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Mystery Nut said:
Very slow moving. Could not get into it. I had higher expectations.
posted Aug 11, 2008 at 5:56AM
Avatar for Jody W. Jody W. said:
The first Jane Austen Mystery, which finds our intrepid author and heroine fleeing a broken engagement to a country estate. Unfortunately her host the Earl is murdered, and it's up to Jane to find out who done it.
posted Mar 31, 2009 at 10:54AM
1WonderfulLife said:
The writing is very similar to Jane herself and when this book first came out, I was in my youth and found it difficult to read. Recently I picked it up again and fell in love with Jane’s voice. Rich historical detail. Insights into Jane’s life.
posted Jun 20, 2009 at 8:22AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Author Stephanie Barron sets her fictionalized Jane Austen in the seemingly mild-mannered world of 18th century polite society, with manor houses, horse-drawn carriages, and formal visits galore—and then gives her heroine lots of adventures and mysteries to solve. In the series opener, Jane has just caused a scandal by accepting a marriage proposal only to change her mind the next morning. Seeking refuge from wagging tongues, Jane goes to visit an old friend, Isobel Payne, who has just married the wealthy—and much older—Earl of Scargrave. When the Earl suddenly dies and anonymous notes accuse his young bride of murder, Jane determines to stay on and help her dear friend through this dark hour. There’s a tangle of suspects and motives to unravel—greedy nephews, airhead aunts, scoundrels, and ne’er-do-wells—not to mention a dashing Lord with a decided interest in Jane the detective. Janeites will recognize names and characters from the author’s life and novels and will surely get a kick out of seeing the prim-and-proper Miss Austen (1775-1817) turn snoop. It will come as no surprise that with her reputed wit and critical eye, Jane makes a formidable detective indeed.
posted Dec 7, 2010 at 12:45PM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
Book one of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. One of the best books I have read in a long time. The historical detail was exiquisite and the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I just couldn’t put it down. I have read this book several times, and I never tire of it. It’s one of those books that you cannot get enough of. Unfortunatly, later in the series my favorite character dies. Even so, I highly recommend this series.
posted Jul 14, 2012 at 5:34PM
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