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Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being A Jane Austen Mystery Paperback – September 28, 2010

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Book 10 of 12 in the Jane Austen Mystery Series

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In her tenth Jane Austen Mystery, Barron introduces her novelist heroine to the poet Lord Byron, who is famously regarded as being “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Not surprisingly, then, when a beautiful young woman, who has rejected the poet’s unwanted advances, is murdered, the Romantic rakehell is the chief suspect. Ah, but could he have, in truth, perpetrated the foul deed? Fans of the series will not be a bit surprised to learn that Jane is determined to find out. As always, Barron does an excellent job of capturing Austen’s first-person voice, and she gives lavish attention, as well, to period detail. Perhaps too lavish in this case, since the book is slow paced, and there is often more attention to atmosphere than to mystery. Barron’s many fans will not be particularly bothered by this fact, however, and will be delighted to learn—in an appended Q & A with the author—that an eleventh installment in the series is already underway. --Michael Cart

About the Author

Stephanie Barron is the author of nine bestselling Jane Austen mysteries. She lives near Denver, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Series: Being A Jane Austen Mystery
  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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One thinks of Jane Austen as a retiring spinster who writes secretly, prefers her privacy and enjoys quiet walks in the Hampshire countryside. Instead, she has applied her intuitive skills of astute observation and deductive reasoning to solve crime in Stephanie Barron's Austen inspired mystery series. It is an ingenious paradox that would make even Gilbert and Sullivan green with envy. The perfect pairing of the unlikely with the obvious that happens occasionally in great fiction by authors clever enough to pick up on the connection and run with it.

JANE AUSTEN AND THE MADNESS OF LORD BYRON marks Stephanie Barron's tenth novel in the best-selling JANE AUSTEN MYSTERY series. For fourteen years, and to much acclaim, she has channeled our Jane beyond her quiet family circle into sleuthing adventures with lords, ladies and murderers. Cleverly crafted, this historical detective series incorporates actual events from Jane Austen's life with historical facts from her time all woven together into mysteries that of course, only our brilliant Jane can solve.

It is the spring of 1813. Jane is home at Chawton Cottage "pondering the thorny question of Henry Crawford" in her new novel MANSFIELD PARK and glowing in the recent favorable reception of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Bad news calls her to London where her brother Henry's wife Eliza, the Comtesse de Feuillde, is gravely ill. With her passing, Jane and Henry decide to seek the solace and restorative powers of the seaside selecting Brighton, "the most breathtaking and outrageous resort of the present age" for a holiday excursion.
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And so does Byron in this tenth novel in the Jane Austen series by Stephanie Barron. On their way to Brighton, Jane and her brother Henry rescue a fainting beauty from the fell clutches of Lord Byron, who has conceived a passion for the one woman in England able to resist his fatal allure. When the beauty is murdered, Byron falls under suspicion and Jane of course ferrets out the truth.

Barron makes England's Regency era come alive in the period detail, and the characters, especially the sullen, sexy Lord Byron and the fey, feckless Lady Caroline Lamb fairly leap off the page. For Austenites there is much to enjoy in Jane's mental segues into Mansfield Park, the current work under construction:

I cannot like my poor Fanny, tho' her scruples are such as must command respect; I believe I shall spare the darling Henry such a cross, and bestow the lady upon her cousin Edmund -- who has earned her as a penance, for her utter lack of humour.

There are echoes of many of Austen's characters in the characters inhabiting Brighton during Jane's investigation, among them Mr. Forth, the Master of Ceremonies in the Assembly Rooms at Marine Parade, who will bring the character of Anne Elliot's father irresistibly to mind. At the time this novel is set, Pride and Prejudice has been published to much acclaim, and while with one exception the author's identity is still only that of "A Lady," we enjoy her fans' praise as much as she does.

Crime fiction fans will love Jane's businesslike investigation, too.
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Unlike some writers who have capitalized on Jane Austen and her plotlines, Stephanie Barron's mystery series pays homage to one of the most beloved authors of all times. Fashioning Jane as a sleuth in mysteries works quite well, for fans can easily imagine the author trying to solve these puzzles. Barron creates new stories that fall into line with events in Austen's life by using the author's letters and diaries and a wealth of historical research to make each plot seem plausible. The result is always enjoyable and such is the case with the tenth book in the series, "Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron".

After the death of Jane's beloved sister-in-law Eliza, Jane convinces her widowed brother Henry to travel to Brighton in search of rest and relaxation. Yet rest is hardly to be found, especially when while in transit to the resort town they rescue a young girl from the clutches of Lord Byron, finding her bound and gagged in his carriage with the poet intent on an elopement. From that moment on, Jane is leery of Byron and forms an attachment to the young girl, one Catherine Twining, who seems to have a knack for getting herself into dangerous situations. But when Catherine's body is found murdered in Lord Byron's chamber, Jane isn't convinced that the poet is the murderer, although she may be convinced that he is rather mad. At the behest of her friend Mona, niece to Lord Harold, Jane tries to uncover the truth behind Catherine's murder and just happens upon a slew of characters who could have killed the young innocent, for their are many people who had motives to kill - especially, perhaps, one of Byron's scorned and crazed lovers.

Barron does a commendable job of combining real historical events and personages with a fictional story.
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