I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Lion Fiction on April 23, 2021
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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?
Here is what I thought
Jane Austen Investigates is about a clever young Jane Austen who is sent to be the companion for Lady Cromwell. Before she goes she learns about there being a ghost at the abbey from her brother and he challenges her to find the ghost and prove it exists.
Jane brings along her lapdog, which isn’t really a small dog, and that doesn’t win her any marks with the Cromwell’s and it has to stay outside in the stables, where she meets a young man named Luke. Jane does see some strange things going on with a light at night and learns about the old abbey that is off limits because it’s dangerous but of course that doesn’t stop Jane from checking it out.
While sitting with Lady Cromwell one day she learns about a secret that could ruin the Cromwell’s when lady Cromwell has a young man that works for them look into their history. She is sworn to secrecy and that is just one of the things that happens while she is there. When some other things happen and one of the low class is accused of theft and arson she must investigate to help him because she knows the real reason he is being accused.
I really liked Jane she was an inquisitive young lady who was always writing in her notebook. She was mostly writing about things that happened as if she was writing her sister and so that she wouldn’t forget anything that happened. She was very proud of the fact that she could find herself in various situations because that is just what Austen’s do! I also really liked Luke he followed her when she asked him to even if he knew it was going to get him into trouble and also knew that she would probably be able to help his friend who was being accused. Though we didn’t get a lot of Deepti I liked her she was an servant from India who was there with her father. There was just a great cast of characters from ones to love to ones to hate.
I thought the mystery was actually a pretty good one and we are given a few suspects and I think any young reader who loves mysteries could probably figure it out but it wasn’t super easy. I think it would easy be a great mystery for adults to enjoy. I am not for sure if it’s a series but I think it might be and if it is I will be checking out the next one.