying to become a sleuthing
Little Red Readinghood
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, victorian
Another short novella with some of my favorite characters. Don't worry if you are unfamiliar with the series, you will find this enjoyable and will be searching for book 1.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I truly wish there was more detail on Brisbane's performance as St. George. I feel like it would have been DELIGHTFUL. Otherwise, a sweet novella wrapping up a few dangling plot threads.
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A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with h ...more

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“My sister’s voice pierced the lovely morning hush of the bedchamber with all the delicacy of a gong. I reached out one finger to poke my husband’s naked shoulder. “Brisbane. Portia is here.” He heaved a sigh into the eiderdown. “You’re dreaming. Portia wouldn’t dare.” “Wouldn’t I?” she asked. “And, Julia, this is the first time I’ve seen your husband entirely unclothed. May I offer my congratulations?” With a violent oath, Brisbane flung himself under the bedclothes. “Modest as a virgin, I see,” Portia remarked. “Julia, I’m still counting. Silently. I’ve reached seven. Are you awake yet?” I flapped a hand at her but didn’t raise my head. “Eight.” Brisbane’s voice was muffled but distinct. “If you don’t leave this room, Portia, I will toss you out the nearest window. If memory serves, it’s forty feet down, and I won’t be gentle.” Portia clucked her tongue. “How high will you count?” “I won’t,” he told her flatly. He sat up, bedclothes pooling about his waist, grim determination etched on his face. Portia backed up swiftly. “Very well. But do hurry, both of you. You’re terribly late for the Revels rehearsal and two of our sisters have resorted to fisticuffs. Oddly, not the two you would think.” I sat bolt upright, and Portia winced. “For God’s sake, Julia, have a little shame and put your breasts away.” 1 likes
“For the first time in ten years, the March family gathered to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for the village of Blessingstoke, just as they had done in Master Shakespeare’s day. The dragon breathed fire while the Turkish Knight brandished his sword at St. George, and when it was finished, the resurrected saint and his sad dragon stood in tableau while the white-robed chorus, of which Portia and I made two, sang of the blood-berried holly and the sweetly clinging ivy. Rather like Brisbane and myself, I thought fancifully. Both evergreen and hardy, one sturdy, one tenacious, and forever undivided. But now there was a new little branch grafted to our union.” 1 likes
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