Jane and the Barque of Frailty

Written by Stephanie Barron
Review by Tess Allegra

Miss Jane Austen has left cozy Chawton for a month in London overseeing the printing of her first novel, Sense and Sensibility. Busy London life with sister-in-law Eliza begins with a play where all the “ton” display their fine clothes, jewels – and mistresses. The latest scandal deals with love letters printed in the Morning Post, allegedly written to a Tory minister from a jilted Russian princess who is later found with her throat cut on the steps of the lord’s home. An inquest confirms self-murder, but Jane is puzzled. When events conspire to bring Jane and Eliza into the frame of her possible murder, they must outrun the infamous Bow Street Runners to prove their innocence by finding the murderer among the untouchables of society. Jane’s ninth adventure builds to the intensity of a thriller but never abandons the gentle language and good manners of a proper Regency story.