The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Bibliobeth!


When Jane Austen dies at the age of just 41, Anne, governess to her brother, Edward Austen, is devastated and begins to suspect that someone might have wanted her out of the way. Now, 20 years on, she hopes that medical science might have progressed sufficiently to assess the one piece of evidence she has – a tainted lock of Jane’s hair. Natural causes or murder? Even 20 years down the line, Anne is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of the acclaimed Miss Austen.


It’s going to be hard to review this book, because I admit, I’m not the biggest Jane Austen fan. This book sounded intriguing though, which is why I borrowed it from Beth. It’s also a book that I really don’t want to spoil for those that haven’t read it yet and want to. I would warn though, read the author’s note at the beginning because this book does feel utterly believable. The subject matter has been drawn from historical documents and research, but it is a work of historical fiction.

The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen is full of drama. There are accusations flying all over the place, deaths, dances, holiday, friendships and a little bit of fun. I loved the friendship between Jane Austen and our protagonist Anne Sharp. Anne Sharp really was a fantastic character.

The writing in this book is wonderful. You really do feel like you’re sitting observing the story unfold or sitting in a room, listening to Anne read her diary to you.

I think that fans of historical fiction would really enjoy this book. It’s interesting to speculate about what could have happened to Jane, if anything. I hope that Jane Austen’s fans aren’t upset by this book, as it really written in such a believable way.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
My Notorious Life- Kate Manning

4 thoughts on “The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen

  1. This book sounds really interesting and has gone straight to my to be read list. Historical fiction can be so dry and dull sometimes, but this does not sound like one of those 🙂

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