Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron

Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry to Brighton after Henry s wife is lost to a long illness But the crowded glittering resort is far from peaceful e

The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry s wife is lost to a long illness But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon otherwise known as Lord Byron As a poet aThe restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry s wife is lost to a long illness But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon otherwise known as Lord Byron As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself but no one would ever accuse him of being 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.

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Stephanie Barron was born Francine Stephanie Barron in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families Francine s passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories She grew up in Washington, D.C and attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a two hundred year old Catholic school for girls that shares a wall with Georgetown University Her father died of a heart attack during her freshman year In 1981, she started college at Princeton one of the most formative experiences of her life There she fenced for the club varsity team and learned to write news stories for The Daily Princetonian a hobby that led to two part time jobs as a journalist for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News Francine majored in European History, studying Napoleonic France, and won an Arthur W Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities in her senior year But the course she remembers most vividly from her time at Princeton is The Literature of Fact, taught by John McPhee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker John influenced Francine s writing than even she knows and certainly than she is able to say If there were an altar erected to the man in Colorado, she d place offerings there daily He s her personal god of craft Francine spent three years at Stanford pursuing a doctorate in history she failed to write her dissertation on the Brazilian Bar Association under authoritarianism can you blame her and left with a Masters She applied to the CIA, spent a year temping in Northern Virginia while the FBI asked inconvenient questions of everyone she had ever known, passed a polygraph test on her twenty sixth birthday, and was immediately thrown into the Career Trainee program Boot Camp for the Agency s Best and Brightest Four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA were profoundly fulfilling, the highlights being Francine s work on the Counterterrorism Center s investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, and sleeping on a horsehair mattress in a Spectre era casino in the middle of Bratislava Another peak moment was her chance to debrief ex President George Bush in Houston in 1993 But what she remembers most about the place are the extraordinary intelligence and dedication of most of the staff many of them women many of whom cannot be named She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later Fifteen books have followed, along with sundry children, dogs, and houses When she s not writing, she likes to ski, garden, needlepoint, and buy art Her phone number is definitely unlisted.

380 Reply to “Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron”

  1. this was not intended to be a DBR, but know that it is hot, and i am drinking these incredibly girly green apple bite smirnoff ices many of them ice cold and delicious my plan is to lucidly elucidate why me and this book didn t get along, but it might take me a while to collect my thoughts as i sit here and pound these things, so who knows what will happen by the end of it all we may indeed get a little D.i honestly don t know who this series is forsten fans seem to love them not austen fans lik [...]

  2. One thinks of Jane Austen as a retiring spinster who writes secretly, prefers her privacy and enjoys quiet walks in the Hampshire countryside Instead, she has applied her intuitive skills of astute observation and deductive reasoning to solve crime in Stephanie Barron s Austen inspired mystery series It is an ingenious paradox that would make even Gilbert and Sullivan green with envy The perfect pairing of the unlikely with the obvious that happens occasionally in great fiction by authors clever [...]

  3. this was a total impulse purchase at the library seconds away from checkout, this wee paperback called to me from the new releases it seemed a perfect blend of all things i like jane austen, murder mysteries, and oversexed romantic poets how could it miss it missed, most obviously, by slavishly developing the historical elements rather than the characters in fact, by page 50, if she had dropped the words jaconet or salad days or publickly one time, i was tempted to put the book down we get it i [...]

  4. I should have expected some sordidness based on the title, but it is still a bit of a drawback for me Some of the dialog is crude, so be aware, if that sort of thing bothers you The worst part is that I m still not sure if I understand who did it Maybe I m just dense but it didn t make sense the way it was revealed I mean I think I know how it went, but was it really what happened or is it because view spoiler Byron put a pistol to the General s head and made him write a confession Was it really [...]

  5. Pride and Prejudice is the only pure romance that I love I ve read Pride and Prejudice several times, ever since my high school teacher assigned it for a homework assignment The guys in the class were appropriately horrified, of course Lord of the Dead was also a book that I deeply enjoyed reading It is, as indicated by the title, a recasting of Lord Byron in the role of a vampire Filled with exotic climes and debauchery, I found the Byron depicted by Tom Holland decidedly appealing So when I ca [...]

