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Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?

Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?

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by Jean James
Award Winning Book: Wherefore Art Thou, Jane? won first place at the Readers Favorite International Awards in the mystery division! In the lush, primeval wilds along the Choctawhatchee River, even the stillness has depth. Those who venture in might believe they are unseen, but nature has many eyes and all trespassers invite risk JANE PATE, raggle-taggle


Award Winning Book: Wherefore Art Thou, Jane? won first place at the Readers Favorite International Awards in the mystery division! In the lush, primeval wilds along the Choctawhatchee River, even the stillness has depth. Those who venture in might believe they are unseen, but nature has many eyes and all trespassers invite risk JANE PATE, raggle-taggle photographer, writer, and reptile collector, considers the remote areas of nature her personal stomping grounds. The risk fits her as comfortably as her garfish-and-guava-seeds existence. It is only after she meets REGINALD FAIRCLOTH, her inquisitive, interfering, English-gentleman publisher, that the word risk takes on new meaning. When complications of lethal magnitude further invade her life, she bungles further and further into the depths of peril--deep into a creeping, slithering world where it is one strike and you are out.

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Wherefore Art Thou, Jane? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SiFiWriter More than 1 year ago
A well-written compelling story, with strong characters. “Wherefore Art Thou Jane” is an intriguing and entertaining mystery. The lead character, Jane Pate, is a down to earth,  hard-working, independent woman. She survives by capturing and selling live poisonous snakes and other wild critters,  so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a published writer. When she meets her rich and aristocratic publisher, Reginald Faircloth for the first time, he exclaims “What is that frightful odor?” Jane replies that it is “Essence of Snake  Musk,” and that’s how their sometimes funny and at times almost romantic relationship begins. When Jane discovers that Reginald is investigating the suspicious death of an author, who was writing an exposé on  toxic dumping and ecological poisoning, she can’t help but insert herself into the middle of it. The reader is immediately  drawn into the tale as Jane and Reginald find themselves in one predicament after another. The investigation turns personal and deadly, however, when this unlikely pair discover that someone is trying to frame  Reginald as an illegal marijuana grower. When the killers turn their attention to Jane, and Reginald becomes  overprotective of her, their relationship is strained to the breaking point. As Jane continues the investigation on her own, she calls on all of the survival skills she has learned, to keep from becoming the next victim. The authors, Jean James and Mary James, have managed to create a mystery that is both gripping and humorous, while maintaining the momentum of the story. “Wherefore Art Thou Jane” is a must-read book, which is full of mystery as  well as adventure. Although both Jane and Reginald are strong-minded and independent, the characters work well together in “Wherefore Art Thou Jane.” As a bonus, I also learned a lot about the backwaters and swamps of Florida, and was fascinated by the descriptions of how Jane catches the poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and reptiles. All in all, this is a well-written compelling story, with strong characters. This reader will be looking forward to more books about the adventures of Jane and Reginald.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful and witty tale of mystery and adventure centered around swamps and reptiles. A more unlikely duo can hardly be imagined than Jane Pate, an impulsive reptile collector and author, on the one hand, and Reginald Faircloth, her sophisticated English publisher, on the other. Unlikely or not, the pairing works. Their adventures range from humorous to chilling, as they take on various nefarious agents of evil, bent on toxic dumping, ecological poisoning, illegal drugs, and general mayhem. Who knew that diamondback rattlers can be used as murder weapons? Attempted murder, anyway. In short, this is a fun read that should not be missed. It appears that this is not the last we will see of Jane and Reginald. It is to be hoped that the next yarn will be as satisfying as this one! I have every reason to expect that it will be.
AERitter More than 1 year ago
This novel captured my interest from the first page as it immediately pulled me into the lives of the main characters, Jane Pate and Reginald Faircloth. The strong, but hilarious personalities of these two result in them finding themselves in one predicament after another. Jane always seems to go looking for trouble, and Reginald appears to be a magnet for it. Full of mystery, suspense, plenty of adventure, and quite a bit of humor that made me laugh out loud on several occasions, I found I couldn’t put it down. The author teases you throughout the book with hints of romantic interest as well, but it is just enough to leave you guessing and wanting more. I can’t wait for the sequel!
R_A_Quinn More than 1 year ago
