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Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight in her latest adventure after Jane and the Genius of the Place which sheds new light on the author's travels in 1806 While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man Jane's suspicions are roused when her escort Mr George Hemming prefers to remove the unidentified corpse to Buxton rather than Bakewell and they. Being a fan of Regency era mysteries as well as Kate Reading s narration I decided to try the first available audiobook in the series Turned out a smart move Not being a Jane ite I suppose I m spared the inevitable comparison with her work and life details Biggest takeaway for me was seeing her as rather an extrovert when somehow I d felt her as reclusive As far as book itself is concerned my only real issue was that I had trouble keeping straight who was who among the upper class characters at times

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Jane and the Stillroom Maid Being the Fifth Jane Austen Mystery

Increase when the body proves to be that of a woman dressed in men's clothing Moreover the corpse is identified as Tess Arnold a servant at one of the area's great houses whom Mr Hemming should have recognized As the compounder of stillroom remedies Tess had a reputation as a healer until accused of witchcraft Rumors of ritual murder by Freemasons who include most of the neighboring gentry excite the local populace and jeopardize the investigation of the justic. Mrs Austen and Cassandra are still making a tour of various relatives before settling down with Frank in Southhampton This time they are visiting cousin Edward Cooper The Cooper family becomes afflicted with whooping cough so Edward must take his relations off on a tour of Derbyshire Jane heads off to explore the peaks while the gentlemen fish and Mrs A and Cassandra rest at the inn While exploring Jane comes across her most gruesome murder yet She discovers the body of a young gentleman with a bullet hole to his forehead and a badly mutilated body Cousin Edward s friend Mr Hemming lends his assistance in bringing the body back to town The locals believe the crime is the work of the local branch of Freemasons based on rumors and superstition of devil worship and Satanic sacrifice When the coronersurgeon examines the body it is found to be that of a young female named Tess Arnold who worked as a stillroom maid at the home of Mr Charles Danforth a grieving widower with a club foot The locals all fear Mr Charles Danforth is cursed or worse since his entire family has recently deceased They believe he is the murderer and want him hanged Jane is disturbed by the grisly murder and determined to see justice done Lord Harold her gentleman rogue shows up in Derbyshire to mourn the loss of Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire His niece Desdemona is also there and desires to see Jane again Jane heads off to the luxe Chatsworth estate and finds herself socializing with the scandalous Cavendish set At Chatsworth Jane discovers an unhappy situation and fears that the clues may lead to the murder of the maid With the help of the maid s stillroom book Jane manages to solve the murder but not before death and unhappiness visit the area This story is the best mystery yet It introduces the murder and suspects right away Just when the answer seems obvious the story takes twists and turns The motive and murderer were pretty obvious but the clues left me in doubt until all was revealed I liked having an intimate glimpse of Chatsworth and the Duke s family whom I know a little about from the Keira Knightly movie The Duchess I was happy to have Lord Harold return to help Jane solve the investigation but I did not like that she loses her heart to him and nearly succumbs to the desire to live the life of the ton That does not fit with the Jane that is depicted in the previous books and very unlike the real Jane I absolutely loved the stillroom recipes included at the end of each chapter There was very little knowledge about medicine in those days and even the descriptions of the doctor s care are cringeworthy An editor s afterward names the sources of stillroom medicine from Jane Austen s time and explains what happened to the Duke of Devonshire and family after the events of the novel view spoilerI believe that the doctor killed the family unknowingly with all that bleeding That subject was never addressed in the editor s afterward hide spoiler

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E of the peace himself a Mason When Mr Hemming disappears before the inuest Jane and the justice turn for help to Lord Harold Trowbridge a guest at the nearby ducal house of Chatsworth Barron catches Austen's tone amazingly well Details of early 19th century country life of all classes ring true while the story line is clear yet full of surprises The editor's notes that punctuate the text and old cures for various ills that open each chapter add to the charm Aug. I think this book is a return to form after the last one which was a bit of a disappointment This book had a much engaging cast of characters who this time seemed like actual fleshed out people instead of cardboard cutouts and a compelling suspenseful mystery I didn t find out the murderer until Jane revealed his identity and the solution made a lot of sense to me in hindsight I especially liked the inclusion of the epigraphs and the way in which they paralleled Jane s progressive towards the truth I will definitely be reading the next book in the seriesAdded on 2019 re read Having totally forgotten the solution to the mystery I enjoyed the book just as much as on my first read This book is a uick read but really fun and engaging with plenty of suspense to keep my interest until the solution of the mystery


10 thoughts on “Jane and the Stillroom Maid Being the Fifth Jane Austen Mystery

  1. says:

    Rereading for my Jane and the Year 2020 Challenge to read entire series Love this one because Jane goes to Chatsworth 2020 Intended to read before our trip to England Actually glad now that I didn't get to it Mea

  2. says:

    Being a fan of Regency era mysteries as well as Kate Reading's narration I decided to try the first available audiobook in the series Turned out a smart move Not being a Jane ite I suppose I'm spared the inevitable comparison with her work and life details Biggest takeaway for me was seeing her as rather an ext

  3. says:

    25 stars rounded up to 3I read this book in the French version; entertaining enough but nothing to remember for

  4. says:

    Mrs Austen and Cassandra are still making a tour of various relatives before settling down with Frank in Southha

  5. says:

    Another wonderful Jane Austen mystery I really enjoy reading this series The mystery was interesting and I had no clue who the killer was until Jane revealed it But it all made sense after her explanation I would love to see something happen between Jane and Lord Harold but alas I know it can't be I can't wait to read the next one in the series and highly recommend this series to all who like Jane Austen

  6. says:

    This one of the series iswas so well done I'm not sure why but both the A and B storylines were both so fulfilling as a read

  7. says:

    Hooray for a book I loved The concept sounds a little funny Jane Austen as a accidental detective but it worked She was obviously a witty and b

  8. says:

    A couple of years ago I really jumped into this series I do not consider myself a mystery reader but I really enjoyed these books Perhaps it is because the main character is Jane Austen and I have been known to enjoy an Austen book or twoJane

  9. says:

    I think this book is a return to form after the last one which was a bit of a disappointment This book had a much engaging cast of cha

  10. says:

    A rather heartbreaking addition to the JA Mysteries series on multiple levels This was nevertheless another wonderful read taking the reader to Derbyshire and engaging in complex domestic drama It will be particularly appealing to those with an interest in the life of Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire because though set shortly after her death there are extensive scenes featuring the family members that survived her