Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Being the Fifth Jane Austen Mystery
By Stephanie Barron
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553578379, 336pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
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More shocking still is the coroner's revelation: the deceased is no man but a maidservant clad in the garb of her master, Mr. Charles Danforth of Penfolds Hall. Tess Arnold had ruled the stillroom at Penfolds for many years until she was labeled a witch and dismissed for indiscretion. Was Tess the prey of a madman loose in the hills, or perchance the cast-off impediment to a gentleman's marriage?
As usual, Jane's acute perception and her nose for trouble place her supremely at risk from a killer who may strike as violently by day as he once did by night....
"Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight."—Publishers Weekly
"This fifth Jane Austen detection gets ... my Best in Series vote."—Booknews from The Poisoned Pen
"Another first-rate addition to the series."—Christian Science Monitor
"Barron does a wonderful job of evoking the great British estates and the woes of spinsters living in that era ... often echoing the rhythms of the Austen novels with uncanny ease."—Entertainment Weekly