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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane… (original 1996; edition 2008)

by Stephanie Barron

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Title:Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery
Authors:Stephanie Barron
Info:Bantam (2008), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read on Kindle, Your library
Rating:***
Tags:jane austen sequel, period mystery, mystery series, england regency

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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron (1996)

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    The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are written with a similar conceit - Jane's diaries found and footnoted by the editor/author. "Unpleasantness" has Jane solving a murder mystery to clear her friend, while "Lost Memoirs" delves into the possible romance that inspired Austen's greatest works.… (more)
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An amusing read, and rather cleverly done. Barron claims to be simply editing one of Austen's actual diaries and throughout the book she provides footnotes which explain concepts unfamiliar to modern readers. These little facts give the book a bit of depth and add to the amusement. The mystery, however, is rather ridiculous, and its solution a bit too easily achieved.

The diary format may explain why the book is very Austen-centric. Characters she does not like are not well developed, and are a bit stereotypical. Of course, many of us are guilty of passing these kind of judgements without though, conveniently placing people in boxes based on stereotypes.

What the book is missing is some reflection on Jane's part, where she addresses how her views of each character may or may not have changed as she delves deeper into the mystery. This type of reflection would have enhanced the reader's belief in this actually being Austen's personal diary. ( )
  michdubb | Mar 19, 2016 |
Jane Austen solves mysteries! The first half is very stilted and badly written. The author is clearly nervous and uncomfortable writing Regency-era dialog. The characters are boring cliches. Everyone compliments Austen on her wit, but she never said anything remotely clever. In the second half, Austen races around London trying to solve a murder mystery. Unfortunately, it's a stupid murder and an even stupider murderer (upon being caught, the person actually rants about how they'd have gotten away with it if it weren't for Miss Austen's intelligence and perspicacity, and then confesses to everything). I'd recommend reading Madeleine Robbins instead. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
1st book in an interesting series in which Jane Austen herself is the protagonist, solving riddles of intrigue. Made even more amusing by the statement that the series is based on secret writings kept by Jane and supplemented with actual letters, etc. that she did indeed write. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
A clever Jane Austen "memoir" of her sleuthing. I'll read more of this series. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 14, 2016 |
This is a fun little ditty for all of you Jane Austin fans. ( )
  LouisaK | Feb 2, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated with love
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In a time of near Jane Austen-mania, what better heroine to solve a mystery than Jane herself? Only two things are required: a satisfying, well-structured whodunit plot and a knack for rendering Austen's style at picking up the most delicate nuances in social behavior. Stephanie Barron succeeds on both counts. When the squire of a country manor in Hertfordshire is found lifeless in his bed, foul play is suspected and Jane is called upon to unravel the mystery. Along the way, Barron employs Jane as the first-person narrator and adeptly re-creates Austen's voice and delightfully subtle humor.

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A mystery novel that casts Jane Austen as a sleuth who is called upon to investigate the suspicious death of the Earl of Scargrave, but the matter becomes urgent when the widow is accused of orchestrating her husband's death because of her love for his nephew.… (more)

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