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Jane e l'arcano di Penfolds Hall (Jane Austen Mysteries #5)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,280 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight in her latest adventure (after Jane and the Genius of the Place), which sheds new light on the author's travels in 1806. While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell (a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice), Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man. Jane's suspicions are roused when her escort, ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 2010 by TEA (first published 2000)
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A couple of years ago, I really jumped into this series. I do not consider myself a mystery reader, but I really enjoyed these books. Perhaps it is because the main character is Jane Austen, and I have been known to enjoy an Austen book or two.

Jane, her mother, sister, and cousin are on a trip to Derbysire (which is beautiful country, I must add). On an afternoon of visiting the countryside, Jane discovers a dead, and mutilated body. It turns out that while on first appearing like a man, the tru
While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell (a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice), Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man. Jane's suspicions are roused when her escort, Mr. George Hemming, prefers to remove the unidentified corpse to Buxton, rather than Bakewell, and they increase when the body proves to be that of a woman dressed in men's clothing. Moreover, the corpse is identified as Tess Arnold, a servant at one of the area's great houses, whom Mr. ...more
Stephanie Barron has captured the essence of Jane Austen in her Jane Austen Mystery Series. It is based on what is known of Jane Austen's personality, family, acquaintances and life. Quotes from her actual works are used throughout the text. The reader envisions Jane remembering the story line and incorporating it into one of her novels. Jane and the Stillroom Maid is filled with information about the early 1800's. The story centers around a Stillroom Maid who is murdered. Jane and her friends t ...more
Jane Austen is visiting the countryside of Derbyshire when she discovers the body of a young man lying among the rocks. He has been murdered and mutilated. She meets up with her "Gentleman Rogue," Lord Harold Trowbridge as she begins to look into the murder. First the victim turns out to be a woman dressed in man's clothing and she was the stillroom maid for Sir Charles Danforth. Jane, in her own style and with unassuming grace, investigates the murder and soon uncovers the murderer before the o ...more
Pretty good book. It was kind of hard to get into.
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Mrs. Austen and Cassandra are still making a tour of various relatives before settling down with Frank in Southhampton. This time they are visiting cousin Edward Cooper. The Cooper family becomes afflicted with whooping cough so Edward must take his relations off on a tour of Derbyshire. Jane heads off to explore the peaks while the gentlemen fish and Mrs. A and Cassandra rest at the inn. While exploring, Jane comes across her most gruesome murder yet. She discovers the body of a young gentlema ...more
Hooray for a book I loved!

The concept sounds a little funny... Jane Austen as a accidental detective, but it worked. She was obviously a witty and bright woman so the thought of her curiosities being peaked to the point of investigation didn't seem so far fetched to me.

The author must be a Jane Austen historian because many of the characters/dates/locations are accurate accounts of Austen's life - what Stephanie Barron does is takes unaccounted time lapses of her life and fills them in with mys
Georgiana 1792
Il ricordo di Georgiana

In questo romanzo Stephanie Barron ci trasporta nel periodo che Jane Austen trascorse in Derbyshire con sua madre e sua sorella nell'estete del 1806, dopo la morte del Reverendo George Austen. Recatesi in visita ad Hamstall Ridware, in Staffordshire, dove il cugino Edward Cooper era parroco, le tre donne si ritrovarono a dover sfuggire a un'epidemia di pertosse che colpì la famiglia Cooper, rifugiandosi in Derbyshire. Qui Jane Austen visitò Chatsworth, l'ancestrale dimora
Ivonne Rovira
Jane and the Stillroom Maid is a nice comeback from the disappointment of the fourth installment in this otherwise spritely series. Unlike Jane and the Genius of the Place, the reason for the servant's odd dress isn't obvious from the very first. Indeed, I found myself being constantly surprised. You won't guess "who done it" until you're told in the very last pages.

As with all the Jane Austen mysteries, you'll find yourself enjoying the style and historical footnotes as much as the mystery itse
Touring the Derbyshire countryside in the summer of 1806, Jane Austen, her mother, sister Cassandra and cousin Rev. Edward Cooper are staying at the Rutland Arms in Bakewell, in the Peak District. While on a day excursion out into the country with Mr. Cooper and his friend Mr. Hemming, the gentleman enjoy angling along the River Wye and Jane pursues her passion for a country walk, shortly ending in a disturbing discovery. A young gentleman is found “foully and cruelly” murdered on a crag near Mi ...more
I'm glad I picked this up from the library, even though they didn't have the first one I figured it probably wouldn't matter much and it didn't. Barron does an excellent job at writing in Jane's purpose and certainly had done her research regarding Austen's personal history and of the time period itself. This was just as good as a modern day mystery setting. I felt truly sad at the novels end though due to the deaths of the children,and the characters didn't dwell too much on that whichi found a ...more
This is turning out to be an enjoyable read. The first few pages were annoying (with the dorky cousin Rev. Cooper singing) and then they stumble upon the dead body and the plot moves right along.

One in a series, I had previously read the 2nd title by Barron, Jane and the Wandering Eye, set in Bath. At the time, I had just been to Bath but had not read that much about it, so I did not enjoy the mystery novel that well.

