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The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë by Laura Joh Rowland
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Dec 27, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction
Recommended for: Shannon
Read in December, 2007

This is a most worthy addition to the popular sub-genre of mystery which features famous people, like Jane Austen in Stephanie Barron’s series of books. The premise in these mysteries is that a recognizable figure from history is unwittingly embroiled in murder and scandal which precipitates them becoming a sleuth. That’s where the fun begins! Rowland, an already proven master of historical mysteries with her feudal Japan series featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro, sets her skills to recreating the life and times of the Bronte sisters. On the heels of the success of the publication of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte finds herself on a perilous trip to London where she witnesses the murder of a young woman named Isabel White. What follows is a tangled web of subterfuge, opium dens, kidnapping, and intrigue. In addition to being a terrific mystery, Charlotte’s relationship with her sisters, Anne and Emily, is a thoughtful and tender portrait of the love, pain, jealousy, and endurance in a close knit family.

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