Murder. Social climbers. Love. Jane Austen references.
Jane Austen is one of my go-to authors if I’ve just had too much of anything – teen drama, fast-moving action thrillers, strange stories that start off one thing and end up another. Once in a while I enjoy reading the various offshoots of her work, which either use Jane as a character or set stories in the world of her characters. There are modern romcom versions, graphic novels, zombies. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James is a favorite of mine. The Stephanie Barron Jane mysteries and Curtis Sittenfeld’s updated Pride and Prejudice – Eligible— are also good examples.
Secrets in the Snow is a new addition to this collection, focusing on a teenaged Jane Austen. Michaela MacColl has taken bits and pieces of Jane’s life and her books and thrown in a murder, and it works. There are lies and secrets and love… everything you’d expect. It’s a good read for a cold, snowy day (which would match the cover) when you need a break from the real world.
Secrets in the Snow by Michaela McColl