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Jane and the Man of the Cloth (Jane Austen Mysteries #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,370 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
After her brilliant detective debut in "Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor," there can be no doubt that Jane Austen would have made a
remarkable sleuth. And so, with great aplomb, Stephanie Barron reveals the next superb Jane Austen Mystery...
Jane Austen and her family are looking forward to a peaceful late-summer holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. B
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jan 08, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro questa serie mystery classici!
La vita di Jane Austen ,presentata con dovizia di particolari,si incastra perfettamente con le vicende narrate tanto da far credere che la nostra cara Jane potesse davvero essere un'astuta investigatrice al servizio della Corona. Le descrizioni di abiti ed ornamenti nonché quelle di ambienti frequentati dai protagonisti e delle loro abitudini rispettano quello che era il 1800 inglese; inoltre le vicende narrate si incastrano perfettamente con quello che è il c
Feb 13, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Beside the great mystery and historical detail, Barron has a wicked sense of humor

Manners meet mayhem again in the second Being a Jane Austen Mystery, Jane and the Man of the Cloth. It is 1804 and Jane and her family are traveling by post chaise to Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast to escape the oppressive summer heat in Bath when their carriage is overturned and Jane’s sister Cassandra injured. Seeking help at a local estate, Jane and her family take refuge at High Down Grange and are thrown into
Jane and the Man of the Cloth by Stephanie Barron is a 1997 Crimeline publication.

This second book in the Jane Austen mystery series charged from the gate, when an accident leaves Jane’s sister Cassandra badly injured.

But, the momentum was quickly doused with too much wordy dialogue that filled pages, but left me wondering when Jane was ever going to start working on the mystery. Eventually, the pieces began to fall into place, but it took so long I seriously considered returning it to the libr
This one earned a 4.5 from me for several reasons.
Jane, a great location, a good mystery etc. And one
final factor that really touched me. The relationship
between Jane and her father Rev. George Austen. He helps
and supports her detective efforts. Also, this book is set
in Sept 1804, just 4 months before his passing in Jan. 1805.
This book also has a balanced view of Mrs Austen. She seems more like
the Mrs Bennet of P&P '05, rather than P&P '95.
Nov 09, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my second time reading this and I'm increasing my rating to 5 stars!!!

I didn't remember how the book went, and now I can't believe I forgot such an exciting adventure (view spoiler). It is definitely my favorite of the Jane Austen Mysteries and since it is my favorite book series, that's saying a lot! It's probably also because of the Darcy vs Wickham + Georgiana vibes!

This time around
Feb 11, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some two years have passed since Jane Austen had cause to exercise her fledgling detective skills on behalf of a friend - namely, Isobel, Countess of Scargrave, who, being charged with murder, found herself exonerated thanks to her friend's tireless efforts to uncover the truth of the sad circumstances surrounding her husband's death. Now Jane is bound for the coastal town of Lyme, in the company of her parents and beloved sister Cassandra, when en route their coach is overturned in a violent st ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear author,

In the future, please show, not tell.

Aug 20, 2011 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in Stephanie Barron's series, Jane and the Man of the Cloth, both disappointed and surprised me. I found it to be a little long-winded when it came to some of the descriptions of scenes (especially in and among the caves) and I thought there were a few too many players on the scene. Nevertheless, I found more that I liked and enjoyed about the book that far outweighed my own personal dislikes.

