Jane is a homebody who would rather stay at home instead of attending a ball at her former school. But, her sister Cassandra, is invited and so she must go. It’s good for her that in addition to the dance, she meets up with old friends and makes some new ones too. Throw in a theft of a diamond necklace and our clever sleuth, Jane, is thinking things are getting interesting.
Jane is not your typical young lady and decides to play cricket against the boys’ school and climb trees to find clues. It was delightful to read about her nonconventional ways and her letters to her brother about the case. This is fun”who-did-it” story gives middle school readers enough clues to be able to discover the culprit before Jane tells all.
I would recommend this to middle school aged children who like mysteries or who enjoy Enola Holmes. While this is a series, it is the first book I have read and can be read as a stand alone.
Here are some really fun quotes at the opening of the story:
“Any resemblance to persons living or dead in these case notes is entirely intentional. Names of people and places have been changed to protect the wicked- but you know who you are!”
“No one who had ever seen Jane Austen in her infancy would suppose her to be born to solve crimes.”
Thank you to NetGalley and Lion Hudson Ltd. for an electronic copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.