Thursday, October 28, 2010
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron - A Review
Jane, who had befriended the fifteen-year-old Twining, finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation, one that is thrown into greater confusion when Lady Caroline Lamb, the former and nearly mad lover of Lord Byron, puts in an appearance, as well as his current paramour, Lady Oxford. Jane’s investigation takes her to the residence of the Prince Regent. Is the prince or one of his associates involved or did Byron murder the girl who had rejected him?
This novel is interesting on so many levels. It is a tale so rich in Regency minutiae that it is like tapping into a mother lode of information, and Stephanie Barron is very clever in weaving these facts into her story so that you are seeing the beautiful clothes of the era, tasting the food, walking the streets of Brighton, and dancing to music in grand assembly rooms. But the most interesting scenes are those in which Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron are front and center. A conversation between the grieving Byron and his inquisitor, Jane Austen, is fascinating, and scenes of Lady Caroline’s growing mental instability are chilling.
If you are a fan of Regency-era novels and mysteries, then you are in for a treat because this book delivers for enthusiasts of both genres.