Et si Virginia Woolf ne s'était pas suicidée le 28 mars 1941 ?
En octobre 2008, Jo Bellamy, jeune paysagiste américaine, arrive à Sissinghurst, dans le Kent, pour étudier le célèbre jardin blanc créé par l'amie de Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West. Un jour après l'annonce de son départ, son grand-père Jock, d'origine britannique, se suicide. Jo découvre qu'il avait lui-même travaillé dans ce jardin pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale et décide de profiter de son voyage pour comprendre son geste.
À Sissinghurst, Jo découvre par hasard un journal intime parmi les archives des jardiniers. L'étiquette porte le nom de son grand-père, mais, en le déchiffrant, elle doit se rendre à l'évidence : ce journal n'est pas le sien. Soupçonnant son auteur d'être Virginia Woolf, elle file le faire expertiser chez Sotheby's. Là, on lui concède que le style et les thèmes rappellent en effet Woolf... à un détail près : les dates. Le 28 mars 1941, Virginia a rempli ses poches de pierres avant d'aller se noyer dans l'Ouse. Or le journal commence le 29.
Des détails du journal amènent Jo à jouer avec cette idée : et si Virginia Woolf ne s'était pas suicidée ? Si on l'avait tuée ?
D'Oxford à Cambridge, de demeures prestigieuses en bibliothèques légendaires, dans des jardins dont la splendeur dissimule d'obscurs secrets, Jo traque la vérité sur les derniers jours de la romancière. Mais elle n'est pas la seule, et bientôt le journal est volé...
Un roman à la fois érudit, léger et riche en rebondissements qui ravira les amoureux d'une Angleterre traditionnelle où le feu couve sous les bonnes manières.
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henrys wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon--otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself--but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how mad, bad, and dangerous to know Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifiers legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In her latest spellbinding escapade, Jane Austen arrives in London to watch over the printing of her first novel, and finds herself embroiled in a crime that could end more than her career. For it is up to Jane to tease a murderer out of the ton, lest sheyes'>#8212;and her countryyes'>#8212;suffer a dastardly demise.yes'>#8230;On the heels of completing Sense and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane Street for a monthlong visit with her brother Henry and his wife, Eliza. Hobnobbing with the Fashionable Great at the height of the Season, Jane is well aware of their secrets and peccadilloes. But even she is surprised when the intimate correspondence between a Russian princess and a prominent Tory minister is published in the papers for all to see. More shocking, the disgraced beauty is soon found with her throat slit on Lord Castlereaghyes'>#8217;s very doorstep.Everyone whoyes'>#8217;s anyone in high society is certain the spurned princess committed the violence upon herself. But Jane is unconvinced. Nor does she believe the minister guilty of so grisly and public a crime. Jane, however, is willing to let someone else investigateyes'>#8212;until a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of the caseyes'>#8230;as prime suspects!Striking a bargain with the authorities, Jane secures seven days to save herself and Eliza from hanging. But as her quest to unmask a killer takes her from the halls of government to the drawing rooms of Londonyes'>#8217; most celebrated courtesan, only one thing is sure: her failure will not only cut short her life. It could lead to Englandyes'>#8217;s downfall. A compulsively readable, uncommonly elegant novel of historical suspense, Jane and the Barque of Frailty once again proves Jane Austen a sleuth to be reckoned with.From the Hardcover edition.
In three highly diverting mysteries, Jane Austen has shown herself a clever hand at unraveling the deadly knots woven by the unscrupulous.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Now, in her latest engrossing adventure, Jane is called upon to solve a shattering crime that may begin and end in one man's heartor encompass the fate of an entire nation.In the waning days of summer, Jane Austen is off to the Canterbury Races, where the rich and fashionable go to gamble away their fortunes.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;It is an atmosphere ripe for scandal.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;But even Jane is unprepared for the shocking drama that ensues when a ravenhaired wanton in a scarlet riding habit takes center stage.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;She is Franyes'>#231;oise Grey, a flamboyant French beauty who has cast a spell over the gentlemen of Kent...and her unbridled behavior at the races invites the most scandalous speculation.What can Mrs. Grey be thinking, Jane wonders, to so brazenly strike a gentleman with her whip? And what recklessness then spurs her to leap the rail on her fleet black horse and join the race? Only hours after Mrs. Grey has departed the race grounds in triumph will Jane realize the full import of her questions.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;For in a shabby chaise less than a hundred feet from where Jane sat, the impossible is revealed: Mrs. Grey's lifeless body, gruesomely strangled, her ruby riding habit nowhere to be found.As those around her rush to arrest the owner of the chaisea known coundrel with eyes for Franyes'>#231;oiseJane looks further afield to find a number of others behaving oddly, including the dashing military man caught rifling through the dead woman's desk, the widower who does not appear to be grieving, and the shy governess curiously overpowered by the horror of the Frenchwoman's death.As rumors spread like wildfire that Napoleon's fleet is bound for Kent, Jane begins to suspect that Franyes'>#231;oise Grey's murder was an act of war rather than a crime of passion.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;The peaceful fields of Kent have become a very dangerous place...and Jane's thirst for justice may exact the steepest price of allher life.Deliciously sinister and splendidly wrought, Jane and the Genius of the Place is a stylish puzzler that only the incomparable Jane Austen could hope to crack.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And in her capable hands, the solving of it is a pleasure to watch.From the Hardcover edition.
