Jane and the Barque of Frailty

Jane and the Barque of Frailty In her latest spellbinding escapade Jane Austen arrives in London to watch over the printing of her first novel and finds herself embroiled in a crime that could end than her career For it is up to

  • Title: Jane and the Barque of Frailty
  • Author: Stephanie Barron
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  • Page: 141
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  • In her latest spellbinding escapade, Jane Austen arrives in London to watch over the printing of her first novel, and finds herself embroiled in a crime that could end than her career For it is up to Jane to tease a murderer out of the ton, lest she and her country suffer a dastardly demise On the heels of completing Sense and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane StreeIn her latest spellbinding escapade, Jane Austen arrives in London to watch over the printing of her first novel, and finds herself embroiled in a crime that could end than her career For it is up to Jane to tease a murderer out of the ton, lest she and her country suffer a dastardly demise On the heels of completing Sense and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane Street for a monthlong visit with her brother Henry and his wife, Eliza Hobnobbing with the Fashionable Great at the height of the Season, Jane is well aware of their secrets and peccadilloes But even she is surprised when the intimate correspondence between a Russian princess and a prominent Tory minister is published in the papers for all to see More shocking, the disgraced beauty is soon found with her throat slit on Lord Castlereagh s very doorstep.Everyone who s anyone in high society is certain the spurned princess committed the violence upon herself But Jane is unconvinced Nor does she believe the minister guilty of so grisly and public a crime Jane, however, is willing to let someone else investigate until a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of the case as prime suspects Striking a bargain with the authorities, Jane secures seven days to save herself and Eliza from hanging But as her quest to unmask a killer takes her from the halls of government to the drawing rooms of London s most celebrated courtesan, only one thing is sure her failure will not only cut short her life It could lead to England s downfall A compulsively readable, uncommonly elegant novel of historical suspense, Jane and the Barque of Frailty once again proves Jane Austen a sleuth to be reckoned with.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Jane Austen has a rare stroke of luck when her visit to her publisher and her banker brother Henry coincide with the 1811 London season. During her stay with Henry and his fun, if impractical, wife Eliza, a Russian princess ends up dead, her throat slit, on the doorstep of a former Tory Cabinet minister. When Princess Evgenia Tscholikova’s death is ruled a suicide, neither Jane nor some in the late Lord Harold Trowbridge’s circle believe it. (Lord Harold was Jane’s secret love for most of [...]

    2. A unique idea using a much beloved Jane Austen as a sleuth! Ms. Barron successfully imitates the vernacular of 19th century England as Jane narrates the story of the suspicious death of Russian Princess Evgenia Tshoikova. However, this historical tale has some incredulous moments, but overall is a sweet cozy mystery for Austen fans.At the height of 1811 Season, Jane Austen is in London supervising the publication of Sense and Sensibility and scandal has the ton (High Society) in uproar. A Russia [...]

    3. I had never encountered this series before with its conceit of Jane Austen as Regency detective writing autobiographical accounts of her cases and Stephanie Barron editing those manuscripts with historical annotations. The library only had volumes well into the series, so I had to take #9 rather than starting at the beginning. But I was mightily impressed and diverted by it all the same. Barron has a splendid ability to take the copious historical material about Austen's life and family and the [...]

    4. I was prejudiced against this novel because of its conceit - Jane Austen, Regency-era authoress, as heroine of mystery novels? But it was inexpensive and a possible item to review for The Primgraph, so I picked it up. And I must confess myself charmed, and not a little drawn in to the delicately archaic style of the writing. The novel is intelligent and steeped in history (complete with the occasional helpful footnote!) and I shall have to look up more of them. I am not certain whether this was [...]

    5. This book is a real treat for fans of Jane Austen and mystery books alike. The Barque of Frailty is book nine in Barron’s Being A Jane Austen Mystery series. I wish I had started at the beginning, but I will certainly enjoy going back to the start. Barron does a brilliant job of weaving together the facts of Austen’s life with her imagined world of political intrigue – her research is superb. Austen does not play a typical murder mystery detective, but rather uses her wit and imagination t [...]

    6. I haven't read from this series in a long time, but I remembered really liking it. I have to admit, I had a hard time getting into this one. Maybe it was this particular story, but it could also be that I've been disconnected from the characters long enough that I had to get back into their cadence. In this one, Jane is in London, living with her brother, proofing the galleys of Sense and Sensibility as it goes into print. I think she needed her own mental distraction AND she was at risk of bein [...]

