Another challenge -- yeah! This year, Laurel Ann of Austenprose is hosting a challenge that is perfect for me - mystery + Jane Austen. I'm a huge fan of mysteries from some of the oldest such as Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone to some of the most recent including anything by PD James or Colin Dexter (Insp. Morse, sigh). While I am fully involved in the Sense & Sensibility Bicentenary challenge for this year, I will take it a little easier on this challenge and sign up for the Neophyte level (1-4 books). And since this is a total new author to me, I plan on reading the following, in order:
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (1996)
Jane and the Man of the Cloth (1997)
Jane and the Wandering Eye (1998)
Jane and the Genius of the Place (1999)
I'm looking forward to reading Stephanie Barron's series since I've heard great things about her writing, it's a long running series that's still in the works (Jane and the Canterbury Tale comes out this year 2011), and will provide me the opportunity to do something I really enjoy - read novels in the order in which they were written and enjoy the development of the author and recurring characters.