A wonderfully intricate plot full of espionage and intrigue. . The Austen voice, both humorous and fanciful, with shades of Northanger Abbey, rings true as always.
As Jane Austen stands before the abandoned ruins of Netley Abbey, she imagines that ghosts really do haunt the centuries-old monastery. But the green-cloaked figure who startles her is all to human and he bears an unexpected missive from Lord Harold Trowbridge, one of the British government's most trusted advisers - and a man who holds a high place in Jane's life. Trowbridge tells Jane about a suspected traitor in their midst - and the disastrous consequences if she succeeds. But is Sophia Challoner, a beautiful widow with rumored ties to Emperor Bonaparte, really an agent of the enemy?