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BEDLAM: THE FURTHER
SECRET ADVENTURES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË
1851. Victorian England enters its golden age of prosperity and worldwide power. Charlotte Brontë has revealed herself as the best selling author of Jane Eyre and is the toast of literary London. Yet she yearns for her true love John Slade, the dashing secret agent, whom she hasn't seen or heard from in three years. While researching topics for her next novel, she tours Bedlam, the notorious London insane asylum, and glimpses a wild, raving madman. It's Slade--or so it seems, even though Charlotte thought he was in Russia on assignment. When she goes back for a closer look, she learns that the madman has escaped and two nurses have been savagely murdered. Was the madman really Slade? Is he also the killer?
Charlotte begins a search for Slade. It takes her from his superior at the Foreign Office, who says he's a traitor, to the slum of Whitechapel, where a murderer akin to Jack the Ripper stalks the streets, from Ireland to France, and from Bedlam and Newgate Prison to the Great Exhibition in London. She clashes with Queen Victoria and Wilhelm Stieber, the famous Prussian spy. Her quest leads her to the reunion of her dreams with Slade, and a stunning discovery: a secret that could determine the outcome of a war between England and Russia, its political rival--or destroy the world.
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SECRET ADVENTURES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË, by Laura Joh
Rowland (author of the Sano Ichiro mystery series)
is an epic, world-at-stake thriller starring the legendary
century author and her equally famous family. It’s
a tour of Victorian England from gutter to palace, featuring
a hero who
Mr. Rochester with Agent 007 and a villain whose devious
schemes threaten the very fabric of the British Empire. Charlotte
plunged headlong into the sort of thrilling adventures and
passionate romance she never actually experienced, but
craved. A March 2008 release from Overlook
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was a Victorian parson’s daughter, from
a remote English village, who wrote a best selling, notorious,
and beloved novel.
what many people know about Charlotte Brontë,
author of Jane Eyre.
as many are aware that she lived a life as rich in adventure,
romance, and tragedy as her famous novel.
happened upon her story years ago, by sheer accident. I was
a premed student at the University of Michigan,
struggling to keep my head above water in
my chemistry, biology, and physics courses. My favorite study break was
browsing the shelves
in the library and reading books about subjects far removed from science.
One day I picked up a biography of Charlotte Brontë.
I was enthralled by her experience
at a grim Victorian boarding school, her extraordinary siblings, her
dramatic rise to literary fame, her late in life marriage,
and her early, tragic
Life intervened. I never went to med school. (The fact
that I preferred reading for pleasure to studying science
probably had something to do with
at least in part by Charlotte, I eventually became a writer, although
of books as unrelated to her as one could imagine.
But I never forgot her.
stuck in my mind was the thought that no matter how much adventure
experienced, she always craved more. She was the ultimate yearning,
romantic, creative spirit. Many years into my career
as an author, I decided that Charlotte
would make the perfect heroine for a historical suspense novel. Thus
was born The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë.
I wrote the book, I combined the rich material of her
life with the political and sexual intrigue beneath
the prim morality of Victorian
England. I tried
to give Charlotte the adventure she craved. The Secret Adventures
of Charlotte Brontë is
my heartfelt tribute to one of the greatest authors
of all time.
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"Laura Joh Rowland 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-) – Entertainment Weekly
"Rowland sustains a Gothic tone of peril and suspense
and supplies bodice-ripping Victorian detail aplenty in this
imagined life of the author from Haworth. . . Rowland's impressive,
detailed descriptions of the sites and phenomena of Victorian
England, particularly of London, give the narrative depth and
compensate, perhaps, for some unlikely plot twists. Never mind
plausibility, Rowland simply refuses to let readers lift their
eyes from the page." – Minneapolis
"Rowland offers an attractive counterpoint in her portrayal
of the Bronte clan and their family dynamics. A very Victor
ian murder, the evils of British imperialism and a beloved
novelist unite in this appealing literary mystery." – Kirkus
engaging mystery, author Laura Joh Rowland takes her character
from her sheltered life in the village of Haworth
to the palaces of London and beyond. . . Reader, she’s
spunky and adventurous and a die-hard romantic all the way.
She’s a heroine for our times." – New
"The author of Jane Eyre plays sleuth in this enchanting
historical from Rowland, acclaimed for her mystery series set
in 17th-century Japan. Brontë fans will delight in Rowland's
portrait of Charlotte, who closely parallels Jane both in personality
and station. The men playing opposite Charlotte often echo
the character of Edward Rochester, lending an enticing will-they,
wo n't-they tension to the proceedings." – Publishers
"This delightful and sophisticated mystery transports
readers through an era of Victoran mystery, with Charlotte
Bronte leading the way. Rich historical details about the time
period and the Bronte family, including Emily, Anne and Branwell,
add great depth and authenticity. This is a must read for historical
fans." – Romantic Times
"One of the first things we noticed about this book was
that Ms. Rowland was truly apt at echoing Charlotte Bronte’s
style in a most convincing way. . .An unputdownable and unforgettable
secret adventure, much worth it for many reasons, not least
for reaching the final sentence, which is pure gold. – Bronte
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Adventures of Charlotte Brontë are missing
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hope will be fixed in the next printing. Meanwhile, here
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