Death of a Dowager (#2)

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London, early 1800s — With extensive repairs being made to Ferndean, the rural home of the Rochesters, Jane and her husband accept an invitation from a friend to stay with her in London. Jane is reluctant to abandon their peaceful home in the countryside, but her husband’s damaged vision has grown worse—and so have his feelings of depression. Jane hopes that time spent in the nation’s bustling capital will buoy his spirits and give him the chance to receive treatment from a specialist.

Once in London, the Rochesters accompany their friend to the Italian Opera House. However, there is more drama in the audience than on the stage! Jane not only unexpectedly finds herself in the presence of the King, she also comes face-to-face with an old nemesis, a dowager who once hoped her daughter would marry the man who is now Jane’s husband. Not surprisingly, the aging dowager deals Jane a very public snub. Hoping to mitigate the damages, Jane makes a social visit to the dowager’s house, only to have the elderly woman drop dead while taking tea! It’s clear the dowager’s death was an unnatural one, and Jane must set her considerable intelligence to the problems of solving the crime…and then a summons from King George IV himself puts Jane squarely in the midst of a battle for the English throne—and the religious freedom of a nation!

Reviews

"Second in the Jane Eyre Chronicles, the novel nicely continues the adventures of Brontë’s intrepid heroine.... Death of a Dowager is a breezy, cozy mystery, and Ms. Brontë would no doubt have approved of Slan’s depiction of Jane."

Historical Novel Society

"I highly encourage lovers of historical mysteries to pick up this series immediately. It will not disappoint. I enjoyed the first one immensely and this one was just as good, if not better than the first."

Girl Lost in a Book

"As a fan of the classics and historical mysteries, I enjoy the idea of Jane Eyre as a sleuth. The characters and world depicted in Slan’s novels stay true to Brontë’s story, and it’s nice to see the love story between Jane and Rochester continue."

Curled Up With a Good Book

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