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English professors Elizabeth and Richard are celebrating twenty years of marriage with their dream vacation in England visiting Jane Austen’s homes. But not even the overpowering personality of their Oxford guide or the careful attentions of their new friends can keep the tour free from lurking alarms. A box of old documents is donated to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and English professors Elizabeth and Richard are celebrating twenty years of marriage with their dream vacation in England visiting Jane Austen’s homes. But not even the overpowering personality of their Oxford guide or the careful attentions of their new friends can keep the tour free from lurking alarms. A box of old documents is donated to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and Richard volunteers to help sort through it. But when he finds the Centre’s director bleeding on her office floor he must ask, will the valuable letter that has gone missing lead them to new revelations about Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript The Watsons or into deeper danger? Encounter Jane Austen alongside Elizabeth and Richard on their tour: Visit all the sites so redolent of Austen and her characters in the beautiful city of Bath. Stay in the Chawton House Library and visit the charming Chawton cottage where Jane’s writing flowered, and the nearby Steventon church where her father was rector and her own faith was formed. Stand by her grave in Winchester Cathedral and enjoy your time at the lovely country estate of Godmersham. But don’t let your guard down. Evil lurks even in the genteel world of Jane Austen.


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English professors Elizabeth and Richard are celebrating twenty years of marriage with their dream vacation in England visiting Jane Austen’s homes. But not even the overpowering personality of their Oxford guide or the careful attentions of their new friends can keep the tour free from lurking alarms. A box of old documents is donated to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and English professors Elizabeth and Richard are celebrating twenty years of marriage with their dream vacation in England visiting Jane Austen’s homes. But not even the overpowering personality of their Oxford guide or the careful attentions of their new friends can keep the tour free from lurking alarms. A box of old documents is donated to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and Richard volunteers to help sort through it. But when he finds the Centre’s director bleeding on her office floor he must ask, will the valuable letter that has gone missing lead them to new revelations about Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript The Watsons or into deeper danger? Encounter Jane Austen alongside Elizabeth and Richard on their tour: Visit all the sites so redolent of Austen and her characters in the beautiful city of Bath. Stay in the Chawton House Library and visit the charming Chawton cottage where Jane’s writing flowered, and the nearby Steventon church where her father was rector and her own faith was formed. Stand by her grave in Winchester Cathedral and enjoy your time at the lovely country estate of Godmersham. But don’t let your guard down. Evil lurks even in the genteel world of Jane Austen.

30 review for A Jane Austen Encounter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Donna Crow

    Literary sleuths Elizabeth and Richard are all set for the trip of a lifetime. Celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary they are in England following the Jane Austen Trail. What more could a pair of English professors want? Their idyllic plans are torn apart, however, when a friend dies in terrible circumstances and they become responsible for an English boys' choir. As much a travelogue as murder mystery, visit Jane's homes in Bath, Chawton, Steventon, Godmersham and Winchester. A must for Ja Literary sleuths Elizabeth and Richard are all set for the trip of a lifetime. Celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary they are in England following the Jane Austen Trail. What more could a pair of English professors want? Their idyllic plans are torn apart, however, when a friend dies in terrible circumstances and they become responsible for an English boys' choir. As much a travelogue as murder mystery, visit Jane's homes in Bath, Chawton, Steventon, Godmersham and Winchester. A must for Janeites.

  2. 4 out of 5

    writer...

