Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
Being the First Jane Austen Mystery

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For everyone who loves Jane Austen...a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth!

On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel's husband—a gentleman of mature years—is felled by a mysterious and agonizing ailment. The Earl's death seems a cruel blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the bereaved widow soon finds that it's only the beginning of her misfortune...as she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl's nephew of adultery—and murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous investigation that will soon have her following a trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate Prison and the House of Lords—a trail that may well place Jane's own person in the gravest jeopardy.

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About Stephanie Barron

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STEPHANIE BARRON is Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LAUREN BERGMAN is Curatorial Assistant in the Modern Art Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Exhibition Associate for Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective. PHYLLIS TUCHMAN, a New York-based art writer and art historian, has written for publications including Artforum, Art in America, Art and Auction, Artnet, Smithsonian, Vogue, and the New York Times.
Published January 16, 2009 by Crimeline. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, History. Fiction

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With this series opener, Barron catches the Jane Austen popularity wave with impeccable timing--but that may be the best that can be said of this debut. Purportedly editing Austen manuscripts found in

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Actually, she is still Jane Austen, but I garner by the series of Barron written books she plays a role similar to that of Angela Lansbury in the senior citizen inspired television classic, ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ Published in 2002, Barron confesses in the Editor’s Foreword that in the spring of 19...

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