  6. It s been eons since I picked up a novel in the Jane Austen Mysteries I generally am not a fan of the first person narrative but I liked the epistolary style used in the storytelling The mystery is unveiled through Jane s eyes and recounted by her The novel does spend half of it setting up the mystery introducing the characters and the other half dealing with the actual mystery.The one thing I don t like is the passiveness of the narrative While we may be in the first person, the story resides p [...]

  7. Excellent This latest offering in the Jane Austen mystery series was well written, highly entertaining, and kept me guessing I have read all of the books in this series and have highly enjoyed it and would recommend it The first couple of books are a bit on the quiet side but once you get caught up in the series and the recurring characters, you can t help but be sucked in I think Madness had an even engrossing mystery than usual, not to mention Jane s brother Henry is greatly involved, which i [...]

  8. The latest entry in Stephanie Barron s entertaining Jane Austen murder mysteries series is, frankly, the best yet.In this tale, Miss Austen and her recently widowed brother are on their way to Brighton when they rescue a Miss Caroline Twining from abduction at the hands of George Gordon, Lord Byron The plot thickens when, shortly after the Austens arrival in the seaside town, Miss Twining s drowned corpse is found in Lord Byron s bed Byron is arrested for the murder, declaiming his innocence to [...]

  9. It had been awhile since I read this author I think she wrote at least one stand alone book since the last entry in this series I ve read all of the Jane mysteries and am glad Barron is working on the next installment being both a Jane Austen lover and a mystery buff, I find the combination irresistible Especially when handled so expertly Barron really captures the dry, witty tone of Jane Austen s works, but she writes from Jane s self deprecating POV, and it s fun to read her imaginary musings [...]

  10. I confess to reading all the books in this series except the newest They are definitely a guilty pleasure Come on, we all know a series which places Jane Austen as a bystander detective, much like Miss Marple, sounds gimmicky and a bit silly However, I m hooked.Unlike other contemporary novels written as sequels to an Austen s novels, or revolving around her fictional characters or the countless time travel, mix ups where a contemporary Austen fan finds herself in Regency England this series of [...]

  11. If you can believe Jane Austen might visit Brighton with her brother Henry, and she might meet Lord Byron, mad bad and dangerous to know, than you would enjoy this mystery social novel of 1811 The Regent has brought his friends to his Pavillion to gamble and carouse and the fashionable set are there as well Jane runs into Mona, Countess of Swithin, an old friend who knows Caro Lamb, Byron and others It was great fun to read Byron s poem Le Giaour provides part of the plot and Byron helps Jane so [...]

  12. Ah Stephanie Barron never disappoints Another excellent read that feels so like an Austen novel but with excitement Highly recommend this series.

  13. I liked it for all the same reasons I liked Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas style, pacing, wit, charm, etc , but I enjoyed this one differently, though perhaps a little less overall I think the subject matter in The Madness of Lord Byron definitely scandalous and sensational than 12 Days, at times a bit distasteful, and just as heartbreaking.Plot Summary After watching her beloved sister in law Eliza succumb to breast cancer, Jane and her brother Henry, go to Brighton for a period of mour [...]

  14. In the QA featured at the end of the book, Stephanie Barron admits this book is entirely an invention as far as we know Jane Austen never visited Brighton , giving us a meeting between two of Britain s most famous authors Though, this book s version of Byron entirely correctly calls Miss Austen the superior writer Good.It s one of Barron s most detectiv y novels, it even features a LIST of questions for Jane to get the answers to before she can discover the identity of the murderer It s also a n [...]

  15. Jane Austen and her brother Henry go to Brighton after the death of Henry s beloved wife, Eliza Ostensibly to mourn and to get away from all the things that remind them of Eliza, Jane and Henry are thrust into an adventure before they even reach the seaside A young girl, Catherine, claims to have been kidnapped by Lord Byron, whose inappropriate feelings toward her have made him almost crazy Jane of course rescues Catherine, who is eternally grateful and seems to become Jane s new project, as Ja [...]

