The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen

The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen

eBook - 2013
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"Where would I begin to explain it all...?"Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen's hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane's close friend, has decided at last to tell her story-a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder... Perfect for fans of Death Comes to Pemberley, upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford's fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen's early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford's vivid novel delves deep into Austen's world and puts forth a shocking suggestion-was someone out to silence her?
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781402282133
9781402282140
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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The death in 1817 of 41-year-old Jane Austen is investigated in this unusual, thought-provoking novel. There’s some factual basis for the suggestion that Austen was murdered. A 1949 test on a lock of her hair donated to the Jane Austen museum in Chawton showed “levels of arsenic far exceeding th... Read More »


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ser_library May 10, 2014

the supposition is not fact based; the character portrayals are exaggerated; the writing is pedestrian... not for fans of the real Jane Austen.

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