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Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (Jane Austen Mysteries #10)

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The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon—otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet a ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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karen
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
this was not intended to be a DBR, but know that it is hot, and i am drinking these incredibly girly "green apple bite" smirnoff ices. many of them. ice cold and delicious.so my plan is to lucidly elucidate why me and this book didn't get along, but it might take me a while to collect my thoughts as i sit here and pound these things, so who knows what will happen by the end of it all. we may indeed get a little D.

i honestly don't know who this series is for.

austen fans seem to love them. not aus
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Laurel
One thinks of Jane Austen as a retiring spinster who writes secretly, prefers her privacy and enjoys quiet walks in the Hampshire countryside. Instead, she has applied her intuitive skills of astute observation and deductive reasoning to solve crime in Stephanie Barron’s Austen inspired mystery series. It is an ingenious paradox that would make even Gilbert and Sullivan green with envy. The perfect pairing of the unlikely with the obvious that happens occasionally in great fiction by authors cle ...more
Lauren Fidler
this was a total impulse "purchase" at the library. seconds away from checkout, this wee paperback called to me from the new releases. it seemed a perfect blend of all things i like: jane austen, murder mysteries, and oversexed romantic poets. how could it miss?!?

it missed, most obviously, by slavishly developing the historical elements rather than the characters. in fact, by page 50, if she had dropped the words "jaconet" or "salad days" or "publickly" one more time, i was tempted to put the bo
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Amanda
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I should have expected some sordidness based on the title, but it is still a bit of a drawback for me. Some of the dialog is crude, so be aware, if that sort of thing bothers you.

The worst part is that I'm still not sure if I understand who did it. Maybe I'm just dense but it didn't make sense the way it was revealed. I mean I think I know how it went, but was it really what happened or is it because (view spoiler)
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solaret
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Pride and Prejudice is the only pure romance that I love. I've read Pride and Prejudice several times, ever since my high school teacher assigned it for a homework assignment. (The guys in the class were appropriately horrified, of course.) Lord of the Dead was also a book that I deeply enjoyed reading. It is, as indicated by the title, a recasting of Lord Byron in the role of a vampire. Filled with exotic climes and debauchery, I found the Byron depicted by Tom Holland decidedly appealing. So w ...more
Jean
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
It's been eons since I picked up a novel in the Jane Austen Mysteries. I generally am not a fan of the first-person narrative but I liked the epistolary style used in the storytelling. The mystery is unveiled through Jane's eyes and recounted by her. The novel does spend half of it setting up the mystery introducing the characters and the other half dealing with the actual mystery.

The one thing I don't like is the passiveness of the narrative. While we may be in the first person, the story resid
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Merand
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! This latest offering in the Jane Austen mystery series was well written, highly entertaining, and kept me guessing. I have read all of the books in this series and have highly enjoyed it and would recommend it. The first couple of books are a bit on the quiet side but once you get caught up in the series and the recurring characters, you can't help but be sucked in. I think Madness had an even more engrossing mystery than usual, not to mention Jane's brother Henry is greatly involved, ...more
Sharon
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The latest entry in Stephanie Barron's entertaining Jane Austen murder mysteries series is, frankly, the best yet.

In this tale, Miss Austen and her recently widowed brother are on their way to Brighton when they rescue a Miss Caroline Twining from abduction at the hands of George Gordon, Lord Byron. The plot thickens when, shortly after the Austens' arrival in the seaside town, Miss Twining's drowned corpse is found in Lord Byron's bed. Byron is arrested for the murder, declaiming his innocence
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Susan in NC
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
It had been awhile since I read this author - I think she wrote at least one stand-alone book since the last entry in this series. I've read all of the "Jane" mysteries and am glad Barron is working on the next installment; being both a Jane Austen lover and a mystery buff, I find the combination irresistible! Especially when handled so expertly - Barron really captures the dry, witty tone of Jane Austen's works, but she writes from Jane's self-deprecating POV, and it's fun to read her imaginary ...more
Mary
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I confess to reading all the books in this series except the newest. They are definitely a guilty pleasure. Come on, we all know a series which places Jane Austen as a bystander detective, much like Miss Marple, sounds gimmicky and a bit silly. However, I'm hooked.

Unlike other contemporary novels written as sequels to an Austen's novels, or revolving around her fictional characters or the countless time travel, mix ups where a contemporary Austen fan finds herself in Regency England this series
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Linda
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it

If you can believe Jane Austen might visit Brighton with her brother Henry,
and she might meet Lord Byron, mad bad and dangerous to know, than you would
enjoy this mystery/social novel of 1811. The Regent has brought his friends
to his Pavillion to gamble and carouse and the fashionable set are there as
well. Jane runs into Mona, Countess of Swithin, an old friend who knows Caro
Lamb, Byron and others. It was great fun to read. Byron's poem Le Giaour provides
part of the plot and Byron helps Ja
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Beth
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Ah Stephanie Barron never disappoints. Another excellent read that feels so like an Austen novel but with more excitement. Highly recommend this series.
Bill
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of Stephanie Barron's best books in this series.
Carol
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it for all the same reasons I liked Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (style, pacing, wit, charm, etc.), but I enjoyed this one differently, though perhaps a little less overall. I think the subject matter in The Madness of Lord Byron definitely more scandalous and sensational than 12 Days, at times a bit distasteful, and just as heartbreaking.

