By Stephanie Barron
In her 6th engrossing time out, Jane Austen employs her scrumptious wit and kinfolk ties to the Royal military in a case of homicide at the excessive seas. someplace within the picturesque British port of Southampton, between a staff of colourful, eccentric, and fiercely person souls, a killer has come ashore. And basically Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
“I will assert that sailors are endowed with better 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 put up captain within the Royal military, is and not using a send to command, and his most sensible prospect is the Stella Maris, a quick frigate captained by means of his outdated pal Tom Seagrave.
“Lucky” Tom — so dubbed for his behavior of besting enemy ships — is almost immediately in shame, charged with violating the Articles of struggle. Tom’s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of homicide within the dying of a French captain after the hand over of his send.
Though fortunate Tom denies the cost, his dagger was once present in the lifeless man’s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a criminal offense he swears he didn't commit.
Frank, deeply grieved, is bound his good friend 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 stricken middle of Seagrave’s relations, via many of the seaport’s worst sinkholes, and in the end to Wool condominium, the barred brick constitution that serves as gaol for French prisoners of battle.
Risking contagion or worse, Jane is of the same opinion to nurse the murdered French captain’s imprisoned team — 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 whole affair takes at the visual appeal of an insidious plot opposed to Seagrave, who's charged with the crime. may possibly any of his naval colleagues want him useless? In an period of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, may 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? dying knocks back at Jane’s personal door ahead of the ultimate knots within the killer’s web are thoroughly untangled.
Always astonishing, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an clever and exciting secret that introduces Jane and her readers to “the naval set” — and charts a real path throughout the beginner sleuth’s so much stricken waters yet.
From the Hardcover edition.