It may plese you to think that you are free of the soupcon, milady, you and the tall lord who is so silent and who looks thru me; but the hanging, it is too good for you. I must keep myself by the side of my Saviour, and no one is safe in your company; and so I have gone this morning and you shanll not find me out ware. The next leter, it will go to the good Sir William; and then we will see what becomes of those who kill.
Jane quickly figures out that the note is written by Marguerite, a servant, due to the crude spelling and language. Jane promises Isobel that she will do everything she can to prove Isobel’s innocence and bring the real killer to justice. With a house filled with suspects and more murders, it’s up to Jane to figure out the real culprit and motive.
The first time I read this book I didn’t see the little note that the “editor’s note” was really fictitious and I read almost half the book thinking that it really was based on Jane’s lost journals. (HAHA you can all laugh at me) This series is one of the most creative Austen fan fiction junctures that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Barron is truly fantastic at keeping true to Austen’s writing style. Her writing flows with such eloquence and beauty, it’s hard not to be drawn into the story.
Barron’s characters are remarkably layered. Just when you think you’ve figured out whodunnit a character begins showing another layer. Barron writes such a controlled story you really are kept guessing as to who the murderer is until the final pages of the book. These are the types of mystery books that I love reading; intelligent ones that are meant to keep you searching for clues and connections the entire time.
There are now 11 books in the series and I cannot wait to gobble them all up.
4 out of 5 Stars
This is my first completed review for the Being a Jane Austen Mystery Reading Challenge
This is my second completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge