In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. The Jane Eyre Chronicles pick up where Brontë left off, with Jane married to her beloved Edward Rochester and mother to a young son. But Jane soons finds herself having to protect those she loves
While extensive repairs are being made to Ferndean, their rural home, Jane and Edward accept an invitation from their friend Lucy Brayton to stay with her in London. Jane is reluctant to abandon their peaceful life in the countryside, but Edward’s damaged vision has grown worse. She hopes that time in the capital will buoy his spirits and give him the chance to receive treatment from an ocular specialist.
Once in London, the Rochesters accompany Lucy to the Italian Opera House. But there is more drama in the audience than on stageJane not only unexpectedly finds herself in the presence of King George and his mistress, Lady Conygham, she also encounters an old nemesis in the form of Lady Ingram (whose daughter, Blanche, once hoped to wed Edward herself). The aging dowager deals both Jane and Lucy a very public snub; hoping to mitigate the social damage caused by this, Lucy insists on visiting the Ingrams the next day. The visit goes poorly from the startand ends with Lady Ingram dropping dead in the midst of taking tea. It soon becomes clear that the dowager’s death was an unnatural one, and Jane must set her considerable intelligence to the problem of solving itand why the throne appears to have an interest
Praise for Death of a Schoolgirl
“A delightful chance for Bronte fans to expand their acquaintance with Jane Eyre.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“So genuine it seems like a long-lost Brontë original.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity–award winning author
“A marvelous new adventure.”—Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author
“This tasty blend of well-drawn characters and unexpected plot twists has all the rich flavor of England in the early 1820s.”—Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past