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Jane and the Waterloo Map

(Jane Austen Mysteries #13)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,088 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful Regency-era mystery
November, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has come and gone, leaving the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, high-flying banker, is about to declare bankruptcy—dragging several of his brothers down with him. The crisis destroys Henry’s health, and Jane flies to his London bedside, believing him to be dying
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Soho Crime
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QNPoohBear I hope so. She doesn't seem to have a plan yet. There's still a year and a half before Jane's death. You can read what Stephanie Barron has to say.…moreI hope so. She doesn't seem to have a plan yet. There's still a year and a half before Jane's death. You can read what Stephanie Barron has to say. She did a blog tour to promote the book

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Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
"He shut the hackney door, and I bowled away down the sweep"

Barron has mastered the style of speech of the period: “You are very good, sir,” I said, rising with an air that must be read as dismissal—“and the Regent’s generosity is nothing short of remarkable. Please say everything proper to His Royal Highness, of my gratitude for his notice and his esteem. It must be impossible for me to accept his kind invitation, however. The demands of my brother’s precarious health make any interests of my o
Abigail Bok
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jane and the Waterloo Map is the thirteenth entry in this wonderful series, and I would have to contradict Mr. Bennet most firmly if he told me that it had “delighted me long enough.” To the contrary—I’m only sad that we are drawing so close to the time of Jane Austen’s illness and death, as it will bring an end to my pleasure in reading about the previously unknown exploits of the plucky Jane Austen.

I’ve said before that Stephanie Barron writes Austenesque prose better than anyone living, and t
This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

This is number 13 in the ‘Being a Jane Austen Mystery’ series, following on from ‘Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas’ which I reviewed last year. It is November 1815 and Jane Austen is staying with her brother Henry, in London. Jane is waiting for the proofs of ‘Emma’ to correct them ready for publishing. We meet up with Jane Austen as she is arriving at the Prince Regent’s home, as he is desir
Each installment of this series is fascinating and enchanting in it's own way as it takes the reader through the life of Jane Austen as both a famous real life authoress, but also as a fictional detective. The historical is colorful and authentic and the mystery is clever and challenging. The reader is treated to real events, real characters, and real settings that are augmented in such a way as to blend fiction with fact seamlessly.

With this thirteenth book, we find Jane Austen spending Novembe
Murder in the Prince Regent's library? Oh the cheek of Barron's ironic humor is nonpareil. It was great fun to be sleuthing in post-Waterloo London with Jane Austen and her friend Raphael West, who we were introduced to in the previous mystery, Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas. They make a great detective team, with romantic possibilities. Fast paced, emotionally gripping and historically entrenched, Waterloo Map is Barron's finest novel to date in this very popular series..
Sheila Majczan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Yes, there are some who recommend that you read this series “Being a Jane Austen Mystery” from the beginning, from Book 1. I have read books one and two but in winning this book on a blog I decided not to wait until I went back and read the others. I did notice the footnoted references to events or persons from previous books and know that this author does have some continuing links but I was completely satisfied in my enjoyment of this book without wondering about who or what those ref
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Can Jane determine the significance of a watercolour map of Waterloo before more lives are lost?

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Source: I received an ARC of this book from the author for a fair and honest review of this book.

Last December, I had the pleasure to read and review my first book in the series, “Being a Jane Austen Mystery,” by Stephanie Barron, which was the 12th book in this series, titled “Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas.” When I learned that her next book was soon being published, “
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christina by: Austenprose
As a fan of the Being Jane Austen Mystery series, I have been all anticipation for the latest edition, "Jane and the Waterloo Map." Author Stephanie Barron knows her Austen lore, as well as a being a masterful storyteller and researcher; writing in a most Austen-like style. She is also The Incomparable when it comes to Regency mysteries. Given that disclaimer, and holding the series in much esteem, I feel quite at liberty to share my impressions herein.

The novel opens with our dear Miss Austen a
Kathleen Flynn
This was so much fun! I had feared to read this one earlier because it covers exactly the same period of Jane Austen's life as my own novel and I did not want to find myself anticipated. But now with that safely in the rearview I can simply enjoy the ride. This starts slow (in a good way) but grows gratifyingly suspenseful, with a number of unexpected twists before the final, satisfying conclusion.

