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Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Jane Austen Mysteries)by Stephanie Barron
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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 sheand her countrysuffer a dastardly demise.…
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 Castlereaghs very doorstep.
Everyone whos 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 investigateuntil a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of the case…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 Londons most celebrated courtesan, only one thing is sure: her failure will not only cut short her life. It could lead to Englands 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.
About the Author
Stephanie Barron, a lifelong admirer of Jane Austen's work, is the author of eight bestselling Jane Austen mysteries. As Francine Mathews, she is the author of The Cutout, The Secret Agent, Blown, and The Alibi Club, coming in hardcover from Bantam in September 2006. She lives near Denver, Colorado, where she is at work on her next mystery.
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