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The Mysterious Death Of Miss Austen Paperback – Large Print, May 1, 2013 by Lindsay Ashford (Author)

I know all Jane Austen’s work, backward and forward. I realize this book is a departure and there are some weird things in here but I really did enjoy this book alot. I read it straight thru and would recommend this book to others. Check it out!

About the Author Lindsay Ashford grew up in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. She was the first woman to graduate from Queens College, Cambridge, in its 550-year history. After earning her degree in criminology, Ashford worked as a reporter for the BBC and a freelance journalist for a number of national magazines and newspapers. She has four children and currently lives in a house overlooking the sea on the west coast of Wales.


The Mysterious Death Of Miss Austen Paperback – Large Print, May 1, 2013 by Lindsay Ashford (Author) Review

Even though the quality of writing is excellent in this novel, the content is so distasteful that I can not recommend it. It is one thing to place real people into fictional situations for the sake of a novel, but to have these people (albeit, long dead) participating in disgusting and deviant behaviors that they would NEVER have been in is just taking way too much “literary liscense”. How unfair to degrade the character of Jane Austen’s real family and friends when they are not able to refute the thoughts and actions they are given in this book. How unfair to new readers of Jane Austen to confuse and misinform the facts to be learned about her family and life. There are so many superb Jane Austen sequels (all of Stephanie Barron’s to mention a few) available, that there is no point in reading this book. -Read Reviews-

This book starts with an astonishing but little known real-life revelation: years after she died, a lock of Jane’s hair was sent for testing by its then curious private owner. The results showed that her hair was heavily contaminated with arsenic. The symptoms of her death also point to slow arsenic poisoning. Could it have been foul play? But why would anyone want to murder our dear Jane? Freed by its fiction label, and narrated from the viewpoint of Jane’s real-life governess friend Anne Sharp, this gripping story follows Anne’s growing fondness for Jane, as well as her developing suspicions about dangerous Austen family secrets. .. Jane, you’ll be relieved to hear, is entirely blameless throughout. Apart from the sinister intrigue, this is a must-read for all Jane Austen fans who wonder what it would have been like to know their Jane personally – to stay with her at Chawton Cottage, to take afternoon tea with her, to stroll across the fields with her (collecting mud on the hem of your gowns), to experience her wit and humour first-hand, and to share in the excitement of her first publications. With author Lindsay Ashford’s beautifully detailed scene-by-scene first person narrative, and her weaving in of extracts from real letters, she breathes a new life and immediacy into dear Jane – you can hear Jane’s voice, can reach out and touch her – that makes you feel utterly bereft when Jane dies. The next book I’ll be ordering on Amazon is Jane Austen’s Letters – now that we’re better acquainted, I can imagine her writing them to me – and start reading between the lines. Like all good historical fiction, The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen leaves you desperate to find out exactly which elements are based on historical facts- and how much is imagined by the author. Could it really have happened as in this version of events? If so – prepare to be shocked, and on Jane’s account – mad as hell. It’s back to the biographies for me to find out more. ..

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