    I valued the evident scholarship of the author in details and knowledge of Jane Austen's writing. Quotes and excerpts accurate and apropos to storyline as were real lif references to Jane's faith. Locations deftly described, mysterious activities kept a steady pace, and the MCs responded realistically. A positive addition to the series. And... A positive addition to my #MarchMysteryMadness reading! I valued the evident scholarship of the author in details and knowledge of Jane Austen's writing. Quotes and excerpts accurate and apropos to storyline as were real lif references to Jane's faith. Locations deftly described, mysterious activities kept a steady pace, and the MCs responded realistically. A positive addition to the series. And... A positive addition to my #MarchMysteryMadness reading!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: A Jane Austen Encounter (Elizabeth and Richard Mystery #3) Author: Donna Fletcher Crow Pages: 243 Year: 2013 Publisher: StoneHouse Ink This book was written with the Jane Austen fan in mind. There are lots of quotes from and references to many of Jane Austen’s more well-known works. If you are not a Jane Austen fan, then your reading experience and enjoyment of the tale will be limited. You will still enjoy this British mystery, but won’t experience it as completely as the Janeite would. Richar Title: A Jane Austen Encounter (Elizabeth and Richard Mystery #3) Author: Donna Fletcher Crow Pages: 243 Year: 2013 Publisher: StoneHouse Ink This book was written with the Jane Austen fan in mind. There are lots of quotes from and references to many of Jane Austen’s more well-known works. If you are not a Jane Austen fan, then your reading experience and enjoyment of the tale will be limited. You will still enjoy this British mystery, but won’t experience it as completely as the Janeite would. Richard and Elizabeth are both Jane Austen experts and are on a second honeymoon, touring Jane Austen sites in England. Elizabeth has just retired as head of the English Department and Richard has taken a sabbatical to write a paper on something new about Jane Austen, a daunting task as so much has been written about her already. Soon after their tour starts, an employee of a Jane Austen museum discovers a previously unknown letter stating that there might be papers detailing how Jane would have completed a novel she had left uncompleted. Richard wants those papers and is spurred on by his tour guide. As the search and tour continue, other strange things occur. Will they find the papers before someone is seriously hurt? Where could these papers be? Are they worth killing for? Donna’s rich descriptions will make readers feel as if they have been transported to the time and place in which Jane Austen lived and wrote. I love that about all of her books. I am not a Jane Austen fan, so all the quotes and character comparisons and so forth were lost on me. Not to say I’m a detractor either; I just don’t know very much about her. However, I still very much enjoyed the trip through the English countryside, the sites seen and the search for clues. It is obvious a tremendous amount of time and research was put forth to gather all the quotes and such and place them within the story at just the right time. Another thing that is always present in Donna’s books and makes them entertaining and educational is her dedication to accurate and thorough research. I always learn something when I read her books. I also liked how Donna brought forth the spiritual side of Jane and how it enhanced her work. I look forward to more books in this series. My rating is 4 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Well, the first thing to know before you read this book is this: you'd better have a good grasp of all Jane Austen's novels, either the film or the written versions, before you read. This book is written to appeal to fans of Jane Austen, and there are a lot of references from her stories, including people and places, as well as from her own life, that will go right over the top of a reader's head unless they know Jane Austen's works. BUT, if you, like me, are already a Jane Austen fan and already Well, the first thing to know before you read this book is this: you'd better have a good grasp of all Jane Austen's novels, either the film or the written versions, before you read. This book is written to appeal to fans of Jane Austen, and there are a lot of references from her stories, including people and places, as well as from her own life, that will go right over the top of a reader's head unless they know Jane Austen's works. BUT, if you, like me, are already a Jane Austen fan and already know and are endeared to her fictional characters then I believe you will love this novel! It is a well-written fictional mystery, set in several of the locations Jane Austen lived in and wrote about. The two main characters, a husband-wife English literature college professor couple, love Austen and take a sabbatical to these places she lived and wrote about, and they do a lot of quoting from her novels as they visit different museums and houses and such. Weaved into the story are several British characters, and a murder mystery. I've read my fair share of mysteries, so I'll be honest with this one: I'd say its one failing was that the characters were not well-enough developed for the reader to really try to figure out 'what's going on' or 'who dunnit'...those who love mysteries love trying to figure it out, but throughout the book I had to keep thinking, 'wait, who is this person and what do they do? what's their part in the story?' - because the characters were under-developed, I really couldn't conceive of any motives any of the characters may have had. So, I didn't know who did what until the main characters found out as well, and I prefer to at least have been able to formulate a guess by then. I'd say if Mrs. Fletcher Crow had spent as much time developing the characters as she spent developing the story, we'd have a novel commensurate with John Grisham. Also, the revelation scene was a bit confusing - too short - lacking detail - just not complete enough. I mean, I got it, I had the "Aha" moment, but it was so short and so fast, it made the story come to an end too quickly, in my opinion. Regardless of those two issues though, I absolutely loved the book! I was glued to it, couldn't put it down! But then, I love both Jane Austen and mysteries!

  5. 4 out of 5

    LeAnne

    If you are a Jane Austin fan, but can’t afford a trip to England to indulge in a visit to all the fabulous locations connected with the original Regency author, then reading A Jane Austin Encounter is the next best thing to being there. Donna Fletcher Crow makes each setting come alive as Richard and Elizabeth indulge their literary fantasies on a long awaited sabbatical tour. And they get to stay in the sort of lodgings that will make you green with envy. Their itinerary has been arranged by an If you are a Jane Austin fan, but can’t afford a trip to England to indulge in a visit to all the fabulous locations connected with the original Regency author, then reading A Jane Austin Encounter is the next best thing to being there. Donna Fletcher Crow makes each setting come alive as Richard and Elizabeth indulge their literary fantasies on a long awaited sabbatical tour. And they get to stay in the sort of lodgings that will make you green with envy. Their itinerary has been arranged by an obnoxious and controlling Austin scholar, but when a potentially game changing letter shows up in a box donated to an Austin museum, the tour (with an array of assistants, reporters, and the scholar’s publisher) becomes a search for the missing manuscript of the unfinished early Austin novel The Watsons with surprising results. The characters are diverse, the plot complicated, and the last line made me laugh out loud.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judy Decaigny

