Jane And The Prisoner Of Wool House
Jane Austen #6
On Sale: October 29, 2002
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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
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool
â€śI will assert that sailors are endowed
with greater worth than any set of men in England.â€ť
So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the
buffeting wind of Southamptonâ€™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.
Tom â€” so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships â€” is
presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles
of War. Tomâ€™s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has
accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French
captain after the surrender of his ship.
Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the
dead manâ€™s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and
execution for a crime he swears he did not
Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his
friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or
Chessyre is lying â€” and that she and Frank have a duty to
discover the truth.
The search for the captainâ€™s
honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagraveâ€™s
family, through some of the seaportâ€™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 captainâ€™s imprisoned crew â€” and
elicits a debonair surgeonâ€™s account of the Stella
Marisâ€™s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of
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 Janeâ€™s own door
before the final knots in the killerâ€™s net are completely
Always surprising, Jane and the
Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and
intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers
to â€śthe naval setâ€ť â€” and charts a true course through the
amateur sleuthâ€™s most troubled waters
From the Hardcover edition.
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