Jane Austen Mysteries Books In Publication Order
- Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (1996)
- Jane and the Man of the Cloth (1997)
- Jane and the Wandering Eye (1998)
- Jane and the Genius of the Place (1999)
- Jane and the Stillroom Maid (2000)
- Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House (2001)
- Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (2003)
- Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy (2005)
- Jane and the Barque of Frailty (2006)
- Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (2010)
- Jane and the Canterbury Tale (2011)
- Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (2014)
- Jane and the Waterloo Map (2016)
- Jane and the Year Without a Summer (2022)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- A Flaw in the Blood (2008)
- The White Garden (2009)
- That Churchill Woman (2019)
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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
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.
Jane and the Man of the Cloth
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.
Jane and the Wandering Eye
Jane Austen’s potential as a brilliant sleuth was delightfully revealed in Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor and deliciously underscored in Jane and the Man of the Cloth. Now, in Stephanie Barron’s third superb Jane Austen Mystery, the beloved author embarks on her most perplexing case…
as misplaced passions, festering malice, and the desire for revenge serve to conceal the true motives for murder. As Christmas of l804 approaches, Jane Austen finds herself ‘insupportably bored with Bath, and the littlenesses of a town,’ despite the seasonal gaiety, the elegant Assemblies, and the appearance of a celebrated pair of actors at the Theatre Royal. It is with something like relief, then, that she accepts a peculiar commission from her Gentleman Rogue, Lord Harold Trowbridge to shadow his niece, Lady Desdemona, who has fled to Bath to avoid the attentions of the arrogant and unsavoury Earl of Swithin. But at a masquerade thronged with the fashionable and the notorious, Jane’s idle diversion suddenly turns deadly. Even as actor Hugh Conyngham transfixes the guests with his declamation of Macbeth’s murderous soliloquy, his theatre manager is discovered stabbed to death in an anteroom. Weeping on his breast is Hugh’s sister, the spirited tragedienne Maria Conyngham. And standing by the body, knife in hand, is Desdemona’s brother, Simon, Lord Kinsfell. In vain does Simon protest his innocence: he is arrested and charged with murder. Jane, however, knows that there is more to this fatal drama than meets the eye. And what is one to surmise from the stormy portrait of an eye left lying on the corpse? As Yuletide revels progress, Jane’s delicate inquiries expose a bewildering array of suspects amid an endlessly shifting pattern of flirtations, amours, and sinister entanglements. And as Jane’s fascination with mystery and her fondness for the dramatic arts lead her deeper into the investigation, it becomes clear that she will not uncover the truth without some play acting of her own. Yet Jane’s bravura performance could do more than unmask a killer…
it could lead to the ruin of her reputation, or even the loss of her life. Fiendishly clever and breathlessly diverting, Jane and the Wandering Eye weaves manners, mayhem, and murder into a dazzling spectacle of intrigue and suspense.
Jane and the Genius of the Place
In three highly diverting mysteries, Jane Austen has shown herself a clever hand at unraveling the deadly knots woven by the unscrupulous. Now, in her latest engrossing adventure, Jane is called upon to solve a shattering crime that may begin and end in one man’s heart or encompass the fate of an entire nation. In the waning days of summer, Jane Austen is off to the Canterbury Races, where the rich and fashionable go to gamble away their fortunes. It is an atmosphere ripe for scandal. But even Jane is unprepared for the shocking drama that ensues when a raven haired wanton in a scarlet riding habit takes center stage. She is Fran oise Grey, a flamboyant French beauty who has cast a spell over the gentlemen of Kent…
and her unbridled behavior at the races invites the most scandalous speculation. What can Mrs. Grey be thinking, Jane wonders, to so brazenly strike a gentleman with her whip? And what recklessness then spurs her to leap the rail on her fleet black horse and join the race? Only hours after Mrs. Grey has departed the race grounds in triumph will Jane realize the full import of her questions. For in a shabby chaise less than a hundred feet from where Jane sat, the impossible is revealed: Mrs. Grey’s lifeless body, gruesomely strangled, her ruby riding habit nowhere to be found. As those around her rush to arrest the owner of the chaise a known scoundrel with eyes for Fran oise Jane looks further afield to find a number of others behaving oddly, including the dashing military man caught rifling through the dead woman’s desk, the widower who does not appear to be grieving, and the shy governess curiously overpowered by the horror of the Frenchwoman’s death. As rumors spread like wildfire that Napoleon’s fleet is bound for Kent, Jane begins to suspect that Fran oise Grey’s murder was an act of war rather than a crime of passion. The peaceful fields of Kent have become a very dangerous place…
and Jane’s thirst for justice may exact the steepest price of all her life. Deliciously sinister and splendidly wrought, Jane and the Genius of the Place is a stylish puzzler that only the incomparable Jane Austen could hope to crack. And in her capable hands, the solving of it is a pleasure to watch.
Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight in her latest adventure after Jane and the Genius of the Place, which sheds new light on the author’s travels in 1806. While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice, Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man. Jane’s suspicions are roused when her escort, Mr. George Hemming, prefers to remove the unidentified corpse to Buxton, rather than Bakewell, and they increase when the body proves to be that of a woman dressed in men’s clothing. Moreover, the corpse is identified as Tess Arnold, a servant at one of the area’s great houses, whom Mr. Hemming should have recognized. As the compounder of stillroom remedies, Tess had a reputation as a healer, until accused of witchcraft. Rumors of ritual murder by Freemasons who include most of the neighboring gentry excite the local populace and jeopardize the investigation of the justice of the peace, himself a Mason. When Mr. Hemming disappears before the inquest, Jane and the justice turn for help to Lord Harold Trowbridge, a guest at the nearby ducal house of Chatsworth. Barron catches Austen’s tone amazingly well. Details of early 19th century country life of all clas*ses ring true, while the story line is clear, yet full of surprises. The ‘editor’s notes’ that punctuate the text and old cures for various ills that open each chapter add to the charm. Aug.
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind…
. Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England. So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton’s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave. Lucky Tom so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship. Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man s chest. Now Seagrave faces court martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit. Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth. The search for the captain s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave s family, through some of the seaport s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war. Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain s imprisoned crew and elicits a debonair surgeon s account of the Stella Maris s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt. When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme…
or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Jane s own door before the final knots in the killer s net are completely untangled. Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to the naval set and charts a true course through the amateur sleuth s most troubled waters yet. From the Hardcover edition.
Jane and the Ghosts of Netley
In her seventh captivating adventure, Jane Austen finds her crime solving mettle put to the test in a confounding case of intrigue, murder, and high treason. Among the haunted ruins of an ancient abbey, Jane is drawn into a shadow world of dangerous secrets and traitorous hearts where not only her life is at stake but the fate of England. As Jane Austen stands before the abandoned ruins of Netley Abbey, she imagines that ghosts really do haunt the centuries old monastery. But the green cloaked figure who startles her is all too human and he bears an unexpected missive from Lord Harold Trowbridge, one of the British government’s most trusted advisers and a man who holds a high place in Jane s life. Trowbridge tells Jane about a suspected traitor in their midst and the disastrous consequences if she succeeds. But is Sophia Challoner, a beautiful widow with rumored ties to Emperor Bonaparte, really an agent of the enemy? Dispatched to Netley Lodge, Jane sets about gaining the confidence of the mysterious and intriguing lady even as Trowbridge s grim prediction bears fruit: a British frigate is set afire and its shipwright found with his throat cut. It s clear that someone is waging a clandestine war of terror and murder. But before Jane can follow the trail of conspiracy to its source and unmask a calculating killer, the cold hand of murder will fall mercilessly yet again and suddenly Jane may find herself dying for her country. Elegantly intriguing, Jane and the Ghosts of Netley is a beautifully crafted novel of wit, character, and suspense that transports Jane and her many fans into a mystery of truly historical proportions and a case that will test the amateur sleuth s true colors under fire.
Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy
It’s with a heavy heart that Jane Austen takes up a new residence at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Secretly mourning the lost love of her life, she’s stunned to learn that the late Lord Harold Trowbridge has made her heir to an extraordinary bequest: a Bengal chest filled with his diaries, letters, and most intimate correspondence. From these, Jane is expected to write a memoir of the Gentleman Rogue for posterity. But before she can put pen to paper on this labor of love, she discovers a corpse in the cellar of her new home. The dead man was a common laborer, and a subsequent coroner’s examination shows he was murdered elsewhere and transported to Chawton Cottage. Suddenly Jane and her family are thrust into the center of a brewing scandal in this provincial village that doesn’t take kindly to outsiders in general and to Austens in particular. And just as Jane glimpses a connection between the murder and the shattering truth concealed somewhere in Lord Harold’s papers, violent death strikes yet another unsuspecting vicitim. Suddenly there are suspects and motives everywhere Jane looks local burglaries, thwarted passions, would be knights, and members of the royal family itself who want Lord Harold hushed…
even in death. As the tale of one man’s illustrious life unfolds a life that runs a parallel course to the history of two continents Jane races against time to catch a cunning killer before more innocent lives are taken. But her determination to protect Lord Harold’s legacy could exact the costliest price of all: her own life. Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy is historical suspense writing at its very finest, graced with insight, perception, and uncommon intelligence of its singular hero*ine in a mystery that will test the mettle of her mind and heart.
Jane and the Barque of Frailty
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 she and her country suffer 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 Castlereagh’s very doorstep.
Everyone who s 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 investigate until 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 London s most celebrated courtesan, only one thing is sure: her failure will not only cut short her life. It could lead to England s 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.
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how mad, bad, and dangerous to know Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier s legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.
Jane and the Canterbury Tale
Three years after news of her scandalous husband’s death, Adelaide Fiske is at the altar again, her groom a soldier on the Marquis of Wellington s staff. The prospects seem bright for one of the most notorious women in Kent until Jane Austen discovers a corpse on the ancient Pilgrim s Way that runs through her brother Edward s estate. As First Magistrate for Canterbury, Edward is forced to investigate, with Jane as his reluctant assistant. But she rises to the challenge and leaves no stone unturned, discovering mysteries deeper than she could have anticipated. It seems that Adelaide s previous husband has returned for the new couple s nuptials only this time, genuinely, profoundly dead. But when a second corpse appears beside the ancient Pilgrim s Way, Jane has no choice but to confront a murderer, lest the next corpse be her own.
A Flaw in the Blood
The acclaimed author of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings rich historical immediacy to an enthralling new suspense novel centered around Queen Victoria’s troubled court and a secret so dangerous, it could topple thrones. Windsor Castle, 1861. For the second time in over twenty years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by the Queen. The first time, he d been a zealous young legal clerk, investigating what appeared to be a murderous conspiracy against her. Now he is a distinguished gentleman at the top of his profession. And the Queen is a woman in the grip of fear. For on this chilly night, her beloved husband, Prince Albert, lies dying. With her future clouded by grief, Fitzgerald can t help but notice the Queen is curiously preoccupied with the past. Yet why, and how he can help, is unclear. His bewilderment deepens when the royal coach is violently overturned, nearly killing him and his brilliant young ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the late Dr. Snow, a famed physician who d attended none other than Her Majesty. Fitzgerald is sure of one thing: the Queen s carriage was not attacked at random it was a carefully chosen target. But was it because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won t risk dying in order to find out. He ll leave London and take Georgiana with him if they can get out alive. For soon the pair find themselves hunted. Little do they know they each carry within their past hidden clues to a devastating royal secret one they must untangle if they are to survive. From the streets of London to the lush hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor Castle, A Flaw in the Blood delivers a fascinating tale of pursuit, and the artful blend of period detail and electrifying intrigue that only the remarkable Stephanie Barron can devise.
The White Garden
In March 1941, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in England’s River Ouse. Her body was found three weeks later. What seemed like a tragic ending at the time was, in fact, just the beginning of a mystery…
. Six decades after Virginia Woolf s death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf s lover Vita Sackville West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather s unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England s most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf s last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself. If authenticated, Jo s discovery could shatter everything historians believe about Woolf s final hours. But when the Woolf diary is suddenly stolen, Jo s quest to uncover the truth will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon whose connection to The White Garden ultimately proved devastating. Rich with historical detail, The White Garden is an enthralling novel of literary suspense that explores the many ways the past haunts the present and the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of the most carefully tended garden.