    3 stars because it referenced Jane Austen's works and her letters, and the action took place in Bath, Steventon, Winchester and Godmersham. Loved revisiting all the Austenesque places. But the writing was so-so, the mystery just okay. Really just a 2 star read, but how could you not like a book so full of Jane Austen? 3 stars because it referenced Jane Austen's works and her letters, and the action took place in Bath, Steventon, Winchester and Godmersham. Loved revisiting all the Austenesque places. But the writing was so-so, the mystery just okay. Really just a 2 star read, but how could you not like a book so full of Jane Austen?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Note: This was a review copy provided by the author. This is one of those charming, cozy, simple kind of mysteries where you want some intrigue but nothing really dark or evil. The main characters, Elizabeth and Richard, are married English professors and are very loving towards each other. Some might find their "lovey dovey-ness" to be a bit much but I thought it was adorable and fit with the tone of the story. The story itself relies heavily on Jane Austen's novels and letters as well as peopl Note: This was a review copy provided by the author. This is one of those charming, cozy, simple kind of mysteries where you want some intrigue but nothing really dark or evil. The main characters, Elizabeth and Richard, are married English professors and are very loving towards each other. Some might find their "lovey dovey-ness" to be a bit much but I thought it was adorable and fit with the tone of the story. The story itself relies heavily on Jane Austen's novels and letters as well as people, places, and objects from her life. As such, it's definitely geared towards those who are familiar with all of these and can appreciate the references. While I found the ending wrapped up rather quickly, overall it's a cozy and fun story and I look forward to reading more of the series as well as her other books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book is so full of information about the life of Jane Austen that it was almost too much for me to digest. I like Jane Austen but I am not a mega-fan. I enjoyed the quotes from her work interspersed throughout the book. The suspense in the book was sporadic and was just enough to keep me reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    Great reading Very interesting story for Jane Austen mystery readers. I enjoyed learning more about the English countryside and viewing it through the characters while I tried to figure out the who and why.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Good! I am not a Jane Austen fan but enjoyed Elizabeth and Richard's tour of her locations. It is very well written and the mystery is quite complicated! Enjoyable adventure for this delightful couple. Good! I am not a Jane Austen fan but enjoyed Elizabeth and Richard's tour of her locations. It is very well written and the mystery is quite complicated! Enjoyable adventure for this delightful couple.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    More fun adventures, mystery and literacy tourism with Elizabeth and Richard are packed within this first-rate suspense. Donna Fletcher Crow certainly does her homework for the setting, history and background of her novels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Collister

    Fun for those who love Jane Austen Travel with academics Elizabeth and Richard on their second honeymoon as they visit Jane Austen’s homes and beloved countryside. Throw in a missing manuscript and a series of mishaps and you won’t be able to put the story down.A great read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Interesting mystery, but a little predictable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Saundra Wright

    I found this a bit harder to get interested in. Since I love Jane Austen I kept reading and in the end it was a fairly satisfactory story. There was plenty of information on Jane Austen's life. I found this a bit harder to get interested in. Since I love Jane Austen I kept reading and in the end it was a fairly satisfactory story. There was plenty of information on Jane Austen's life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    English

