A Jane Austen Mystery? – Secrets in the Snow {Review}

Posted July 11, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Jane Austen Mystery? – Secrets in the Snow {Review}Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2016 - October 4th)
eARC (288 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, Read 2016


The young Jane Austen is not particularly interested in getting married, although she does find the mysterious Mr. Lefroy an intriguing possibility--but first she has to deal with the accusation that her cousin Eliza is a French spy, and solve a murder.

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My Review

This is a fictionalized story of about a week in the life of Jane Austen. Unlike her novels, where young ladies are dealing with suitors and would-be-suitors, Secrets in the Snow is more of a mystery.

While there is some romance in this novel, I didn’t enjoy that part much. LeFroy was much too full of himself and rather pretentious. Especially by the end, I didn’t like him at all.

This story revolved around a mystery. Is Jane’s cousin, Eliza, a spy for the French? Who is the gentleman bandit and what does he want? These questions are not so easily answered. Jane is staunchly loyal to Eliza and determined to get to the bottom of what is going on. She won’t take “no” for an answer from anyone.

This book is a quick, easy read. I did enjoy it though I guessed the ending early. I was looking for something light to read while driving cross-country when I saw Secrets in the Snow come up on NetGalley. It fit the bill as a light, quick, easy read. My sister would qualify it as a fluff book.


I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley for
review consideration. This in no way affects my opinion of the title
nor the content of this review.

How would you feel about reading a mystery with Jane Austen?

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