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Jane and the Man of the Cloth (A Jane Austen mystery)

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747253765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747253761
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Eat your heart out, Charlotte Bronte!...Jane's narrative voice stays coolly crisp and witty, never losing its clarity of style and authenticity of tone, even in nerve-racking moments of excitement...Captivating...Delightful...Ms. Barron's skillful rendering of Austen's style, attuned to picking up the most delicate fluctuations in social behavior, reveals it to be an ideal vehicle for the classic cozy murder mystery. Who knew?" -- "The New York Times Book Review"
" The words, characters, and references are so real it is a shock to find that the author is not Austen herself." -- "Arizona Republic"
" Delightful...captures the style and wit of Austen.... A real charmer." -- "San Francisco Examiner"
" There's plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane....[She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo." -- "USA Today"

& quot; Eat your heart out, Charlotte Bronte!...Jane's narrative voice stays coolly crisp and witty, never losing its clarity of style and authenticity of tone, even in nerve-racking moments of excitement...Captivating...Delightful...Ms. Barron's skillful rendering of Austen's style, attuned to picking up the most delicate fluctuations in social behavior, reveals it to be an ideal vehicle for the classic cozy murder mystery. Who knew?& quot; -- The New York Times Book Review
& quot; The words, characters, and references are so real it is a shock to find that the author is not Austen herself.& quot; -- Arizona Republic
& quot; Delightful...captures the style and wit of Austen.... A real charmer.& quot; -- San Francisco Examiner
& quot; There's plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane....[She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo.& quot; -- USA Today

"Eat your heart out, Charlotte Bronte!...Jane's narrative voice stays coolly crisp and witty, never losing its clarity of style and authenticity of tone, even in nerve-racking moments of excitement...Captivating...Delightful...Ms. Barron's skillful rendering of Austen's style, attuned to picking up the most delicate fluctuations in social behavior, reveals it to be an ideal vehicle for the classic cozy murder mystery. Who knew?" "The New York Times Book Review"
"The words, characters, and references are so real it is a shock to find that the author is not Austen herself." "Arizona Republic"
"Delightful...captures the style and wit of Austen.... A real charmer." "San Francisco Examiner"
"There's plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane....[She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo." "USA Today"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For everyone who loves Jane Austen...the second tantalizing mystery in a new series that transforms the beloved author into a dazzling sleuth!
Jane and her family are looking forward to a peaceful holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Yet on the outskirts of town an overturned carriage forces the shaken travelers to take refuge at a nearby manor house. And it is there that Jane meets the darkly forbidding yet strangely attractive Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth. What murky secrets does the brooding Mr. Sidmouth seek to hide? Jane suspects the worst--but her attention is swiftly diverted when a man is discovered hanged from a makeshift gibbet by the sea. The worthies of Lyme are certain his death is the work of "the Reverend," the ringleader of the midnight smuggling trade whose identity is the town's paramount mystery. Now, it falls to Jane to entrap and expose the notorious Reverend...even if the evidence points to the last person on earth she wants to suspect...a man who already may have won her heart. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen had a special fondness for scoundrels and scallawags. How else explain her fully-realized portraits of Wickham (in Pride and Prejudice) or Willoughby (in Sense and Sensibility) or Frank Churchill (in Emma)? These rascals are, in many ways, the most interesting characters in her books.
Now comes the sleuth alter-ego of Jane in her second adventure, and in her journals, she makes no secret of her attraction for the man who is also, apparently, the head of the local smuggling band known as The Reverend, rather than Captain Fielding, the upright Revenue spy.
En route to their holiday stay in Lyme Regis from their home in Bath, the Reverend Henry Austen and his wife, plus their two daughters, Cassandra and Jane, are considerably shaken up when their hired carriage overturns within a few miles of their destination. Cassandra suffers the most serious injury, and needs immediate attention. In the driving rain, Jane and the postboy set out on foot for the nearest habitat -- High Down the home of Geoffrey Sidmouth. After an initial not-at-all-welcoming greeting, Sidmouth makes himself, his staff and his home available. It is some three days later that the Austens are able to journey on to Winds, their hired cottage in Lyme.
Jane's writer's curiosity stands her in good stead as she sorts through the various miscellaneous characters rampant in Lyme, ranging from visiting second-rate nobility to smugglers, from retired Naval captains to French emigrees.
Ms. Barron's masterful technique in editing the pseudo-Jane's early diaries and journals is witty, pungent, and to the point. Any reader of either mysteries or Regencies, or even 'literature' will delight in this new look at our most famous woman author. Any reader of Jane Austen's books will easily recognize events and characters she later put to good use in those volumes bearing her own name.
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This is the second 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 1804, twenty-eight year old Jane and her family visit the charming seaside village of Lyme Regis for a September holiday, before returning to their home in Bath. On their way to Lyme, their carriage is overturned by a storm and as Jane's beloved sister Cassandra is seriously injured, they are forced to seek refuge at High Down Manor, the home of the mysterious Mr. Sidmouth. Jane hopes for a quite holiday with peaceful walks and enough time to work on her novel "The Watsons", however, when a man is found murdered and everything points to a notorious smuggler, Jane begins to investigate the case in order to expose the smuggler and bring the murderer to justice. Jane Austen, with her wit, her brilliant abilities of perception and her understanding of human nature is more than capable of solving any mystery; however this time, apart from the great danger she has to face, she must also tame her heart as everything points to Mr. Sidmouth and Jane despite her prejudice is dangerously attracted to him.

This series is excellent and this second novel was no exception. Set in England during the Napoleonic Wars, it is filled with action and historical events while still being a plausible and entertaining story for Austen's fans. Stephanie Barron has, once again, created a gripping mystery plot, brilliantly set in Austen's time, with a very convincing Jane as its heroine. As the story is narrated by Austen in her journal, the language is very similar to her existing letters and so realistic that reading it, I would often forget that it is indeed a work of fiction.
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Loved the actual story, but was very unhappy with the condition in which the book arrived. The description said that the book was used but in good condition. However, when it arrived it was incredibly dirty, and as soon as I began to read it pages started falling out!!
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