Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jane and the Barque of Frailty by Stephanie Barron


I can always count on Stephanie Barron to expand my vocabulary of Regency Period slang.  A "barque of frailty" is basically a promiscuous woman.  It makes me snicker to think of other possibilities for the novel's title: Jane and the Tramp, Jane and the Hussy...  This is the fourth Jane Austen mystery that I've read, and have equally enjoyed.  It's a fun read, fast-paced, and suspenseful.  But always proper, as Jane Austen would have done it.

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