Oct 282011
 

Jane Austen Found a Mystery in Lyme!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

The Being A Jane Austen Mystery Series by Stephanie Barron is a brilliant series of novels that features our beloved Jane Austen being thrust into the midst of mystery, murder and mayhem. In each novel Jane Austen uses her astute observational skills, keen understanding of human nature, and fierce determination to solve various mysteries. Each novel follows the time line of Jane Austen’s career and accurately portrays true events and people from her life. This second book takes place in the year 1804 (two years after Jane Austen’s last adventure in Scargrave). In this novel Mr. and Mrs. Austen travel to Lyme Regis with their two daughters on an extended holiday. Instead of strolling along The Cobb, frequenting the shops on Broad Street, and writing a few chapters in her new manuscript, our beloved author/Regency sleuth becomes embroiled in another mystery and spends her holiday traipsing about caves, visiting prisoners in the Lyme gaol, and gathering clues about a mysterious band of smugglers!

Having read several novels from Stephanie Barron’s excellent Being a Jane Austen Mystery Series there are three elements that I have found to be synonymous in all her novels. One is her exemplary emulation of Jane Austen’s voice. Stephanie Barron’s voice for Jane Austen is the perfect blend of intelligence, impertinence, and sarcasm. I know we have no way of knowing how accurate Stephanie Barron is in her portrayal, but my guess is she is pretty darn close! Continue reading »

Jan 212011
 

A Credible and Commendable Representation of Jane Austen (if she was a sleuth!)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Amazon Vine

The Being A Jane Austen Mystery Series by Stephanie Barron is a brilliant series of novels that features our beloved Jane Austen being thrust into the midst of mystery, murder and mayhem. In each novel Jane Austen uses her astute observational skills, keen understanding of human nature, and fierce determination to solve various mysteries. Each novel follows the time line of Jane Austen’s career and accurately portrays true events and people from her life. Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron takes place in the spring of 1813. During this time, Jane Austen suffered tragedy as her beloved cousin Eliza de Feuillide passed away at the age of fifty-one. In this fictional retelling of that time, Jane and her brother Henry (Eliza’s husband) decide to escape their sorrow and travel to Brighton for some peaceful and lighthearted distractions! Unfortunately, Jane’s plans for walks, bathing machines, races, assemblies and other diversions immediately take a backseat when she meets a troubled, young ingénue by the name of Catherine Twining…

Poor Miss Twining always seems to be in peril, and the Austens always seem to be her rescue! Whether it is helping her escape from an attempted abduction, warding off lecherous old men, or shielding her from her father’s wrath, Henry and Jane are Miss Twining’s salvation! But what will become of the lovely Miss Twining when a passionate and persistent Lord Byron steps into the picture, and aggressively pursues her. Will Jane be able to save her friend from this scandalous and notorious genius?

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Feb 202010
 

Jane Austen a Regency Sleuth??? Yeah… I Could See Her Doing That

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

In this brilliant mystery series by Stephanie Barron our heroine, Jane Austen, finds herself embroiled in continuous mayhem, murder, and mystery. This first book in this series takes place right after Jane Austen accepted and rejected a marriage proposal from Harris Bigg-Wither, and is presented as a collection of lost letters and journals penned by Jane Austen.

Departing from the Bigg-Withers’ home earlier than intended, Jane embarks upon a visit to her dear friend of 18 months, Countess Isobel Payne, at her new home, Scargrave Manor. Jane anticipates a pleasant visit with her newly married friend complete with a ball in Isobel’s honor. What she doesn’t expect is for two mysterious deaths to plague Scargrave Manor and for the evidence of both these murders to implicate Isobel’s involvement. In an attempt to clear Isobel’s name and save her from the gallows, Jane Austen sets out to solve the mysterious murders of Scargrave Manor… Continue reading »