Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen, Bk 5)
Jane and the Stillroom Maid - Jane Austen, Bk 5 Author:Stephanie Barron Jane Austen is enjoying August, 1806, among Derbyshire's craggy peaks, sparkling streams, and cavernous gorges. That is, until she discovers the corpse of a young gentleman whose blond curls and delicate features suggest the face of an angel. — More shocking still is the coroner's revelation: the deceased is no man but a maidservant - clad in the... more » garb of her master, Mr. Charles Danforth of Penfolds Hall. Tess Arnold had ruled the stillroom at Penfolds for many years -—until she was labeled a witch and dismissed for indiscretion. Was Tess the prey of a madman loose in the hills, or perchance the cast-off impediment to a gentleman's marriage?
As usual, Jane's acute perception and her nose for trouble place her supremely at risk Â— from a killer who may strike as violently by day as he once did by night....« less
While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell (a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice), Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man. The "editor's notes" that punctuate the text and old cures for various ills that open each chapter add to the charm. I have really enjoyed this series of books!