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Death of a Dowager (The Jane Eyre Chronicles #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, the year is now 1820, and Jane’s life has finally settled into a comfortable pattern. She and her beloved Edward Rochester have married and have a son. But Jane soon finds herself having to protect those she loves…

When the roof caves
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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Dec 10, 2012 Charlene rated it really liked it
Having read and loved the first book in this series, "Death of a Schoolgirl", last year, I was so eager to read this new installment of Jane Eyre as a detective. As with the first book, the author does an excellent job capturing Jane Eyre's voice, and the tenor of her marriage to Mr. Rochester. We get to see more of Jane's friend Lucy Brayton in this story - a wonderful character introduced in the first book and a perfect foil to Jane's plain thinking and societal naivete. I was impressed to fin ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, historical
In this second installment in the delightful Jane Eyre Chronicles, Jane travels with her family to London to stay with her good friend, Lucy. Lucy introduces her to upper crust society and a round of social events. At the opera, they encounter Lady Ingram who snubs them both. Hoping to mend their relationship, the ladies visit the influential Dowager the next day. Unfortunately, their nemesis drops dead in the midst of tea. Now how will they preserve their reputation? Jane feels bad her visit ha ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
With repairs at Ferndean moving at a glacial pace, Jane, Rochester, and family decamp to London to stay with Jane’s dear friend Lucy for the summer. Jane finds navigating the waters of the ton to be treacherous and tainted by political intrigue. Worse, the Dowager Baroness Ingram, mother of a daughter who had her cap set for Rochester, makes more trouble for Jane and then confounds everyone by dying. When Lucy’s dog dies after drinking the dowager’s spilt coffee, Bow Street looks at Jane’s frien ...more
Karla Darcy
Apr 14, 2013 Karla Darcy rated it it was amazing
What a great fun read. For those of us who didn't want Jane Eyre to end this is a wonderful series. The author has captured the flavor and feel of Charlotte Bronte's book so it seems an extension of the original. The historical details give a reality to the story and you feel as if you were in London with Jane, Edward and Ned. The life loving Lucy is the perfect foil for Jane's simpler style. Nicely plotted mystery. Looking forward to more of the series.
Becky Hutchison
Apr 18, 2013 Becky Hutchison rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery and historical novel fans
** Also posted at Blue Moon Mystery Saloon blog **

Ms. Slan has crafted a delightful and interesting follow-up to her widely acclaimed mystery, Death of a Schoolgirl.

Death of a Dowager is set in May 1821, a few months prior to the coronation of King George IV. Jane, her beloved husband Edward, their son Ned, and Edward's ward Adele are staying in the London townhouse of their friend Lucy Brayton while their manor in Yorkshire is undergoing major repairs. Lucy is thrilled to have the Rochesters vi
Apr 19, 2013 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
While extensive repairs are being made to Ferndean, their rural home, Jane and Edward accept an invitation from their friend Lucy Brayton to stay with her in London. Jane is reluctant to abandon their peaceful life in the countryside, but Edward’s damaged vision has grown worse. She hopes that time in the capital will buoy his spirits and give him the chance to receive treatment from an ocular specialist.

Once in London, the Rochesters accompany Lucy to the Italian Opera House. But there is more
I really enjoy this series! Great stories, well told and peopled with interesting characters

I loved the original Jane Eyre - both the book and the character - so it's lots of fun to have an opportunity to get more of Jane, as a wife, a mother, and as a sleuth solving murders!

