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JA Book Club Continues to Read Mystery Writer Margaret Maron

The Jane Austen Book club is reading Margaret Maron this year. She's a North Carolina native whose first novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" won every major mystery award for best first novel. That book was the first to feature Deborah Knott, whose colorful Daddy was a bootlegger. Deborah is an attorney who decides to take a stand against "mean-minded judicial pettiness" and take on the Old Boy's Club by running for a retiring judge's seat.

Jane’s Book Review – The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles)

Steampunk (for those who don’t know) is a genre that imagines a world that mimics the Victorian age, except for marvelous machines powered by steam, coal and the mysterious force known as the Aether.  The internal combustion engine doesn’t exist, but airships, clockwork automatons (think robots), Ada Babbage’s mechanical computer and all kinds of strange and wonderful items do.  If you want to see a sample of a steampunk world, just Google Steampunk Images and check out the in

Jane's Book Review - Among Others

Welsh-born Morwenna Phelps has just transferred to an English Boarding School and the custody of her here-to-fore absent father and his three odd sisters.  It’s a lot to take in at one time.  Also, she’s living with a disability, incurred when she and her twin sister together prevented her half-mad witch mother from destroying the world.  She and her sister, you see, saw fairies in the industrial ruins in the Welsh countryside and her mother tried to take control of the

JA Continues to Read Mystery Writer, Margaret Maron

The Jane Austen Book club is reading Margaret Maron this year. She's a North Carolina native whose first novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" won every major mystery award for best first novel. That book was the first to feature Deborah Knott, whose colorful Daddy was a bootlegger. Deborah is an attorney who decides to take a stand against "mean-minded judicial pettiness" and take on the Old Boy's Club by running for a retiring judge's seat.

JA Club Reads Margaret Maron for June

The Jane Austen Book club is reading Margaret Maron this year. She's a North Carolina native whose first novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" won every major mystery award for best first novel. That book was the first to feature Deborah Knott, whose colorful Daddy was a bootlegger. Deborah is an attorney who decides to take a stand against "mean-minded judicial pettiness" and take on the Old Boy's Club by running for a retiring judge's seat.

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