My Top 20 Jane Austen Books of 2010

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Happy New Year Janeites. 2011 promises to be a joyous year for Jane Austen fans. The bicentenary of Sense and Sensibility should keep Jane Austen in the limelight and publishers keen to feed our need to read more Austen inspired fare.

There are many books in the queue that we are looking forward to reading: Jane Goes Batty: A Novel, by Michael Thomas Ford, the second in the series arrives in February, My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park, Cindy S. Jones’ debut novel arrives in late March and the highly anticipated Wickham’s Dairy, by Amanda Grange arrives in April. We shall also be immodest and mention our own short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, premiering in October. *blush*

2010 was another stellar year for Jane Austen inspired sequels et all. Mysteries dominated the field with Stephanie Barron triumphant return, Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, her tenth novel in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series, Carrie Bebris kept me on edge and laughing out loud in The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma’s Match, her fifth novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series, Tracy Kiely presented Murder on the Bride’s Side, the second novel to her contemporary Elizabeth Bennet detective series, and an incredible debut mystery from Lynn Shepherd, Murder at Mansfield Park blew me away!

There were dozens of new Jane Austen inspired novels and nonfiction books published this year. Our top choices of the year represent selections that we read and reviewed here on Austenprose. So, if your favorite is not represented, please don’t be miffed. Amazingly, we did not read everything Janeish that was published in 2010.

Sequels, prequels, retellings or contemporary inspired:

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, by Beth Pattillo

The Darcy Cousins, by Monica Fairview

Pemberley Ranch, by Jack Caldwell

Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister, C. Allyn Pierson

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House, edited by Sarah Waters

Regency inspired:

The Mischief of the Mistletoe, by Lauren Willig

Venetia (Naxos AudioBooks), by Georgette Heyer & read by Richard Armitage

Betrayal of the Blood Lilly, by Lauren Willig

The Convenient Marriage (Naxos AudioBooks), by Georgette Heyer & read by Richard Armitage

Mysteries:

Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, by Stephanie Barron

Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd

The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma’s Match, by Carrie Bebris

Murder on the Bride’s Side, by Tracy Kiely

Paranormal:

Jane and the Damned, by Janet Mullany

Nonfiction:

 

Fashion in Jane Austen’s Time, by Sarah Jane Downing

Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen and edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks

The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Erin Blakemore

 

Randomly not Jane:

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Season of Second Chances, by Diane Meier

Debut author:

Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd

Many thanks to the authors for offering up another great reading year. 2011 already promises to be quite engaging.

Happy reading,

Laurel Ann

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