The author has done a great job at capturing enough of the original characters of Jane and Edward to be agreeable to lovers of the original, but also expanding their stories beyond where Jane Eyre left off into new interesti
Mar 24, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
This wonderfully woven historical fiction is set shortly before the coronation of King George IV. Jane and her family are staying in a London townhouse owned by her close friend, Lucy Brayton. I was pleased to see more of Lucy Brayton in this novel. What I loved best about this novel was that it wasn’t only a murder mystery but showed the political side of things during the time period. This book provided an amazing inside look at high society England, as well as a detailed and realistic descrip ...more
Chelsea Johnson
Oct 30, 2013 Chelsea Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-releases
Jane and her family have come to visit London while extensive repairs are being done to Ferndean. They stay with their friend Lucy Brayton who is thrilled for the company and wants to introduce Jane to the delights of high society. However, things don't go as planned when the two women are snubbed by some other society ladies and when the two go to attempt a reconciliation of some sort, one of the women drops dead! Faced with the possibility that Lucy could be blamed for the death, Jane sets out ...more
May 13, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of the Kiki Lowenstein contemporary mystery series and nonfiction scrap booking books by Joanna Campbell Slan. JCS now has a new series, the Jane Eyre Chronicles. These are quite a departure from her earlier books. I suggest reading Death of a School Girl, the first book in the series, before reading Death of a Dowager. I personally prefer to read a series sequentially for the nuances of character and back story. However, as a well constructed mystery, Death of a Dowager can stand on ...more
Andrea Guy
Sometimes you can simply judge a book by its cover. The Death of a Dowager is one of those books. I knew I wanted to read it when I first saw it. It is the second book in the Jane Eyre mystery series and can be read as a stand alone novel.

The cover is absolutely stunning, it is hard not to look at it!

I'm always fascinated when other authors take character's from another novel and make them their own, especially if they are done well, and the book most definitely is. I think I found Jane Eyre an
Dec 27, 2016 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I have to start this review with my misconception pertaining to the type of story this was going to be. So I thought this was going to be like a cozy mystery where Jane Eyre was sleuthing for the answer to a murder. This is not the case, she is among the group of people where a death has occurred and by extensive thought she can help the detective pinpoint who the killer was. Jane Eyre does not purposely go around to people questioning them trying to solve the case. Though in a sense this is lik ...more
May 23, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make: I’ve never read Jane Eyre. However, after enjoying The Death of a Dowager, I want to read the classic Charlotte Bronte novel and author Joanna Campbell Slan has accomplished her goal of The Jane Eyre Chronicles series – to introduce more readers to the delightful world of Jane Eyre.

I read The Death of a Dowager (book 2 in the series) without benefit of first reading The Death of a Schoolgirl (book 1) and had little difficulty in acclimating myself. At first, the numb
Apr 11, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
If you like Jane Eyre, you will truly love this mystery! Jane is a pretty smart cookie who had already solved one mystery in the first book by Joanna Campbell Slan. This mystery revolves around the Ingram family. The oldest daughter, Blanche, you may remember from Mr. Rochester's earlier life when Jane was governess to his ward, Adele. In the midst of intrigue from a letter written by King George IV (that was introduced in Slan's first book), Dowager Lady Ingram appears to have been poisoned in ...more
Kimberly Hughes
Sep 07, 2013 Kimberly Hughes rated it really liked it
You know that feeling when you watch an actress that has always done chick flicks in a movie that requires great skill and you are shocked to see how really talented she is? That is how I felt reading this and the first sequel to Jane Eyre, Death of a Schoolgirl. I had read the author's other series about Kiki Lowenstein, a scrapbooker who solves mysteries, and while they are enjoyable to read, they aren't exactly high literature. When reading this, I really am amazed at Joanna Campbell Slan's r ...more
Dianne Landry
Jun 12, 2016 Dianne Landry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
This is second book in a series in which a grown up Jane Eyre uses her intelligence to solve mysteries.

In this one as she and Edward stay in London with their friend, Lucy, they encounter the Ingrams, the gold-digging family that wanted daughter, Blanche, to marry him in Jane Eyre. I have to say I was thoroughly disappointed that it wasn't Blanche who died but I got over it. To prevent Lucy from being socially destroyed Jane works to solve the murder.

