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Jane and the Wandering Eye: Being the Third Jane Austen Mystery

Jane and the Wandering Eye: Being the Third Jane Austen Mystery
Author: Stephanie Barron
ISBN 13: 9780553578171
ISBN 10: 553578170
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 1998-11-03
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $7.99

As Christmas of 1804 approaches, Jane Austen finds herself "insupportably bored with Bath, and the littleness of a town." It is with relief that she accepts a peculiar commission from her Gentleman Rogue, Lord Harold Trowbridge—to shadow his niece, Lady Desdemona, who has fled to Bath to avoid the attentions of the unsavoury Earl of Swithin.

But Jane's idle diversion turns deadly when a man is discovered stabbed to death in the Theatre Royal. Adding to the mystery is an unusual object found on the victim's body—a pendant that contains a portrait of an eye! As Jane's fascination with scandal leads her deeper into the investigation, it becomes clear that she will not uncover the truth without some dangerous playacting of her own....

Library Journal

This third Jane Austen mystery, following Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (LJ 4/01/96) and Jane and the Man of the Cloth (LJ 12/15/96), has the same charming period authenticity, historical footnotes, and facts from Austen's life that characterize the earlier novels. While these are a draw, they cannot overcome the slow-moving, convoluted plot, in which Jane delves into the lives of some of the leading theatrical lights as she helps her friend Lord Harold Trowbridge save his nephew from execution for a murder he didn't commit. Only for Austen, and Barron, aficianados.