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Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House | Stephanie Barron
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In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind.... Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England. So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southamptons quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave. Lucky Tom so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Toms first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship. Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead mans chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit. Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth. The search for the captains honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagraves family, through some of the seaports worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war. Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captains imprisoned crew and elicits a debonair surgeons account of the Stella Mariss battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt. When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme ... or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Janes own door before the final knots in the killers net are completely untangled. Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to the naval set and charts a true course through the amateur sleuths most troubled waters yet. From the Hardcover edition.
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“In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind....” ~ Publisher

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1)when Jane discovers Bonsen‘s Mate is a person, not a tavern.
2)” I have heard nothing of Lord Harold Trowbridge,since parting from him at Blackwell September,I have no expectation of a furtherance of our acquaintances.In deed,in regarding the inner oppression that so often follows a sojourn in his company, I‘ve lately begun to wonder whether I should leave off the acquaintance entirely. 🔽

kspenmoll 🔼 But I have not the heart for a formal break in friendship, nor, indeed,the strength. Hope of once more encountering The Gentleman Rogue, I confess, is one of the few impulses that sustains me in such a raw and un lovely February.” Jane is at a low point and missing Lord Harold. #FebruaryBlues (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll 3)loved Bonsun‘s Mate- eccentric, seasoned sailor, kind, suspicious regarding inquires about his daughter, protector. 4) the identity of the murderer was a total surprise! 5) All the naval history. 6)winter to me is cold, dreary, rain with little snow this year, short days, gloomy. Spring is my favorite season-buds, greenery, flowering trees, warmer weather, a time of renewal within & without. 7) if early 1800s, stay home-scared of open sea.🔽 (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll 🔼If now, I love ferries- my husband surprised us with a trip (about 20 years ago )from CT to FL, that included taking every available ferry along the way! 8)dodge chamberpots rather than stay in the stench of the Wool House. I would throw up in there. (edited) 1mo
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kspenmoll I loved this book- different of aspect of Jane‘s life- by the sea, sharing her brother‘s naval life . 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm so glad you enjoyed! It was interesting to see a different aspect of Jane's life. I missed Lord Harold too! I think ferries are fascinating probably because we don't have any in Oklahoma. 😄 1mo
suvata 1. Standout moments: Jane‘s visit to Wool House was horrific.
2. Favorite quote: “I confess that I prefer a sense of loss—and its attendant spirit, depression—to ignorance of my own heart.”
3. Favorite character: Ever-faithful, Jenny.
4. Anything surprised you: That LaForge was an agent of the Crown.
5. Something you learned about Jane or her time: Bells were the time-keeping system aboard ship - Fascinating how that worked.
suvata 6. How do you feel about winter? Love or hate? Most of my life I lived in Michigan. Now I live in Florida. I prefer visiting the snow and living in warmth.
7. I would rather: I‘m a home-body -- too old for sea adventuring.
8. I would rather: I‘m a pretty good dodger.
9. Any other random thoughts: This series is so well-written and the plots so complex. No fluff here!
kspenmoll @suvata I love the quote you chose! 1mo
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Poe does not want me to read about Jane‘s adventures. #janeandtheexcellentreadalong

AmyG Ha! 1mo
IndoorDame I think my kitties are closet audiobook fans so they get the nonstop petting they‘re clearly entitled to 😂 1mo
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TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Librarybelle Love this photo!! 😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww Poe! 😍😍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @BookNAround Great hashtag! 1mo
Ruthiella Humans make the best mattress! 😹😻 1mo
kspenmoll @Ruthiella 😹😹😹 (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll @BookNAround Oh I love this hashtag! Will have to remember it! 1mo
kspenmoll @IndoorDame Kitties are slyly smart about getting their pets! 1mo
CrowCAH These are such fun Jane Austen Regency mysteries!!! 1mo
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batsy Poe, like his namesake, might have some strong opinions about books! 1mo
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dabbe Playful Poe! ❣️🐾❣️ 1mo
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Time for Being a Jane Austen Mystery Book Club‼️
1️⃣ After the grandeur of Chatsworth with #JaneandtheStillroomMaid it was interesting to see a different side of Jane's life with her Navy Captain brother Frank.
2️⃣ Two favorite quotes.
"I expect a severe March, a wet April, and a sharp May,” I returned. “But we may hold out hope for June, Mary. What would England be, after all, without her June?”
“Scotland,” ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig And learning that Jane believes it's 5 o'clock somewhere:
“I believe, my dear, that we should fortify ourselves with a glass of wine.”
“But it is barely ten o‘clock in the morning, Jane!”
“And the sun is not yet over the yardarm.” I smiled up at him. “Consider, Frank, that if you were in the Indies now— or rounding the Horn…”⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig 3️⃣ Jenny for how she embellished Jane's story of why they were searching for The Bosun‘s Mate. Missed Lord Harold!
4️⃣ Frenchman's story.
5️⃣ Jiggery- pokery. It's my new favorite phrase.
6️⃣ I love the quiet of winter after the holidays. I'm actually always a bit sad to see it ending. Spring brings so much busyness.⬇️
Crinoline_Laphroaig 7️⃣ I rather wait at home warm and snug. Especially in Jane's time. Can you imagine the smell on those boats.
8️⃣ Dodge the chamberpots. At least you're outside in the fresh air. Wool House probably smelled worse than ship did.
9️⃣ I had this exact conversation with my mother countless times. "There is nothing wrong with you, as you very well know, that a little activity should not cure. You are too much indisposed. Fresh air is what you require.”
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Jane and the Ghosts of Netley Discussion Post will be up on February 28th. Then will be caught up and back to one book a month. 🎩 📖📚

Ruthiella Once again I am totally behind! I still need to post about The Genius of the place! 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Ruthiella no worries! Whenever you catch up. 1mo
kspenmoll The quote you chose was quite funny! 1mo
kspenmoll @Crinoline_Laphroaig I may still be behind! 1mo
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Started this last night. I am at least a month behind in my reading. 🤫 #janeandtheexcellentreadalong #serieslove2023

TheSpineView Looks interesting. Looking forward to your review 1mo
Ruthiella I‘m totally behind too! 😭 1mo
Andrew65 This looks good, hope you are enjoying it. 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Hey as long as we finish before last book in Series comes out in October 2023. 😄 1mo
janeycanuck You‘re doing better than me - I‘ve only got 2 under my belt! 1mo
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#Pemberlittens It's a short month but we're playing catch-up! Discussion post for Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House will go up on February 15th. Jane and the Ghosts of Netley on February 28th.

This is a read at your own pace so jump in whenever you are ready. Counting down to October 2023 Release of final Jane Austen Mystery - Jane and the Winchester Schoolboy. 🎩📖📚

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It's February in Southampton instead of rainy day in Tulsa w/ #janeandtheexcellentreadalong.

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#PemberLittens, another Austen-related #kindledeal. #ebook

Librarybelle Love this series! 3y
robinb Thank you for the heads up! 😊👍 3y
batsy I really enjoyed this series 👍🏽 3y
catebutler This is such a great series!! 3y
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