The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen (Paperback)

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"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?

About the Author

Lindsay Ashford is an award-winning British mystery novelist and journalist. Her writing has been compared to that of Vivien Armstrong, Linda Fairstein and Frances Fyfield. Raised in Wolverhampton, Ashford became the first woman to graduate from Queens' College, Cambridge in its 550 year history. She gained a degree in Criminology and in 1996, took a crime writing course run by the Arvon Foundation. Ashford divides her time between a home on the Welsh coast near Aberystwyth, Wales and the village of Chawton (Jane Austen’s home) in Hampshire.

Praise For…

"The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen is a rich, complex novel about a woman unwilling to let go of the only person she ever really loved who was taken from her too soon." — Diary of an Eccentric

"This solid historical puzzle will appeal even to readers with only passing familiarity with Austen’s works." — Publishers Weekly

"I think that readers will be very pleased with The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen and fans of Jane Austen will be superbly delighted." — Royal Reviews

"Sensational and stirring – The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen has definitely piqued my curiosity and aroused my suspicions…Now, more so than ever, I’m dying to know the mysterious cause of Jane Austen’s death?!?" — Austenesque Reviews

"If you’re an Austen fan, love a good mystery, and are curious about Jane’s family, you’ll want to pick up The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen." — Drey’s Library

"An interesting read!" — My Book Addiction Reviews

"This is a gripping novel that grabs you from the first page and won't let go. " — Debbie’s Book Bag

"Read this if you're a fan of Jane Austen--and even if you're not. Historical mystery lovers will enjoy this, too. It's smartly written and leaves you did Jane die? " — Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews

"The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen is the best story I have read in a very long time." — Long and Short Reviews

"For a startling version of Jane Austen’s world that you’ve never encountered before, try The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen." — Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity

"Jane Austen fans cannot miss this book!" — Charming Chelsey’s

"No zombies and none of the twee twaddle that characterizes too many Austen pastiches. Rather, this is a lively Regency romance about murder, serial adulteries, and other pastimes of your typical extended family. In this year marking the bicentenary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, this addition nicely complements P.D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley and will fill the gap until Jo Baker’s eagerly awaited Longbourn (P&P seen from below stairs) is released this fall." — Library Journal

"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 Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781402282126
ISBN-10: 1402282125
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
Pages: 432
Language: English