Another Engaging 'Austen' Mystery,
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This review is from: Jane and the Genius of the Place: Being the Fourth Jane Austen Mystery (Jane Austen Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
A day at the Canterbury races for Jane and her family, and it's there that she first sees the woman in red...
This is the start of the fourth in this brilliant historical mystery series, where the sleuth is author Jane Austen. And whilst for me, it doesn't have quite the sparkle and drive of Book 3 (The Wandering Eye), it still manages to captivate and entice enough for me to be turning the pages faster than normal.
In this tale, Jane is cast in the role of assistant to her brother, the Justice of the Peace for that part of Kent, who is given the task of solving the murder of dashing Frenchwoman Francoise Grey, the wife of eminent London banker Valentine. To add to their difficulties, the county is in a state of terrified anticipation lest they have to up and leave their homes to the mercy of Napoleonic forces expected any day on the shores of Kent. It's up to Jane and her brothers, along with the delightfully indolent Lizzy, her sister-in-law, to come up with the true villain of the piece before another murder is committed or they are ordered to evacuate.
Another engaging story and great mystery, all written in a brilliant imitation of the great Jane's style.