Death of a Schoolgirl
By Joanna Campbell Slan
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425247747, 352pp.)
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…
Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.
But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…
Joanna Campbell Slan is the Agatha-award nominated author of over twenty books. She grew up in a small town in Indiana, where she read and re-read her two favorite books A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Jane Eyre. After traveling the world and living in England, she now divides her time between homes in McLean, Virginia, and Jupiter Island, Florida.
“A delightful chance for Brontë fans to expand their acquaintance with Jane Eyre.”
-Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"So genuine it seems like a long-lost Brontë original."
-Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-award winning author
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