- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Crimeline; Auflage: Bantam Trade PB (1. Dezember 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0553575937
- ISBN-13: 978-0553575934
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 2,2 x 17,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 7 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 369.297 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery (Being A Jane Austen Mystery, Band 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Dezember 1996
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"There's plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane....[She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo." —USA Today
"Happily succeeds on all levels: a robust tale of manners and mayhem that faithfully reproduces the Austen style—and engrosses to the finish." —Kirkus Reviews
"Splendid fun!" —Star Tribune, Minneapolis
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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Stephanie Barron comes pretty close! She has obviously steeped herself in the language of Austen, and in the history of that period. As a result, she is able to craft a completely plausible mystery for Jane to solve.
The only thing I didn't like was the author's decision to use footnotes to explain things in the text that we modern readers might miss. I found this VERY distracting, and finally learned to ignore them. I hope that in time Ms. Barron learns to explain the terms within the text and leaves off this practice.
The first in the series, this book introduces Jane-as-sleuth along with the cast of supporting characters. Barron is true to Austen's character and life (as much as we know of it, anyway) and has written a solid mystery also. Thoroughly enjoyable.
As in Austen's own books there is a large cast of characters, some causing obstructions, or providing the clue that puts the puzzle together. Jane is soon up to her lace collars in enough red herrings and dead ends to satisfy the most ardent mystery fan.
Barron describes the settings with Jane Austen's practiced eye -- every situation commented upon, judgments of character made after studied reflection. Austen fans will also appreciate the expert rendering of Jane's cadence, and especially, phrasing. One doesn't have to be an Austen aficionado to enjoy these books, but readers of "Mansfield Park" and "Emma" will definitely feel at home. Highly recommended!
I could do without the footnotes.