September 17, 2013

Death of a Schoolgirl by Joanna Campbell Slan - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Death of a Schoolgirl
By Joanna Campbell Slan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Type: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780425247747
Series: Jane Eyre Chronicles #1
5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, the year is now 1851, and Jane’s life has finally settled into a comfortable pattern. She and her beloved Edward Rochester have 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 and Jane’s former pupil, 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, her 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 when she arrives at the school, the headmistress takes her for an errant new teacher, and berates her for her late arrival. Most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s roommate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one at the school seems concerned. Taking advantage of the misunderstanding, she 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 Review: If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, mysteries or Joanna's books then this is the perfect book for you. I wanted to read this book first of all because I have been a fan of Joanna's since the days of her writing journaling tips for scrapbooks, then I saw it was a mystery book and set in Victorian London and I was hooked. Joanna did such a good job with the characters in this book that you can't help but think they are real. The mystery part of this book was done in such a way that you don't want to put this book down. I have to confess I have not read Jane Eyre but after reading this book it makes me want to go back and pick it up. Jane was such a helpful caring person that she is a person I would love to meet if she really existed. I am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

Thanks to Joanna I am able to offer a copy of the book to one lucky winner.

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Joanna also is offering a grand prize that she says she will “mail it anywhere!” “Le Plus Grande Prize (ha-ha!) will be a Lowood Institution Lacrosse sweatshirt, a “Being yourself is the key” pencil case, a Jane Eyre mug, and a small Jane Eyre quotations journal.”

Check out this giveaway as well and the rest of the blog tour stops: Click here


  1. Wow! I love the plot of this novel and would so love to be a winner! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. I absolutely adore Joanna's books, but have not read Death of a Schoolgirl yet. Life is full, days are short and there is just not enough time to read all of the books put out by my favorite authors, of which, Joanna is one. Will order her book this week and it would be a thrill to be the recipient of her giveaway as well. Love this blog page; so bright and inviting. Good job, Joanna and Angela on the site. Thank you.

  3. This sounds like a interesting book, I enjoy mysteries like this.

  4. Angela, it's a pleasure to be featured in your blog. Thanks for telling your friends about my book!

  5. Ceblain, that's so kind of you. You are right. I love to read, and I can never find enough time to do all the reading I want. Lately, if a book doesn't grab me, or if I'm not already a fan of the author, I quit pretty quickly, sad to say.

  6. Connie, good luck with the giveaway. It was inspired by a non-fiction book called The Governesses by Ruth Brandon. The true life stories of women who taught other people's children was sad in many, many ways, because these tutors weren't given any respect.

  7. Melissa, I love writing them. I love the challenge of coming up with a topic that's evergreen. Of course, I also enjoy all the characters I get to "inhabit" as I write.

  8. Im hooked at Jane Eyre! Looking. Forward to reading this series. I hope it's a series! Thanks for review comments and giveaway.

    1. It is a new series that Joanna has started. Good luck on the win

  9. Linda, Book #2 is out already: Death of a Dowager. I'm already doing research for the third book in the series. Stay tuned!