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 Houseyes'>#8220;I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England.yes'>#8221; So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southamptonyes'>#8217;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. yes'>#8220;Luckyyes'>#8221; Tom yes'>#8212; so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships yes'>#8212; is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tomyes'>#8217;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 manyes'>#8217;s chest. Now Seagrave faces courtmartial 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 yes'>#812; and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth. The search for the captainyes'>#8217;s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagraveyes'>#8217;s family, through some of the seaportyes'>#8217;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 captainyes'>#8217;s imprisoned crew yes'>#8212; and elicits a debonair surgeonyes'>#8217;s account of the Stella Marisyes'>#8217;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 Janeyes'>#8217;s own door before the final knots in the killeryes'>#8217;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 yes'>#8220;the naval setyes'>#8221; yes'>#8212; and charts a true course through the amateur sleuthyes'>#8217;s most troubled waters yet.From the Hardcover edition.
Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight in her latest adventure (after Jane and the Genius of the Place), which sheds new light on the author's travels in 1806. While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell (a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice), Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man. Jane's suspicions are roused when her escort, Mr. George Hemming, prefers to remove the unidentified corpse to Buxton, rather than Bakewell, and they increase when the body proves to be that of a woman dressed in men's clothing. Moreover, the corpse is identified as Tess Arnold, a servant at one of the area's great houses, whom Mr. Hemming should have recognized. As the compounder of stillroom remedies, Tess had a reputation as a healer, until accused of witchcraft. Rumors of ritual murder by Freemasonswho include most of the neighboring gentryexcite the local populace and jeopardize the investigation of the justice of the peace, himself a Mason. When Mr. Hemming disappears before the inquest, Jane and the justice turn for help to Lord Harold Trowbridge, a guest at the nearby ducal house of Chatsworth. Barron catches Austen's tone amazingly well. Details of early 19thcentury country life of all classes ring true, while the story line is clear, yet full of surprises. The "editor's notes" that punctuate the text and old cures for various ills that open each chapter add to the charm. (Aug.)From the Hardcover edition.
For everyone who loves Jane Austen...the second tantalizing mystery in a new series that transforms the beloved author into a dazzling sleuth!Jane and her family are looking forward to a peaceful holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Yet on the outskirts of town an overturned carriage forces the shaken travelers to take refuge at a nearby manor house. And it is there that Jane meets the darkly forbidding yet strangely attractive Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth. What murky secrets does the brooding Mr. Sidmouth seek to hide? Jane suspects the worst—but her attention is swiftly diverted when a man is discovered hanged from a makeshift gibbet by the sea. The worthies of Lyme are certain his death is the work of "the Reverend," the ringleader of the midnight smuggling trade whose identity is the town's paramount mystery. Now, it falls to Jane to entrap and expose the notorious Reverend...even if the evidence points to the last person on earth she wants to suspect...a man who already may have won her heart.From the Paperback edition.
In her seventh captivating adventure, Jane Austen finds her crimesolving mettle put to the test in a confounding case of intrigue, murder, and high treason. Among the haunted ruins of an ancient abbey, Jane is drawn into a shadow world of dangerous secrets and traitorous hearts where not only her life is at stakeyes'>#8212;but the fate of England.As Jane Austen stands before the abandoned ruins of Netley Abbey, she imagines that ghosts really do haunt the centuriesold monastery. But the greencloaked figure who startles her is all too human and he bears an unexpected missive from Lord Harold Trowbridge, one of the British governmentyes'>#8217;s most trusted advisersyes'>#8212;and a man who holds a high place in Janeyes'>#8217;s life.Trowbridge tells Jane about a suspected traitor in their midstyes'>#8212;and the disastrous consequences if she succeeds. But is Sophia Challoner, a beautiful widow with rumored ties to Emperor Bonaparte, really an agent of the enemy? Dispatched to Netley Lodge, Jane sets about gaining the confidence of the mysterious and intriguing lady even as Trowbridgeyes'>#8217;s grim prediction bears fruit: a British frigate is set afire and its shipwright found with his throat cut.Ityes'>#8217;s clear that someone is waging a clandestine war of terror and murder. But before Jane can follow the trail of conspiracy to its source and unmask a calculating killer, the cold hand of murder will fall mercilessly yet againyes'>#8212;and suddely Jane may find herself dying for her country.Elegantly intriguing, Jane and the Ghosts of Netley is a beautifully crafted novel of wit, character, and suspense that transports Jane and her many fans into a mystery of truly historical proportionsyes'>#8212;and a case that will test the amateur sleuthyes'>#8217;s true colors under fire.From the Paperback edition.
