The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen

The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen

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Anne Sharp, former friend of the late Jane Austen, tells the story of the Austen family from her perspective, including family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and a potential murder.

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Accident or murder? A thrilling account behind Jane Austen's mysterious and unforeseen death

Jane Austen died of unknown causes at 41, her face "black and white and every wrong colour" (Austen's own words). This book sparked international headlines with the provocative question: Was Jane Austen poisoned? A compelling fictional account of the circumstances surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death from award-winning mystery writer Lindsay Ashford, inspired by letters and diaries from the Austen archive. Both a puzzle and an unusual love story, it delves deep into the world Jane inhabited and will fascinate Austen fans and mystery readers alike.

"Ashford cleverly weaves historical facts into a whodunit written in Austen's style. Janeites may be enthralled or appalled, but they'll agree that this literate page-turner is thought-provoking."—Kirkus

Pride and Prejudice and... Murder?

Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen's hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane's close friend, has decided at last to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder...

Perfect for fans of Death Comes to Pemberley, upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford's fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen's early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford's vivid novel delves deep into Austen's world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?

Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013
ISBN: 9781402282126
Branch Call Number: M ASHFORD 2013
Characteristics: 423 pages cm


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ser_library May 10, 2014

the supposition is not fact based; the character portrayals are exaggerated; the writing is pedestrian... not for fans of the real Jane Austen.


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