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Product Details

  • Series: The Jane Eyre Chronicles
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247747
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“A delightful chance for Brontë fans to expand their acquaintance with Jane Eyre.”
(Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author )

"So genuine it seems like a long-lost Brontë original."
(Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-award winning author )

"An exciting sleuth!"
(Rhys Bowen, Agatha and Anthony-award winning author )

 "A marvelous new adventure."
(Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author )

About the Author

Joanna Campbell Slan is the Agatha-award nominated author of over twenty books. She grew up in a small town in Indiana, where she read and re-read her two favorite books A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Jane Eyre. After traveling the world and living in England, she now divides her time between homes in McLean, Virginia, and Jupiter Island, Florida.

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Joanna Campbell Slan started storytelling - and winning awards for her writing - at an early age. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Joanna grew up in Vincennes, Indiana, and graduated cum laude from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) where she majored in journalism. Today she's the author of eleven non-fiction books, a mystery series featuring Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky single mom who loves to scrapbook, and a new series featuring Charlotte Brontë's classic heroine Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. Joanna's first novel--Paper, Scissors, Death--was a 2009 Agatha Award finalist. The Kiki Lowenstein series has been praised by the Library Journal as "topically relevant and chock-full of side stories." Publisher's Weekly calls them, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."
RT Book Review has said that Kiki Lowenstein is that she is "our best friend, our next-door neighbor and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous." Once you've met Joanna, you can guess where the outrageous comes from. Ready, Scrap, Shoot, the fifth book in the Kiki Lowenstein series, has just been released along with short stories featuring Kiki. A sixth book in that popular series has been scheduled. In addition, Joanna is writing a new historical mystery series featuring Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. Death of a Schoolgirl (August 2012/ Berkley) marks the first entry in The Jane Eyre Chronicles. In her ongoing quest to never see snow again, Joanna lives with her two dogs and her husband on a nearly deserted island--Jupiter Island, Florida.

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A well written book that kept my attention.
Death of a Schoolgirl was a definite page-turner and I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Cozy Reader
Jane and her Mr. Rochester (Edward) have a very loving relationship.
Kate Eileen Shannon

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charlene on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am such a big Jane Eyre fan, and I am happy to say I was not disappointed by this book!! I loved the story and the fact that the author took great pains to capture Charlotte Brontë's writing style, making this book feel like a continuation of Jane's "autobiographies" as she continues to tell the story of her life. Having read a couple of books with the set-up of Jane writing a "what-happened-next" story, I believe Joanna Campbell Slan has done the best job in approximating Charlotte Brontë's flowery prose and capturing the sensible, intelligent voice of Jane.

I think it is important to comment especially on the characterization of Jane and Rochester and how well their married life is captured- Jane is recreated almost perfectly, with all of her confidence and compassion, and she deals with the events calmly with "resources never suspected". I liked how the author has matured Jane as well, since she is married and a mother, with more responsibilities. Mr. Rochester has matured too, accepting his disabilities and willing to follow doctor's orders carefully to restore his eyesight. Even if it means letting Jane travel to London without him. I think the tenor of their married life in this book is perfect, and as loving and romantic as the original novel.

The story was a great character-driven mystery, with a wide choice of possible suspects, and subtle clues that were very hard to pick up on. I was really kept in the dark until the very end, where even when the matter seemed resolved, there was another twist. Adele was turned into some great comic relief, and I loved how forthright she was, despite everyone disparaging her French nature.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The classic story of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte continues in this new book by Joanna Campbell Slan. The story starts out with Jane and Edward Rochester living happily with their newborn son set in 1820 which is just a little after where the original Jane Eyre stopped. Things appear to be going well until they get a disturbing letter from Edward's ward who was sent to a girls boarding school in London. With Edward not able to travel, Jane sets out for London to check on the girl. In route, Jane runs into all kinds of problems and they don't stop when she finally reaches London. Her first visit to the boarding house has her embroiled in a murder mystery that she can not help but try to solve.

In classic Jane Eyre fashion, Joanna has spun a story that will keep you turning the page to find out what will happen and who did it. The book is so well written that you could have just read the original Jane Eyre and then picked up Death of a Schoolgirl and continued with her story and not lost a beat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the continued escapades of Jane.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Rushton on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't know if I can find the words to adequately convey what a brillaint book this is. If you only buy one book today, this week or this year, make this your choice. I am so glad I read this book. If you liked Jane Eyre, you will love this book. It is cleverly and elegantly written. I was transported to a bygone era and wrapped in a cashmere cloak of mystery. I met characters I loved and have compassion for their circumstances. This book flows beautifully with the well known and much loved character that is Jane, who we have loved for so long. I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read more about the Rochesters. My gift giving shopping list has just gotten a whole lot simpler and I am glad because I know how happy my friends and relatives will be with reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Failla Earhart on August 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Charlotte Bronte wrote one of the greatest love stories of all time, the gothic novel Jane Eyre. When readers last see Jane, the Thornfield mansion lies on fiery ruins, she has married her beloved Edward Rochester, and has given birth to a son. Many critics say the ending is disturbing and complex; others say it is easy to decipher and leaves no dangling strings.
Now mystery and nonfiction author Joanna Campbell Slan takes up where Bronte left off in her new mystery. The new book takes up where Bronte's ended. It is April 1820 and Jane has given birth to a son. She and Rochester are deliriously happy.
The novel skips to October when Jane receives several troublesome letters from Adele Varens, Edward's ward. Adele is in a London boarding school. The letters indicate that lives are in jeopardy and "Help!" is scrawled across the top of one such letter.
Jane, as much as she hates to leave baby Ned and Edward, decides that she cannot be completely happy unless she is sure that Adele is safe and unharmed. On her way she is robbed of the Rochester jewels. But that is a side story.
When Jane arrives at the school, a dead body is being removed. Fearing it is Adele, Jane sneaks into the school's kitchen. Upon the discovery of her intrusion, Jane assumes the role of the missing German teacher. The dead girl turns out to be one of Adele's classmates and bunks in the bed beside hers.
Jane, as the new teacher, begins to uncover many dark secrets that lead in several directions. Could there be a sadist among the women who care for the girls? What about the amount of alcohol that the superintendent and cook seem to imbibe? And how did those caning scars come to be on more than one of the student's backs?
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