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Available 4.15.24

The Mysterious Death Of Miss Jane Austen
Lindsay Jayne Ashford

Sourcebooks Landmark
August 2013
On Sale: August 6, 2013
432 pages
ISBN: 1402282125
EAN: 9781402282126
Kindle: B00CA3SHBE
Paperback / e-Book
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Historical | Fiction Family Life

Jane Austen died of unknown causes at 41, her face "black and white and every wrong colour" (Austen's own words). This book sparked international headlines with the provocative question: Was Jane Austen poisoned? A compelling fictional account of the circumstances surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death from award-winning mystery writer Lindsay Ashford, inspired by letters and diaries from the Austen archive. Both a puzzle and an unusual love story, it delves deep into the world Jane inhabited and will fascinate Austen fans and mystery readers alike.


36 comments posted.

Re: The Mysterious Death Of Miss Jane Austen

i always enjoyed jane austen`s novels i would love to read
(Denise Smith 12:32pm August 29, 2013)

WOW! after reading how this story begins, I would love to read
it.I really hope to win!
Sandra Gest 1:12am August 29, 2013)

Sounds like an interesting story. Some of the best ones are based on some
true tidbit.
Laura Gullickson 1:47am August 29, 2013)

It's not unusual to be in an old house or castle, and feel the ghost of someone who had lived or had been in the premises before. It's happened to me a couple of times, and it doesn't feel far-fetched at all. In fact, I find it fascinating when I read when it happens to others, too!! Your book sounds absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!! Your 6th sense really kicked up to full gear, and I'm sure your book is right on the money!! Congratulations on your book, and I'll be looking forward to a great read to kick off my Fall!! It's definately on my TBR list!!
Peggy Roberson 7:46am August 29, 2013)

How wonderful it would be to win a copy!! It sounds like a great read!!
Betty Hamilton 9:16am August 29, 2013)

Oh Lindsay, The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen sounds like a facinating book. What an opportunity you had to live in the home for a period of time. That was certainly meant to be, I think. I was captured in your post so I can only imagine how caught up I would get in this book. Thank you for the chance to win.
Melanie Backus 9:33am August 29, 2013)

Sounds like a great book! I would like to read this one!
Kathy Morrison 9:43am August 29, 2013)

This sounds like a fabulous read! I hope to win it. A great story for the autumn!
Vennie Martinisi 9:45am August 29, 2013)

I would love to read this book...great story line and one I can't wait to read!
Bonnie Capuano 10:03am August 29, 2013)

This is such a compelling and fascinating book and post. Best
Sharon Berger 10:44am August 29, 2013)

Wow! This sounds very compelling and completely fascinating and it the thought that it could actually be true! This is a MUST read.
Lori Yost 10:58am August 29, 2013)

This sounds very good I like Jane Austen stories.
Penney Wilfort 12:29pm August 29, 2013)

Wow. The story sounds great. And I love that you got to write in a building Jane Austen actually slept at. That is awesome.
Pam Howell 2:06pm August 29, 2013)

I'm so jealous of your living arrangements. I can imagine that
it would spark creativity to be in such a place.
Deidre Durance 3:15pm August 29, 2013)

This sounds so good. I would love to read this.
Shawn Andree 3:23pm August 29, 2013)

thanks for my chance to read this one free!
Debbi Shaw 3:24pm August 29, 2013)

This sounds fascinating. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win!
Elizabeth Bayer 3:41pm August 29, 2013)

I really loved your reasons for writing The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane
Austen! I knew she died young but never knew about the arsenic.
Congratulation on the book and thanks for the chance to win!!!
Linda Brennan 4:03pm August 29, 2013)

WOW! Historical fiction at it's best! A murder of a well loved author! AWESOME!
Sandy Fielder 4:23pm August 29, 2013)

How wonderful for you to have been able to go through Jane Austen's family books, letters, etc. in the place where she once lived. How exciting. Your blog post has me wanting to read your book for sure. Thank you so much for this chance to win it. All The Best To You.
Esther Somorai 5:59pm August 29, 2013)

I love Jane Austen's novels. I think it's amazing that you had the chance to stay
in a place with such a connection to literary history. I would love to read the
novel you were inspired to write there.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Becca Luman 6:46pm August 29, 2013)

I'm truly fascinated by the mysterious death of Miss Jane Austen. I'm thinking someone in the household (perhaps even a cook, servant or the family friend) could have slowly and secretively been poisoning her with arsenic. I would enjoy reading your book very much.
Linda Luinstra 7:44pm August 29, 2013)

Sounds like a fascinating read - love Jane Austen books.
Mary C 10:04pm August 29, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your new book: THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MISS
JANE AUSTEN. This sounds like a fantastic book to read and
yes it sounds like she was poisoned. What a shame that she
died so young. I am sure that Jane Austen appreciates you
writing a book about her life and death. I would love to win
and read this fantastic book this summer. Thank You very
much. Cecilia CECE
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 11:40pm August 29, 2013)

Would love to read this! Just read the followup to Pride and Prejudice, Death
comes to Pemberly.
Diana Kaye 12:12pm August 30, 2013)

I can't wait to read your new book. Great topic.
Amy Kincade 12:42pm August 30, 2013)

There was always speculation that Jane Austen was murdered. Some speculated that she died of lead poisoning. I'm a big fan of mystery and crime stories. What can you expect when you do forensic for a living?
Kai Wong 12:51pm August 30, 2013)

Wow--I loved your post, and can't wait to read the book. A bit of real detective work!
Janet Martin 8:12am August 30, 2013)

Sounds like a good, I'm looking forward to reading it.
Rita Wray 9:41am August 30, 2013)

I believe that a lot of people did ingest poisons in some way at that time, because everything from face powder to wallpaper had mercury, arsenic, lead or something else horrible in it. This is one reason why people felt so much better when they went to visit a spa town. So a deliberate poisoning would not necessarily be the case, and who would want to think of that happening to Jane Austen? I hope your book works out happily.
Clare O'Beara 10:11am August 30, 2013)

Sounds great! I love it!
May Pau 10:29am August 30, 2013)

I have read so may reviews on this book. It is on my wish list. Thanks
Marguerite Beal 8:31pm August 30, 2013)

I love Jane Austens books so I would love to try yours!
Charlene Fraley 10:44pm August 30, 2013)

Always loved the world of Jane Austen
Roxana Perez 9:13am August 31, 2013)

I'm looking forward to such a fabulous read.
Mary Preston 6:58am September 1, 2013)

A total Jane Austen fan, I cannot wait to read this book. It was such a
shame she died so young leaving many a page unwritten. I miss the books
she may have written as she aged over the years
Lisa Lack 6:48am September 3, 2013)

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