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Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House

Tekijä: Stephanie Barron

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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House

??I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England.?
So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton??s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave.
??Lucky? Tom ?? so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships ?? is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom??s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship.
Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man??s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit.
Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying ?? and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth.
The search for the captain??s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave??s family, through some of the seaport??s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war.
Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain??s imprisoned crew ?? and elicits a debonair surgeon??s account of the Stella Maris??s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt.
When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme ... or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Jane??s own door before the final knots in the killer??s net are completely untangled.
Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to ??the naval set? ?? and charts a tr
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Jane is poised to take up residence in Southhampton with her brother, Frank, and his new & expectant bride Mary. One of Frank’s naval colleagues and friends, Captain Tom Seagrave, is suddenly accused by a subordinate of ignobly slaughtering an enemy ship’s unarmed captain after a heated battle. Before too long, the chief witness against Captain Seagrave is himself killed, and Captain Seagrave is arrested as the primary suspect in that murder, as well. With his heroic friend in danger of losing both his illustrious career and his life, Frank enlists Jane’s help in clearing Tom’s name and uncovering the duplicitous person behind the plot to destroy Tom and his reputation. Jane soon finds herself immersed in the brutal side of naval life and in the seedier side of seafaring communities as she tries to discover the relentless treachery lurking behind Tom Seagrave’s unjust prosecution.

This entry in the Jane Austen Mystery series is a reasonably mediocre book, although far from engrossing.

Stephanie Barron is a good writer and does a fairly decent job of capturing Jane Austen’s voice and the tone and sensibilities of the time period. However, the military-themed storyline in this installment is not terribly compelling.

Worst of all, apart from Jane herself, none of the characters are particularly memorable or interesting. The character of Etienne LaForge, the ailing prisoner of war, is clearly intended to fill the enormous void left by Lord Harold Trowbridge’s absence, but that attempt falls seriously flat. Combine that with Frank’s tendency to verbally abuse his sister, as well as his wife’s tendency to lapse into swooning hysterics at every little thing that occurs, and what the reader ends up with is a largely tedious and lackluster reading experience. ( )
  missterrienation | Jan 13, 2024 |
I'd read the print version years ago, long enough that I'd forgotten who was the killer. Ms. Reading's narration was very suitable to the text. I hope my local library buys more audio editions of this enjoyable series. ( )
  JalenV | Oct 31, 2013 |
I thought the Jane series had gotten tired, but I quite enjoyed this one. Perhaps I merely needed a vacation from them.Plot wandered - my patience for plot twists and red herrings in mysteries is not infinite - but characters and period details more than compensated. ( )
  krisiti | Jul 1, 2009 |
This series gets better and better! This book is set in Southampton in late February of 1807. There's a lot about the Roayl navy and navy life in general at this time in England's history. There is also a lot of murder, mayhem, skullduggery, spying, all fueled by greed. Jane and her brother Frank are trying to save the life of a sea captain who has been charged with war crimes at sea. He is accused of killing the captain of an enemy ship after the surrender flag had gone up. Frank knows that Captain Seagrave could not have done this deed, but as he and Jane try to determine who did, they run across a cruel and evil plot which places Captain Seagrave right in the middle of the scheme, and it's going to be difficult to prove his innocence. Jane and Frank also stumble on a French spy who spies for England. As the plot unfolds, it endangers the life of this French prisoner. This book is engrossing and it also full of surprises. It sure kept me interested anyway!! ( )
  Romonko | May 7, 2009 |
I loved the atmosphere in this novel, as well as the action and the introduction of Jane's brother, Frank (and family). The mystery seemed convoluted to me - and never satisfactorily tied all the ends together. Also - I missed the 'Gentleman Rogue' (thought I guess he can't be in EVERY novel!) ( )
  tjsjohanna | Apr 5, 2009 |
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Louisa . . . burst forth into raptures of admiration and delight
on the character of the navy-their friendliness, their brotherli-
ness, their openness, their uprightness; protesting that she was
convinced of sailors having more worth and warmth than any
other set of men in England; that they only knew how to live,
and the only deserved to be respected and loved.

-Jane Austen,Persuasion,
The Oxford Illustrated Edition, page 99
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This book is dedicated with love to my uncle,
Charles Cornelius Sibre,
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Who has sailed many a voyage with Nelson's Navy
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Had I suffered the misfortune to be born a man, I should have torn myself early from the affections of my family and all the comforts of home, and thrown my fate upon the mercy of the seas.
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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House

??I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England.?
So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton??s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave.
??Lucky? Tom ?? so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships ?? is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom??s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship.
Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man??s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit.
Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying ?? and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth.
The search for the captain??s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave??s family, through some of the seaport??s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war.
Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain??s imprisoned crew ?? and elicits a debonair surgeon??s account of the Stella Maris??s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt.
When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme ... or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Jane??s own door before the final knots in the killer??s net are completely untangled.
Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to ??the naval set? ?? and charts a tr

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