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

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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...

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Overview

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…

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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.)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425247747
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Jane Eyre Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 373,759
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    I am so glad I read this book. If you liked Jane Eyre, you will

    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 felt compassion for their circumstances. This book flows beautifully with the well known and much loved character that is Jane. I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read more about the Rochesters. I hope this series continues so we can see Jane's son growing up. I love this book so much that I will be reading it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

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    The depth of the book and the characters are amazing. Jane Eyre¿

    The depth of the book and the characters are amazing. Jane Eyre’s character is exactly like the Jane I would have imagined. Jane’s intelligence and determination to do right even though it drastically cuts into her new home life.  She is totally happy and living a fulfilled life, yet she gives it all up for a time to help others. A  totally unselfish act.  She uses her mind and all of her senses to figure out a solution. Fortunately, she has help. Her husbands friends wife has taken her into her home as a relative. This is astounding to Jane but as situations develop she finds the need for that kind of friendship.  



    Ms. Slan has the foresight and intellect to perceive just how Jane Eyre would be and the outcome is adventurous with a bit of a surprise conclusion.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    Ever since I was in high school, "Jane Eyre" has been

    Ever since I was in high school, "Jane Eyre" has been a favorite book for me. I read it on my accord when I was about 14. In fact, I was taking French at the time, and it was a challenge to try to translate the French that was spoken in the book. This was one of those classics that truly resonated with me, and the mystery in the book completely baffled and floored me. When I heard about this modern-day sequel, I knew this was a book I wanted to read, and I am grateful to be sharing my review of this amazing book.

    From the beginning of the book, I was enraptured. I felt as though I was reading Bronte all over again. I marvel at the fact that a modern-day author could write so much like one of my favorite novelists, and I believe even Charlotte Bronte herself would approve of this sequel. There were things I had forgotten about from the original story, but I have since reviewed the story, and Joanna Slan is right on! She got every detail right, and I felt as though I was reading a long-lost classic.

    The enigmatic story captured my attention, and I honestly didn't have everything figured out. Even after all these years, I remember my concept of how Mr. Rochester should have looked, and Joanna novel brought back the very image I had of him when I was a teenager. I appreciated the wonderful way the author incorporated history into the book, and I can hardly wait to read more from her. How I have gone this long without reading anything by this author is baffling! She has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I will recommend her novels to anyone!

    By the way, there are really no potential issues in the book. No profanity, no sex scenes, and a positive Christian message. I like all of that because there are not enough of those kinds of stories out there. Well done, Joanna Campbell Slan!

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    A well thought out mystery with a despicable victim. Death of

    A well thought out mystery with a despicable victim.

    Death of a Schoolgirl By Joanna Campbell Slan
    The First of the Jane Eyre Chronicles

    Way back when I first read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte I rooted for Jane to get her Mr. Rochester. Well, she got him and in Death of a Schoolgirl by Joanna Campbell Slan we see what happens after the original novel ends.

    Jane and Edward Rochester have married and are living quietly in Yorkshire away from society. Edward is recovering from the injuries received in the fire and Jane has recently given birth to a son. A worrisome letter arrives from Adele, Rochester’s young ward, who is at boarding school. Has she really been threatened, or are these just the histrionics of a young girl looking for attention? Determined to find out Jane must leave her husband, whose injuries prevent travel at the moment, her 6 month old son, and set off for London alone.

    After a trying journey, Jane reaches the school only to find authorities removing the body of a dead school girl. With help from friends new and old Jane goes undercover as the German teacher to protect the children and root out the killer.

    Death of a Schoolgirl is a well thought out mystery with a despicable victim. The plot seamlessly adds social commentary to the mystery and deepens the characterization. The book also adds a touch of humor. In this respect I’m especially fond of Adele. I loved what she wrote about the victim in an assignment. I laughed out loud when I first read it and giggle still when I think about it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this trip back to 1820’s England. Author Joanna Campbell Slan manages to keep the integrity of these classic characters while bringing them new life and new adventures.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, mysteries or Joanna's books then

    If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, mysteries or Joanna's books then this is the perfect book for you. I wanted to read this book first of all because I have been a fan of Joanna's since the days of her writing journaling tips for scrapbooks, then I saw it was a mystery book and set in Victorian London and I was hooked. Joanna did such a good job with the characters in this book that you can't help but think they are real. The mystery part of this book was done in such a way that you don't want to put this book down. I have to confess I have not read Jane Eyre but after reading this book it makes me want to go back and pick it up. Jane was such a helpful caring person that she is a person I would love to meet if she really existed. I am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. A very engaging

    I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. A very engaging book

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    This was a good mystery that kept me turning the pages as I had

    This was a good mystery that kept me turning the pages as I had to know who was doing what to whom in this charming whodunit. The author did an excellent job in maintaining the essence and writing style of Ms. Bronte. If you are a fan of Bronte's Jane Eyre, then you'll enjoy this foray into Jane's new life.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Being a fan of Joanna Campbell Slan’s Kiki Lowenstein myst

    Being a fan of Joanna Campbell Slan’s Kiki Lowenstein mysteries, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Death of a Schoolgirl before it is released.

    I wasn’t sure what to expect, since this book was from a different time then the Kiki Lowenstein mysteries. I was drawn in to the book immediately. As I read the book, I began to feel I knew the characters and could relate to them. The lengths Jane Eyre Rochester went to, in order to help not only her husband’s ward Adele, but the other girls at the boarding school was quite impressive. Jane was quite the determined detective. Along the way she also discovered that good friends could be found in unlikely places. I found myself not wanting the book to end and when it did, hoping another would be in the works.


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