I think there is a sense in which many of her fans feel that Jane Austen's life was too small to co
Angelina Jameson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Someone on Facebook mentioned the book and I went to my library to look for it. Unfortunately I had to start with #13 as my local library only had this book of Ms. Barron's series. ~I loved it! I am now hooked and must read the rest.

I love the work of Jane Austen but went into this book with an open mind. The writing is lovely with only a few missing words in the whole novel. A few missing punctuation marks as well. If you're looking for intelligent writing with some good research, try this seri
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
While Jane is in London attending to the proofs of Emma and nursing her brother Henry, she is brought to the notice of Mr. Baillie, a Court Physician, who in turn brings her to the notice of such a person as the Prince Regent himself! Prince George and his daughter Princess Charlotte are big fans of Miss Austen's novels and Jane is invited to view the Regent's library with James Stanier Clarke, a clergyman and historiographer. While there, she discovers a man lying paralyzed and ill. While Mr. C ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ongoing-series
Very interesting combination of history and fiction.
Jane Austen was an inveterate letter-writer, and since many of them survive to this day, Stephanie Barron is able to weave a plausible story using Jane's own account of her days, while adding mystery and intrigue to fill in the gaps.
This story begins with the real-life invitation to Jane Austen to visit the Prince Regent's house and library in the company of the Royal Librarian, James Stanier Clarke. At the same time she was given "permission"
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Won this book from GoodReads. A very suspenseful book that will keep you wanting more. Jane Austen is the perfect Sherlock Holmes. She can decipher any murder. She isn't afraid of being kidnapped or killed. When Mr. West goes missing she stops at nothing to find him alive. She tries to find the truth even when the liar/murderer is within close proximity. Truly a book that brings history and Jane Austen all together. Nicely written and very witty. You don't want to miss this book especially if yo ...more
Brandee Shafer
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, which is saying something because I've been fussy, lately, in my reading. I picked up Jane and the Waterloo Map on a whim from the library. I'd never heard of Barron or her Jane Austen Mystery series; I think I read that this is the 13th book in the series, which Barron has been writing since the mid-90's. It's the only one at my local library.

In Jane and the Waterloo Map, Barron imagines Austen at the center of a mystery. Honestly, after so many previous mysteries, one w
Laura Hartness
Stop by the The Calico Critic by Feb 29th, 2016 and enter to win a Waterloo Map prize pack!

For years, Stephanie Barron's Being Jane mysteries have been on my literary radar, but I took little interest in them, despite their Austenesque genre placement. I'm not generally drawn to mysteries; in fact, the last few that I've read had almost put me off the subject matter entirely. About a year ago I won a signed copy of Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, an
Debbie Brown
I feel a bit conflicted trying to write this review. On many levels, Jane and the Waterloo Map is an excellent book. The writing itself convincingly mimics Regency style, actual facts from Jane Austen's life as well as historical events of the time weave into the story, there's a maze-like mystery centered around a whodunnit murder, and it even features a hint of romance. I sincerely applaud the author for having obviously done exhaustive research and for putting this all together with loving th ...more
Dana Stabenow
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being the thirteenth of Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries. Jane, as the newly revealed author of Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, is summoned to Carlton House. Not, as you might expect, to meet the Prince Regent, who is occupied with sitting for his Waterloo portrait, but to view the prince's magnificent library and avail herself of its amenities as a room in which to write her next book. Jane does not approve of the regent and after she fulfills her duty to this royal command is g ...more
Susan in NC
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - Yet another exciting and humorous entry in one of my favorite historical mystery series - this time Stephanie Barron serves up a wickedly twisted puzzle with a real facer at the very end. Barron and her incarnation of Jane Austen as secret sleuth just keeps getting better; she's always been meticulous in her research and historical accuracy, but the mysteries seem increasingly complex and gratifying.

I don't know if it's the bustling backdrop of London, the complex fog of war present
Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: THREE STARS

The best way to describe this book is Murder, She Wrote meets Jane Austen in which Jane Austen is akin to Jessica Fletcher in solving the murder mystery even though all the men think she is a bumbling, fragile lady. You would think that since I love both Jane Austen and Murder, She Wrote, this would be a smash hit for me. But it wasn't. I know this will sound odd but I felt like Jane Austen was not truly how Jane Austen would be (or
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yep, I still deeply enjoy this series. Yep, it was another fascinating mystery set in a well-depicted Austenian setting. It was excellent, and my only fear whenever I read along with Jane's further adventures is that she may reach the end of her short life. I can only hope it turns out to be a faked death when the time comes, but I strongly appreciate Barron's willingness to eke out as much adventure as possible in the canvas she's chosen.

Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss.
nikkia neil
I'm pleasantly surprised about how seamlessly this novel came together. I experienced the great feeling of not wanting the book to end. You know the feeling you get when you're reading a great book. Definitely checking out the rest of the series now!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A mixed bag. I enjoyed the London setting, as well as Jane proofing Emma throughout the action, and I am generally positive about the character of Fanny Knight to add a young foil to the heroine. I feel that the introduction of Raphael West to sort of replace Lord Harold is a bit trite and contrived. It seems to go against the character of Jane as Barron has written her to suggest she's just falling head over heels all the time for these mysterious older men. I also feel her constant speculation ...more
Carol Douglas
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Barron writes a series of mysteries in which Jane Austen is the detective. In this series, Jane is adventurous. She's attracted to gentleman rogues. Otherwise, she is based on careful research about Jane's life and times. She sounds like Jane Austen.

In this latest mystery, Barron continues placing Jane in a setting where she meets prominent people and appears just when a body has been found. In this case, it's the body of a colonel who was at the battle of Waterloo.

Barron's writing is
Judy Lesley
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This entry in the series of Jane Austen mysteries finds Jane in town (London, in other words) for a number of weeks in order to nurse her brother Henry through a serious illness and to receive the proofs of EMMA from the publisher so that novel can go into print. Naturally, Jane is in the wrong place at the right time to discover the prostrate body of a Hero of the Waterloo campaign as he breaths his last words to her in the library of Carlton House with His Royal Highness, The Regent, in reside ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Jane Austen is with her brother Henry at his home in London, nursing him back to health, and proofing the sheets of Emma as they come off the press. She is asked to come to Carlton House, the London residence of the Prince Regent, at the request of the Regent’s librarian, James Stanier Clarke, to tour the place and discuss dedicating her latest book to His Royal Highness. As they enter the great library, they find a man dying.

Thus Jane Austen’s last case is “The Body in the Library,” which I ch
Gail Cooke
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As one who loves a good mystery with a bit of he/she attraction thrown in what a joy it was to discover these delightful, erudite, meticulously researched Being A Jane Austen Mysteries. Granted, I’m long overdue as this is the 13th in the series by the redoubtable Stephanie Barron, but I’ll do my best to catch up and then eagerly await the next. I savored every page thoroughly enjoyed the period vocabulary and the refreshing description of a heroine whose cheeks blush when her hand is touched by ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

What it's all about...

These books...and there are lots of them...are all mysteries involving Jane Austen. They are written in the style of the wit of Jane Austen. This is my first but not necessarily my last. this one...Jane is being shown around the HRH's...his royal and while admiring the books, the papers, the surroundings...comes upon a dying man...Colonel McFarland...sort of choking and convulsing and dying quite unattractively on the parquet floor. All he can say i
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am now so absorbed in the character of Jane as portrayed in this series of novels that I have now lost track of how faithful it might be to the character of the real, somewhat enigmatic Jane. Does it matter? No. These books are a delight to read.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
While this is a new to me author and series, I love anything to do with Jane Austen so I jumped at the chance to read/review this book. Jane as a detective? I couldn't miss reading this one!

Jane and the Waterloo Map was interesting, engaging, well written with a great plot and sub plots. The setting was intriguing and well, if you love Jane Austen and you like mysteries ... you'll love this book!

Thank you to Soho Publishing and Edelweiss for the gifts of this book in exchange for an honest revi
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jane is in London to care for her brother Henry and to correct the proofs of Emma, when her visit to the Prince Regent's Librarian turns up a murdered Waterloo hero. Barron has gotten terribly close to the end of Austen's life but there is no sign of this being the end of the series yet, even though this book takes place nearly a full year after the last. Lovely writing and a good mystery as usual.
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