Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery (Jane Austen Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1997
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" There's plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane....[She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo." -- "USA Today"
" Happily succeeds on all levels: a robust tale of manners and mayhem that faithfully reproduces the Austen style--and engrosses to the finish." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
" Splendid fun!" -- "Star Tribune," Minneapolis
"There's plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane....[She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo." --"USA Today"
"Happily succeeds on all levels: a robust tale of manners and mayhem that faithfully reproduces the Austen style--and engrosses to the finish." --"Kirkus Reviews "
"Splendid fun!" --"Star Tribune", Minneapolis
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For everyone who loves Jane Austen...a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth!
On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel's husband--a
gentleman of mature years--is felled by a mysterious and agonizing ailment. The Earl's death seems a cruel blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the
bereaved widow soon finds that it's only the beginning of her misfortune...as she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl's nephew of adultery--and murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous investigation that will soon have her following a trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate Prison and the House of Lords--a
trail that may well place Jane's own person in the gravest jeopardy.
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Barron is not only trying to write in the style of Jane Austen, a daunting enough task to be sure, she is also interested in shedding light on the writer's life and work. After all, the idea that Austen's heroines always found the love in life that was denied their creator is rather depressing. Barron has fun suggesting that the characters in this novel might have served as the model for those in Austen's novels: e.g., that Lord Pitzroy Payne, who catches Jane's eye, is the model for Mr. Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice." Obviously Barron is interested in trying to create the great secret love of Austen's life, although our fascination with such an idea is tempered by the fact that Jane would die a spinster.Read more ›
In a newly discovered secret journal, Jane Austen documents her adventures as an amateur sleuth. In 1802, twenty-seven year old Jane visits her good friend, Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, in Hertfordshire. Scargrave Manor seems the perfect place for Jane to recover after the embarrassment of accepting and then rejecting the marriage proposal of Mr. Bigg-Wither, and to celebrate the Christmas season with young and beautiful Isobel and her husband of three months, the elderly Earl of Scargrave. However, when the Earl suddenly dies from a mysterious illness and Isobel becomes the main suspect, Jane cannot refuse her friend's plea for help and uses her wit and her brilliant abilities of perception to solve the mystery and clear Isobel's name.
I love mysteries and historical novels, almost as much as I love Jane Austen, but I was afraid that the idea to cast Jane Austen as a detective would be too far-fetched and the book would be like so many disappointing and irritating sequels and rewritings of my favorite authoress. Luckily I couldn't be more wrong, as Stephanie Barron has 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 and her letters to her sister Cassandra, 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. The atmosphere of both rural Hertfordshire and London is excellent, drawn with beautiful imagery and historical detail. 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this book some years ago and lent to someone who didn't return it so wanted it for my collectionPublished on 31 May 2013 by Mrs Kathryn Kemp
Difficult at first because I am not a native English speaker and it is written in an authentic Jane Austen style. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2012 by Lieve Peeters
Having tried most of them, I steer clear of Jane Austen follow ons. A few chapters then the bin. So I approached this series with trepidation. I have since become enchanted. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2011 by Alexander Revill