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Author: Stephanie Barron Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Jane Austen Mysteries Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9781415916377
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It's with a heavy heart that Jane Austen takes up a new residence at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Secretly mourning the lost love of her life, she's stunned to learn that the late Lord Harold Trowbridge has made her heir to an extraordinary bequest: a Bengal chest filled with his diaries, letters, and most intimate correspondence. From these, Jane is expected to write a memoir of the Gentleman Rogue for posterity. But before she can put pen to paper on this labor of love, she discovers a corpse in the cellar of her new home. The dead man was a common laborer, and a subsequent coroner's examination shows he was murdered elsewhere and transported to Chawton Cottage. Suddenly Jane and her family are thrust into the center of a brewing scandal in this provincial village that doesn't take kindly to outsiders in general—and to Austens in particular. And just as Jane glimpses a connection between the murder and the shattering truth concealed somewhere in Lord Harold's papers, violent death strikes yet another unsuspecting vicitim. Suddenly there are suspects and motives everywhere Jane looks—local burglaries, thwarted passions, would-be knights, and members of the royal family itself who want Lord Harold hushed . . . even in death. As the tale of one man's illustrious life unfolds—a life that runs a parallel course to the history of two continents—Jane races against time to catch a cunning killer before more innocent lives are taken. But her determination to protect Lord Harold's legacy could exact the costliest price of all: her own life. Jane and His Lordship's Legacy is historical suspense writing at its very finest, graced with insight, perception, and uncommon intelligence of its singular heroine in a mystery that will test the mettle of her mind and heart. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/24/2010

    " This delightful mystery series based upon Jane Austen's life, explores in this volume the move to Chawton House and the mysterious sorrow thought to be because of a lost love. Ms. Barron mixes in murder and intrigue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/3/2010

    " What a find! This was the first in this series that I've read, but definately won't be the last. I'm a big Austen fan and love the idea of this literary genius as fearless sleuth. Delightful, delightful book that transports one back to 19th century England. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 7/14/2010

    " i read half of this book it was very hard to read because it is written in old english style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/24/2009

    " I think my favorite part of these books is the period detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 8/5/2009

    " Enjoyed finding myself in the Austen era, in Jane Austen's actual stomping grounds, and an engaging mystery plot to boot! Will definitely read another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 7/21/2009

    " A fun mystery using some actual letters from Austen. It was an interesting look into her real life (or the author's guess at what her life was like...) and think of Jane as a detective. Not a deep book, some parts were even a bit dry, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victory | 6/15/2009

    " Good for what it is a mystery with a Jane Austen twist, amusing and distracting hardly a brain strainer-- tasty brain candy. Listening rather than reading so it's amusing to hear the woman fake the men's poshy accents and not so poshy as well as the young and old male and female. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 3/13/2009

    " Of the serious, this book is my favourite because of the beautiful, heartbreaking love letter included at the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 10/23/2008

    " This is my least favorite so far in the series, as it contained the journal entries and letters of Lord Harry Trowbridge where he frequently plots his seductions and reports of his conquests with utter contempt for these ladies. :( "

About the Author

Stephanie Barron is a graduate of Princeton and Stanford, where she studied history. A former intelligence analyst for the CIA, Stephanie—who also writes under the name Francine Mathews—drew on her experience in the field of espionage for such novels as The Alibi Club, which Publishers Weekly named as one of the fifteen best novels of 2006, and for her critically acclaimed Jane Austen Mystery series, in which the intrepid and witty author of Pride and Prejudice details her secret detective career in Regency England. Barron lives and works in Denver.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.