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Death of a Schoolgirl (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Joanna Campbell Slan

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Title:Death of a Schoolgirl
Authors:Joanna Campbell Slan
Info:Berkley (2012), Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Collections:Your library, Ultimate Favorites
Rating:*****
Tags:Jane Eyre Chronicles, historical mystery, Jane Eyre, murder, mystery, England, London, boarding school, robbery, library

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This debut title in The Jane Eyre Chronicles will charm you into wanting to read more. Jane is now married to Mr. Rochester. She enjoys an elevated status in society and has given birth to a son. However, she leaves the comfort of home when a mysterious message arrives from her husband’s ward, young Adele Varens. The frightening missive indicates the girl’s life may be in danger. Jane travels to the child’s school where she is mistaken for a new teacher. With the help of an old friend who recognizes her, she goes undercover to catch a killer. Someone has murdered Selina Biltmore, one of the superintendent’s favorites. As Jane gets to know Selina’s classmates along with the house staff, she notes a wealth of suspects. The victim may have appeared a cherub, but she hid a dark side. Jane has to catch the killer fast if she wants to save Adele from harm and prevent an innocent teacher from getting the blame. Death of a Schoolgirl will immerse you in Jane’s world, and you’ll be sorry to see the story end. I’m eager for the next installment in this delightful series. ( )
  NancyJCohen | Jan 2, 2014 |
After her marriage to Rochester and the birth of her son, Jane finds herself again working as a school mistress to protect Adele and uncover a murder plot. The premise of the book is fun if a bit cliché. I did enjoy the basic story, but some plot elements seemed to be extraneous making the book longer than it really needed to be. ( )
  4leschats | Aug 2, 2013 |
In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…

Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.

But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…
What a terrific book. And a crackling good mystery to boot, that left me guessing right up until the final denoument. The Author truly captured Bronte's style and kept me riveted to the pages as they flew by.
It was a pure joy to revisit these characters and in a whole different way that really works.
Very much looking forward to the series.
Highly Recommended. ( )
  silversurfer | Apr 24, 2013 |
Have you ever wondered what happened to Jane Eyre Rochester and her husband Edward after the fire that destroyed the manor?

Joanna Campbell Slan puts her in London trying to solve a mystery, a murder mystery that has happened at the school where Edward's ward Adele has been placed.

There are plenty of twists and turns to this mystery and a lot of weaving the original story of Jane Eyre into the current story. I had no idea who killed Adele's classmate and the culprit surprised me but that always makes a good mystery to me.

You don't have to have read the Bronte story to enjoy this book, but if you have you'll probably enjoy this marvelous story even more!

This is listed as "The Jane Eyre Chronicles", so I hope that means more to come in the series. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
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And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40, King James Version of the Bible

Women feel just as men feel...It is thoughtless to condemn them, or to laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.  Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
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For my sister, Jane Ransome Campbell
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When a schoolmate of Adele Varens dies suspiciously, Jane Eyre, now married to Edward Rochester, goes to investigate, posing as a teacher to uncover the killer's next target.

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