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By Stephanie Barron

In her 6th engrossing trip, Jane Austen employs her scrumptious wit and kin ties to the Royal military in a case of homicide at the excessive seas. someplace within the picturesque British port of Southampton, between a team of colourful, eccentric, and fiercely person souls, a killer has come ashore. And simply Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....

Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House

“I will assert that sailors are endowed with higher worthy than any set of guys in England.”

So muses Jane Austen as she stands within the buffeting wind of Southampton’s quay beside her brother Frank on a uncooked February morning. Frank, a publish captain within the Royal military, is with no send to command, and his top prospect is the Stella Maris, a quick frigate captained by means of his previous good friend Tom Seagrave.

“Lucky” Tom — so dubbed for his behavior of besting enemy ships — is shortly in shame, charged with violating the Articles of struggle. Tom’s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of homicide within the loss of life of a French captain after the hand over of his send.

Though fortunate Tom denies the cost, his dagger was once present in the useless man’s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for against the law he swears he didn't commit.

Frank, deeply grieved, is sure his buddy will cling. yet Jane purposes that both Seagrave or Chessyre is mendacity — and that she and Frank have an obligation to find the reality.

The look for the captain’s honor contains them into the center of Seagrave’s kin, via a number of the seaport’s worst sinkholes, and in the end to Wool residence, the barred brick constitution that serves as gaol for French prisoners of struggle.

Risking contagion or worse, Jane concurs to nurse the murdered French captain’s imprisoned workforce — and elicits a debonair surgeon’s account of the Stella Maris’s conflict that looks to transparent Tom Seagrave of all guilt.

When Eustace Chessyre is located murdered, the total affair takes at the visual appeal of an insidious plot opposed to Seagrave, who's charged with the crime. may perhaps any of his naval colleagues want him lifeless? In an period of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, may well it's a case of cherchez los angeles femme ... or a veiled political foe at paintings? And what of the sealed orders below which Seagrave embarked that fateful evening within the Stella Maris? loss of life knocks back at Jane’s personal door sooner than the ultimate knots within the killer’s internet are thoroughly untangled.

Always marvelous, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an clever and fascinating secret that introduces Jane and her readers to “the naval set” — and charts a real path throughout the novice sleuth’s so much bothered waters yet.

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I have always believed," Frank added, "that could kings and emperors reign solely from the seas, and suffer the overruling might of Nature to humble and command them with every gale of wind, they might then regard themselves in the proper light The vastness of the world is an acute corrective, Jane, for over-weening vanity! " I studied him soberly. "You miss a ship, Frank. Confess as much. " "You forget the inadequacy of Mrs. Davies's fire, Jane," he returned with brusque humour. " "We shall be gone from hired lodgings in a fortnight," I said dismissively, "but your malaise shall prove as strong.

That is the best Pray do not hesitate to call, Mrs. Seagrave, if you happen to visit Southampton. Though we are at present quite cramped in hired lodgings, we shall be settled in Castle Square in a fortnight, with all our books about us. " A brisk walk of seven minutes achieved her doorstep; and there we found the two Captains settled in chairs drawn up to the parlour fire. The little Seagraves had not yet returned, though they must be wet quite through, in standing upon the seawall as the Defiant slipped her moorings.

I should throw myself overboard rather than admit to a craven heart, or plead for a return to shore. It had long been my chief desire to be swung in a chair to the very deck of one of my brothers' commands -- the Canopus, when Frank captained her, or the Indian, should Charles ever return from the North American Station. But we had always lived beyond the reach of naval ports; and our visits to the sea were matters of bathing and Assemblies. My mother's decision to settle with Frank in Southampton, a mere seventeen miles from the great naval yard at Portsmouth, must ensure frequent occasion for familiarising myself with ships, and sailors' customs, and all the ardent matter of my brothers' lives, that have demanded such sacrifice, and conveyed so much of glory and regret.

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