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Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Jane and the Stillroom Maid: Being the Fifth Jane Austen Mystery | Stephanie Barron
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Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight in her latest adventure (after Jane and the Genius of the Place), which sheds new light on the author's travels in 1806. 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. Jane's suspicions are roused when her escort, Mr. George Hemming, prefers to remove the unidentified corpse to Buxton, rather than Bakewell, and they increase when the body proves to be that of a woman dressed in men's clothing. Moreover, the corpse is identified as Tess Arnold, a servant at one of the area's great houses, whom Mr. Hemming should have recognized. As the compounder of stillroom remedies, Tess had a reputation as a healer, until accused of witchcraft. Rumors of ritual murder by Freemasons-who include most of the neighboring gentry-excite the local populace and jeopardize the investigation of the justice of the peace, himself a Mason. When Mr. Hemming disappears before the inquest, Jane and the justice turn for help to Lord Harold Trowbridge, a guest at the nearby ducal house of Chatsworth. Barron catches Austen's tone amazingly well. Details of early 19th-century country life of all classes ring true, while the story line is clear, yet full of surprises. The "editor's notes" that punctuate the text and old cures for various ills that open each chapter add to the charm. (Aug.) From the Hardcover edition.
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I‘m using this as my #TBRTarot for February- A book with a yellow cover. I did actually read it back then and am only posting now. 😅

This is also LONG overdue for the #JaneandtheExcellentReadAlong ! 😳 I quite enjoyed it. Surely the obsequious Mr. Cooper is meant to have inspired Mr. Collins in P&P! 😆 Answers to prompts are in the comments.

CBee Awesome! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1d
Ruthiella 1. Stand out moment- Cassandra braining some one with a chamber pot. 2. Fav character - I really liked the well dressed but sharp Sir James Villiers, the magistrate. 3. N/A 4. Sir Harold‘s feelings for Lady Harriot surprised and disconcerted me. 5. I learned about still rooms and their very existence! 6. If I 100% knew a tart with brains 🤢 would give me courage, I‘d eat it. 7. I‘d pick Mr. Cooper‘s off-key hymns over Mrs. Austen complaints. (edited) 1d
Ruthiella 8. I‘d prefer a picnic in the gardens of Chatsworth over a dinner in my honor. 1d
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#Pemberlittens #JaneandtheExcellentReadalong
@Crinoline_Laphroaig @BarkingMadRead

#StoryGraph: fiction historical mystery cozy-mystery historical-fiction regency
338 pages • first pub 2000


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

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#Pemberlittens Posting #janeandtheexcellentreadalong
early because I've got a lot on tomorrow.

1️⃣ Invitation to Chatsworth
2️⃣“My good fellow—if you do not leave off that dreadful noise at once, I shall be forced to call you out; and though it has been my habit, in affairs of honour, never to aim for the heart—in your case, my dear sir, I should be sorely tempted.”
3️⃣ Cassandra with the Chamberpot ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig 4️⃣ The End. Last time I read this was for #JaneAndTheYear2020 and I had forgotten. This is normal for me. I remember character storylines but the killer I forget. Which is nice because reveal is a surprise.
5️⃣ Stillroom Maid Recipes. I really enjoyed them tucked into story.
6️⃣ Eat nothing but that doesn't mean I can't have Whisky becore bed. Plus if I have a good night's sleep I feel like I can do anything. ⬇️
Crinoline_Laphroaig 7️⃣ Having had mother who sounded a lot like Mrs Austen I am really good at tuning that out. Really loud music or in this case singing gets on my nerves after awhile.
8️⃣ Picnic in the garden. While enjoyed see the house when we visited Chatsworth, I loved the gardens.
9️⃣ This is one of my favorites in the Series because of having been to Chatsworth I can just see those scenes in my mind.
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I really wish you could edit comments on Litsy cause I just saw typo ^Whisky before bed. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
kspenmoll I am still reading ; about halfway through. Will come back when finished! 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @kspenmoll no worries! Whenever you are ready. 2mo
suvata @Crinoline_Laphroaig Please add me to your list. I am just beginning Stillroom Maid but I‘m a fast reader and I‘ll catch up. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @suvata will do! It's read at your own pace so pop back whenever and join in wth discussion Questions. 2mo
suvata 1. Standout moments: Finding out that the wounds were inflicted after death.
2. Favorite quote: “It is far more comfortable to throw the guilt upon mysteries one cannot understand, than upon a human being disturbingly like oneself.”
3. Favorite character: Jane, of course.
4. Anything surprised you: It surprised me in the very beginning, when the dead person turned out to be a woman dressed in men‘s clothing.
suvata 5. Something you learned about Jane or her time: The excessive use of opioids is always a shocker when I read books from this period. Really? They gave laudanum to children.
6. Would You Rather: Eat the tart made of veggies, eggs, and brains and have courage to do anything you wanted or eat nothing after 3pm and sleep soundly: I will sleep soundly. No brains for me!
suvata 7. Listen to Mr Cooper's off key singing or Mrs Austen's complaints: Both would be intolerable, but I guess it would be easier to ignore Mrs. Austen‘s complaints.
8. Be the Guest of Honour at a Chatsworth dinner party or spend the day in the gardens with a picnic lunch: Picnic in the garden, please.
suvata 9. Any other random thoughts: I forgot how good these books are. I read the first four quite a while ago, and I‘m just now catching up on the rest of them.
Crinoline_Laphroaig @suvata we can picnic together! 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @suvata Just love them so much! 1st few are a bit slow but they just get better and better. Another favorite of mine is 2mo
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I just love this advise from the Stillroom Book; early doctoring at its best! “Where‘s the beef?” 🐄🥩

