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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen

Book #72 Read in 2013
The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford

This book puts an interesting spin on Jane Austen's early death.  In this book, Miss Sharp, governess to Austen family members who becomes a close friend of Jane's, feels that someone had a hand to Jane dying at the early age of 41.  Miss Sharp believes that someone poisoned Jane and she wants to prove it.  This book talks about the interactions among Austen's family members, the way of life during that time, and Jane's rise as an author. 

As a huge Jane Austen fan, I found this book's premise interesting.  I enjoyed the writing style and the mystery aspect to it.  The longing that Miss Sharp felt for Jane became a bit tiresome after a while but it served its purpose about her strong motivation to find out what truly happened to Jane Austen.  Overall, I enjoyed the book.

I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks in exchange for a review.


  1. Sounds interesting. Thanks for introducing this book to us, Melissa.


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