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

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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…

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Berkley Trade
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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
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
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.
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...more
Becky Hutchison
Apr 18, 2013 Becky Hutchison rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
Kimberly Hughes
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Sally Lippert
"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.
Sarah Adamson
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!!!
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.
Debra Davis
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.
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.
Nancy Parra
Loved it! The Death of a Dowager is a cool way of continuing the Jane Eyre Story. Good for lovers of mysteries and lovers of Jane Eyre. Hits the mark in tone and mystery. Recommended read!
Judith Malzone
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Death of a Schoolgirl, and this one as well. A mystery worth losing sleep over because you won't want to stop reading once you've started.
Beth Schultz
The books brings back an old friend Jane Eyre. Set after her marriage to Rochester, this mystery seems so real you could be experiencing it with her. Delightful change of pace.
I loved this book, Joanna's version of Jane is so lovely and heartwarming. I did not want the book to end, I wanted to stay in London with Jane and Edward.
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.
I love this series - I hope Ms. Slan continues it!
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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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