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Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being A Jane Austen Mystery Paperback – September 28, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I am a fan of Jane Austen and Stephanie Barron''s portrayal of her in the Jane Austen Mystery series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bernadette
In some ways this is one of the best Jane Austen mysteries. The actual mystery to be solved is not as well developed or as complex as in most of the previous books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. L. R. Hollowell
Great book! I love the new phrases (such as "in his salad days" instead of in his youth)!! and the style of writing of the times ~ really enjoyed the book.Published 13 months ago by Meg
This author does a nice job of replicating the Jane Austin style. I enjoy her books.Published 15 months ago by Glenda Risinger-Champagne
I enjoy that Ms. Barron uses Jane Austen's own life history in these books.Published 18 months ago by eileen gilbride