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Jane and the Waterloo Map: Being a Jane Austen Mystery    by Stephanie Barron order for
Jane and the Waterloo Map
by Stephanie Barron
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Soho, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The 13th title in this long running, popular series featuring British author Jane Austen as an amateur sleuth, Jane and the Waterloo Map unfolds in 1815 when Jane is visiting her brother in London.

Invited to tour Carlton House and the Prince Regent's library, Jane stumbles upon a cavalry hero's final moments as he dies on the floor of the room. Colonel MacFarland's enigmatic, final dying words, 'Waterloo map', mean little to Jane but she's determined to discover what the famous battle has to do with the unfortunate man's death.

In this latest adventure, Jane will also be reunited with artist Raphael West who will assist in the investigation and actually find his own life in jeopardy as the pair find their actions have placed them on a collision path with a very formidable adversary who is seeking an incalculable treasure.

This Regency era mystery with its thoroughly likeable central characters is not only filled with authentic period detail but the author also does an admirable job of working many facts gleaned from Jane Austenís actual life. One wouldn't necessarily think that this famous British author could anchor a successful suspense series but Stephanie Barron is skillful enough to make this happen in a very entertaining manner.

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