Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Stephanie Barron - Jane And The Unpleasantness At Scargrave Manor

Jane And The Unpleasantness At Scargrave Manor
Barron's 1st book / Francine Mathews' 4th book
1st book featuring Jane Austen, famous author in 19th century Great-Britain
318 pages

For everyone who loves Jane Austen... a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth!

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

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 housband - 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 missibe 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.

I'm reading this one for pleasure and for a buddy read in early April.

First sentence:

Jane's Introduction

17 March 1803
No.4 Sydney Place, Bath
"When a young lady of more fashion than means has the good sense to win the affection of an older gentleman, a widower of high estate and easy circumstances, it is generally observed that the match is an intelligent one on both sides."

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