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Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Being a Jane Austen Mystery Book 9) Kindle Edition
On the heels of completing Sense and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane Street for a monthlong visit with her brother Henry and his wife, Eliza. Hobnobbing with the Fashionable Great at the height of the Season, Jane is well aware of their secrets and peccadilloes. But even she is surprised when the intimate correspondence between a Russian princess and a prominent Tory minister is published in the papers for all to see. More shocking, the disgraced beauty is soon found with her throat slit on Lord Castlereagh’s very doorstep.
Everyone who’s anyone in high society is certain the spurned princess committed the violence upon herself. But Jane is unconvinced. Nor does she believe the minister guilty of so grisly and public a crime. Jane, however, is willing to let someone else investigate—until a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of the case…as prime suspects!
Striking a bargain with the authorities, Jane secures seven days to save herself and Eliza from hanging. But as her quest to unmask a killer takes her from the halls of government to the drawing rooms of London’s most celebrated courtesan, only one thing is sure: her failure will not only cut short her life. It could lead to England’s downfall. A compulsively readable, uncommonly elegant novel of historical suspense, Jane and the Barque of Frailty once again proves Jane Austen a sleuth to be reckoned with.
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- ASIN : B000VM9ZIA
- Publisher : Bantam; Reprint edition (18 December 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 3408 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 534,358 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Intrigues abound as Jane finds herself surrounded by Henry's noble customers and the politics of the day, as well as a rather unstable former friend of Eliza's who begs her help in the selling of some jewels for funds, as her husband is threatening to divorce her for one of the city's 'muslin set', a 'barque of frailty'.
Then the unfortunate Russian princess is found with her throat slit on the steps of Lord Castlereagh's home, the Austens are visited by none other than Bow Street runners, those infamous early members of 'the law' and Jane is forced to investigate what she believes to be Tscholikova's murder to save both herself and her sister from the hangman's noose.
The seventh in this wonderful series of Jane Austen sleuth mysteries is again another page-turner. Though the Gentleman Rogue, Lord Trowbridge, is missed from proceedings, there is a little relief in the form of Sylvester Chizzlewit, a young solicitor who helps the ladies with their investigations. And though I did guess the villain quite early on in this instance, I didn't realise the reason why the character was so bad, so it didn't really spoil my enjoyment of the book overall too much.
Trtès bien écrit on y croit, c'est intéressant et instructif! bon polar !!!