Jane Austen Investigates

The Burglar's Ball


ISBN: 9781782643463 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9781782643463

Publication date: October 22, 2021

Format: Ebook

Extent: 176 pages

‘A real treat for bookworms.’ – Lucy Strange, children’s author of The Ghost of Gosswater

Join young, budding detective Jane Austen in her second investigation to uncover a devious diamond thief at the glitziest, most scandalous ball of the year! Inspired by Sense and Sensibility.

When the headmistress invites her past favourite pupil to attend their end of term ball, Cassandra brings her younger sister, Jane, along too. Cassandra plunges into the feverish excitement of preparing for the biggest event of the year – the dresses, the dances and the boys expected from the neighbouring school.
Feeling rather excluded, sharp-witted Jane unearths the reason for the fuss – the headteacher wants to impress a rich family returned from India as the school is at risk of going bankrupt. Jane also befriends the dancing master’s assistant, a former slave, called Brandon, who is as quick to notice things as she. At the ball, a diamond necklace is stolen from a locked room and they are propelled into a race to uncover the burglar and save Brandon from gaol.

With the ever-present Austen spirit, Jane with notebook in hand, boldly overcomes the obstacles to finding the truth.

Meet the author: Julia Golding

Multi-award winning author Julia Golding

Julia Golding is a multi-award winning children’s author who has been awarded both the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. A former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, Golding also has a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, and was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution in 2019. An avid Jane Austen fan, her Jane Austen-themed podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’ offers a 19th century take on modern life. Golding is the successful author of The Curious Science Quest series, The Tigers in the Tower and the Jane Austen Investigates series.

Reviews for Jane Austen Investigates

'A feel-good escape to the eighteenth century.' Joan Haig, author of Tiger Skin Rug

'An absolute treat, I’d like some more please.' Jenni Jennings, author of Malice in Underland

'A brilliant children’s historical mystery series that I absolutely recommend. Perfect for ages 8 to 108!' Fiona Sharp, Waterstones Bookseller

'A mysterious and enthralling read. I love Jane’s sense of humour – it makes me laugh and laugh! I think other children will love devouring every page of this outstanding book.' Lucy, age 9

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