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! ❤️📚❤️📚 2mo
kspenmoll @LeahBergen Thanks Leah! 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I really like the addition of all the Recipes in this one. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm sensing a would you rather question involving these medical practices. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Crinoline_Laphroaig I love that too!! (Recipes) 2mo
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Having breakfast at Panera. My sister is meeting me. We will visit while my husband is having a stent put in his artery. She is a nurse practitioner & the family medical advocate! #sistersarethebest #janeandtheexcellentreadalong

AmyG Have a wonderful Birthday 🎂 2mo
Bookwormjillk Doesn‘t sound like the best birthday but I‘m glad your sister is a good advocate. Best wishes to your husband as well. 2mo
Lindy 🍀🌻 2mo
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kspenmoll @Bookwormjillk He got thru with flying colors! Thanks! 2mo
Dragon Glad the procedure went well. 💐💚🐉 2mo
Bookwormjillk @kspenmoll great news! 2mo
squirrelbrain Glad it all went well! 2mo
dabbe Glad things went well! ❣️ 2mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 2mo
ReadingOver50 Love those soufflés 2mo
Reggie Glad it went well. And hope the recovery is swift. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Glad all is well! 2mo
TheBookHippie Hope all is still going well. 2mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie He is wonderful- but a necessary wake up can to exercise! 2mo
kspenmoll @Dragon @squirrelbrain @dabbe @MaureenMc @ReadingOver50 @Reggie @Crinoline_Laphroaig @TheBookHippie Thank you all so much for your caring- it means the world to me. 💕💕💕 2mo
Dragon 💚🐉 2mo
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" I intimate of Chatsworth—and of the heathen Whigs it harboured! Whatever would Cassandra say?"

If you like to see a video of Casade at Chatsworths here's a link to my Instagram

Also in our #PemberLittens Facebook Group


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#JoyousJanuary #ReadathonUpdate

I finished my 3 books as planned. The tagged book is my favorite of the series so far. The character development was spot on and the dialogue really brought it to life. #SeriesLove2023. I enjoyed The Corner that Held Them but it was a bit too long for my tastes. #NunLitQuarterly

Just started The Book of Goose and The Winter Ghosts for #LMPBC and hope to get to MPP next.

Andrew65 Doing brilliantly, well done 👏👏👏 2mo
jlhammar Yay to finishing Corner! Glad you enjoyed it. I should finish up here in the next few days. Hope you enjoy Book of Goose! 2mo
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#Pemberlittens I've been missing #JaneandtheExcellentReadalong!
Jane & the Stillroom Maid is a favorite of mine because of Chatsworth setting.

Plan is to squeeze Book 6 & 7 into Jan/Feb w/ Discussion posts up on Feb 14th & 28th.

March will have us back on track to finish rereading series before Oct 2023 Release of Jane & the Winchester Schoolboy.

