I should start by saying that I am not a fan of the Austen spin-offs that seem to be flooding the market at the moment; I haven't read one so far that didn't seem like a lifeless cardboard cutout of the original style of Jane Austen. So I was extremely sceptical about this series, featuring Jane as sleuth. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The book is written in the first person 'by' Jane, which is quite a task to attempt, but the author pulls it off beautifully. The writing is believable and even the editorial footnotes are done with a light touch. The mystery is gripping and doesn't stretch the credulity too far. I found myself devouring the book and looking forward to the rest of the series.