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3.48727272727273 out of 53.48727272727273 out of 53.48727272727273 out of 53.48727272727273 out of 53.48727272727273 out of 5 3.49 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Barron Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jane Austen Mysteries Release Date: August 2000 ISBN: 9781415910764
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Jane Austen is enjoying August, 1806, among Derbyshire’s craggy peaks, sparkling streams, and cavernous gorges. That is, until she discovers the corpse of a young gentleman whose blond curls and delicate features suggest the face of an angel.

More shocking still is the coroner’s revelation: the deceased is no man but a maidservant—clad in the garb of her master, Mr. Charles Danforth of Penfolds Hall. Tess Arnold had ruled the stillroom at Penfolds for many years—until she was labeled a witch and dismissed for indiscretion. Was Tess the prey of a madman loose in the hills, or perchance the cast-off impediment to a gentleman’s marriage?

As usual, Jane’s acute perception and her nose for trouble place her supremely at risk—from a killer who may strike as violently by day as he once did by night…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Details of early nineteenth-century country life of all cases ring true, while the story line is clear, yet full of surprises.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Very appealing…As in Austen’s novels, the relationships are complex and full of suppressed passion.”

    Booklist

  • “Barron writes with greater assurance than ever and her heroine’s sleuthing is more confident and accomplished.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This work bears all the wonderful trademarks of the earlier titles, including period detail, measured but often sardonic wit, and authenticity.”

    Library Journal

  • “Stephanie Barron does an excellent job of creating Jane Austen’s world…A chilling mystery with a solution that will leave you spellbound.”

    Romantic Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/11/2014

    " An excellent mystery in a series that improves as it ages. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victory Wong | 2/8/2014

    " Very amusing, if you like mysteries with a theme and Austen appeals then you'll like this. It's not to be taken overly seriously but for it's genre it's an easy and amusing read and I found it just right for what I was looking for-- a bit of brain candy to amuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2014

    " Not the best book of the series, but it was nice to have the Gentleman Rogue in this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Stohl | 2/6/2014

    " I found all the characters rather confusing. Also missed the great number of footnotes. Felt there could have been more. On the plus side Lord Harold is present for most of the book and the ending is a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2014

    " These books are based on letters that Jane Austen wrote (supposedly) to family members and traces some of her footsteps. Each book is a mystery, which Jane sets out to solve. These are fun reads. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 1/18/2014

    " Wow. This one didn't totally suck. In fact, it was readable. Upgrade! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kc | 1/15/2014

    " Quick, entertaining read. The main character is spirited and clever, but how much resemblance she bears to the real Jane Austen is certainly debatable. The same could be said for the other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth S | 1/12/2014

    " These get even better as we progress through the series. In this one, Jane herself discovers the body. I love her cousin's reaction, "Another one?" We get to see more of Cassandra, which is refreshing. But nothing of Jane's brothers, and I missed them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Rodd | 12/18/2013

    " Not my favorite but still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 12/13/2013

    " A bit too predictable. But the voice is still spot on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgi | 12/1/2013

    " As usual, Stephanie Barron has me enthralled with the sleuthing styles of Jane Austen. Move over Ms. Marple, you have some competition. I have really enjoyed the novels I have read so far, and am looking forward to reading the next on in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kortney | 4/3/2013

    " All of the Jane Austen mysteries are great. I think that it is a clever series and a welcome addition addition to all things Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/29/2013

    " Another default loaded onto my iPod by Heather. Kind of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/24/2012

    " Pretty good book. It was kind of hard to get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/26/2012

    " A completely enjoyable mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 4/20/2012

    " If you like Agatha Christie's Poirot, you'll love this ending. Throughout it is equally as good as Barron's others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 11/7/2011

    " Jane and Lord Harold a great romance if only on her side. These mysteries just get better and better. I love them. I hope Lord Harold returns her feelings outwardly. It would be nice if Jane had a man that admired her for more than her instincts, cunning, and brains. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanis | 7/1/2011

    " So this book took me FOREVER to read. I think I need a new genre. I'm kind of burned out on the Regency England murder mysteries. But it was pretty good. Just had a slow start but I enjoyed the surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Rosen | 6/25/2011

    " Pleasant light mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 3/26/2011

    " I liked it, but it was a little bit gory for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 2/14/2011

    " A bit too predictable. But the voice is still spot on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 7/13/2010

    " An excellent mystery in a series that improves as it ages. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/4/2009

    " These books are based on letters that Jane Austen wrote (supposedly) to family members and traces some of her footsteps. Each book is a mystery, which Jane sets out to solve. These are fun reads. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 2/20/2009

    " Pretty good book. It was kind of hard to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victory | 1/27/2009

    " Very amusing, if you like mysteries with a theme and Austen appeals then you'll like this. It's not to be taken overly seriously but for it's genre it's an easy and amusing read and I found it just right for what I was looking for-- a bit of brain candy to amuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 10/23/2008

    " If you like Agatha Christie's Poirot, you'll love this ending. Throughout it is equally as good as Barron's others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 10/4/2008

    " I liked it, but it was a little bit gory for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanis | 7/27/2008

    " So this book took me FOREVER to read. I think I need a new genre. I'm kind of burned out on the Regency England murder mysteries. But it was pretty good. Just had a slow start but I enjoyed the surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/18/2008

    " Another default loaded onto my iPod by Heather. Kind of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/15/2008

    " This is a great read of the Jane Austen cozy series by Stephanie Barron. This great adventure has intricate details from research on that time period from speech to customs. For this fifth one, it's a must read. Read #1 to get hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/14/2008

    " I'm glad I stuck with this series -- they've really grown on me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/10/2007

    " The Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron are better than expected. I re-read them whenever the night is stormy. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Barron

Stephanie Barron attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She is best known for her critically acclaimed Jane Austen Mystery series.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.