With this current title, Jane and the Stillroom Maid, I am connecting better wi
Linda K
Another intriguing mystery, 5th in the series with Jane Austen as the investigator with a classic touch. I always learn new little bits when I read these books about England of early 1800's. I did not know what a stillroom maid was until now. The one in this story comes to a bad end but not before she has concocted her potions for many others. Jane, her mother and sister are in Bakewell when trouble happens and in between the social happenings, Jane is intently endeavoring to solve the murder my ...more
I suppose that having read five of these, I should be very generous with praise. Really, I wanted to like these, the premise is great, each installment is full of references only a true fan of Austen would recognise, either in discriptions or character's statements. I do appreciate them more than most Austen fan literature. However, I'm giving up the series. I'd rather read Jane's books again. The other reason is that the library is out of large-print editions after this one. I had been reading ...more
Well written in the style of Austin with historical references. Reflects when writing painted pictures of scenes prior to film and multimedia. Fun read.
This book finds Jane in the Derbyshire countryside, enjoying the views, when she stumbles across a dead body. I'm not as pleased with this one as with any of the others (though we do, at least, get a large dose of Lord Harold) - the plot seems both too contrived and too dramatic, yet without enough tension to sustain it. Certainly the crimes were hideous, but I'm still not sure why it was "obvious" that it was all someone else's idea really. But read it for the delightful characters, visits to E ...more
I am a Jane Austen junkie, I confess. I have read a lot of trash under her umbrella. This is not one of those books. Stephanie Barron gives us the flavor and language of a Jane Austen novel. It is fast moving with some interesting detours. Our heroine, Jane, acts as we would expect with charm and decorum. The historical detail is footnoted, the characters are well developed. I enjoyed the humorous description of her brother-in-law, Edward Cooper, a boorish clergyman and cousin who sang hymns whe ...more
Another what-really-happened book, the author claims to have come across a trunk of Jane Austen's letters that provide fodder for this series of books about Jane's life -- as a detective in Regency England. We follow Jane through her everyday life and trials as a spinster living with her mother on a limited income. We see Jane in love with a seemingly unattainable man. We find Jane involved in intrigue, state secrets, and a bit of mystery. (We find Jane writing her books in scraps of paper in-be ...more
A little annoyed that this series keeps being presented as fact when it is woven out of whole cloth. However, I have found them to be very entertaining, thoughtful and complex reads. Definitely not cozy mysteries, but the opposite in fact.

I do enjoy the portrayal of the manners of Jane Austen's time. Whether she would ever actually participate and involve herself in solving murders is really beside the point. Suspense your qualms or questions revolving the truth of the stories. Just enjoy them.
Carey Bligard
This is the best Jane Austen mystery thus far. It combined Darbyshire and the family of the Duke of Devonshire, as well as Jane's friend Lord Harold Trowbridge. I particularly enjoyed it because of research I have done on Lady Caroline Lamb (who is not in this book, but who is related to the Devonshire menage) so I knew the characters of that family. I also enjoyed it as a physician as it concerned the practice of medicine and what we would now call "Alternative Medicine". A wonderful book!
The next in the series of Jane Austen as the star of the show solving mysteries and murders in her seeminly quiet, ordinary world.

Jane is a wonderful character, and in Stephanie Barron's skillful hands, you not only get to enjoy a fun mystery, but you learn about Jane Austen's life, with actual characters, places and events in Jane's life being sprinkled into the story.

If you enjoyed Jane Austen's books, you will love Jane in the lead role.
good but gruesome in detail.
This novel is a mystery set in regency England and has as the main character Jane Austen. I bought this book because I both like mysteries and I am a fan of Jane Austen and I wanted to read how this author portrayed her. I admit that in this latter part I did not like the novel: the character called Jane Austen was not ironic enough to represent the author of Emma. The mystery part was not bad instead.

Maia B.
The plot lags and it's really boring in the middle, and the language bogs you down more than in any of the other books - it's much tougher than Austen's. And there's a character named, very unfortunately, "Hary-O," but don't let that deter you. It's a good start to the series, even though it's the fourth or fifth. If you like Austen or if you like mysteries and historical fiction, you'll like this.
Jul 22, 2011 Sandy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandy by: Library Shelf Pick
Stephanie Barron is really skilled at the depiction of time (era), culture and sensibilities. Her way of handling Austen's England is so good that I have to keep reminding myself that the words are by a contemporary author. I am really enjoying her characterizations, her dialogue, how well she captures the nuances of mannerisms, the repartee between characters. Really marvelous!
Jane is visiting her cousin. As they are walking in the hills,she comes across a body. Leave it to Jane to do that. A feature of the murder is the mason leads. And then it is discovered that the young murdered man is actually a woman. A woman who works as a maid nearby. Jane is able to ferret out who did it,how it was done and when. But not before someone else is killed.
Gobbled it down (as noted earlier, these are my substitutes for sweets). Love the herbal concoctions & the terrible foreboding connected to them.

I also really like it that Barron is giving us more & more class conflict as these novels progress, more developed characters who are in the "lower" classes, & the completely taken-for-granted snobbery of those more fortunate.
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Stephanie Barron was born Francine Stephanie Barron in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls
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Other Books in the Series

Jane Austen Mysteries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mysteries, #1)
  • Jane and the Man of the Cloth (Jane Austen Mysteries, #2)
  • Jane and the Wandering Eye (Jane Austen Mysteries, #3)
  • Jane and the Genius of the Place (Jane Austen Mysteries, #4)
  • Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House (Jane Austen Mysteries, #6)
  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (Jane Austen Mysteries, #7)
  • Jane and His Lordship's Legacy (Jane Austen Mysteries, #8)
  • Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Jane Austen Mysteries, #9)
  • Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (Jane Austen Mysteries, #10)
  • Jane and the Canterbury Tale (Jane Austen Mysteries, #11)
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mysteries, #1) Jane and the Man of the Cloth (Jane Austen Mysteries, #2) Jane and the Wandering Eye (Jane Austen Mysteries, #3) Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House (Jane Austen Mysteries, #6) Jane and the Genius of the Place (Jane Austen Mysteries, #4)

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