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Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Jane Austen Series #9)

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    A nice cozy mystery

    A unique idea using a much beloved Jane Austen as a sleuth! Ms. Barron successfully imitates the vernacular of 19th century England as Jane narrates the story of the suspicious death of Russian Princess Evgenia Tshoikova. However, this historical tale has some incredulous moments, but overall is a sweet cozy mystery for Austen fans.
    At the height of 1811 Season, Jane Austen is in London supervising the publication of Sense and Sensibility and scandal has the ton (High Society) in uproar. A Russian Princess' shocking love letters to Lord Castlereagh appears in the newspaper and everyone, including Jane, notes the Russian beauty's intense stares into the Tory Minister's theatre box. Jane and her sister in law are shocked to read in the morning paper that Princess Evgenia was found dead with her throat slit on the minister's doorstep shortly after the performance. The wagging tongues of the ton are convinced that it was self murder, but Jane is not so convinced. She is sure that the inquest will flesh out her suspicions, but when the Bow Street Runners call at Sloane Street, Jane is thrust into the investigation to save Eliza and herself from the gallows!
    The Runners reluctantly give the Austen women one week to prove they didn't pinch the dead beauty's jewels and murder her. Eliza is horrified that her friend Comtesse d'Entraigues tried to pass off the jewels as her own for the authoress to sell to cover her friend's own scandal. But Jane knows the dark underbelly on the ton and elicits help from a Braque of fragility (high society prostitute) to save her clan and some members of the Court.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Historical mystery readers will love this tale

    In 1811, Jane Austen is staying with her brother and his wife Eliza because her sibling is helping her get her first book published Sense and Sensibility. They are at the theatre when Jane notices the Russian Princess Evgenia Tshoikova staring at Lord Castlereagh throughout the show. The next day she reads in the newspaper that the princess was found murdered, her throat cut, on Lord Castlereagh¿s steps. Eliza¿s friend the Comtesse d¿Entraigues whose husband is divorcing her to marry a Cyprian asks her to sell her jewels.---------------- Eliza convinces Jane to pretend to pretend to own the jewels to fool jewelry buyey Mr. Rundell, so the Comtesse will not be embarrassed. Rundell keep the jewels to appraise the and the next thing they know, Jane and Eliza are accused of stealing the Russian Princess¿s jewels, who they really belong to, and killed her to get them. Jane convinces the Bow Street Runners to free them so they can find the killer so that justice will be served and the real murderer will be imprisoned. ----------------- Stephanie Barron has written an exciting Regency historical mystery that gives the reader a glimpse of the dark side of the ton. From nobles to politicians, people will obfuscate the truth to hide their own peccadilloes. Jane dives into the investigation to prove her innocence and to spare her sister in law and brother any trauma. Historical mystery readers will love this tale.------------------- Harriet Klausner

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