Monday, May 12, 2008
THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE in The Los Angeles Times
Sarah Weinman takes a look at the growing trend of literary figures turning into detectives in The Los Angeles Times. Of the newly released The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte, Weinman writes: "Laura Joh Rowland's first stand-alone novel after a slew of mysteries featuring 16th century Japanese detective Sano Ichiro -- delivers almost exactly what its title promises. Flush from the success of "Jane Eyre" but battling writer's block, as well as the envy of her younger sisters, Charlotte takes an impulsive trip to London to clear up a case of literary misunderstanding and soon finds herself a witness to the murder of a fetching maid with ties to a conspiracy that would bring down the British monarchy. The plot spins out of control merrily enough and in suitably thrilling fashion, and it's great fun to watch sparks fly between Charlotte and the handsome spyman Mr. Slade."