  16. I enjoyed this book, especially the characters of Byron and Caroline Lamb, who were both dramatic and unstable people, very well depicted The author really brings the time period to life as well That said, I just found the repetition of archaic words like nuncheon reticule, gaol and sopha a little annoying I know this is fiction, but as a lover of Austen, I also can t get away from the feeling that her character in the book is nothing like what I ve read from and about the real person Still, a w [...]

  17. Lord Trowbridge had died Books and books ago but then, I don t always read books in order But I must say, I m deeply saddened I really liked him and I know Jane did too Sadly, Barron couldn t have her heroine, Jane Austen, who never wed in real life, marry in her fictional self too too bad, as it is so evident that Jane is a lonely woman and a good catch, although Trowbridge s niece, Mona, remarked that Sir Harold had said something to the effect that it was better that Jane not marry, else the [...]

  18. Still loving these mysteries featuring Jane Austen as the detective The Regency setting is well described even Prinny shows up in this one and having Lord Byron as a suspected murderer adds a new dimension This one is probably farther away from Austen s real life as the author admits as far as she know Austen was never in Brighton, and Lord Byron was never arrested for murder Still it s a nice convoluted mystery with the usual interesting characters.

  19. Jane Austen, on the way to Brighton, with her banker brother Henry, to alleviate the loss they both feel at the loss of his wife Eliza stumble on a kidnapping of a lovely, young woman The young woman is subsequently murdered and Jane must use all of her good sense to solve the murder mystery and save the deplorable Lord Byron who has been accused of the crime An enjoyable romp for Austen fans and a fine period mystery Recommended for fans of Ms Austen.

  20. I have enjoyed all of the books in Stephanie Barron s Jane Austen series Jane s voice is spot on for the era Each book makes me want to further investigate the lives of the real people that are included in the story,ie George Gordon, Lord Byron, and his two lovers Caroline Lamb and Jane Harley, Lady Oxford.

  21. People are overthinking this book Do not take it seriously It is a romp, a lark, a diversion Don t analyze it just relax and enjoy.

  22. One of my favorites of this series because of the cleverness with which Barron uses Byron and his reputation to frame him for murder

  23. Jane beloved sister Eliza dies and brother Henry is bereft, so Jane suggests a holiday at the seaside for the two of them Henry chooses Brighton, the fashionable watering hole of the Great Along the way, they stop to change horses when they discover a young lady bound and gagged inside a crested carriage Miss Catherine Twining, a young miss of 15 years, claims to have been abducted by none other than the infamous poet Lord Byron Byron intended to take Catherine to Gretna and when she tried to es [...]

  24. Georgette Heyer meets Miss Marple Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron is the tenth in a series of mysteries featuring Jane Austen, told in her own words through the medium of her diary In this adventure, Jane accompanies her brother Henry to Brighton to take in the sea after he loses his wife to breast cancer The trendy resort seems to be peopled by everyone of note in society, including the Regent and the poet Lord Byron Given the libertine ways of both, it may come as no real surprise that a yo [...]

  25. After a bit of a gap, I was very happy to have a new installment of the Jane Austen mystery series While not my favourite ever, this was another good read.After the sad death of her brother Henry s wife Eliza, whom Jane was also very close with, they both need a bit of peace and quiet to mourn Jane decides she and Henry will go to Brighton to take the waters, and enjoy the sea air in hopes they can both remember Eliza as she would have wished happily and without grieving.Of course, no matter whe [...]

  26. This Jane Austen pastiche series by Stephanie Barron, in which Jane appears as the solver of mysteries, is great fun to read Any fan of Austen s writing will immediately feel at home in one of these books Barron does a creditable job of imitating Austen s style of writing, even using the unique turns of phrase that often appear in Austen s books to convince us that these are, in fact, memoirs written by the Great Jane.This is the 10th book in the series, not my favorite of the lot but still an e [...]

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