Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding


Release Date: 04.23.2021


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?


Jane Austen is a spirited young girl, she’s sent to the Cromwell household to keep company to Lady Cromwell for a week until her son’s birthday party and ball. She is pretty bored from her obligation but soon she finds out a legend about a vengeful ghost that haunts the Abbey next the house so she decides to invastigate. Will Jane be able to stay out of troubles as was recommended from her mother? Or will she give in to her curiosity?

A little slow at the start, but then the pace accelerates, bringing out the pathos of the mystery and the consequent investigation, making the story so engaging it is hard to put it down.

I liked this young version of Jane Austen, who definitely already has her artistic and imaginative talent but here she shows especially her witty mind and her tremendous curiosity.

I’ve really enjoyed to follow her in this adventure and I hope to see her again in the future.


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