Jane and the man of the cloth

Lavish praise for Stephanie Barren's

Jane and the Man of the Cloth

“Nearly as wry as Jane Austen herself, Barron delivers pleasure and amusement in her second delicious Jane Austen mystery…. Worthy of its origins, this book is a delight.”

—Publisliers Weekly

If Jane Austen really did have the ‘nameless and dateless’ romance with a clergyman that some scholars claim, she couldn't have met her swain under more heart-throbbing circumstances than those described by Stephanie Barron.”

—The New York Times Book Review

“Prettily narrated, in true Austen style … A boon for Austen lovers.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Historical fiction at its best.”

—Library Journal

“The words, characters and references are so real that it is a shock to find that the author is not Austen herself.”

—The Arizona Republic

“Stephanie Barron's second Jane Austen mystery … is even better than her first. … A classic period mystery.”

—The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

“Delightful … captures the style and wit of Austen.”

—San Francisco Examiner

“Loaded with charm, these books will appeal whether you are a fan of Jane Austen or not.”

—Mystery Lovers Bookshop News

Please turn the page for more praise for Stephanie

Barron and her first Jane Austen mystery, Jane and the

Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

The highest praise for

Jane and tbe Unpleasantness

at Scargrave Manor

“Splendid fun!”

—Star Tribune, Minneapolis

“Happily succeeds on all levels: a robust tale of manners and mayhem that faithfully reproduces the Austen style—and engrosses to the finish.”

—Kirkus Revieivs

“Jane is unmistakably here with us through the work of Stephanie Barron—sleuthing, entertaining, and making us want to devour the next Austen adventure as soon as possible!”

—Diane Mott Davidson

“Well-conceived, stylishly written, plotted with a nice twist … and brought off with a voice that works both for its time and our own.”

—Booknews from The Poisoned Pen

“People who lament Jane Austen's minimal lifetime output … now have cause to rejoice.”

—The Drood Review of Mystery

“A light-hearted mystery … The most fun is that Jane Austen’ is in the middle of it, witty and logical, a foil to some of the ladies who primp and faint and swoon.”

—The Denver Post

“A fascinating ride through the England of the hackney carriage … a definite occasion for pride rather than prejudice.”

—Edward Marston

“A thoroughly enjoyable tale. Fans of the much darker Anne Perry … should relish this somewhat lighter look at the society of fifty years earlier.”

—Mostly Murder

“Jane sorts it all out with the wit and intelligence Jane Austen would display. *** (four if you really love Jane Austen).”

—Detroit Free Press

ALSO BY STEPHANIE BABBON

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor:

Being the First Jane Austen Mystery

Jane and the Wandering Eye:

Being the Third Jane Austen Mystery

Jane and the Genius of the Place:

Being the Fourth Jane Austen Mystery

Jane and the Stillroom Maid:

Being the Fifth Jane Austen Mystery

Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House:

Being the Sixth Jane Austen Mystery

AND COMING SOON IN

HARDCOVER FBOM BANTAM BOOKS:

Jane and the Ghosts of Netley:

Being the Seventh Jane Austen Mystery

Dedicated with love to my sister Cathy,

who always gave me the best books;

and to my sister Jo,

who taught me to read

Editor's foreword

When Jane Austen traveled to the Dorset coastal town of Lyme Regis in the late summer of 1804, she returned to a part of England she had first visited the previous year and that she is thought to have loved. She chose Lyme and its peculiar blend of fishermen, retired naval officers, and fashionable pleasure seekers for a pivotal passage in her final novel, Persuasion, published posthumously in 1818. Her affection for the town's steep streets and bracing Cobb (a stone breakwater encircling the harbor of the same name), the secretive wilderness called the Pinny and the high downs beyond, shines through the scenes she set down on paper over ten years after the action of this