Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
English professors Elizabeth and Richard are celebrating twenty years of marriage with their dream vacation—visiting all Jane Austen’s homes in England. But not even the overpowering personality of their Oxford guide or the careful attentions of their new friends can keep the tour free from lurking alarms. When a box of old documents is donated to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, Richard volunteers to help sort through it. Later that night, however, he finds the Centre’s director bleeding on her office floor. Could the valuable letter that has gone missing really lead them to new revelations about Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript The Watsons?
Encounter Jane Austen with Elizabeth and Richard on their tour. Visit all the sites so redolent of Jane Austen and her characters in the beautiful city of Bath. Stay in the Chawton House Library and visit the charming Chawton cottage where Jane’s writing flowered, and the nearby Steventon church where her father was rector and her own faith developed. Stand by her grave in Winchester Cathedral and enjoy your time at the lovely country estate of Godmersham. But don’t let your guard down. Evil lurks even in the genteel world of Jane Austen.
A mystery in the world of Jane Austen? Step through time with the professors as they think they are only going on a romantic, historical tour, but find themselves immersed in mystery and murder. This book will appeal to mystery and Jane Austen lovers alike. It is full of tidbits of history surrounding Jane’s family, writing and fascinating glimpses of the area where she lived and wrote. It is not one of the annoying spin offs of Jane’s books, but instead a book about those of us that enjoy her writing and some of the obsessed fans that could even resort to murder. The mystery is intriguing, making you want to keep turning the pages.
I thought this would be a fun book to give to people that are thinking of taking a trip to the U.K or wishing to visit the Jane Austen historical sites.
This is book three of a series about Elizabeth and Richard, and I intend to look into finding the others in the series!