The 18th century novelist-of-manners-turned-sleuth returns to delight readers with another nimble-witted investigation of mayhem in the pastoral landscape of rural England. When Jane's gentleman friend Lord Trowbridge sends her, in the utmost secrecy, to retrieve a parcel hidden amidst the ruins of Netley Abbey, Jane finds not only the parcel but also a dying man. When events take a regrettably sinister turn, only Jane is clever enough to pursue the miscreant.
Stephanie Barron's series masterfully evokes Jane Austen's witty style, the intricacies of manners in this genteel era, and the rich tapestry of gossip in a milieu of carefully nuanced social relationships. The classic murder mystery meets its match in a plucky heroine who layers Austen's sense and sensibility on top of an inquisitive nature and a natural resolve.
"A wonderfully intricate plot full of espionage and intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
"First-rate....Barron writes a lively adventure that puts warm flesh on historical bones. The nice thing is she does so in a literary style that would not put Jane Austen's nose out of joint." (The New York Times Book Review)
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