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Jane and the Man of the Cloth

(Jane Austen Mysteries #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,950 ratings  ·  213 reviews
For everyone who loves Jane Austen...the second tantalizing mystery in a new series that transforms the beloved author into a dazzling sleuth!

Jane and her family are looking forward to a peaceful holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Yet on the outskirts of town an overturned carriage forces the shaken travelers to take refuge at a nearby manor house. And it is the
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Crimeline (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jessica
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro questa serie mystery classici!
La vita di Jane Austen ,presentata con dovizia di particolari,si incastra perfettamente con le vicende narrate tanto da far credere che la nostra cara Jane potesse davvero essere un'astuta investigatrice al servizio della Corona. Le descrizioni di abiti ed ornamenti nonché quelle di ambienti frequentati dai protagonisti e delle loro abitudini rispettano quello che era il 1800 inglese; inoltre le vicende narrate si incastrano perfettamente con quello che è il c
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Laurel
Beside the great mystery and historical detail, Barron has a wicked sense of humor

Manners meet mayhem again in the second Being a Jane Austen Mystery, Jane and the Man of the Cloth. It is 1804 and Jane and her family are traveling by post chaise to Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast to escape the oppressive summer heat in Bath when their carriage is overturned and Jane’s sister Cassandra injured. Seeking help at a local estate, Jane and her family take refuge at High Down Grange and are thrown into
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Julie
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Jane and the Man of the Cloth by Stephanie Barron is a 1997 Crimeline publication.

This second book in the Jane Austen mystery series charged from the gate, when an accident leaves Jane’s sister Cassandra badly injured.

But, the momentum was quickly doused with too much wordy dialogue that filled pages, but left me wondering when Jane was ever going to start working on the mystery. Eventually, the pieces began to fall into place, but it took so long I seriously considered returning it to the libr
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Carole (in Canada)
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one intrepid Jane Austen! It is September 1804, Jane, her sister, Cassandra, Mr. and Mrs. Austen are on their way to Lyme Regis for a seaside holiday when their carriage is overturned in a storm just outside of the seaside village. Cassandra is injured and Jane heads off with the postboy to the manor house they see lighted in the distance. This is where she meets the rather rude and glowering Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth and gives him a most scathing setdown as she seeks his help! Only Jane cou ...more
Kirk
This one earned a 4.5 from me for several reasons.
Jane, a great location, a good mystery etc. And one
final factor that really touched me. The relationship
between Jane and her father Rev. George Austen. He helps
and supports her detective efforts. Also, this book is set
in Sept 1804, just 4 months before his passing in Jan. 1805.
This book also has a balanced view of Mrs Austen. She seems more like
the Mrs Bennet of P&P '05, rather than P&P '95.
Ruth
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Some two years have passed since Jane Austen had cause to exercise her fledgling detective skills on behalf of a friend - namely, Isobel, Countess of Scargrave, who, being charged with murder, found herself exonerated thanks to her friend's tireless efforts to uncover the truth of the sad circumstances surrounding her husband's death. Now Jane is bound for the coastal town of Lyme, in the company of her parents and beloved sister Cassandra, when en route their coach is overturned in a violent st ...more
Amanda
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my second time reading this and I'm increasing my rating to 5 stars!!!

I didn't remember how the book went, and now I can't believe I forgot such an exciting adventure (view spoiler). It is definitely my favorite of the Jane Austen Mysteries and since it is my favorite book series, that's saying a lot! It's probably also because of the Darcy vs Wickham + Georgiana vibes!

This time around
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Jess
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dear author,

In the future, please show, not tell.

xoxoj
Emma Rose Ribbons
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable! Also, sadly, very forgettable. It's well-written and the plot is engaging but there isn't enough sense of place and the characters aren't the most memorable either, which is a shame for a series focused on my favourite writer. I'll continue reading those but I won't binge reading the whole series anytime soon.
Vanessa
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Another good mystery that continued to help me learn more of Regency England manners and methods. Has a "Bad Man" character who Jane is interested in and a "Good Man" character. Loved the setting in Lyme.

Pam
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this one was better than number 1!
Sheila Majczan
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in paperback when it first came out but need to reread it in order to post a clear review.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
The Being A Jane Austen Mystery Series by Stephanie Barron is a brilliant series of novels that features our beloved Jane Austen being thrust into the midst of mystery, murder and mayhem. In each novel Jane Austen uses her astute observational skills, keen understanding of human nature, and fierce determination to solve various mysteries. Each novel follows the time line of Jane Austen's career and accurately portrays true events and people from her life. This second book takes place in the year ...more
Jenna
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it
The second book in Stephanie Barron's series, Jane and the Man of the Cloth, both disappointed and surprised me. I found it to be a little long-winded when it came to some of the descriptions of scenes (especially in and among the caves) and I thought there were a few too many players on the scene. Nevertheless, I found more that I liked and enjoyed about the book that far outweighed my own personal dislikes.

