Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Jane Austen Mysteries #9)
On the heels of completing Sense and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane Stree ...more
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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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more