JANE AND THE MADNESS OF LORD BYRON
The restorative power of the ocean draws Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry to the seaside, after Henry's wife Eliza is lost to a long illness. But Brighton, a glittering resort overrun by London's Fashionables, is scarcely peaceful. Not long after their arrival, Jane finds herself caught up in the town's turmoil when the body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered, lifeless, in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordonotherwise known as Lord Byron.
Byron has already carved out a shocking reputation for himself, both as a poet and as a seducer of womenswooning legions of whom seem to follow wherever he treads. Yet until this moment, no one thought him capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier's legendary charisma, lest she too become a cautionary example for the ages.
"[S]uperb...Barron's ability to capture Austen's tone ("one tires of nothing so quickly as benevolence") helps make this series one of the more literary and enjoyable of the pseudo-Austen oeuvre."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"As always, Barron does an excellent job of capturing Austen's first-person voice, and she gives lavish attention, as well, to period detail."
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