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The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen

by Lindsay Ashford

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Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen's hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane's close friend, has decided at least to tell her story -- a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder.… (more)



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Very interesting. I wonder how much of it is true. ( )
  AnaKurland | Jan 30, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. The life and times of Jane Austen appear to be well-researched, and the speculation of how she may have died was intriguing. I didn't take it too seriously but enjoyed how this obvious fan of Austen wove an interesting tale of fact and fiction. ( )
  jsfecmd | Dec 21, 2014 |
Did beloved author Jane Austen die of natural causes, or was her death brought about by more sinister means? Anne Sharpe, governess to Jane's niece, Fanny, suspects foul play. Anne and Jane had struck up a friendship, and together they discovered shocking Austen family secrets. When various members of the Austen family begin dying, no one connects the tragedies until Jane dies after having experienced unusual skin discoloration. Anne puts two and two together and suspects that Jane, as well as other members of the family, have all be poisoned. However, she has nothing but her suspicions and a potential clue left in Jane's last poem. Twenty years after Jane's death, Anne has a lock of Jane's hair analyzed and learns that it contains a high level of arsenic, confirming her suspicions. Who did it, why, and what can Anne do about it?

I am not a Jane Austen scholar, so I can't speak with any authority about the historical accuracy of the novel. I am certain that those who are Austen scholars might find plenty to object to in terms of the characterizations in the novel if they are not historically accurate. For example, Henry Austen is accused of much wrong-doing in the novel. How much he earned this characterization in reality I don't know. With that being said, I enjoyed the novel. There was just enough suspense to keep me hooked. It was interesting to get to "see" Jane Austen in a different light, not as author, but as character. I'm not so sure how realistic Anne Sharpe's character is. How many governesses in her situation would have sacrificed their jobs over qualms about the moral fiber of her employers? I have to say, though, the end was a bit disappointing. I found myself thinking, "That's it? After twenty years of obsessing over Jane's death, that's it?" Of course, maybe that's the point. After it all, after everything that Anne had uncovered, in the end she was powerless to bring the suspected murderer to justice. ( )
  arbjames | Oct 16, 2013 |
THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF JANE AUSTEN is an interesting Historical Fiction set in 1843 England. What an interesting tale of the death of Jane Austen. Based partly on historical facts, partly on fiction and the author's own imagination. Filled with forbidden love, possible murder, secrets, family intrigue and of course the death of the beloved Jane Austen. Told in first person, some through letters,or a journal Jane left to her former governess and friend, Anne Sharp,but mostly told from Anne's recollection. The characters are engaging. The storyline is interesting as well as intriguing. What really happened to Jane, was she murdered, or did she actually just suffer a stroke and fell into unconsciousness for which she never recovered from and died? This story examines a few things,most interesting things, of secrets, theories,facts,for you see she was only forty-one at the time of her death. If you enjoy Jane Austen stories,mystery, suspense, than you will enjoy this title. Fast paced. Was Jane Austen murdered or did she die of natural causes and who wished her death? Family,friend,or foe! These are a few of the questions,which has caused much debate internationally. A very controversy debate,I might add! While, I feel it does make Jane's family a bit sinister,it does not take away from the possibilities of what actual happened to Jane Austen. You can draw your own conclusions to "The Mysterious Death of Jane Austen" by reading the story for yourself. An interesting read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Aug 5, 2013 |
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