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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
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Jan 15, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: historical, regency

Jane Austen solves mysteries! The first half is very stilted and badly written. The author is clearly nervous and uncomfortable writing Regency-era dialog. The characters are boring cliches. Everyone compliments Austen on her wit, but she never said anything remotely clever. In the second half, Austen races around London trying to solve a murder mystery. Unfortunately, it's a stupid murder and an even stupider murderer (upon being caught, the person actually rants about how they'd have gotten away with it if it weren't for Miss Austen's intelligence and perspicacity, and then confesses to everything). I'd recommend reading Madeleine Robbins instead.
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