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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Jan 042011
 

January 1st, 2011 – December 31st, 2011

Hosted by Laurel Ann of Austenprose

2011 – New Year, New Challenges!  Fellow Austen blogger, Laurel Ann Nattress is hosting not one, but TWO Jane Austen Related Challenges! I had a fantastic time participating in Stephanie’s Everything Austen Challenge II, and I think I’m ready for more!  How about you?

The Being a Jane Austen Mystery Challenge 2011 is in celebration of Stephanie Barron’s Being a Jane Austen Mystery Series.  If you have not encountered this series, it is wonderful blend of Jane Austen and the Mystery Genre; I recommend you give it a try!  In this series, Jane Austen, in between omposing her novels and visiting her friends, becomes a Regency sleuth that frequently gets caught up in mishaps and mayhem!

 

Being a Jane Austen Mystery Series:

I am going to enter this challenge as a Neophyte (1-4 novels).  I don’t want to overestimate myself, but perhaps I will be able to accomplish more than 3 novels!  Click HERE to view The Being a Jane Austen Mystery Challenge 2011 Page @ Austeprose.

My Being a Jane Austen Mystery Challenge 2011 List

*If your curious about the randomness of my selection, I’d be happy to explain.  I just got a copy of Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, and with such title and character, I definitely want to read it!  I reviewed the first book in the series, Jane and the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor last year.  I didn’t want to do repeat post, so I decided to continue with the second and third of the series.  I may later add Ms. Barron’s latest installment in this series, Jane and the Canterbury Tale, when I know more about it and when it is relesed in September.

I look forward to reading everyone’s reviews and I hope you will join me in this year-long celebration of the Being a Jane Austen Mystery Series!!!