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Death of a Schoolgirl

(The Jane Eyre Chronicles #1)

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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 1851, and Jane’s life has finally settled into a comfortable pattern. She and her beloved Edward Rochester have married, and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to t ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
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Joanna Slan
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm prejudiced, but I loved writing this one!
V. Briceland
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
As a general rule I have a soft spot for the literary pastiche, particularly of nineteenth-century novels. When they're done well—Joan Aiken's sequels to Jane Austen come to mind—they not only serve to stimulate memories of why I find the originals so delightful, but to renew my delight in them and in their characters in unexpected and novel ways.

I can't declare that Slan's Death of a Schoolgirl, a sequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, is an altogether unsuccessful pastiche. The highly-readabl
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Nat
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I'd like to say I loved the book, because I love Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester, I didn't love it though. It was a good quick read, but after a bit I just felt let down. I would have liked it more had it been about some mystery set at home where Jane and Edward and Mrs. Fairfax could all be present.

The mystery was very drawn out, not coming to an end until nearly the last few pages. It seems impossible that only a couple days passed in the book, because it felt like an eternity. It was a quick r
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Peter Green
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jane Eyre and Joanna Campbell Slan—A Match Made in Heaven

What reader of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre has not admired its heroine’s pluck, intelligence and bravery in the face of the criminal abuse, misdeeds and irresponsibility of the wealthy class? And who hasn’t wondered what fate and adventures awaited the newly united couple, young Jane and her gallant but disabled Edward Fairfax Rochester?

Joanna Campbell Slan,has written a sequel which is apt, natural and skillful, enabling one almost tp im
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Aidan
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical mystery lovers and fans of Jane Eyre
Recommended to Aidan by: Charlene
My concern was that this book might be impenetrable to those who haven't read the Bronte's original but I think Slan does an excellent job of explaining as much as you need to know about her characters without overburdening you with the backstory. The result is a book that ought to be accessible to fans and newcomers alike.

Death of a Schoolgirl is not only an excellent sequel to Jane Eyre, it's a really engaging historical murder mystery with its own we'll developed characters and a fascinating
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Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
If Jane Eyre is one of your closest and dearest friends in all of English literature, you will probably be disappointed with this novel. After spending much mental energy in imaginary verbal sparring matches with the author of this book (I protested, "Jane Eyre would never do anything like THAT! Or say anything so shallow! Or be obsessed with a diamond necklace and take it with her on her travels!"), I finally realized that THIS Jane was a complete stranger to me and decided to continue reading ...more
Delonna
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a new author for me to read. I was really into this book. The plot kept me thoroughly engaged and interested. It moved along at a nice pace and the chapters were the perfect length for me. (I hate long chapters!)

I've never actually read Jane Eyre. So, I'd like to hear from someone who has read it if the character of JE in this novel stays true to the original JE.
Cathy Cole
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First Line: Reader, I am delivered of a son.

That first line will make any lover of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre smile. The Rochesters live in Ferndean with their six-month-old son Ned, and their servants. It's been a life of seclusion, and Rochester is still recuperating from the injuries he sustained when Thornfield burned to the ground.

Rochester's ward, Adèle Varens is ten years old and in a boarding school in London. Jane is worried about her because what few letters they've received from th
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Charlene
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy I was not disappointed by this book!! I loved the story and the fact that the author took great pains to capture Charlotte Brontë's writing style, making this book feel like a continuation of Jane's "autobiographies" as she continues to tell the story of her life. Having read a couple of books with the set-up of Jane writing a "what-happened-next" story, I believe Joanna Campbell Slan has done the best job in approximating Charlotte Brontë's flowery prose and capturing the sensible ...more
Marci
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
A manuscript by "Jane Eyre" has been found, and Slan is "translating" it into novel(s) for our modern delight. The trouble is, she isn't as good at mimicking the voice of the original, so she recaps a TON of Jane Eyre itself, which is a good way of undercutting her own assertion that the novel we actually have is only the first volume in what had been planned as a multi-volume set--for if that had been the first volume, why tell half of it over again in volume 2? In addition, Slan doesn't logica ...more
Ann
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a continuation of the Jane Eyre story. She is living with Edward Rochester in their home and has given birth to their first son. Their happy life is unsettled by Edward's failing eyesight, a residue of the tragedy of the fire that burnt his previous home to the ground. Jane is a little disturbed that she has not received congratulations on the birth of the baby from Edward's young ward, Adele, who is at school in London. The only letter they receive has a wooden tone but there is a ...more
Carol
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed meeting Jane Eyre again as a wife, mother and novice sleuth. Jane becomes involved in helping solve the murder mystery of a schoolgirl who attended the same school as Mr Rochester's ward.
Emma
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Nyuh.
Richard Rogers
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it quite a bit. You might, too.

Yes, I like the original Jane Eyre. I also enjoy new novels based on older novels and characters. The Jane Austen Mysteries is a good example--well worth reading. And if you like the original novels and the idea of a modern sequel sounds okay to you--you'll probably enjoy this, too.

