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Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Jane Austen Mysteries #9)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,094 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Beloved author-turned-sleuth Jane Austen is staying with her brother and his wife in London as she awaits the publication of her first novel, Sense and Sensibility. When the mistress of a married nobleman is murdered, Jane is led into the heart of a conspiracy, one with roots in the French Revolution.
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Bantam Books (first published 2006)
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Cheryl
May 20, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austeniana
I had never encountered this series before with its conceit of Jane Austen as Regency detective writing autobiographical accounts of her cases and Stephanie Barron editing those manuscripts with historical annotations. The library only had volumes well into the series, so I had to take #9 rather than starting at the beginning. But I was mightily impressed and diverted by it all the same. Barron has a splendid ability to take the copious historical material about Austen's life and family and the ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo

A unique idea using a much beloved Jane Austen as a sleuth! Ms. Barron successfully imitates the vernacular of 19th century England as Jane narrates the story of the suspicious death of Russian Princess Evgenia Tshoikova. However, this historical tale has some incredulous moments, but overall is a sweet cozy mystery for Austen fans.


At the height of 1811 Season, Jane Austen is in London supervising the publication of Sense and Sensibility and scandal has the ton (High Society) in uproar. A Rus

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Kristen
Jan 18, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I was prejudiced against this novel because of its conceit - Jane Austen, Regency-era authoress, as heroine of mystery novels? But it was inexpensive and a possible item to review for The Primgraph, so I picked it up. And I must confess myself charmed, and not a little drawn in to the delicately archaic style of the writing. The novel is intelligent and steeped in history (complete with the occasional helpful footnote!) and I shall have to look up more of them. I am not certain whether this was ...more
Susan Bartl
Jan 07, 2015 Susan Bartl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a Stephanie Barron in a while so this was a delightful change of pace in my reading. I found myself thinking in Austen prose and was reminded why I enjoy these mysteries so much. The descriptions of the importance and desperate need for respectability which governed the way women were to behave are better than the Anne Perry books. And Stephanie, er Jane, certainly knows how to turn a phrase. Happy to see a potential male sidekick introduced; the grandson of the lawyer holding Trow ...more
Carfig
Aug 26, 2014 Carfig rated it liked it
Had read this before so was able to skim this time. Not loving the subject matter and all the "slang" Barron uses, or the incessant footnotes. Yes, she did her homework. Should be obvious in the writing, not with footnotes. Notes in the back would have been preferable.

As to the book itself, Jane as detective works pretty well, and the supporting characters are nicely done. I would have been happier starting with the first book, not book 9 of the series, so I'll have to check the first one out a
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QNPoohBear
Feb 08, 2014 QNPoohBear rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque, mystery
Jane is staying in London with Henry and Eliza to oversee the publication of her first novel. Jane has a chance to experience life among the Great including the scandals and gossip that the ton feed on. The latest scandal involves a Russian princess and some love letters published in the newspaper assumed to be written to Lord Castlereagh, a prominent Tory MP. When Princess Tscholikova is found dead on Lord C's doorstep, it fuels the rumors of an intimate affair. Lord C swears he never knew the ...more
Jenna
Sep 11, 2011 Jenna rated it really liked it
"Jane and the Barque of Frailty" finds Jane visiting Henry and Eliza in London while she is supervising the printing of "Sense and Sensibility." And, as we have come to expect from our heroine, Jane becomes entangled in a mysterious murder. The Russian Princess Tcholikova is found dead on the doorstep of a reputed lover and everyone seems convinced that she did herself harm; everyone, that is, except for Jane. What Jane does not see coming is the accusation that she and her sister Eliza were res ...more
Laurel
Nov 09, 2011 Laurel rated it really liked it
Here we are at the ninth novel in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series, Stephanie Barron’s sagacious slant on “our dear Jane” as a sleuth!

