The Jane Eyre Chronicles #1
Joanna Campbell Slan
August 2012 / ISBN 978-0425247747
by Cheryl Green
and enjoyed each and every Kiki Lowenstein mystery that Joanna Campbell
Slan has written I figured I was up to the challenge of reading
her new mystery series with Jane Eyre. Death of a Schoolgirl picks
up the story seamlessly with Jane married to Edward Rochester and
mother to her newborn son Ned.
will change Jane’s quiet life. The first note was from Adele
Varens – her former pupil and Edward’s ward. She begs
for help having received a threatening note at her boarding school.
The second is from Lucy Brayton the wife of Edward’s best
friend. Her note details her concerns about Adele’s health
- who she says is pale and very thin. The school superintendent,
Maude Thurston, is new and would not let Lucy see Adele when she
came to visit. Jane decides to visit Adele immediately, leaving
her husband and son in the care of Mrs. Fairfax the housekeeper.
Travel now for Edward might cause him to go blind.
of visiting Hatchard’s Book Shop to replace books that were
lost in the fire at Thornfield Hall. The trip to London turns into
the trip from hell. The other passengers are rude and at one stop
Jane is mugged and the Rochester diamonds in her reticule are stolen.
She arrives at Lucy’s house looking a lot worse for wear.
The next morning, Jane goes to see Adele at Alderton House. A traffic
jam of carriages and bad weather cause Jane to arrive looking like
a drowned rat. She sees men carrying out a dead body. Her serviceable
clothes and use of the servant’s entrance cause the staff
to think she is the long awaited German teacher.
Things to ponder:
Why was Jane the only one attacked on the journey to London? What
happened to the real German teacher? What made the Bow Street Runners
investigate the death of a classmate of Adele as a murder? Will
Jane and Miss Miller expose a killer?
Slan’s book Death of a Schoolgirl does not disappoint.
It gives you a sense of the period and weaves in a mystery to boot.
At several parts in the book, my heart was pounding as I tried to
read even faster. As someone who has always been afraid to test
the waters and read Jane Eyre, Ms. Slan has given me the courage
to do so. I will tell you that I now have a copy of Jane Eyre on
my Kindle and plan to read it very soon. I hope that there will
be another Jane Eyre Chronicle to read very soon. So, If you like
your mysteries with a literary touch, then this is the book for