I really enjoy this series. It is well writt
Sep 22, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I had not anticipated liking this book, but as it turns out, it was a very good read. This is a complex story, weaving two different mysteries. First, a murder of a thoroughly unpleasant woman (the Dowager) with many suspects, and second, a letter from the King that would be very distressing if it were made public - this letter happens to be in Jane Eyre's possession.
I liked that the author stayed in period, with no slips in dialog into the 21st century. It looks as though she did quite a bit o
May 01, 2013 Mare rated it really liked it
The second in the Jane Eyre Chronicles was an amazing and highly enjoyable book. I haven't read a historical mystery in a long while and I must say that this book has brought them back into my notice. It is well plotted, full of twists and turns, the characters are strong and the dialogue engaging. I was quite sorry when I was finished for I wanted more to read. I have enjoyed many of the authors other books, but I believe that she may have outdone herself with this one. I can't think of a bette ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-literary
Found this second volume in the Jane Eyre Chronicles to be even better than the first. Maybe that's because Mr. Rochester has a much bigger role in this book, and also because we get reacquainted with the very snobbish Ingrams - Blanche, her sister Mary, and their mother. Jane learns about London society and the ton, and even gets a chance to rub elbows with George IV in this tale of poison, and a letter that could affect the monarchy itself.
Angela Hursh
Jun 21, 2015 Angela Hursh rated it liked it
Not exactly of the same timbre and resonance as the original but a perfectly acceptable sequel. I'd even say it was a fun read! My only criticism is that Slan does what many authors of modern sequel's to classic novels do: listing out everyday items, like clothing items, certain types of carriages, household kitchen items, and the like in a way that makes it seem like they're saying, "Look how many vintage items we can name in our story." But it's not that distracting.
Jun 17, 2013 writer... rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Thank yous to author, Joanna Campbell Slan, for introducing readers to a new angle on a happily married Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. This captivating look at the time and troubles surrounding King George IV approaching coronation, provides insights and innuendos that keep Jane busy and kept me reading to learn more...

A much appreciated gift book, Joanna. And a writing gift well worth sharing! Thank you!
Jul 23, 2014 Aimee rated it liked it
I think my first inclination about Jane as a detective was correct. She's not a very good one. I had figured out the solution to this particular mystery long before she did. Slan did throw in one surprising twist here with a prescription received by Rochester for his failing eyesight. I'm not sure what to think about that.
Debra Davis
Apr 25, 2013 Debra Davis rated it it was amazing
Very, very good! Joanna Campbell takes up where Jane Eyre leaves off. Jane and Mr. Rochester mary and have a child, but there are still many problems to overcome as Jane is thrust into the role of detective to solve a murder, protect her friends and help her husband. I recommend this to all who have loved the original.
Sarah Adamson
Dec 02, 2013 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable second in the series continuing the story of Jane Eyre.
Again, the author really manages to explore the true nature of society in this period of history whilst providing a fun and exciting mystery.
I did start to suspect the murderer but only a few pages before it was revealed.
Thank you Ms Slan - please write another now!!!
Sally Lippert
Apr 16, 2013 Sally Lippert rated it it was amazing
"Death of a Dowager" by Joanna Campbell Slan is another very well organized plot from Ms. Slan. Have always loved Jane Eyre so this next edition after "Death of a Schoolgirl" is a great sequel. These books are such a escape to a different period in time for England. I highly recommend this book to all who love historical fiction with sprinklings of time period facts put in the story.
Bad Cookie
Jul 11, 2013 Bad Cookie rated it liked it
I love the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, so I found the idea of bringing back the character of Jane Eyre in a mystery interesting. I haven't read Death of a Schoolgirl yet, but after reading this I'll be sure to do so.
Dec 29, 2013 Claire rated it it was ok
It's just one of those imitations that tries a bit too hard. The story itself is only mildly entertaining. Only worth reading if you need something for a short trip and don't want to use your brain. A "candy" read.
Nov 28, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love this series - I hope Ms. Slan continues it!
Apr 06, 2013 swtchrypie rated it really liked it
This book was a nice addition to Jane Eyre's life. It was full of historical reference and had a great murder mystery to follow.
Aug 09, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok
It was like a fairly well-written fanfic, but without any hot Jane/Rochester action, so... there's that.
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National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but she grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. In that ...more
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