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Book Title: Jane and the Barque of Frailty|
The author of the book: Stephanie Barron
Date of issue: February 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780786293063
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 989 KB
Edition: Thorndike Press
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A unique idea using a much beloved Jane Austen as a sleuth! Ms. Barron successfully imitates the vernacular of 19th century England as Jane narrates the story of the suspicious death of Russian Princess Evgenia Tshoikova. However, this historical tale has some incredulous moments, but overall is a sweet cozy mystery for Austen fans.
At the height of 1811 Season, Jane Austen is in London supervising the publication of Sense and Sensibility and scandal has the ton (High Society) in uproar. A Russian Princess’ shocking love letters to Lord Castlereagh appears in the newspaper and everyone, including Jane, notes the Russian beauty’s intense stares into the Tory Minister’s theatre box. Jane and her sister in law are shocked to read in the morning paper that Princess Evgenia was found dead with her throat slit on the minister’s doorstep shortly after the performance. The wagging tongues of the ton are convinced that it was self murder, but Jane is not so convinced. She is sure that the inquest will flesh out her suspicions, but when the Bow Street Runners call at Sloane Street, Jane is thrust into the investigation to save Eliza and herself from the gallows!
The Runners reluctantly give the Austen women one week to prove they didn’t pinch the dead beauty’s jewels and murder her. Eliza is horrified that her friend Comtesse d’Entraigues tried to pass off the jewels as her own for the authoress to sell to cover her friend’s own scandal. But Jane knows the dark underbelly on the ton and elicits help from a Braque of fragility (high society prostitute) to save her clan and some members of the Court.
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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 more than even she knows and certainly more 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.
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