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Death of a Schoolgirl (Jane Eyre Chronicles Series #1)

Death of a Schoolgirl (Jane Eyre Chronicles Series #1)

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by Joanna Campbell Slan
     
 

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In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those

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In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…

Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.

But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans of historical cozies will best appreciate Slan’s first in a new series featuring Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Soon after the birth of Jane and Edward Rochester’s first son, Jane receives a troubling plea for help from her former pupil, Adèle Varens, now at London’s Alderton House School for Girls. Jane travels from Yorkshire to London, where she poses as a German teacher to gain entry to Alderton House, which she discovers is a hotbed of bullying, theft, laudanum drugging, and long-held grudges. The death of one of Adèle’s schoolmates and a possible connection to George IV add to the intrigue. Slan (Ready, Scrap, Shoot and four other Kiki Lowenstein mysteries) captures neither the voice of Jane Eyre nor the timeless appeal of its heroine, but she credibly recreates Regency London and the era of the Bow Street Runners. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
“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

VOYA - Sharon Blumberg
This piece is a work of fiction, based upon the work of Charlotte Bronte. The novel begins when Jane and her husband, Rochester, both happily in love, take care of their infant son. Rochester has a daughter named Adele who is living in a girls’ boarding school. A strange letter arrives from Adele, containing cryptic messages of a foreboding nature. Even though it is difficult to leave her very young son, Jane decides she must embark on an important quest to the boarding school. From the onset of her journey, Jane encounters a series of mishaps, among them being beaten and robbed. When she finally enters the school, she discovers that one of Adele’s classmates has mysteriously passed away. Although the circumstances surrounding her death seem suspicious, the school staff does not show much concern. Consequently, Jane must investigate further. In order to do this, Jane needs to pass as the German teacher who has yet to arrive, perhaps placing her own life in jeopardy. Will she be able to save Adele from the strange circumstances at her school? This is a wonderful novel for young adults who are interested in the classics of Great Britain in the 1800s. For readers who love Jane Eyre, she lives on through Joanna Campbell Slan. Ages 15 to Adult.
Library Journal
In 1820, Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre Rochester have settled into the Yorkshire countryside and welcomed a son. Their quiet retreat is shattered when Adele, Mr. Rochester's ward who is now enrolled in a London boarding school, sends a desperate plea for help. Arriving in the same mail delivery is a letter from a dear and trusted friend indicating she's been forbidden to visit the young girl. Jane sets out alone owing to Edward's fragile health and finds herself persuaded to masquerade as an unmarried teacher to search for clues from within. VERDICT It's difficult to know why the author of the "Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft" cozy series chose Jane Eyre as the basis for this amateur sleuth mystery. Using such well-known characters, with established behaviors and beliefs, makes it difficult for readers to accept the unfamiliar and unlikely situations they are forced to inhabit. Readers without strong feelings about Charlotte Brontë's classic may enjoy this spin-off but should be prepared for a slow-paced investigation and out-of-the-blue solution.—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH
Kirkus Reviews
A cry of distress from a schoolgirl takes Jane Eyre Rochester far from her sheltered life. Edward Rochester is still suffering health problems from the fire that destroyed Thornfield Hall. In the meantime, Edward and Jane have married, have recently had a son, and are living in the family hunting lodge until a new home can be built. When a letter arrives from Edward's ward, Adèle Varens, covertly asking for help, Jane goes to London to see what is amiss at Alderton House, Adèle's boarding school. During the trip, Jane is attacked and the Rochester diamonds stolen. Once in London, Jane stays with Lucy Brayton, a fashionable family friend who plans to improve Jane's timid image. Arriving at Adèle's school, Jane finds that a girl has been murdered, and the hysterical Adèle, who found the body, has been drugged. Mistaken for the new German teacher, Jane decides to stay when Nan Miller, an old friend who teaches at Alderton House and remembers Jane as an orphan waif, asks for her help. The young woman who was murdered was a beauty with a nasty disposition who was cordially disliked by all. In the course of a Bow Street Runner's investigation, Jane learns that there are connections to royalty that must be suppressed. Although Jane may seem meek, the formidable intelligence behind her demure exterior stands her in good stead as she attempts to uncover a murderer. In a radical departure from her scrapbooking series (Ready, Scrap, Shoot, 2012, etc.), Slan refashions a beloved heroine as a surprisingly canny detective. Her stylistic imitation of Charlotte Brontë is seasoned with a dash of social commentary and plenty of suspects to mull over.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425247747
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Jane Eyre Chronicles Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
663,622
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Hank Phillippi Ryan
"So genuine it seems like a long-lost Brontë original."
Rhys Bowen
"An exciting sleuth!"
Charles Todd
"A marvelous new adventure."
Charlaine Harris
“A delightful chance for Brontë fans to expand their acquaintance with Jane Eyre.”

Meet 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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