Sunday, September 15, 2013

Death of a Schoolgirl Book Tour *Review & Giveaway





Synopsis
In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…
Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.
But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…

 My Thoughts:
I am not a big Classics kind of gal. I remember reading Jane Eyre and others required in high school and college, but typically they aren't ones I would choose to read given the plethora of books available. Sometimes I get bogged down in the classics with so many words.. don't throw darts :)
This continuation of Jane Eyre's tale was anything but wordy and cumbersome. It was such a great read! It read Old English in some ways, without the hard to read language. I had the definite feel for the time period without being bogged down in wording. I was captivated from the beginning and loved Jane's character! I think Joanna must have kept to the similar character of Jane from the Classic as she was very humble and likeable but not afraid to make her thoughts known.
This was a great mystery as Jane has to embark on a journey to find out how Adele is doing in this boarding school with the new head mistress. Things are definitely awry when Jane first gets there and they are bringing out a dead schoolgirl! Thankfully it wasn't Adele, but she wasn't in all that better of shape having been drugged up for being over dramatic. I love how Jane jumps in there to try to solve the dilemia!
I am definitely going to be reading more books by this author, this was my first and I am excited to read more of her work!


Award-winning and National Bestselling author Joanna Campbell Slan is the creator of the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries (an Agatha Award Finalist) and The Jane Eyre Chronicles (Winner of the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award). This fall will see the debut of the Cara Mia Delgatto books, a new mystery series set on the Treasure Coast of Florida, featuring a young woman who runs a recycling/repurposing shop. In her past life, Joanna was a television talk show host, an adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. She is the mother of Michael Slan, a professional poker player, and she is married to David Slan, CEO of Steinway Piano Gallery-DC. The Slans and their two dogs make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida. Visit Joanna’s website at www.JoannaSlan.com


Website:  www.JoannaSlan.com

Ends Sept 30th
US only

Enter to win a copy of Death of a Schoolgirl! Leave me a comment about what classic story you would like to see remade into a cozy mystery. Make sure you leave your name and email so I can get a hold of you if you win!!



                                                                      



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30 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Melanie. I did try to keep my Jane as close to the character in Bronte's original as possible. Thanks for noticing!

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  2. This unique and memorable novel appeals to me for the characters and the writing. Love to read and cherish this book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Death of a Schoolgirl has been on my WishList for awhile!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  4. This book has been on my wish list since I first heard about it.

    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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  5. Lovely book 'report'. You make this story seem interesting, yet approachable. I say this because I've never read the original Jane Eyre. I have read Joanna Campbell Slan books and love them. Kiki is a favorite cozy mystery character.

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  6. Beautiful review. Book sounds great. I've always loved the book "Little Women". I would love to see if it could be written as a cozy mystery. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. My wife has wanted this book I would certainly love to win this for her. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  8. I have wanted to read this for awhile!

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  9. Sounds like a fabulous read.

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  10. The book "To Kill a Mockingbird" was a profound read for me when I was a young girl. I felt a kinship with the character of Scout and would love to read a cozy mystery based off of a grown-up Scout.

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  11. I would love to see some classic mysteries modernized into cozies.

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  12. I would like to see The Scarlet Pimpernel made into a cozy mystery!

    ischu9@aol.com

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  13. Joanna,

    You had a great idea to continue the story of Jane Eyre. You have breathed new life into a tale that many were forced--through a school assignment--to read in the first place!

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  14. wow you have great book and then the swag are super i be happy to wear it and blog on it ad read the book for you

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  15. Sounds interesting. I like that she didn't use hard language and followed the story. I wonder if she thought it was hard to continue such a well-known classic.
    Sherry Compton
    savewish@yahoo.com

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  16. oh I hope the prize includes the book, I so want to read it.

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  17. I would love to see Little Women as a mystery. I can see Jo now charging off to save the day.

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  18. Sherry, I certainly found it challenging to continue Bronte's book. The research was daunting. Most of all, I wanted to be respectful of the classic. I hope I succeeded.

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  19. Id like to see Gone with The Wind remade or Imitation of Life.

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  20. This is just wonderful and should give readers a better book to read. then in the fall the debut of the Cara Mia Delgatto, a new mystery series set on the Treasure Coast of Florida we can look forward too,

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  21. Great review....this sounds like my cup of tea. I will check it out.

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  22. This looks like something i would enjoy. thanks for sharing!

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  23. How about the Boxcar Children made into a mystery series

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  24. My mom wants to read this and now that I have read the review, I definitely want to read it too. Thank you!

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  25. A new author for me. I am ordering "School Girl" from the library so when my prize copy comes I will be ready for it!

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  26. I agree with two previous commenters - The Little Women Detective Agency should be your next series based on a classic novel.

    Jane at Jane Reads

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  27. Looking forward to getting to read this! I think Laura Ingalls was inquisitive enough to warrant a mystery series too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. I'm really looking forward to reading your book! I'm trying to make sure that I give myself time to read these days. diesel_had_my_baby@yahoo.com

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  29. This book sounds verrrrry interesting. Thank you for this post and the great giveaway :)

    -Amber Terry-

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