DEATH OF A SCHOOLGIRL
The first in the Jane Eyre Chronicles picks up where Brontë’s novel ends — with Jane living at Ferndean Manor with Edward and their newborn, Ned. Many of the original characters are revisited. Slan has deftly penned a very entertaining, believable extension of Jane Eyre. This is a departure from Slan’s Scrapbooking series, and she has done an impressive job using rich historical details to transport readers back in time.
When Jane receives a distressing letter from Edward’s ward, Adele Varens, she travels to London to check on the girl’s safety. Arriving at the school, Jane learns that Adele’s classmate, Selina Biltmore, has passed away. Jane finds the girl’s death very suspicious and decides to pose as a temporary instructor to protect Adele and the other students while she uncovers a killer. She learns that almost all the students and staff at the school had a reason to kill the evil beauty. (PRIME CRIME, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)