The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen
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Welsh Books Council Book of the Month November 2011
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Miss Anne Sharp holds the position of governess at the Godmersham home of Edward Austen. She becomes friendly with his literary sister, Jane, when the latter arrives for an extended stay. Also a frequent visitor is a younger Austen brother, the maverick Henry. Anne becomes convinced that Henry is having an illicit affair with her employer's wife and Jane too has her suspicions on this account.
When Jane Austen dies at the age of just 41, Anne is devastated. She begins to suspect that someone wanted Jane out of the way because she knew too much. Anne's fears are heightened by the death of yet another family member soon after.
The story opens with two letters establishing that Anne has sought to confirm her suspicions, now that medical science has progressed sufficiently to assess the evidence presented by a tainted lock of Jane Austen's hair. Natural causes or murder? Even after more than twenty years, Miss Sharp is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of the acclaimed Miss Austen ...
[italic:Lindsay Ashford is an established crime writer now living and working at the heart of the Jane Austen heritage movement - Chawton House in Hampshire. She is the author of the acclaimed Megan Rhys crime series; shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculiar Award. This novel with appeal to those fans of Austen's work and its contemporary sequels.
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Praise for The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen
"Austen herself who leaps from the pages with warmth and humour; a character we all wish was our best friend and who is testament to Ashford's admiration of her subject... I am sure that lovers of a good conspiracy theory will be engrossed"
Laura Stowe, New Welsh Review
"Ashford borrows the "mischievous spirit" of Austen herself in this thoroughly entertaining mingling of fact and fiction."
Anna Scott, Guardian
"unsettling and powerful... a fascinating journey into the Austen family dynamics... Ashford has captured the Jane Austen, and her intimate family circle, within my mind's eye with sensitivity, perception and reproving guile. What unfolds is a gripping, page turning, toxic sugar plum unlike any other Austenesque novel I have ever read. Be brave. Be beguiled. Be uncertain. I dare you.
Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose.com
"I actually couldn't put it down... beautifully written and wholly believable...
Jane Odiwe, janeaustensequels.blogspot.com
"an intriguing and compelling variation on the theory of the death of Jane Austen.
Praise for the Megan Rhys Crime Series by Lindsay Ashford
"Patricia Cornwell has patented the persona of the doughty herione who bucks the system, but...Ashford is closer to her personal demons" Maxim Jakobowski, Guardian
"Chilling...will appeal to those who enjoy the forensic precedurals of Kathy Reichs" Library Journal
"A female Morse/Cracker" Inge Manning, Ottakars
"Gritty, streetwise and raw, Frozen takes us into a labyrinth of deviant murderers, crooked cops and hapless young female victims with an authenticity and detail borne of Ashford's own journalistic experience" Denise Hamilton, author of the Eve Diamond crime novels
Category: Fiction Historical Fiction Crime Novels
First published by Honno in : October 2011