Jane and the Man of the Cloth

Jane and the Man of the Cloth

Being the Second Jane Austen Mystery

Book - 1998
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For everyone who loves Jane Austen . . . the second tantalizing mystery in a new series that transforms the beloved author into a dazzling sleuth!

Jane and her family are looking forward to a peaceful holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Yet on the outskirts of town an overturned carriage forces the shaken travelers to take refuge at a nearby manor house. And it is there that Jane meets the darkly forbidding yet strangely attractive Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth. What murky secrets does the brooding Mr. Sidmouth seek to hide? Jane suspects the worst--but her attention is swiftly diverted when a man is discovered hanged from a makeshift gibbet by the sea. The worthies of Lyme are certain his death is the work of "the Reverend," the ringleader of the midnight smuggling trade whose identity is the town's paramount mystery. Now, it falls to Jane to entrap and expose the notorious Reverend . . . even if the evidence points to the last person on earth she wants to suspect . . . a man who already may have won her heart.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bantam Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780553574890
Branch Call Number: BARR
Characteristics: 335 pages

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

This series definitely scratched the JAFF mystery itch. I appreciate the amount of red herrings and merry leaps to conclusion that this story included- I guessed the true guilty party only a paragraph or two before Jane did (always nice when a mystery is as smart as you are). I also appreciate the authentic Jane Austen voice that Barron applies. It really does feel like Jane herself, with her own wit and self-knowledge, but Barron doesn't shy away from the realities of Jane's life as a single 'spinster' (except, of course, the constant intrigues Jane finds herself thrown into). This one can be read as a standalone (maybe all of the novels in the series can?), so if you like cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and the Regency period, I recommend it.

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plouthan
Aug 08, 2012

Fun for Austen Addicts. The Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron place Jane at the role of detective in a well-imitated Austen voice. The books are annotated--most of which place accurate historical context, some of which are fabircated in order to secure the author's story. Jane and the Man of the Cloth finds Jane in Lyme, amidst covert business practices, misplaced affections, and even murder. Barron has done her historical research while providing a fun page-turner of what might have been.

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rslade
Feb 02, 2012

Decent enough mysteries (if not terribly sophisticated). Very good attempt at replicating Austen's style, and also good scholarship and background to support the conceit that these are "lost works."

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