Jane Austen #9
On Sale: October 30, 2007
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Mystery Woman Sleuth
In her latest spellbinding escapade, Jane Austen arrives
in London to watch over the printing of her first novel,
and finds herself embroiled in a crime that could end more
than her career. For it is up to Jane to tease a murderer
out of the ton, lest sheâ€”and her countryâ€”suffer a
On the heels of completing Sense
and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane Street for a
monthlong visit with her brother Henry and his wife,
Eliza. Hobnobbing with the Fashionable Great at the height
of the Season, Jane is well aware of their secrets and
peccadilloes. But even she is surprised when the intimate
correspondence between a Russian princess and a prominent
Tory minister is published in the papers for all to see.
More shocking, the disgraced beauty is soon found with her
throat slit on Lord Castlereaghâ€™s very
Everyone whoâ€™s anyone in high society is
certain the spurned princess committed the violence upon
herself. But Jane is unconvinced. Nor does she believe the
minister guilty of so grisly and public a crime. Jane,
however, is willing to let someone else investigateâ€”until
a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of
the caseâ€¦as prime suspects!
Striking a bargain with
the authorities, Jane secures seven days to save herself
and Eliza from hanging. But as her quest to unmask a
killer takes her from the halls of government to the
drawing rooms of Londonâ€™s most celebrated courtesan, only
one thing is sure: her failure will not only cut short her
life. It could lead to Englandâ€™s downfall. A compulsively
readable, uncommonly elegant novel of historical suspense,
Jane and the Barque of Frailty once again proves Jane
Austen a sleuth to be reckoned with.
the Hardcover edition.
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