The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen


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Miss Anne Sharp holds the position of governess at the Godmersham home of Edward Austen. She becomes friendly with his literary sister, Jane, when the latter arrives for an extended stay. Also a frequent visitor is a younger Austen brother, the maverick Henry. Anne becomes convinced that Henry is having an illicit affair with her employer's wife and Jane too has her suspicions on this account.

When Jane Austen dies at the age of just 41, Anne is devastated. She begins to suspect that someone wanted Jane out of the way because she knew too much. Anne's fears are heightened by the death of yet another family member soon after.

The story opens with two letters establishing that Anne has sought to confirm her suspicions, now that medical science has progressed sufficiently to assess the evidence presented by a tainted lock of Jane Austen's hair. Natural causes or murder? Even after more than twenty years, Miss Sharp is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of the acclaimed Miss Austen ...

Lindsay Ashford is an established crime writer who lived and working at the heart of the Jane Austen heritage movement - Chawton House in Hampshire - during the writing of this novel. She is the author of the acclaimed Megan Rhys crime series; shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculiar Award.

Welsh Books Council Book of the Month November 2011

Additional information

Weight .284 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm