Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron

Stephanie Barron has taken a gem of information that only literary scholars are usually privvy to and brought it, perfectly and charmingly, to the masses. 

Through Barron's well-researched books, filled with details for Austin fans to gobble up (her brother's Navy career, her time in Bath, her lonliness and constant bordering on poverty) we meet the Jane Austen that loved to write, was sharply intelligent and had an acerbic wit thinly veiled in the simple prose of time. 

But you dont' have to love or know a lot about Jane Austen to appreciate these books. For anyone who simply loves a good mystery and appreciates a constrained protagonist (it's fascinating how Jane uses her lower social standing to advantage to get information), these are thoroughly enjoyable books.

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