    Full review to come

  16. 4 out of 5

    G.Terenzio

    Elizabeth and Richard take a sabbatical and spend their time in England following Jane Austen. I have learned a lot about various places this famous writer used to live 200 years ago.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    The view from Box Hill in Surrey is incredible. ­But that’s just one of the places readers will visit in Donna Fletcher Crow’s The Jane Austen Encounter. Two professors of English on a second honeymoon have traveled from the US to England to encounter those places made famous by one of the world’s most famous writers. An erudite guide from Oxford directs their steps—she’ll direct which type of tea they drink if she gets the chance. And an underappreciated student asks their aid with her research The view from Box Hill in Surrey is incredible. ­But that’s just one of the places readers will visit in Donna Fletcher Crow’s The Jane Austen Encounter. Two professors of English on a second honeymoon have traveled from the US to England to encounter those places made famous by one of the world’s most famous writers. An erudite guide from Oxford directs their steps—she’ll direct which type of tea they drink if she gets the chance. And an underappreciated student asks their aid with her research project. But the best characters in this book, for me at least, are the places—Winchester, Bath, the rolling English country roads and the tiny remembrances of glories past. Author Donna Fletcher Crow renders voices very convincingly and creates a thoroughly enjoyable sense of place in this novel. Then she adds that touch of literary memoir, at just the right level to satisfy the true enthusiast and please the casual acquaintance equally. And then... Well, Richard and Elizabeth do have a bit of a history with mystery. You don’t need to have read earlier novels to enjoy this one—their relationship is convincing and well-grounded as soon as it hits the page. But if you’ve read the earlier books you’ll know something of what to expect. Even Jane Austen’s quiet, sedate, enormously peaceful world holds some scary secrets as the story progresses, with a satisfying trail of clues for the reader, and a pleasing denouement involving English schoolboys playing cricket in the countryside. I recognize England and I recognize Jane Austen in these pages, both beautifully rendered by the author’s generous hand. And I really enjoyed my visit to Jane Austen land. Disclosure: The author gave me a free ecopy to enjoy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    I enjoy Jane Austen, but I’m not the fanatic Elizabeth and Richard are. Unfortunately, I found the story overburdened by research, to the point where it overwhelmed Crow’s characters. There was too much quoting from Jane Austen’s two novels set in Bath—neither of which are my favourites. And I felt that either the readers know (and love) Austen’s novels, in which case such quoting is redundant, or the readers don’t know the novels so well … in which case the quotes are unnecessary telling. By th I enjoy Jane Austen, but I’m not the fanatic Elizabeth and Richard are. Unfortunately, I found the story overburdened by research, to the point where it overwhelmed Crow’s characters. There was too much quoting from Jane Austen’s two novels set in Bath—neither of which are my favourites. And I felt that either the readers know (and love) Austen’s novels, in which case such quoting is redundant, or the readers don’t know the novels so well … in which case the quotes are unnecessary telling. By the halfway point, very little had happened. We’d visited every place in Bath and the surrounding areas where Jane Austen (or her characters) had ever visited, and either Elizabeth or Richard had quoted the relevant Austen passages, or given us a detailed description from the guide book. It read more like a romanticised travelogue (you know, the ones which don’t mention any of the bad stuff, like the appalling traffic). The only mystery was what the mystery was supposed to be, because the plot (such as it was) was completely buried in telling about Jane Austen, about her family, about Bath, and about the surrounding locations. I eventually gave up at the two-thirds point, just after something happened that actually produced a mystery to solve. However, I simply wasn’t engaged enough with any of the characters to care what happened to them, certainly not enough to force myself to finish a book I wasn’t enjoying. Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Burnham

    Donna Fletcher Crow’s latest mystery, A Jane Austen Encounter (book 3 in the Elizabeth and Richard Mystery series), is a delightful cozy that will definitely appeal to the serious Jane Austen fan. Filled with references to some of Austen’s lesser known works, as well as interesting facts on her life and relatives, this novel poses the question of just how far an Austen scholar will go to get the next big discovery? Elizabeth and Richard Spenser are married English professors. Elizabeth is recentl Donna Fletcher Crow’s latest mystery, A Jane Austen Encounter (book 3 in the Elizabeth and Richard Mystery series), is a delightful cozy that will definitely appeal to the serious Jane Austen fan. Filled with references to some of Austen’s lesser known works, as well as interesting facts on her life and relatives, this novel poses the question of just how far an Austen scholar will go to get the next big discovery? Elizabeth and Richard Spenser are married English professors. Elizabeth is recently retired and Richard is on sabbatical ostensibly to write a thesis on Austen. Their working holiday includes touring all of the sites of Jane Austen’s life and letters. But there are missing documents, mysterious stalkers and assaults that plague the group assembled to give them the best tour they can ask for. The two are no strangers to solving literary-themed mysteries, so they again set off to find out just whodunit. A Jane Austen Encounter will appeal to the serious Janeite. I thought I knew a lot about Austen’s works and history, but Crow has included little known information that will thrill Austen’s fans. There is also a well-researched thread that pursues Austen’s spiritual life. The mystery keeps the story going, but it was the Austen info that captured my attention. I am not sure the book would have the same appeal to those unfamiliar with Austen’s work, but it is a must-read for any enthusiast. Recommended. (Thanks to the author for the review copy.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    A mystery in the world of Jane Austen? Step through time with the professors as they think they are only going on a romantic, historical tour, but find themselves immersed in mystery and murder. This book will appeal to mystery and Jane Austen lovers alike. It is full of tidbits of history surrounding Jane’s family, writing and fascinating glimpses of the area where she lived and wrote. It is not one of the annoying spin offs of Jane’s books, but instead a book about those of us that enjoy her w A mystery in the world of Jane Austen? Step through time with the professors as they think they are only going on a romantic, historical tour, but find themselves immersed in mystery and murder. This book will appeal to mystery and Jane Austen lovers alike. It is full of tidbits of history surrounding Jane’s family, writing and fascinating glimpses of the area where she lived and wrote. It is not one of the annoying spin offs of Jane’s books, but instead a book about those of us that enjoy her writing and some of the obsessed fans that could even resort to murder. The mystery is intriguing, making you want to keep turning the pages. I thought this would be a fun book to give to people that are thinking of taking a trip to the U.K or wishing to visit the Jane Austen historical sites. This is book three of a series about Elizabeth and Richard, and I intend to look into finding the others in the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alethea

