Jane and the Waterloo Map (Being a Jane Austen Mystery #13) (Hardcover)
Austen fans will delight in the latest Jane turned sleuth mystery set in Regency London. Jane stumbles upon a dying man in the Regent’s library whose last words are “Waterloo Map”. A merry chase ensues as Jane, with help from artist friend Raphael West and her niece Fanny, sidestep murder, kidnapping and intrigue to find the truth behind the map.— From Lynda recommends
Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful Regency-era mystery
November, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has come and gone, leaving the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, high-flying banker, is about to declare bankruptcy—dragging several of his brothers down with him. The crisis destroys Henry’s health, and Jane flies to his London bedside, believing him to be dying. While she’s there, the chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent invites Jane to tour Carlton House, the Prince’s fabulous London home. But her visit takes a startling turn when Jane stumbles upon a body—sprawled on the carpet in the Regent’s library. The dying man utters a single failing phrase: “Waterloo map,” sending Jane on the hunt for a treasure of incalculable value and a killer of considerable cunning.
About the Author
Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books, including five novels in the Merry Folger series (Death in the Off-Season, Death in Rough Water, Death in a Mood Indigo, Death in a Cold Hard Light, and Death on Nantucket) as well as the nationally bestselling Being a Jane Austen mystery series, which she writes under the penname Stephanie Barron. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.
Praise for Jane and the Waterloo Map
"With a keen sense of plot—the identity of the villain surprises—perfect pitch for Austen’s voice and a cast of new and familiar characters, Barron has again produced a pleasant excursion into literate and historical escapism."
"Absolutely delightful, with just the right balance between likable, captivating characters and the actual history of Jane Austen’s life."
—Historical Novel Society
"Jane and the Waterloo Map is a pleasant excursion into England of the early 1800s. This is a well-told story by an accomplished author."
—Reviewing the Evidence
"This book is a delight for Jane Austen fans . . . as if you are stepping through the page into Regency England. False trails, misleading information, and suspicious characters keep readers turning the pages."
"A well-crafted narrative with multiple subplots drives Barron’s splendid 13th Jane Austen mystery. Series fans will be happy to see more of Jane’s extended family and friends, and Austenites will enjoy the imaginative power with which Barron spins another riveting mystery around a writer generally assumed to have led a quiet and uneventful life."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Writing in the form of Jane’s diaries, Barron has spun a credible tale from a true encounter, enhanced with meticulous research and use of period vocabulary."
"Barron, who's picked up the pace since Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, portrays an even more seasoned and unflinching heroine in the face of nasty death and her own peril."
"Barron deftly imitates Austen’s voice, wit, and occasional melancholy while spinning a well-researched plot that will please historical mystery readers and Janeites everywhere. Jane Austen died two years after the events of Waterloo; one hopes that Barron conjures a few more adventures for her beloved protagonist before historical fact suspends her fiction."
Praise for Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
LibraryReads Top Ten List
“A complex murder mystery with the same kind of rapier wit that Austen deployed . . . Great fun for readers who long ago ran out of Jane Austen novels.”
—The Boston Globe
“Witty, immaculately researched.”
“Sings with not just a good plot but courtly language and an engaging group of characters worthy of the famed novelist herself . . . A first-rate mystery.”
—The Denver Post
“Ingenious in plot—Barron plays fair with clues in this intriguing whodunit . . . Add Barron’s deft imitation of her subject’s prose style, and you have a novel that its subject may well have admired.”
“An excellent period mystery for all historical fiction fans . . . Jane Austen devotees will especially appreciate immersing themselves in the many biographical details about Austen that accompany the fictional murder mystery.”
—Library Journal, Starred Review