The spring of 1811 finds Jane in London staying with her banker-brother Henry Austen and his sophisticated wife Eliza at their residence on Sloane Street preparing her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, for publication. While attending a performance of Macbeth at the Theatre Royal at Covent Garden, it is difficult to determine who is the bigger draw to the
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Kristin
Apr 27, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
3.5 stars I have read all 9 books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Being somewhat of a purist, I may have rolled my eyes and avoided this series, which casts Jane Austen in the roll of crime-solving Regency era sleuth..Not typically my thing but these novels are so smart, unpredictable, well-written, and true to the Regency style that a Jane Austen lover cannot help but eat them up. I find Barron's Jane Austen persona thoroughly engaging and totally believable. This is a cha ...more
Stephanie
May 26, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
This book is number 9 in a series featuring Jane Austen as an amateur sleuth in regency England. The books are presented under the guise of being the formerly lost journals that Jane Austen kept during life. I really enjoy this series. Stephanie Barron is quite adept at producing Jane Austen like prose – rarely overdoing it and striking the same wry tone. And I have to admit that I am almost more fond of Jane Austen than I am of her books and the Jane presented in this series is wonderful and se ...more
Kristen
The latest outing of our intrepid Jane Austen into the role of sleuth is wonderful!

Still mourning her unrequited love Lord Harold, Jane is visiting her brother Henry and his wife Eliza, and - surprise! - becomes involved in a murder.

And not an ordinary murder either, mind you, but the murder of a Russian princess believed to be the mistress of a prominent English politician, with her bloody body left on his very doorstep!

The mystery, and Jane's activities in ferreting out the murderer are highly
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Lynda
May 01, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it
Jane Austen continues to surprise me with her daring inquiries into the horrific murder of a Russian princess who was found murdered outside the home of a man of the ton. The princess' relationship with a lord of the ton is not as it seems, and it appears that he may have killed her. The novel clearly and accurately depicts the relationships and rules of the London ton, as well as, using events from Jane Austen's life. A very fun, mysterious read.
Jen
Dec 10, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Regency England, Jane Austen, and murder mysteries.
Shelves: mystery
Loved it! This latest of Stephanie Barron's Austen mysteries is on par with the others, which is a relief when a series gets to be this long.

Normally I'd scoff a bit at someone making Jane Austen a main character of a series of murder mysteries, but Barron manages to make Jane both believable for her time and an interesting character in her own right. Add in the fascinating way she weaves the events in her novels in with Jane's real life as documented in letters and biographies, and you have som
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Sherry
Jun 02, 2016 Sherry added it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen & murder mystery fans
When Jane visits her brother, Henry in London, a murder of a Princess happens just a few doors down from them. This is a very intertwining story of deceit, lies, tales, stolen jewels of the Princess, Lord Harold's journal and many other facets of mystery. Jane meets many manipulative characters that just don't want to give up all their knowledge and parts of their story to unravel the mystery of the Princess' demise. However, she meets one very important character, that helps her to solve this m ...more
Samantha Adkins
Jan 01, 2013 Samantha Adkins rated it it was amazing
This book is a real treat for fans of Jane Austen and mystery books alike. The Barque of Frailty is book nine in Barron’s Being A Jane Austen Mystery series. I wish I had started at the beginning, but I will certainly enjoy going back to the start.
Barron does a brilliant job of weaving together the facts of Austen’s life with her imagined world of political intrigue – her research is superb. Austen does not play a typical murder mystery detective, but rather uses her wit and imagination to get
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Kristen
In the 9th installment of Stephanie Barron's Being Jane Austen series, Jane and the Barque of Frailty, Jane returned in another exciting historical mystery adventure. When Jane went to London to watch her first publication of her first novel, she headed over to Sloane Street to visit with her brother Henry and sister-in-law Eliza, she hobnobbed with prominent people during the Season and was surprised that the intimate correspondence between a Russian princess and a Tory minister was published i ...more
ExtremeBibliophile
Jul 09, 2014 ExtremeBibliophile rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Barron knows her Jane and it shows in this fantastic series in which the inestimable Miss Austen (in addition to writing superlative novels) is also an amateur sleuth. Barron gets all the period details and vocabulary right, while keeping the mystery aspect gliding along. Anyone who adores Jane Austen will love this!
Brittany
Mar 14, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it
This is more like a 3 1/2, but it gets a 3. I've enjoyed the Jane Austen mysteries overall, and this one wasn't any different. I had a harder time with the last one, being the first without Lord Harold (if I remember right), and I felt like that book kind of suffered for it. But this one got back into the swing of things. The mystery was good, Jane was entertaining as always, and I solved it before the end. This time some of the mystery-solving a little unbelievable, though. Much as Jane was adv ...more
Stacia
As always, Stephanie Barron captures the essence of what I love about Jane Austen's work and uses that to bring Jane to life much as I would imagine her to be. The plot is intricate and entertaining, and though I miss certain characters (I'm forever saddened by the events of Jane and the Ghosts of Netley), I still enjoy my forays into Miss Austen's life as created by Barron.
Nanou
May 11, 2011 Nanou rated it did not like it
Russian maid named Druschka, really? Druschka, my ass!
Why, oh why it's so hard to do a little tiny bitty research when writing about russians?