As always this is Read at Your Own Pace. So jump into Discussion whenever you want. 🎩

TheBookHippie Works wonderfully for me!! ♥️ 2mo
kspenmoll So happy you are back! I will start Jane and the Stillroom soon to catch up. 2mo
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Librarybelle Sounds like a good plan! I‘m terribly behind and hope to catch up on the series! 2mo
Ruthiella Sounds good! 👍 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @kspenmoll @Ruthiella @Librarybelle @TheBookHippie I'm ready to get back to some sort of normalcy. Settled in with nephew. He's insisted we stay until we build or buy. 2mo
Deblovestoread I just started the Stillroom Maid last night so your timing is perfect. It was the only thing that sounded good when I was trying to figure out my next ebook. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Crinoline_Laphroaig oh how wonderful for you. 2mo
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This week our home of 23 years was lost to a fire. Fire inspector determined it started in the Attic. Squirrel or rat probably chewed a wire in half causing. Both my husband and I are fine. Stay with nephew. Insurance claim is already in the works. House is a total loss. We are managing to recover some things. But this is my Library. Needless to say #PemberLittens
#JaneandtheExcellentReadalong is on hold for awhile.

Crinoline_Laphroaig Bright spot. After posting on Instagram Author Stephanie Barron said she would send me Autographed First Editions of the Janes when I'm ready. 3mo
kspenmoll Oh I am so so sorry. How devastating! I am glad you are ok, but it‘s heartbreaking. 3mo
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kspenmoll @Crinoline_Laphroaig What a wonderful woman she is! You will treasure those books! 3mo
IndoorDame I‘m so glad everyone is safe! And to hear that Stephanie Barron reached out to you! So life affirming when people go out of their way to be kind. Wishing you and your family strength as you rebuild and resettle. 3mo
Tamra I‘m so sorry! But relieved nobody was hurt! I hope your new library is as enjoyable to build as the first. 3mo
Beatlefan129 I am so sorry, how horribly sad. At least the irreplaceable things— you and your loved ones—are safe. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! I‘m so sorry! Is there anything you need in the interim? Sheets, towels, kitchen stuff? 3mo
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry. 3mo
suvata I‘m so sorry that happened to you. You must be devastated. Life is more important than things. Take care and heal, my friend. 💟 3mo
Susanita Oh no! I‘m so sorry. Glad everyone is safe. 3mo
SamAnne Oh no. How awful. This events cause trauma even when one has resources and a thankful attitude. 3mo
rockpools Oh my goodness, I‘m so sorry! Sending warm wishes. 3mo
Bookzombie Oh no, I‘m so sorry. I‘m so glad you and your husband were safe, but still so devastating. 3mo
Deblovestoread I‘m so glad you are safe! How can we help? 3mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry. Glad you‘re safe 3mo
TheSpineView So, so sorry!!! Grateful you and your hubby are OK 3mo
Ruthiella Oh my word! So glad you and your husband are safe, but what a terrible loss. ❤️ Stephanie Barron‘s gesture is wonderful. I echo the above comments…if you need any other assistance, there are Littens who want to help. 3mo
sarahbellum How awful! I‘m so sorry and glad you‘re safe 😔 3mo
eeclayton I'm so sorry 3mo
Jas16 I am so incredibly happy that you and your husband are ok but also deeply sorry that this happened to you both. Please let me know if there is anything you need or that I can do to help 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @MicheleinPhilly actually most of that survived. And nephews house is all set up. 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Ruthiella @IndoorDame @kspenmoll especially since she recently lost her 20 something son and must still be grieving as well. 3mo
janeycanuck Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this but am relieved you are safe. It will take time to grieve your loss and we‘ll be here when you are ready. And I, too, would like to extend an offer to help however I can. 3mo
quietjenn I'm so sorry about the fire, but glad to hear you and your husband are safe and have a place to stay. 3mo
kathedron Oh my goodness, what a horrible thing to happen! Sending all good wishes. 3mo
rabbitprincess Oh no! How awful! I‘m relieved you both are safe ❤️ 3mo
SarahBookInterrupted I am so very sorry! I‘m glad you and your husband is fine and glad you have family to stay with. But I‘m very sorry for the emotional turmoil and your poor poor library. 😢 3mo
MaureenMc Oh, how awful! I‘m so sorry. 💗🙏 for your recovery and restoration. 3mo
Julsmarshall I‘m so sorry for this terrible loss. Thankful you and your husband are okay, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. 3mo
Sparklemn So so sorry to hear this. Sending my best wishes for a speedy “rebuild.“ 💙 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Well let us know if that changes. ❤️ 3mo
MoonWitch94 Oh my word!!!! I am so sorry for your loss, but so very glad you & your husband are safe ♥️ How wonderful of a gesture that is! Perfect additions to your new library in the future. If we can help in any way, please let us know! 3mo
mrp27 Oh this breaks my heart. Good to hear you are safe and a place to say. 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Oh no! This is so heartbreaking but glad that you are safe. Please let us know how we can help you! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my goodness!!! This is so sad!! When you are ready to start your library again, I hope you'll set up a wishlist so we can all send you a book!! 3mo
rwmg Glad to hear you're OK, and hope your library recovers soon 3mo
Dragon So very sorry! Thank goodness you‘re okay. 3mo
nanuska_153 Please, do up an Amazon wishlist when you are ready, I'll be more than happy to send you some of them although I know they'll never replace the originals! 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @nanuska_153 that is so kind of you! 3mo
marleed I am so sorry- I can‘t even imagine what you are moving through. 3mo
julieclair Oh my goodness… what a devastating thing to deal with! I agree with what @TheAromaofBooks , @nanuska_153 and others have said. We would all love to help get your library restarted, whenever you are ready to set up a wish list. 3mo
CBee Oh my goodness - I am so sorry!!! I‘ll gladly contribute to your library. I‘m so very glad that you and your husband are okay ♥️🙁 3mo
JamieArc Light to you as you rebuild what‘s been lost. Thank you for allowing us to help rebuild your library ❤️ 3mo
wanderinglynn I‘m glad to hear y‘all are okay. I‘m so sorry for your loss and all that you‘ll have to deal with. Please let us know if there‘s anything else we can help with. 🤍 3mo
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Originally read couple of years after getting home from 🇬🇧, made me want to read whole series in order. I've enjoyed rereading because Jane goes to Chatsworth. It's had me reminiscing about my visit there.
#chatsworth #orisitpemberly

