All Things Being Austen

Sense and Sensibility
By Jane Austen

"The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. The late owner of this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for many years of his life, had a constant companion and housekeeper in his sister. But her death, which happened ten years before his own, produced a great alteration in his home; for to supply her loss, he invited and received into his house the family of his nephew Mr. Henry Dashwood, the legal inheritor of the Norland estate, and the person to whom he intended to bequeath it. In the society of his nephew and niece, and their children, the old Gentleman's days were comfortably spent. His attachment to them all increased. The constant attention of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood to his wishes, which proceeded not merely from interest, but from goodness of heart, gave him every degree of solid comfort which his age could receive; and the cheerfulness of the children added a relish to his existence."

I have for many months now required escapist reading for immersion into a world not bordered by hospitals filled to capacity, or terror groups acting like scary crazy clowns in a bad B movie, or hysterical Storm Tracker Warnings with the inevitable shortage of milk and bread. Hey, I'm only here for the Maple Bacon Kettle Chips, kids. Priorities.

Some hours spent on Google otherworldly alignment of the stars brought this series of books by Stephanie Barrons to my attention. Jane Austen solving murders written in the style of Jane Austen with Jane Austen's family. It's total Austen awesome sauceness which makes me happy as a clam--one of the many, many foods I would avoid eating in JA's time.


  1. Ooh I'll have to look into those! I actually have Death Comes to Pemberley (P.D. James) on my wish list right now. I recently read The Uninvited Guests, by Sadie Jones - I decided that it's a cross between Pride & Prejudice & the Rocky Horror Picture Show :)

  2. Oooh, they're both good. I think you'll like both of them.


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