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Jane Austen
About Stephanie
The White Garden
A Flaw in the Blood
The Waterloo Map
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Canterbury Tale
The Madness of Lord Byron
The Barque of Frailty
His Lordship's Legacy
The Ghosts of Netley
The Prisoner of Wool House
The Stillroom Maid
The Genius of the Place
The Wandering Eye
The Man of the Cloth
The Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor
On Writing
News Profiles
Suggested Further Reading
Jane Austen

Stephanie Barron['s]...writing is so joyous and clever and entertaining that it might have been written by the great Austen herself.
   —Denver Post

In Barron's superb 10th Jane Austen mystery (after 2006's Jane and the Barque of Frailty), the death of a beloved relative prompts the author of Pride and Prejudice and her brother Henry to journey to Brighton in the spring of 1813 in the hope of raising their spirits. En route, Jane and Henry rescue a girl of about 15, Catherine Twining, whom they find with wrists bound with what looks like a gentleman's cravat in a chaise outside an inn. Within days, Catherine turns up dead in Lord Byron's bed at the King's Arms in Brighton, though the poet claims innocence. Gossipy detail concerning Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb seasons the plot, whose pace never feels rushed despite the short time frame. Barron's ability to capture Austen's tone ("one tires of nothing so quickly as benevolence") helps make this series one of the more literary and enjoyable of the pseudo-Austen oeuvre.
   —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

As always, Barron does an excellent job of capturing Austen's first-person voice, and she gives lavish attention, as well, to period detail... [Fans]... will be delighted to learn—in an appended Q & A with the author—that an eleventh installment in the series is already underway.

Satisfying right to the last revelations . . . Like Regency great Georgette Heyer, Barron excels at both period detail and modern verve.
   —Publishers Weekly

Series and historical fans are in for a treat!
   —Library Journal

Having studied European history at Princeton and counterterrorism with the CIA, Stephanie Barron is as qualified as anybody to do the impossible: write a plausible mystery novel about Jane Austen. Barron's basic conceit is surprisingly persuasive: the same qualities that made Austen a brilliant writer make her an ace detective, namely, her quick wit and her psychological acuity. Barron's cause is also aided by her deft marshaling of historical detail – the textiles alone (Sprigged muslin! Bombazine!) are worth the price of admission – and, of course, a dash of genuine erotic friction between Jane and the roguish Lord Harold. Barron is scrupulously faithful to the historical record, so we know that Jane will never actually get married. But shouldn't we let her – and Barron and ourselves – have a little fun along the way?
   —TIME Magazine ("If You Read Only One Mystery Novel This Summer...")

Delightful... Ms. Barron's skillful rendering of Austen's style, attuned to picking up the most delicate fluctuations in social behavior, reveals it to be an ideal vehicle for the classic cozy murder mystery. Who knew?
   —The New York Times Book Review

Barron does a wonderful job of evoking the great British estates and the woes of spinsters living in that era... often echoing the rhythms of the Austen novels with uncanny ease.
   —Entertainment Weekly

Happily succeeds on all levels: A robust tale of manners and mayhem that faithfully reproduces the Austen style – and engrosses to the finish.
   —Kirkus Reviews

Well-conceived, stylishly written, plotted with a nice twist... and brought off with a voice that works both for its time and our own.
   —Booknews from The Poisoned Pen

A lighthearted mystery... the most fun is that Jane Austen' is in the middle of it, witty and logical, a foil to some of the ladies who primp, faint and swoon.
   —The Denver Post

Historical fiction at its best.
   —Library Journal

People who lament Jane Austen's minimal lifetime output... now have cause to rejoice.
   —The Drood Review of Mystery
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Stephanie Barron also writes contemporary thrillers under the name Francine Mathews. Click here for more information.

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