Jane Pate uses her skills and love for animals to make a name for herself in this world and is independent enough to do whatever it takes in order to succeed in life, without help from anyone. Jane is one of the most unique, spunky and loveable characters I have ever come across in a novel and feel the authors have done an excellent job in creating her and bringing her along. The story itself gains strength and momentum with each page as you find yourself not wanting to put down this book until you are finished. Jane and Reginald find themselves wrapped up in a mystery that neither could have seen coming or realized the dangers that surrounded them. The authors’ descriptions of the backwoods and swamps of Northwest Florida are spot on. Simply put, “Wherefore Art Thou, Jane” is an enjoyable read that you will be purely satisfied with.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?" is the story of Jane Pate, a Zoology dropout who becomes a professional snake and reptile collector, and her publisher, Reginald Faircloth. Jane meets him when she goes to his office to collect her advance for a book on Florida's reptiles. Somehow she agrees to take him on a snake and reptile-hunting expedition the following day. The trip goes so well that they decide to explore Faircloth's two properties that back onto a river. While they do find some interesting specimens in the unspoiled acreage, they also find a grove of marijuana plants being watched over by Jose, a young Hispanic man. Jose explains that he, his brother and a man named Lubin are growing the marijuana for a man named Faircloth, who pays them by check. Jane and Reginald must find out who is setting him up before he ends up in jail for running a full-scale marijuana growing operation. This book is a delight! Jane is a strong female lead who is sometimes rather headstrong but always fun to follow as she sets out to solve the mystery. Though I have never been a reptile collector in the field, I have owned and handled many snakes and reptiles and was fascinated with and impressed by the descriptions of how Jane catches the coach-whip, the water snakes and the rattlesnakes. I was not at all surprised to read that one of the authors of "Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?" was a professional in that field. The investigation that Jane and Reginald pursue is original and intriguing. They work well alongside each other as both characters are strong-minded and independent and love a bit of adventure. I'll be looking for more books from Jean James and Mary James. 
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite The charming novel “Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?” by Jean and Mary James is about a rather unusual heroine, Jane, who catches snakes, lizards and toads to sell them, take photos of them and write about them. She is afraid of spiders though. After she had sent her book idea to many publishers, she finally found someone who was interested in publishing her book: Mr Reginald Faircloth, who is used to clean women who listen to what he wants them to do. Jane is none of that. However, he accompanies her on one of her trips which leads them to two plots Faircloth owns. What they find there is the start of quite an adventure that puts them both into danger. I did not expect what I got when I read “Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?” by Jean and Mary James. I somehow had the idea that it was a novel set in the past – maybe the 18th or 19th century. It might be that the title led me to believe that it is not a contemporary novel at all. It did not make much of a difference because I enjoyed reading the book so much that I only needed two sessions of reading to finish it (two long sessions though which led to really short nights). The characters are lovable and well-described. Often you have to laugh about what the characters say or do (or it might just be me because I can identify with Jane and her different approach to life). The story is very interesting and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series because it will be very interesting to see how those two characters will move on or whether they will move on at all when it comes to their strange friendship/relationship.  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite Jane Pate is a woman with a mission. Determined, strong and focused on what she does, she is a fiercely independent person whose choice of profession is as unusual as she is. Other than being a snake catcher, she also doubles up as a writer who has an annoyingly handsome and "gets on your nerves with his audacity" publisher called Reginald Faircloth. When both put their heads together to solve the secret behind the secret marijuana plantation coming up on Reginald's land, sparks begin to fly all over the place. As the mystery deepens and begins to unravel, the plot takes various interesting twists and turns to finally reveal the truth and leave you wanting more. "Totally unputdownable" is how I would rate his book. It is one of those rare books nowadays that one would want to read from start to finish in one go. Jane and her spirit grow on you and her struggle to find her own space and survive are heartwarming. Reginald with his endearingly straightforward personality and intelligence is an exceptionally well fleshed-out character. Their partnership is perfect and the situations the unlikely duo finds themselves in are hilarious and at the same time dangerous. Are they going to solve the puzzle or just end up getting pulled deeper into the vortex of crime? Is Jane going to go her own way after marrying her fiancée Cody or fall for the high and mighty Reginald? Does she actually dislike him as much as she thinks she does? Read on and you will be surprised. An excellent read for the wonderful thrills and subtle romance in the plot. "Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?" by Jean James and Mary James is a book you should put on your "must read" list.
J_Walker More than 1 year ago
Definitely keeps you on your toes. I'm hooked. Jane and Reginald were both entertaining and endearing characters - not to mention laugh-out-loud-funny! I love it when I can find a novel that has mystery, adventure, humor, and romance all rolled up in one solid story. The writing was smooth and flawlessly paced so it made for an extremely fast read. I'm not a huge fan of snakes and reptiles but after reading this book and Jane's humorous antics with her "critters" I almost have a soft spot for them ... almost!