Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful Regency-era mystery
Stephanie Barron 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 the critically acclaimed Merry Folger series. 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."
--Gumshoe Review "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."
--Library Journal Praise for Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas National Bestseller
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."
--USA Today "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."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch "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