My likes:
+Mr. Sidmouth. What a great character! Mysterious and misjudged. Reminded me ve
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Bodosika Bodosika
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just a little bit okay... 2star
Nicole D.
real rating: 3.5

I loved the writing, but the mystery was just too easy to solve and not enough romance for me.
Kim
I love the Austen-like dialogue and attention to detail. The only thing I didn't like was the footnotes, but I only referred to them if I didn't understand the references in the text.
Barclay Dunn
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it! Having read nearly all of Jane Austen's works, and several of them many times, at first I was put off by seeing lines in this novel that nearly or exactly echoed lines from the actual writer's works ... but at some point it occurred to me that this novel is meant to be pages from Jane's diary, and thus it's entirely reasonable that she'd have tried out phrases in here, that she would later use in one of her novels. Once I got past that stumbling point, I was more than happy to suspen ...more
Ines Dossena
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seconda indagine di Jane Austen.
Mentre la famiglia Austen sta andando per un soggiorno estivo a Lyme Regis, la carrozza che li sta trasportando si ribalta e Cassandra la sorella di Jane rimane gravemente ferita.
Jane si reca alla casa più vicina per chiedere aiuto e si imbatte in Geoffrey Sidmouth, un uomo molto affascinante, ma che la inquieta molto.
Dopo poco che la famiglia soggiorna a Lyme un uomo viene trovato impiccato sulla spiaggia e la colpa ricade sul Reverendo.
Il signor Sidmouth viene
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Judy
At first I found this story a bit slow to start, but then I got caught up in the tale and enjoyed it a great deal. Although I have read most if not all of the Jane Austen books, I am not such a fan as to be able to speak authoritatively to the similarities between them and this book, but I suspect it is pretty authentic in tone. On top of that, the author includes editor's notes, mostly on historical points which make it seem as if it is based on Austen's letters and diaries. It takes close to h ...more
Jane
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This entire series is FAB! The ultimate reading for mystery readers who also adore Jane Austen and history. Barron entwines Jane in mysteries set in the exact location where Jane was at that time. Each mystery 'could' have occurred. The research into Jane's personal life, rules and habits of the time, real locations at that time, etc, make these books so realistic, and so enjoyable. Jane comes to life and showcases her superb mental faculties in these books.
Read them ALL--and in order!!!

I'm re-
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Monica.A
Il secondo capitolo della storia mi è davvero piaciuto. Il personaggio di Jane Austen, forse grazie all’ambientazione che tanto ricorda Persuasione e alle connessioni fra romanzo e vita reale, non sembra più così nebuloso come appariva nel primo libro.
In tutte le pagine del romanzo si respira aria di Persuasione, le continue visite al Cobb, la spiaggia, l’incidente iniziale accaduto a Cassandra…
Continua il gioco del "chi è chi", nonostante ci siano soggetti nuovi ed originali, si finisce sempr
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Beth
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series definitely scratched the JAFF mystery itch. I appreciate the amount of red herrings and merry leaps to conclusion that this story included- I guessed the true guilty party only a paragraph or two before Jane did (always nice when a mystery is as smart as you are). I also appreciate the authentic Jane Austen voice that Barron applies. It really does feel like Jane herself, with her own wit and self-knowledge, but Barron doesn't shy away from the realities of Jane's life as a single 's ...more
Catherine Thompson
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
Following the events at Scargrave Manor, Jane accompanies her mother and father and beloved sister Cassandra to Lyme in Dorset. Even before they arrive at their hired cottage in the town, events conspire to bring Jane into contact with the mysterious Mr. Sidmouth, a man who clearly has secrets, and his cousin Seraphine LeFevre. At her first assembly in town, Jane also meets Captain Fielding, who has no good words for her about Mr. Sidmouth, whom he declares to be one of the most notorious rogues ...more
Manda
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Once again, I enjoyed the world around Austen and felt as immersed as ever in the time period. However, the story in this book really dragged on for me. It started quick enough, with a dangerous accident on the road followed by the presence of a mysterious rogue to aid them. But nothing seemed to happen for the next 2/3rds of the book, aside from stolen glances and hinted at attractions - until at last, a true crime was committed. But by then, I just wanted to get the book over with.

I will say t
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J
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this much better than the first novel. It's an enjoyable read and the mystery this time is better developed and more interesting.

I'm still not convinced that Jane Austen and Agatha Christie should be mixed and I'm also not convinced that some of the things that are mentioned are what would have been permissable in society at that time. But historical fiction is usually not historically correct and it's done well enough that it is not glaringly obvious.

I might read this again some time.

Angelina Jameson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Elizabeth
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated-books
While I think I may have had this book for some time, the paperback copy I have is quite discolored and the cover is crumbling, I have enjoyed reading this historical mystery quite a bit. While I had figured out the actual culprit a bit before Jane, I enjoyed seeing all the pieces come together. It is a delightful mystery read and if you like Jane Austen, the writing honors her greatly. I enjoyed having the editor’s note in the text and not at the end.
Cheryl
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I love all of the historical detail in these mysteries, including the footnotes. I love that Jane is intelligent and perceptive. And I love that Jane faces her emotions and relationships in her situation in life. Makes me want to write in my own journal, though I could never write as much as Jane!
Janice
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Any Nancy Drew fans out there? Did Jane's exploits in the cave remind you of the mystery of the tolling bell? IMHO, the first half of this book was BORING, so much musing and pondering, blah. Then the second half sprinted to the finish full of action and adventure. Oh, and how the author loves the word, singularly. Part 1, Ick. Part 2, fun.
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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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