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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553578375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578379
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mason on 6 Mar. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the fifth in the Jane Austen Mystery series. (The first is 'Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor',which is also very good.) Stephanie Barron has created a series of fictional mysteries with Jane Austen like a Regency Miss Marple, this is very convincingly done and she has researched Austen's life and also deals with some of the issues she faced. As such Austen fans may be interested in this series, but from a mystery point of view this book stands on its own merits. The story takes place in Derbyshire, where Jane visited in the Summer of 1806, and like most in this series the plot is complex and so therefore I found the pace a bit slow at times, but the ending was well worth the wait. I recommend this book to any fan of cosy/traditional or historical mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fifth book in the Jane Austen Mystery Series by Stephanie Barron.

In a newly discovered secret journal, Jane Austen documents her adventures as an amateur sleuth. In the summer of 1806, after her beloved father's death, the Austen ladies are visiting Derbyshire with her cousin Edward Cooper. Naturally, Jane seizes the opportunity to enjoy a long walk and admire the beautiful nature, when she discovers the mutilated body of what appears to be a young gentleman. To her great surprise, it turns out that the body is that of a young stillroom maid of a nearby estate, and suspicions fall on the master of the estate Charles Danforth. Her family urges Jane to stay away from the investigation, but when her old friend Lord Harold Trowbridge asks for her help to look into Danforth's involvement in the case, Jane cannot possibly refuse.

This series is excellent and this fifth novel is one of the best so far. Stephanie Barron has, once again, created a gripping mystery plot, brilliantly set in Austen's time, with a very convincing Jane as its heroine. The descriptions of rural Derbyshire are stunning and the atmosphere fantastic. As in all the novels of the series, the everyday life of the time is excellent, drawn with beautiful imagery and historical detail, and I found the references to the recipe book of the stillroom maid and her remedies fascinating. The well developed characters are based on the types of characters created by Austen herself, and thus are very convincing and typical of their time. Jane is very convincing as an amateur sleuth, and it was wonderful to see again Lord Harold Trowbridge, as he and Jane make an excellent pair. The story is narrated by Austen in her journal and the language is very similar to her existing letters, thus very realistic.
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By john barnes on 30 May 2014
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I have long admired this series and this is among the best novels in it. Stepahnnie Barron knows her period and her Jane. It is altogether convincing and an excellent read. Unfortunately the years will run out...
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