My likes:
+Mr. Sidmouth. What a great character! Mysterious and misjudged. Reminded me ve
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
The Being A Jane Austen Mystery Series by Stephanie Barron is a brilliant series of novels that features our beloved Jane Austen being thrust into the midst of mystery, murder and mayhem. In each novel Jane Austen uses her astute observational skills, keen understanding of human nature, and fierce determination to solve various mysteries. Each novel follows the time line of Jane Austen's career and accurately portrays true events and people from her life. This second book takes place in the year ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful. I continue to be in awe of Ms. Barron's ability to truly capture the tone and style of the period while wrapping domestic drama around a mystery that is historically appropriate. This addition to the "Jane and..." series was particularly pertinent to my interests for its being set during the period of renewed English-French animosity at the beginning of the French empire in 1804. My Napoleonic historian side perked up at every mention of the camp at Boulogne and the Dorset ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I enjoy her later Jane Austen Mysteries more, although these early ones are amusing enough for a beginning.
I was irked by Jane's reliance on intuition in the case of Mr. Sidmouth, and by the book's early insistence that no, really, Captain Fielding is a scrupulously honest person who could never do anything dishonorable. This insistence does not actually make him seem above suspicion, it tells the reader: ah, he is not so innocent after all, and then the reader has to wait for a
This is the second in a series of books that tells the tales from a fictional cache of Jane Austen papers detailing her antics as a crime solver. I am just torn about whether I like these books or not. The trope is tiring, but the mysteries are good and entertaining. They would be great books if we could forget that the Jane Austen is narrating, but instead we get 'Editors Notes' tying the story to actual surviving letters or known events in Jane Austen's life. It's not that Jane acts out of tim ...more
I love the Austen-like dialogue and attention to detail. The only thing I didn't like was the footnotes, but I only referred to them if I didn't understand the references in the text.
Nicole D.
real rating: 3.5

I loved the writing, but the mystery was just too easy to solve and not enough romance for me.
Jun 29, 2015 Shara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this is the second Jane Austen Mystery, it is the first one I read having found an autographed copy in a Goodwill in San Francisco. I couldn't ask for a better souvenir of that trip!

Like the rest of the series, while secretively writing in little books and hanging around her family, Jane finds herself caught up in murder and mayhem -- this time in Lyme Regis.

And again like all the others, this is a well written mystery which does a great job of weaving the facts of Austen's life and eve
Jun 13, 2014 Hermioneginny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Seconda indagine di Jane Austen.
Lyme Regis, settembre 1804. Mentre la famiglia Austen si sta recando in vacanza al villaggio che farà da sfondo a "Persuasione", la carrozza si ribalta e Cassandra rimane gravemente ferita. Jane chiede aiuto a Geoffrey Sidmouth, un uomo affascinante, ma inquietante. Ben presto Lyme Regis viene sconvolta da una tragedia: un uomo viene trovato impiccato e la colpa ricade sul Reverendo, un contrabbandiere temuto da tutti. E quando Sidmouth verrà accusato di omicidio,

This second mystery brings the Austens to Lyme for a holiday. Jane is looking forward to getting away from Bath and exploring the coast but their journey starts off badly when the carriage overturns her Jane's beloved sister Cassandra sustains an injury to the head. Jane and the post-boy head up the hill to the nearest house for help. They are met by the rudest man Jane has ever met, Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth, who is less than happy to have the Austens as uninvited guests. Living with Mr. Sidmouth i
This is the first I read of this author and series and I am not totally sure yet how much I like it. I did enjoy the book but I am not in love with it. (I have a lot of mental distractions right now so it may be my fault.)The personality that is assumed for Jane Austen to investigate mysteries is believeable and people discuss items of political interest the way we now discuss the presidential candidates. The author weaves the fiction of the mystery into the actual settings and situations that J ...more
Really enjoying this series, but I need to do more research on the author and the series. The author continues (this is only the second in the series)to present this series as based in fact, but I've not found anything to support this on the internet. This is confusing me a bit. I'm not sure what to believe, which is unfortunate, since the author has footnotes throughout the book explaining the mores of the time and of the English culture of the time. What I've done is just tried to suspend any ...more
Georgiana 1792
Jane Austen o Jane Eyre?

