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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

Title: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery
Author: Stephanie Barron
Year First Published: 1996
Page Count: 304
Synopsis: For everyone who loves Jane Austen...a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth!

On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel's husband a gentleman of mature years is felled by a mysterious and agonizing ailment. The Earl's death seems a cruel blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the bereaved widow soon finds that it's only the beginning of her she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl's nephew of adultery and murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous investigation that will soon have her following a trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate Prison and the House of Lords a trail that may well place Jane's own person in the gravest jeopardy.

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Characterization Plot Overall Rating
The author did a great job of making the book sound like something written by Jane Austen.


Focus Murder Setting Europe
Main Character Female Setting Earth Based
Main Character Layman Time Period Historical
Main Character Adult Time Period 1800's
Main Character Commoner Time Period Regency
Number of pages 300-400 Type Historical Fiction Elements
Readability Moderate Type Historic Figure
Religion General Christian

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