Plot Summary: After watching her beloved sister-in-law Eliza succumb to breast cancer, Jane and her brother Henry, go to Brighton for a period
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Maj
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the Q&A featured at the end of the book, Stephanie Barron admits this book is entirely an invention (as far as we know Jane Austen never visited Brighton), giving us a meeting between two of Britain's most famous authors. Though, this book's version of Byron entirely correctly calls Miss Austen the superior writer. Good.

It's one of Barron's most detectiv-y novels, it even features a LIST of questions for Jane to get the answers to before she can discover the identity of the murderer.

It's
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Becky
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Compared to the rest of the series, this one seemed much more of a traditional mystery novel, in that Jane meets the victim and interacts with her, alive, for over a 100 pages, and so I felt that the reader was given more of an opportunity to beat the characters to the punch. That, as well as the reappearance of Desdemona and the Earl of Swithin, were very positive for me.

I will say, however, that the principal new characters of this book were unappealing. Catherine Twining was the naive ingenu
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Karen Christino
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, especially the characters of Byron and Caroline Lamb, who were both dramatic and unstable people, very well depicted. The author really brings the time period to life as well. That said, I just found the repetition of archaic words like "nuncheon" "reticule," "gaol"and "sopha" a little annoying. I know this is fiction, but as a lover of Austen, I also can't get away from the feeling that her character in the book is nothing like what I've read from and about the real person. ...more
Sandy
Lord Trowbridge had died!!! Books and books ago but then, I don't always read books in order... But I must say, I'm deeply saddened. I really liked him and I know Jane did too! Sadly, Barron couldn't have her heroine, Jane Austen, who never wed in real life, marry in her fictional self... too too bad, as it is so evident that Jane is a lonely woman and a good catch, although Trowbridge's niece, Mona, remarked that Sir Harold had said something to the effect that it was better that Jane not marry ...more
Judy
Still loving these mysteries featuring Jane Austen as the detective. The Regency setting is well described (even Prinny shows up in this one) and having Lord Byron as a suspected murderer adds a new dimension. This one is probably farther away from Austen's real life as the author admits as far as she know Austen was never in Brighton, and Lord Byron was never arrested for murder. Still it's a nice convoluted mystery with the usual interesting characters.
Terje Fokstuen
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Austen, on the way to Brighton, with her banker brother Henry, to alleviate the loss they both feel at the loss of his wife Eliza stumble on a kidnapping of a lovely, young woman. The young woman is subsequently murdered and Jane must use all of her good sense to solve the murder mystery and save the deplorable Lord Byron who has been accused of the crime. An enjoyable romp for Austen fans and a fine period mystery. Recommended for fans of Ms. Austen.
Ruth Gabel
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of the books in Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen series. Jane's "voice" is spot on for the era. Each book makes me want to further investigate the lives of the real people that are included in the story,ie George Gordon, Lord Byron, and his two lovers Caroline Lamb and Jane Harley, Lady Oxford.
Sparrowapril
It was ok, I didn't not it as much as previous books
Melissa
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this series s lot. I particularly liked this one.
Lynn Diane
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nope. Nope. No.....
Jennifer Tuleja
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Slow read not well developed but good for the time period setting mode I have been in lately.
Brigitte
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
People are overthinking this book. Do not take it seriously. It is a romp, a lark, a diversion. Don't analyze it just relax and enjoy.
Waverly Fitzgerald
One of my favorites of this series because of the cleverness with which Barron uses Byron and his reputation to frame him for murder!
QNPoohBear

Jane beloved sister Eliza dies and brother Henry is bereft, so Jane suggests a holiday at the seaside for the two of them. Henry chooses Brighton, the fashionable watering hole of the Great. Along the way, they stop to change horses when they discover a young lady bound and gagged inside a crested carriage. Miss Catherine Twining, a young miss of 15 years, claims to have been abducted by none other than the infamous poet Lord Byron! Byron intended to take Catherine to Gretna and when she tried t
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Angie Boyter
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Georgette Heyer meets Miss Marple!
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron is the tenth in a series of mysteries featuring Jane Austen, told in her own words through the medium of her diary. In this adventure, Jane accompanies her brother Henry to Brighton to take in the sea after he loses his wife to breast cancer. The “trendy” resort seems to be peopled by everyone of note in society, including the Regent and the poet Lord Byron. Given the libertine ways of both, it may come as no real surprise that
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