    This novel is the third in a series of mysteries featuring a married couple, professors Elizabeth and Richard Spenser. They have both taught Austen in their classes for twenty years and are now on sabbatical in England, visiting all of Austen's homes and various places associated with her. Halfway through the novel, the Spensers' guide, Muriel, is murdered. They must plunge into the mystery and attempt to identify the murderer. The ending was not predictable, which I enjoyed; however, the book, This novel is the third in a series of mysteries featuring a married couple, professors Elizabeth and Richard Spenser. They have both taught Austen in their classes for twenty years and are now on sabbatical in England, visiting all of Austen's homes and various places associated with her. Halfway through the novel, the Spensers' guide, Muriel, is murdered. They must plunge into the mystery and attempt to identify the murderer. The ending was not predictable, which I enjoyed; however, the book, in large part, read like a beginner's guide to Austen. Facts that professors would have known are spoken out loud by the characters as though they've not heard them before. I felt like I was reading some map book related to Austen sites. It was good enough, but quite plodding when Crow went into "Austen explanation" mode.

  22. 4 out of 5

    JoJo Sutis

    I absolutely adore this third installment in Donna Fletcher Crow’s “Richard and Elizabeth Series”!!!! I’m a Jane Austen fan through and through and was thrilled that the author decided on this setting for her novel…and let me say- she really knows her Austen!!! As I read, I felt like I was going along on the tour of all the Austen sites with Richard and Elizabeth, it was so wonderful!!! The setting just came alive on the pages and I was thrilled to learn some things about Jane along the way as wel I absolutely adore this third installment in Donna Fletcher Crow’s “Richard and Elizabeth Series”!!!! I’m a Jane Austen fan through and through and was thrilled that the author decided on this setting for her novel…and let me say- she really knows her Austen!!! As I read, I felt like I was going along on the tour of all the Austen sites with Richard and Elizabeth, it was so wonderful!!! The setting just came alive on the pages and I was thrilled to learn some things about Jane along the way as well. But we cannot forget that this is a mystery novel as well…and WOW! I was blown away….well done Ms. Crow!!! She had me guessing until the end! If you love all things Austen, if you love a good who-dun-it, and if you’d like a quick trip across the sea- get this novel today!!!! You won’t regret it!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amber Schamel

    I don't usually read cozy mysteries, but Jane Austen caught my eye. I really enjoyed reading A Jane Austen Encounter. It's the first book I've read by Donna, but she kept me guessing until the very end. Donna takes you to England to visit all the Jane Austen sites, and after reading the book, you almost feel as if you've been there. I learned a lot about the life of Jane Austen, as well as enjoyed a great mystery. Richard and Elizabeth are loveable characters that draw you into the story, and I don't usually read cozy mysteries, but Jane Austen caught my eye. I really enjoyed reading A Jane Austen Encounter. It's the first book I've read by Donna, but she kept me guessing until the very end. Donna takes you to England to visit all the Jane Austen sites, and after reading the book, you almost feel as if you've been there. I learned a lot about the life of Jane Austen, as well as enjoyed a great mystery. Richard and Elizabeth are loveable characters that draw you into the story, and into solving the mystery. I'll just leave it at that, because I don't want to give away any spoilers. ;) A Jane Austen Encounter is a murder mystery, but besides the fact that there's been a murder, it's a very clean read, which I really appreciated. It gets five stars from me. A book I will want to read again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    College professors Elizabeth and Richard are on their dream vacation - visiting all Jane Austen’s homes in England with the help of an Oxford guide - could they have stumbled upon a letter that has gone missing which could lead to revelations about Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript The Watsons?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I just loved this cozy mystery about husband-wife English professors taking their dream anniversary trip to England and in the footsteps of Jane Austen. I relived all my visits to the stops in the pilgrimage with them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lonnie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Moran

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Abbett

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