By Stephanie Barron
It is with a heavy center that Jane Austen takes up a brand new place of abode at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Secretly mourning the misplaced love of her lifestyles, she's shocked to profit that the past due Lord Harold Trowbridge has made her inheritor to a rare bequest: a Bengal chest choked with his diaries, letters, and such a lot intimate correspondence. From those, Jane is anticipated to jot down a memoir of the Gentleman Rogue for posterity. yet prior to she will be able to placed pen to paper in this hard work of affection, she discovers a corpse within the cellar of her new home.
The useless guy was once a typical laborer, and a next coroner's exam indicates he was once murdered in different places and transported to Chawton Cottage. without warning Jane and her kinfolk are thrust into the heart of a brewing scandal during this provincial village that does not take kindly to outsiders in general—and to Austens in particular.
And simply as Jane glimpses a connection among the homicide and the shattering fact hid someplace in Lord Harold's papers, violent loss of life moves another unsuspecting vicitim. without warning there are suspects and reasons in all places Jane looks—local burglaries, thwarted passions, would-be knights, and individuals of the royal relations itself who wish Lord Harold hushed . . . even in loss of life. because the story of 1 man's illustrious existence unfolds—a existence that runs a parallel direction to the heritage of 2 continents—Jane races opposed to time to seize a crafty killer earlier than extra blameless lives are taken. yet her choice to guard Lord Harold's legacy may well special the most costly cost of all: her personal life.
Jane and His Lordship's Legacy is old suspense writing at its very most interesting, graced with perception, belief, and unusual intelligence of its singular heroine in a secret that might try out the mettle of her brain and middle.
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I can only say, Mr. Prowting, that murder is too good for him. " "So I apprehend, ma'am, from the London papers," the magistrate said stiffly. "I had not understood that you were on terms of acquaintance with the gentleman-- For so we must call him, in deference to his birth. " "And a good deal of money the old Duke must have laid down to make it so," my mother retorted shrewdly. I chose to ignore this impertinence, in deference to the heaviness of her disappointment, and turned instead to the magistrate.
My mother, after an appropriate shriek and fainting fit, had suffered herself to be supported the length of the Prowtings' long gravel sweep under the eyes of the entire village -- and hugely enjoyed her role as tragic heroine. There could be nothing like the Austens' descent upon their new home, I thought with some exasperation. First, a delegation of solicitors bearing mysterious chests; and then a dead man in the cellar -- all in the space of a single afternoon! We should provide the village with matter for conjecture sufficient to endure a twelvemonth, and feed young Baigent's claims that our household was indeed cursed.
Edward Austen's passing," she managed. " "Thank you," I said. "We have all felt my sister's loss most keenly; and as Mrs. Prowting observes, my brother's children above all. " Mrs. Prowting lifted up her eyes to Heaven, and then retreated for a moment behind her square of linen. "Mamma is thinking of William again," Ann observed in a bored tone, "or perhaps of John. " "Ann," Catherine whispered fiercely. " But her sister continued insensible of danger. "Perhaps your brother will chuse a second wife, Miss Austen," Ann suggested brightly, "should he ever return to Chawton.