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And we are off to Chatsworth!
Couple of years ago I picked up a used Mass Market copy right before a trip to UK. I remembered reading & enjoying 1st Jane Austen Mystery & Chatsworth was on my Must See Jane Austen Sites List. Ended up being one of the last Mass Markets I ever bought. Print is just to small. So I bought Audible copy.Very much looking forward to rereading the book that inspired #janeandtheyear2020. 📚

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I so love these!!!

Carolyn11215 They sound amazing. Just added the whole series to my Goodreads To Read list. 4y
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Had planned to read this before our trip to England. Glad that I didn't get to it. Now that I have seen Chatsworth I could picture it in my mind. I had read 1st in this series ages ago. This one made me want to go back and read the rest. For #austeninaugust this year? Also want to read more about history of Chatsworth and it's people. What did it look like in Jane Austen's day?
#chatsworth #janeite #mounttbr

LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 5y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen My fangirl heart was so happy to see all the Austen sites. Dream come true! 5y
Sophoclessweetheart Oh! I love just near Chatsworth! We visit it so often! I actually didn‘t realise it was an “Austen” site until last summer despite visiting it yearly since I was a small child! It‘s my favourite place on earth but for historical reasons moreso than Austen ones. 5y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Wanderingwithwords Getting to visit all the Austen sites was a dream come true. Made my Fangirl Heart so happy. 5y
Sophoclessweetheart I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I‘d like to visit the other Austen sites at some point, especially her home. For me Chatsworth will always be about Georgiana though 😍💛 5y
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#TBRtemptation post 11! This is the 5th installment in the Jane Austen Mysteries series. This sleuthing adventure sheds new light on Jane Austen's travels of 1806. Near Bakewell, Jane discovers a young man's mutilated body. Turns out, it's a woman in man's clothes. She was a servant accused of witchcraft. Rumors of ritual murders by the local FreeMasons--the justice of the peace being one--complicates the investigation. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

batsy Love this series! 6y
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