At its heart, this is a mystery, but it is also an homage to the original novel and needs to succeed on that level. I think it does that. The author has done a good job of recrea
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Merry Chapman
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death of a Schoolgirl picks up with Jane Eyre and Rochester married and celebrating the birth of their first child while Rochester is still recuperating from the manor fire where he seems to be losing his sight. Joanna Slan continues the development of the Bronte characters. When Adele, Rochester's ward at boarding school sends a cryptic letter to Rochester and Jane, where she seems to be in fear of her life and cryptically begs for help, it is up to Jane to go to London to see what the trouble ...more
Jarm Boccio
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a Jane Eyre fan. So I was thrilled to find a book that continued her story in a believable manner. Adèle is at boarding school now, and the Rochester’s have a baby boy- Ned. But a death at the school, and a plea for help from Adèle draw Jane to leave her beloved husband and tiny son to ferret out this mystery. In hopes to find the murderer, Jane plants herself in the school as a German teacher, being every watchful at all the goings-on. I always love a mystery, so I would call this a comfy ...more
Emily
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery imagining Jane Eyre's life after marrying Edward Rochester. I hadn't thought of Jane in many years, but this book brought her back to life for me -- I'd read Jane Eyre over and over in my youth. I hope I have a chance to read book #2 in this series; my mother passed this one on to me, and it left me wanting to read more about my old "friend", Jane Eyre and her married and family life!
Melissa
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story picks up after Jane and Edward have married. Edward is still recovering from his injuries sustained in the manor fire and Jane has given birth to their son when a disturbing letter from Adele arrives. Concerned for her former pupil's safety, Jane rushes to London and finds herself entangled in the dark secrets of a murdered school girl.

This is a well thought out mystery that is even more enjoyable because of the familiar characters. I had a hard time putting it down.
J Young
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a whole new Jane Eyre than the one I am used to. A new mother, a sleuth, a protector, and a loving wife and helpmate to Edward, whose failing eyesight requires her willing devotion. The author skillfully weaves the storyline into the history of that period while creating a riveting crime mystery. The myriad suspects kept me guessing until the very end of the book. I was caught up in the story from the first page. Anyone who likes mysteries will enjoy this book.
Min
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pleasantly good book. The plot was interesting with enough excitement and mundane bits thrown in. The protagonist is Jane Eyre and I don't recall her feisty spirit when I read Bronte's version.

I'm looking forward to reading more books from Slan.
Kaity
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A new chapter in an old story, which seamlessly fit with the original style. I absolutely loved this book. It helped my mind escape Quarantine. Even my Mother likes it and that's almost unheard of.
Diane
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a bad read, I did like it. The story took place in 1820 which made it more interesting to me.
Mary Catherine Strickland
Excellent

I enjoyed this book about Jane Eyre. It is very fast paced and I found it hard to put down.
Debi Paglia
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s an easy read. It kept my attention. I felt like I was there. My main reason for reading fiction is to escape! This book fulfilled that requirement.
Karen Siddall
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As one can surmise, Death of a Schoolgirl is a continuation of the Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre. The year is 1820, and Jane and her husband, Edward Rochester, have just welcomed their first child, a son, Ned, into their lives. Jane is flourishing in her new role as a mother after a tough birth, and Edward is still, slowly but surely, recovering from the grievous injuries he sustained during the fire that killed his first wife and destroyed Thornfield, his ancestral home. They are living on ...more
Becky
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014reviews
My expectations were low, so I was quite pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this Jane Eyre mystery was. It may not be perfectly perfect from start to finish. There might be a paragraph or two here and there that bothered me. (For example, I didn't understand why Mrs. Fairfax was pushing Jane Eyre to take the family diamonds with her on her visit to Adele's school. Here she was going to check on the child's welfare, and Mrs. Fairfax is urging her to take jewels so she can dress up for her host ...more
Clay Stafford
Joanna Campbell Slan’s new historical series stars Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

“Death of a Schoolgirl,” the first in this historical cozy series, picks up where the classic leaves off. I’m not big on coming-of-age stories (which the original was) and found this definitely more interesting. However, it does pick up where the original story stops, so fans of Jane Eyre will happily devour this, especially since Slan has captured the original voice of Bronte. From the first page, this story quickly
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…

Jane and Edward are very upset by a letter they receive from Adèle Varens, Rochester's ward. She is residing at a boarding school in London and th
...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Bronte wrote one of the greatest love stories of all time, the gothic novel Jane Eyre. When readers last see Jane, the Thornfield mansion lies on fiery ruins, she has married her beloved Edward Rochester, and has given birth to a son. Many critics say the ending is disturbing and complex; others say it is easy to decipher and leaves no dangling strings.
Now mystery and nonfiction author Joanna Campbell Slan takes up where Bronte left off in her new mystery. The new book takes up where B
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Sherry Fundin
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Death of a Schoolgirl picks up where Jane Eyre left off. She is now a wife, mother and private investigator.

The age old story - she was Adele's governess and married Rochester, the master of the manor.

Jane received a letter from Adele and became worried by the tone of the letter. She decided she must go to her and find out what was wrong.

Rochester's first wife, Bertha, had died when she burnt down his house. He was permanently disabled because of it. He was almost blind and had only one hand. Du
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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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