Jane Austen Investigates

Book 3 – The Convict’s Canal – out now!

The only really wicked men she had come across so far in her short life were ones in novels and a writer should always be on the lookout for authentic experiences…

Set in the early industrial revolution and the great canal building age, a young Jane Austen takes on the role of detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious events at the Oxford canal terminus.

Nearing completion, convicts’ work on completing the wharf overseen by the charming secretary, who shows Jane around. A rude convict Gardiner does not make a good impression though. When Gardiner goes missing and canal funds turn up short, an exciting manhunt ensues but Jane begins to expect something suspicious about the secretary and the reasons why Gardiner was in prison. Were Jane’s first impressions very wrong about the relative merits of the convict and the secretary? With the ever-present Austen spirit, Jane with notebook in hand, boldly overcomes the obstacles to finding the truth and expose the secrets. 

Inspired by Austen’s third novel Pride and Prejudice.

The Abbey Mystery

Book 1

Jane Austen turns detective in this spooky historical adventure by award-winning author Julia Golding!

It s 1789 and a young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey. When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son s coming-of-age party. While there, Jane vows to solve the mystery of the ghostly monk in the Abbey grounds for she does not believe in such stories!

But this is not the only strange occurrence for the adventurous young Jane to investigate. There are shivery night-time investigations, an Indian girl with secret talents, a library fire, two prize horses in danger, and friends to save from false accusations.

With notebook in hand and her faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the continuous obstacles and find out the truth?

Book 2

“My dearest brother Henry, Cassandra and I upheld the honour of the Austen name at the ball, dancing until our slippers wore out. But little did I expect the day to end with the theft of diamonds from a girl’s chamber!”

1789. A young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve
the mysterious happenings at her old boarding school. Invited to the end-of-term prom, the two Austen sisters are plunged into
the feverish preparations, but why all the fuss? When a diamond necklace is stolen, there is a race to uncover the burglar and save a former slave from gaol. With the ever-present Austen spirit, Jane, with notebook in hand, boldly overcomes the obstacles to exposing the secrets and finding out the truth.

Inspired by Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s second novel.

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