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By Stephanie Barron

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• Title: Jane and the Year Without a Summer

• Series: Being a Jane Austen Mystery (Book 14)

• Author: Stephanie Barron

• Genre: Historical Mystery, Austenesque

• Publisher: Soho Press (February 8, 2022)

• Length: (336) pages• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook • ISBN: 978-1641292474

• Tour Dates: February 7-20, 2022




May 1816: Jane Austen is feeling unwell, with an uneasy stomach, constant fatigue, rashes, fevers and aches. She attributes her poor condition to the stress of family burdens, which even the drafting of her latest manuscript—about a baronet’s daughter nursing a broken heart for a daring naval captain—cannot alleviate. Her apothecary recommends a trial of the curative waters at Cheltenham Spa, in Gloucestershire. Jane decides to use some of the profits earned from her last novel, Emma, and treat herself to a period of rest and reflection at the spa, in the company of her sister, Cassandra.
Cheltenham Spa hardly turns out to be the relaxing sojourn Jane and Cassandra envisaged, however. It is immediately obvious that other boarders at the guest house where the Misses Austen are staying have come to Cheltenham with stresses of their own—some of them deadly. But perhaps with Jane’s interference a terrible crime might be prevented. Set during the Year without a Summer, when the eruption of Mount Tambora in the South Pacific caused a volcanic winter that shrouded the entire planet for sixteen months, this fourteenth installment in Stephanie Barron’s critically acclaimed series brings a forgotten moment of Regency history to life.



“Outstanding…Barron fans will hope Jane, who died in 1817, will be back for one more mystery.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“No one conjures Austen’s voice like Stephanie Barron, and Jane and the Year Without a Summer is utterly pitch-perfect.”— Deanna Raybourn, bestselling author of the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries

“…a page-turning story, imbued with fascinating historical detail, a cast of beautifully realized characters, a pitch-perfect Jane Austen, and an intriguing mystery. Highly recommended.”— Syrie James, bestselling author of The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen 

“Jane and the Year Without a Summer is absolute perfection. Stephanie Barron expertly weaves fact and fiction, crafting a story that is authentically Austen in its elegance, charm, and wit. The characters and setting will enchant you, and the mystery will keep you guessing to the last page. This Regency-set gem is truly a diamond of the first water.”— Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Jane and the Year Without a Summer By Stephanie Barron

Thanks to @stephaniebarronfrancinematthews, @soho_press, @austenprose

Jane and the Year Without a Summer By Stephanie BarronBy Stephanie Barron is the fourteenth installment in a impressive Jane Austen inspired mystery sleuth series.

Taking the advice of an apothecarist, Jane and her sister, Cassandra, travel to Cheltenham. Jane uses a little of her profits from her book Emma. Here Jane is hopeful the Cheltenham Spa will relieve some of her pressing physical aliments, that she has been suffering with. It’s early summer of 1816, and unbeknownst to the people of Europe and other places throughout the world. A devastating disaster hd accrued in Indonesia, when an eruption on Mount Tambora in April 1815 caused a climatic change. An unseasonable chill, settled in with unrelenting dampness and literally no sun to speak of.

The sisters plan to stay a fortnight at Mrs. Potter’s boarding house. Jane and her sister are presented an interesting diverse cast of characters, along with a twisty murder mystery to be solved. The author adds a little Regency romance, and stunning characterization to create one of the best Jane Austen inspired books I have read.

This book is my very first read in this incredibly beloved series, and I had no problem jumping in and enjoying it immensely. No wonder this author has and incredible book following. It’s meticulously researched the characters are well developed and period details and mystery was stunning. I Loved everything about Jane Austen being skillful sleuth. I will be starting this book series posthaste.

A book I highly recommend to my family and friends. ♡

Historical Note

The Year Without a Summer was an agricultural disaster. Historian John D. Post has called this “the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world”.[4][5] The climatic aberrations of 1816 had their greatest effect on most of New England, Atlantic Canada, and parts of western Europe.

The European summer of 1816 has often been referred to as a ‘year without a summer’ due to anomalously cold conditions and unusual wetness, which led to widespread famines and agricultural failures. The cause has often been assumed to be the eruption of Mount Tambora in April 1815, however this link has not, until now, been proven. Here we apply state-of-the-art event attribution methods to quantify the contribution by the eruption and random weather variability to this extreme European summer climate anomaly.



Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books, including five novels in the Merry Folger series (Death in the Off-Season, Death in Rough Water, Death in a Mood Indigo, Death in a Cold Hard Light, and Death on Nantucket) as well as the nationally bestselling Being a Jane Austen mystery series, which she writes under the penname, Stephanie Barron. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.



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