Today sees the publication of Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery. I am so excited to finally be able to share this book with you – I absolutely loved it! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. So firstly, thank you to them, Lion Hudson publishers and the author, Julia Golding.
Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery is the first in an exciting new series and I already can’t wait for more!
1789. A young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey.
When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son’s coming-of-age party. While there, Jane vows to solve the mystery of the ghostly monk in the Abbey grounds – for she does not believe in such stories!
But this is not the only strange occurrence for adventurous young Jane to investigate. There are spooky night-time investigations, an Indian girl with secret talents, a library fire, two prize horses in danger, and friends to save from false accusations.
With notebook in hand and faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the obstacles to finding the truth?
As a young reader I devoured Julia Golding’s Cat Royal series, loosing myself in Cat’s adventures for hours…reading them remains a vivid memory. No surprises really then that I LOVED this book! What an ingenious take on the early life of the famous author Jane Austen. Golding portrays 13-year-old Jane as plain and practical while simultaneously vibrant and sparky. I especially enjoyed the events and scenes in this book that seem to inspire her adult writing – Austen fans will be sure to smile 🙂
The detective mystery was superb – fast paced and engaging, I was hooked from page one…
It had to be acknowledged that the life of a clergyman’s daughter in deepest rural Hampshire was disappointingly full of duties. There were few things for an adventurous girl to do. That was why Jane always considered it fortunate to be in the carriage accident. Without that disaster she would never have met the Abbey ghost.
The story was supported by a wonderfully conveyed cast of characters….and did I spy some familiar names…?! It was also funny, Jane’s actions and comebacks were classic and honoured the witty tone of her own books and letters and made for an enjoyable and convincing portrayal. As a huge fan of both Jane Austen and 9-12 fiction, I felt that this was a fantastic combination and complemented both beautifully.
A great introduction to Austen for younger readers and a brilliant period detective story 🙂
Meg Readz xx
My recommendations for similar titles:
You can read my review of The Austen Girls HERE
You can read my review of The Vanishing Trick HERE