E' la quinta volta in pochi mesi che mi reco - solo via libro, purtroppo - a Lyme Regis: calcolando le due riletture di Persuasion (una in Italiano ed una in Inglese), il Captain Wentworth's Diary e questa, si può dire che l'unico 'viaggio' scollegato da Jane Austen sia stato quello in cui mi ci sono 'recata' con Tracy Chevalier per Remarkable Creatures, per quanto, anche in quel caso, abbia notato numerosissime influenze austeniane.
Nella prima parte del romanzo più che J
Nov 08, 2012 Roberta rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, mystery
Jane and the Man of the Cloth è il secondo romanzo della serie di Stephanie Barron 'Le indagini di Jane Austen' ('Jane Austen Mysteries' in lingua originale). Jane con tutta la famiglia (padre, madre e sorella Cassandra, dato che i fratelli sono nella Marina) si trasferiscono a Lyme Regis per una vacanza. L'arrivo nella bella cittadina costiera però non è dei migliori: la vettura su cui stanno viaggiando si ribalta e Cassandra batte la testa, per cui Jane è costretta a raggiungere l'abitazione p ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Ka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giallo, storico, jane, austen
All'inizio temevo che il racconto fosse una copia di Cime tempestose, terribile.. Poi migliora sempre più. Come ne "La disgrazia di lady scargrave" l'autrice parte un po' a rilento, il vero caso inizia oltre metà libro. Prima dispone i pezzi sulla scacchiera e arrovella il cervello del lettore per fargli capire da che parte stare. Naturalmente il personaggio migliore è proprio quello considerato terribile da tutti. Penso agisca così perchè inizio/assassinio => conclusione/cattura lo renderebb ...more
Deuxième volet de la saga de Stephanie Barron, on retrouve ici Jane Austen en partance pour Lyme Regis en compagnie de sa soeur et de ses parents. Un accident en route les obligera à accepter l'hospitalité de Mr. Sidmouth, un personnage bien étrange et mystérieux sur lequel les avis divergent...

Je ne sais pas si c'est du au bord de mer mais je retrouve la même ambiance dans ce livre que celle que j'apprécie tant dans Sanditon, le sentiment quand je referme le livre que je viens de passer quelq
Jun 21, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this second Jane Austen mystery much better than the first. For one thing, I thought the plot was much better. More importantly, there weren't nearly as many instances of the author 'stealing' lines and situations from Jane Austen's own works. The main similarity that is drawn is with Mr. Sidmouth and Captain Fielding, whose relationship is very similar to that of Darcy and Wickham. My only problem with this is that the novel takes place in 1804, after Pride & Prejudice had already b ...more
Nancy O'Toole
After the events in Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, Jane Austen's believes that her life has returned to normal. Then, while spending a holiday in Lyme with her family, Jane's pleasant vacation is interrupted by the sight of a murdered man dangling from a noose. The only clue left behind is a white lily. Everyone places the blame on The Reverend, a local smuggler who's identity is a secret. When another body is found, Jane once again finds herself on the case.

I first read Jane an
Margaret Metz
Feb 22, 2011 Margaret Metz rated it it was amazing
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I think I liked this second installment in the series better even than the first! :o)

The same wit is employed but Jane is much more active in this investigation - sneaking about and gathering clues on her own. Some of this may not have been nearly as easy to accomplish in her day as the author made it seem, but it did make for an exciting and tense mystery story and I think the real Jane would certainly have been capable of coming up with the ruses and thinking through the clues as well as the c
So when I was younger, I used to like to read Jane Austen. That's a thing for a lot of girls of a certain age. It was especially popular when all of those movie of Austen novels were made, you know, the ones with the witty dialogue and cute guys in suits? Yeah, those ones, like Emma with Gweneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. Or the six hour A and E special, with Colin Firth. I just ate that stuff up as an adolescent with dreams of true love in a bygone age. Well, since I still fondly remember that ...more
For those of you who have never heard of the Jane Austen mystery series, let me enlighten you. Stephanie Barron, author of the series, is at a friend’s house when a huge discovery is suddenly made. A trunk filled with letters and journals belonging to THE Jane Austen is discovered that fills in the details that have been missing about her life, post 1804. These journals and letters reveal that during her time Jane was a bit of a sleuth, finding mystery and intrigue at her every turn. Now, we all ...more
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Barron has converted the infamous sophomore curse into the sophomore blessing with her publication of Jane and the Man of the Cloth. It’s fortunate, for her debut novel left much to be desired.

Indeed, I found the first book in the series to be so uninspirational, that it was several years before I picked up the second novel. I was in the midst of one of those rare bookstore visits in which I could find nothing to suit my mood. (Yes, this was in the days before Epinions and my must-read
Jan 19, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austeniana, mystery
I love Barron's Jane Austen series so much, but I just cannot abide Lord Whatshisname, the deus ex machina spy guy who pops into the carefully built period scenes and breaks the spell. This story about Jane and her family in Lyme and smugglers is full of marvelous detail about Austen family relationships and Regency society and all kinds of interesting stuff about the setting for Persuasion, though, that I forgive his appearance and remember only the parts where he doesn't appear.
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