UPD. Oh, my. Her surname is Molova (Druschka, btw, is given as her full name). Feat. Prince Pirov and count Kronsky.
And another 'oh, my' - there's a dead russian princess with a surname that sounds like an american idea of russian language. But actually she is noble nobody, who appears ine the novel only to be killed ten pages later.
But nevertheless her
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Michelle Wardhaugh
Jan 31, 2011 Michelle Wardhaugh added it
Recommended to Michelle by: mich@skynetbb.com
As the series has progressed, the author's voice has strengthened and her style has become more assured. The occasional quotes from Austen's books still tend to feel slightly awkward, but fans will hardly complain. The mystery was compelling and satisfying. I've read a few mysteries from the point of view of the runner or policeman trying to look in on the affairs of London's high society to solve crimes. This is the first time I've come across the point of view of the society lady acting from t ...more
Tammy
Oct 18, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it
An easy read and enjoyable. I've got 3 or 4 more of the series in my to read pile :) I enjoy the mysteries but I still miss lord Harold. :(
Kelly Delph
Aug 21, 2014 Kelly Delph rated it liked it
I enjoy Regency romances and this mystery series feeds my guilt over not reading serious literature, like Jane Austen!
Judy
Apr 28, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
Book club selection. Seemed like a social commentary the first half, but then became more interesting.
Carmen
Nov 06, 2011 Carmen rated it really liked it
At first I was intrigued with the title. Midway through the book I learned that barque of frailty meant a mistress in the slang of the early 1800's. A Russian princess is found dead, her throat slit, in front of someone's house. Letters are published that are reputedly between the woman and the owner of the house in front of which she was found. To Jane's astonishment, she and her sister-in-law are implicated in the murder. In order to free themselves, they must discover who is the actual murder ...more
Elaine Lyons Bach, author
Apr 16, 2016 Elaine Lyons Bach, author rated it it was amazing
Amazingly true to Jane Austen. A quiet, sneaky wit.
Elisha (lishie)
When I begin one of this series, I know what I am going to get - a "3 star", fun mystery set in Jane Austen's time period, in England. J. A. is the sleuth but I prefer to think of her as just a "plain Jane" rather than actually THE Jane Austen doing the investigating and then I enjoy it more. I enjoyed this latest installment involving a Russian princess and a "Barque of Frailty"(high end prostitute). And dotted amongst the mystery are little hints about Austen's writing of "Sense and Sensibilit ...more
Kari Twitchell
Jane Austen mystery
Michelle Stie
Oct 04, 2008 Michelle Stie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I certainly liked Jane's voice here. I think Barron captured the realities of life as a spinster in early 19th century England. Despite all, Jane is an energetic and plucky dectective, especially when she is suspected of foul murder and her very life is on the line. The best scene in the book occurs when Jane, in an effort to track down her murderer, attends a ball hosted by London's shady lady set. How often do you get to read a scene where Jane Austen is indelicately propositioned?
Judy
Mar 02, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
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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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