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Jane And The Prisoner Of Wool House by Stephanie Barron

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Also by Stephanie Barron:

That Churchill Woman, February 2019
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Jane and the Waterloo Map, February 2016
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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, November 2014
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Jane And The Canterbury Tale, September 2011
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The White Garden, October 2009
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A Flaw In The Blood, March 2008
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Jane and the Barque of Frailty, November 2007
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Jane and the Barque of Frailty, December 2006
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Jane and His Lordship's Legacy, March 2005
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Jane And The Ghosts Of Netley, May 2004
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Jane And The Prisoner Of Wool House, November 2002
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Jane And The Stillroom Maid, May 2001
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Jane And The Genius Of The Place, February 2000
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Jane And The Wandering Eye, November 1998
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Jane And The Man Of The Cloth, December 1997
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Jane And The Unpleasantness At Scargrave Manor, December 1996
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Jane And The Prisoner Of Wool House
Stephanie Barron

Jane Austen #6
Bantam
November 2002
On Sale: October 29, 2002
347 pages
ISBN: 0553578405
EAN: 9780553578409
Paperback (reprint)
$6.99
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Mystery Woman Sleuth

In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....

Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House

“I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England.”

So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton’s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave.

“Lucky” Tom — so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships — is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom’s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship.

Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man’s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit.

Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying — and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth.

The search for the captain’s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave’s family, through some of the seaport’s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war.

Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain’s imprisoned crew — and elicits a debonair surgeon’s account of the Stella Maris’s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt.

When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme ... or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Jane’s own door before the final knots in the killer’s net are completely untangled.

Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to “the naval set” — and charts a true course through the amateur sleuth’s most troubled waters yet.


From the Hardcover edition.

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