Jane and the Man of the Cloth

Jane and the Man of the Cloth

Being the Second Jane Austen Mystery

Book - 1997
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Writer Jane Austen's family goes for a holiday by the sea. The carriage overturns and they find shelter in a manor whose owner, Geoffrey Sidmouth, is suspected of being a smuggler. The Napoleonic Wars are on so smuggling is a big business. The local customs man asks Jane to carry out an undercover investigation.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780553102031
Branch Call Number: MYS Barr
Characteristics: 274 p


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Jan 17, 2019

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 'spinster' (except, of course, the constant intrigues Jane finds herself thrown into). This one can be read as a standalone (maybe all of the novels in the series can?), so if you like cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and the Regency period, I recommend it.

Aug 08, 2012

Fun for Austen Addicts. The Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron place Jane at the role of detective in a well-imitated Austen voice. The books are annotated--most of which place accurate historical context, some of which are fabircated in order to secure the author's story. Jane and the Man of the Cloth finds Jane in Lyme, amidst covert business practices, misplaced affections, and even murder. Barron has done her historical research while providing a fun page-turner of what might have been.

Feb 02, 2012

Decent enough mysteries (if not terribly sophisticated). Very good attempt at replicating Austen's style, and also good scholarship and background to support the conceit that these are "lost works."


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