It's with a heavy heart that Jane Austen takes up a new residence at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Secretly mourning the lost love of her life, she's stunned to learn that the late Lord Harold Trowbridge has made her heir to an extraordinary bequest: a Bengal chest filled with his diaries, letters, and most intimate correspondence. From these, Jane is expected to write a memoir of the Gentleman Rogue for posterity. But before she can put pen to paper on this labor of love, she discovers a corpse in the cellar of her new home.The dead man was a common laborer, and a subsequent coroner's examination shows he was murdered elsewhere and transported to Chawton Cottage. Suddenly Jane and her family are thrust into the center of a brewing scandal in this provincial village that doesn't take kindly to outsiders in generalyes'>#8212;and to Austens in particular.And just as Jane glimpses a connection between the murder and the shattering truth concealed somewhere in Lord Harold's papers, violent death strikes yet another unsuspecting vicitim. Suddenly there are suspects and motives everywhere Jane looksyes'>#8212;local burglaries, thwarted passions, wouldbe knights, and members of the royal family itself who want Lord Harold hushed . . . even in death. As the tale of one man's illustrious life unfoldsyes'>#8212;a life that runs a parallel course to the history of two continentsyes'>#8212;Jane races against time to catch a cunning killer before more innocent lives are aken. But her determination to protect Lord Harold's legacy could exact the costliest price of all: her own life.Jane and His Lordship's Legacy is historical suspense writing at its very finest, graced with insight, perception, and uncommon intelligence of its singular heroine in a mystery that will test the mettle of her mind and heart.From the Hardcover edition.
In March 1941, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in England's River Ouse. Her body was found three weeks later. What seemed like a tragic ending at the time was, in fact, just the beginning of a mystery. . . .
Six decades after Virginia Woolf's death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather's unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England's most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf's last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself.
If authenticated, Jo's discovery could shatter everything historians believe about Woolf's final hours. But when the Woolf diary is suddenly stolen, Jo's quest to uncover the truth will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon whose connection to the White Garden ultimately proved devastating.
Rich with historical detail, The White Garden is an enthralling novel of literary suspense that explores the many ways the past haunts the present-and the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of the most carefully tended garden.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful murder mystery set over the twelve days of a Regency-Era Christmas party.
Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted.
Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Janes fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?
From the Hardcover edition.
Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful Regency-era mystery November, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has come and gone, leaving the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, high-flying banker, is about to declare bankruptcy--dragging several of his brothers down with him. The crisis destroys Henry’s health, and Jane flies to his London bedside, believing him to be dying. While she’s there, the chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent invites Jane to tour Carlton House, the Prince’s fabulous London home. The chaplain is a fan of Jane’s books, and during the tour he suggests she dedicate her next novel--Emma--to HRH, whom she despises. However, before she can speak to HRH, Jane stumbles upon a body--sprawled on the carpet in the Regent’s library. The dying man, Colonel MacFarland, was a cavalry hero and a friend of Wellington’s. He utters a single failing phrase: “Waterloo map” . . . and Jane is on the hunt for a treasure of incalculable value and a killer of considerable cunning. From the Hardcover edition.
As Christmas of 1804 approaches, Jane Austen finds herself "insupportably bored with Bath, and the littleness of a town." It is with relief that she accepts a peculiar commission from her Gentleman Rogue, Lord Harold Trowbridgeyes'>#8212;to shadow his niece, Lady Desdemona, who has fled to Bath to avoid the attentions of the unsavoury Earl of Swithin.But Jane's idle diversion turns deadly when a man is discovered stabbed to death in the Theatre Royal. Adding to the mystery is an unusual object found on the victim's bodyyes'>#8212;a pendant that contains a portrait of an eye! As Jane's fascination with scandal leads her deeper into the investigation, it becomes clear that she will not uncover the truth without some dangerous playacting of her own....From the Paperback edition.