    7. Russian princesses (well, one), high class prostitutes, important politicians, and even a cameo appearance from Lord Harold's chest (no, sadly not that one, the letter-full one). Oh, and old Mr. Chizzlewit's dashing grandson, who might (or might not) be a wee bit shady.Ah, London, Jane might not have missed you, but I certainly have. And sordid and seedy you are! Even, or especially among, the hypocritical "ton". There's just something about the historical urban hustle and bustle that just fasci [...]

    8. I have a fan of Barron's JA mysteries since the first moment I discovered them. It does a soul good to pretend to a little more intimacy with a favorite author who left the world too early. This novel was just as captivating as the others. These mysteries always serve to educate me a little more on the Regency and Tories/Whigs, etc. A little historical learning coupled with a novel's intrigues is always beneficial.

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anyone who has a love for Jane Austen will enjoy it as well. The author seamlessly weaves a new and unique mystery in with the novels of Jane Austen, and at the end the readers are to learn I want character of this book turned into a character of a real Jane Austen book. Very enjoyable

    10. Here we are at the ninth novel in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series, Stephanie Barron’s sagacious slant on “our dear Jane” as a sleuth!The spring of 1811 finds Jane in London staying with her banker-brother Henry Austen and his sophisticated wife Eliza at their residence on Sloane Street preparing her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, for publication. While attending a performance of Macbeth at the Theatre Royal at Covent Garden, it is difficult to determine who is the bigger draw t [...]

    11. This book is number 9 in a series featuring Jane Austen as an amateur sleuth in regency England. The books are presented under the guise of being the formerly lost journals that Jane Austen kept during life. I really enjoy this series. Stephanie Barron is quite adept at producing Jane Austen like prose – rarely overdoing it and striking the same wry tone. And I have to admit that I am almost more fond of Jane Austen than I am of her books and the Jane presented in this series is wonderful and [...]

    12. Jane is staying in London with Henry and Eliza to oversee the publication of her first novel. Jane has a chance to experience life among the Great including the scandals and gossip that the ton feed on. The latest scandal involves a Russian princess and some love letters published in the newspaper assumed to be written to Lord Castlereagh, a prominent Tory MP. When Princess Tscholikova is found dead on Lord C's doorstep, it fuels the rumors of an intimate affair. Lord C swears he never knew the [...]

    13. The latest outing of our intrepid Jane Austen into the role of sleuth is wonderful!Still mourning her unrequited love Lord Harold, Jane is visiting her brother Henry and his wife Eliza, and - surprise! - becomes involved in a murder.And not an ordinary murder either, mind you, but the murder of a Russian princess believed to be the mistress of a prominent English politician, with her bloody body left on his very doorstep!The mystery, and Jane's activities in ferreting out the murderer are highly [...]

    14. "Jane and the Barque of Frailty" finds Jane visiting Henry and Eliza in London while she is supervising the printing of "Sense and Sensibility." And, as we have come to expect from our heroine, Jane becomes entangled in a mysterious murder. The Russian Princess Tcholikova is found dead on the doorstep of a reputed lover and everyone seems convinced that she did herself harm; everyone, that is, except for Jane. What Jane does not see coming is the accusation that she and her sister Eliza were res [...]

    15. 3.5 stars I have read all 9 books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Being somewhat of a purist, I may have rolled my eyes and avoided this series, which casts Jane Austen in the roll of crime-solving Regency era sleuthNot typically my thing but these novels are so smart, unpredictable, well-written, and true to the Regency style that a Jane Austen lover cannot help but eat them up. I find Barron's Jane Austen persona thoroughly engaging and totally believable. This is a chara [...]

    16. Loved it! This latest of Stephanie Barron's Austen mysteries is on par with the others, which is a relief when a series gets to be this long.Normally I'd scoff a bit at someone making Jane Austen a main character of a series of murder mysteries, but Barron manages to make Jane both believable for her time and an interesting character in her own right. Add in the fascinating way she weaves the events in her novels in with Jane's real life as documented in letters and biographies, and you have som [...]

    17. When Jane visits her brother, Henry in London, a murder of a Princess happens just a few doors down from them. This is a very intertwining story of deceit, lies, tales, stolen jewels of the Princess, Lord Harold's journal and many other facets of mystery. Jane meets many manipulative characters that just don't want to give up all their knowledge and parts of their story to unravel the mystery of the Princess' demise. However, she meets one very important character, that helps her to solve this m [...]

    18. In the 9th installment of Stephanie Barron's Being Jane Austen series, Jane and the Barque of Frailty, Jane returned in another exciting historical mystery adventure. When Jane went to London to watch her first publication of her first novel, she headed over to Sloane Street to visit with her brother Henry and sister-in-law Eliza, she hobnobbed with prominent people during the Season and was surprised that the intimate correspondence between a Russian princess and a Tory minister was published i [...]

