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This novella is pretty much fluff. Mind you, it was pleasant fluff where I got to visit with familiar and liked characters. There was a mystery of sorts, although the author made Lady Julia privy to information that was withheld from the reader. However, while that made me a tad miffed, I still liked the story.

This novella is only for existing fans of the series. Without the background of the characters, less of it makes sense, although the author made a valiant effort at filling the reader in. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Feb 9, 2017 |
Lady Julia and Brisbane are surprised when a solicitor appears on their doorstep informing them that Brisbane has suddenly inherited an estate in the country. The catch is that they must be in residence from All Hallow's Eve until Guy Fawkes Day in order to keep the house. However, upon their arrival Julia and Brisbane discover that the house is purportedly the most haunted in all of Britain. After their first restless night, Julia and Brisbane decide that all is not as it seems and investigate this seemingly haunted gift horse.

A trifle on the fluffy side, this novella is not quite as strong as other entries in the series but enjoyable nonetheless. Recommended for the completist and optional for other readers. ( )
  MickyFine | Nov 21, 2016 |
Bonfire Night - Raybourn
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A haunted manor house, adventures in parenting and an encounter with the ultimate black sheep of the family. This story wasn’t quite as funny as the previous kindle singles in this series, but I did love the country manor setting. I look forward to more books with these characters, so I hope Deanna Raybourn keeps them coming.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Chaos, bananas and mystery. A treat indeed!

1890 near to All Hallows' Eve. Nicholas Brisbane of the 'witch black eyes' and Lady Julia with a heart of gold, an enquiring mind and a gleefully abandoned love for her husband are in the middle of house renovations which are creating havoc. Nicholas and Julia are now parents to the lively Jack. Julia is questioning her mothering skills as she keeps forgetting about Jack and leaving Him behind. Fortunately Julia's maid Morag has taken charge of Jack. The chaos is added to by Plum and Perdita. Not to forget Perdita's baby Jane, just learning to talk.
So when Nicholas is mysteriously left a house in the country conditional on being there to collect the rents on All Hallows' Eve, Julia is more than ready to pack up the family and flee to a place that offers intrigue, a challenge, a refuge from the renovations and something other than bananas to eat.
The village of Narrow Wibberley and the crazily built house Thorncross,' the most haunted house in England,' are not disappointing. There are certainly things that go bump in the night. The game's a foot with a surprising ending. A fun novella with the sleuthing family we have come to enjoy in unexpected ways.

A NetGalley ARC ( )
  eyes.2c | Dec 17, 2014 |
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