Monday, March 2, 2015
Jane and the Canterbury Tale
I miss Lord Harold, and Jane does as well. Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries became a bit more somber with his death, and I miss the lightness of the earlier books. Jane is also aging - she's now nearly 39 and the flirting now falls to her niece, Fanny Knight. She still enjoys a lively party, though, and Jane and the Canterbury Tale opens at a society wedding. Adelaide Fiske, after a scandalous first marriage and widowhood, has married an army officer and all seems well until Fanny stumbles across the freshly dead body of Adelaide's first husband. Naturally, Adelaide's brother and new husband are suspects, as is her cousin who expected to marry her, and the mysterious man who delivered a bag of tamarind seeds to the wedding. Jane, of course, teases out the truth in the tales told by all the suspects, and while the book was entertaining, the solution wasn't totally satisfying. I enjoyed Jane and her interactions with her niece and her brother, Edward Knight, but the mystery didn't live up to Barron's prior installments.