• Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery

  • Being a Jane Austen Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Barron
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery

By: Stephanie Barron
Narrated by: Kate Reading
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Publisher's Summary

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 misfortune...as 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.

©2020 Stephanie Barron (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“There’s plenty to enjoy in this crime-solving side of Jane.... [She] is as worthy a detective as Columbo.” (USA Today)

“Happily succeeds on all levels: a robust tale of manners and mayhem that faithfully reproduces the Austen style - and engrosses to the finish.” (Kirkus Reviews)  

 “Splendid fun!” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) 

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Finally the first four books

Thank-you, I’ve been waiting for the first four books in this series for...wow 8 years. Please don’t wait that long for the other three that are missing.
This is a great mystery series in the voice of Jane Austen, who knew Jane was such a sleuth! Stephanie Barron has brought Jane to life with all of the manners and observations that are hallmarks if her wonderful novels, but with a twist, Jane as detective or rather a “deducer”, like Sherlock Holmes but in the Regency period. I didn’t think I’d like these books as I usually don’t like historic figures taking center stage in fiction, but these books reeled me in from the first one I listened to (Jane and the Stillroom Maid). As a bonus Kate Reading is the narrator of these books, so that is a huge bonus.
If you like Jane Austen and mysteries you’ll enjoy this series.

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Why Footnotes?

Reading the footnotes aloud breaks the story up and is not necessary!
Story not that interesting…

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Jane Austen, Writer & Detective

Being a Jane Austen junkie, this was a hope-inspiring find. I like the sassy Jane and some of the other charcters Barron has created/ developed.

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An Excellent Mystery!

I'll be honest and say I dislike the novels written by Jane Austen. I really don't see what modern day women see in them, as they spend all their time trying to get people married.

So, imagine my surprise that the Jane novels feature a heroine who is confident, not interested in marriage with the men around her, smart, and daring, in a period appropriate way.

One of the problems I have with the novels written by Jane Austen is that they make references to things that I don't understand, but which the author takes for granted. That is as it should be, but in the Jane novels, Stephanie Barron takes pains to explain things, resorting to footnotes, if necessary, to not break up the narrative.

My wife would listen to these books, or read them to me, while we were traveling on trips. Books were skipped, or read out of order. I don't think they absolutely need to be read in order, but I am happy that Audible now has all of them, and I am embarking on Jane's journey again, in chronological order, the way Stephanie intent.

I loved how Jane thoroughly disliked Lord Harold throughout the novel, until his true character was revealed at the end. Knowing that in advance only made me respect Ma Barron's writing even more.

I can not recommend this book higher. An excellent listen.

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Wonderful

Such a wonderful story. Stephanie Barron has quite the talent for adapting to the writing style of the regency age. Nothing feels out of place or forced. It is difficult to find modern authors who can write in the style of the classics. Can't wait to read the entire series.

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Loved

I loved everything about this book! The mystery, the characters, and our Jane of course!

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Surprisingly good!

I wouldn’t be surprised if Miss Austen herself found this story entertaining and clever. I did.

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Interrupting Footnotes!!

If I could give this 0 stars, I would. The constant interruption of the story by the reading of footnotes was intolerable and after 5 chapters I had to call it quits!