Tina Jordan
March 25, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Laura Joh Rowland
publisher
Overlook
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A-

I’m what’s known in literary circles as a ”Jane-ite”— someone who rereads Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre at least once a year — so I was prepared to loathe The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë, which transforms Brontë and her sisters Emily and Anne into 19th-century sleuths investigating the stabbing death of a young governess. But Laura Joh Rowland (Red Chrysanthemum) not only evokes Victorian-era London with a sure hand in this detective novel, she creates a believable Charlotte whose intelligence, stubbornness, and wit recall Jane at every turn. Even more important, the mystery itself is particularly fine. A-

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