    19. This is more like a 3 1/2, but it gets a 3. I've enjoyed the Jane Austen mysteries overall, and this one wasn't any different. I had a harder time with the last one, being the first without Lord Harold (if I remember right), and I felt like that book kind of suffered for it. But this one got back into the swing of things. The mystery was good, Jane was entertaining as always, and I solved it before the end. This time some of the mystery-solving a little unbelievable, though. Much as Jane was adv [...]

    20. As always, Stephanie Barron captures the essence of what I love about Jane Austen's work and uses that to bring Jane to life much as I would imagine her to be. The plot is intricate and entertaining, and though I miss certain characters (I'm forever saddened by the events of Jane and the Ghosts of Netley), I still enjoy my forays into Miss Austen's life as created by Barron.

    21. Russian maid named Druschka, really? Druschka, my ass!Why, oh why it's so hard to do a little tiny bitty research when writing about russians?UPD. Oh, my. Her surname is Molova (Druschka, btw, is given as her full name). Feat. Prince Pirov and count Kronsky. And another 'oh, my' - there's a dead russian princess with a surname that sounds like an american idea of russian language. But actually she is noble nobody, who appears ine the novel only to be killed ten pages later. But nevertheless her [...]

    22. As the series has progressed, the author's voice has strengthened and her style has become more assured. The occasional quotes from Austen's books still tend to feel slightly awkward, but fans will hardly complain. The mystery was compelling and satisfying. I've read a few mysteries from the point of view of the runner or policeman trying to look in on the affairs of London's high society to solve crimes. This is the first time I've come across the point of view of the society lady acting from t [...]

    23. Had read this before so was able to skim this time. Not loving the subject matter and all the "slang" Barron uses, or the incessant footnotes. Yes, she did her homework. Should be obvious in the writing, not with footnotes. Notes in the back would have been preferable. As to the book itself, Jane as detective works pretty well, and the supporting characters are nicely done. I would have been happier starting with the first book, not book 9 of the series, so I'll have to check the first one out a [...]

    24. I hadn't read a Stephanie Barron in a while so this was a delightful change of pace in my reading. I found myself thinking in Austen prose and was reminded why I enjoy these mysteries so much. The descriptions of the importance and desperate need for respectability which governed the way women were to behave are better than the Anne Perry books. And Stephanie, er Jane, certainly knows how to turn a phrase. Happy to see a potential male sidekick introduced; the grandson of the lawyer holding Trow [...]

    25. At first I was intrigued with the title. Midway through the book I learned that barque of frailty meant a mistress in the slang of the early 1800's. A Russian princess is found dead, her throat slit, in front of someone's house. Letters are published that are reputedly between the woman and the owner of the house in front of which she was found. To Jane's astonishment, she and her sister-in-law are implicated in the murder. In order to free themselves, they must discover who is the actual murder [...]

    26. When I begin one of this series, I know what I am going to get - a "3 star", fun mystery set in Jane Austen's time period, in England. J. A. is the sleuth but I prefer to think of her as just a "plain Jane" rather than actually THE Jane Austen doing the investigating and then I enjoy it more. I enjoyed this latest installment involving a Russian princess and a "Barque of Frailty"(high end prostitute). And dotted amongst the mystery are little hints about Austen's writing of "Sense and Sensibilit [...]

    27. This Austen mystery includes many characters who are professional mistresses to wealthy men, and a big part of the fun are the many Recency euphemisms used to describe them. Birds of Paradise, the Muslin company, Barques of Frailty, Snug Armfuls Delightful. The plot was perfectly fine, and I liked the new solicitor character. It seems like much mileage could be got from him and his relatively open approach to women solving mysteries.

    28. Jane Austen continues to surprise me with her daring inquiries into the horrific murder of a Russian princess who was found murdered outside the home of a man of the ton. The princess' relationship with a lord of the ton is not as it seems, and it appears that he may have killed her. The novel clearly and accurately depicts the relationships and rules of the London ton, as well as, using events from Jane Austen's life. A very fun, mysterious read.

    29. I certainly liked Jane's voice here. I think Barron captured the realities of life as a spinster in early 19th century England. Despite all, Jane is an energetic and plucky dectective, especially when she is suspected of foul murder and her very life is on the line. The best scene in the book occurs when Jane, in an effort to track down her murderer, attends a ball hosted by London's shady lady set. How often do you get to read a scene where Jane Austen is indelicately propositioned?

    30. I love these books!! Barron has obviously done her research. She does a great job of mimicking Austen's "voice", her attention to period detail is impeccable, and she is able to seamlessly weave facts from Austen's life through the story. I almost believe that these books were actually taken from Jane's long lost diaries.

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