At 31, impoverished spinster and keen observer of life Jane Austen uses her marginal place in society to team up with her loyal maid, Tilly Marshall, and unmask the malicious, vengeful and desperate in a world where money and status are all, not everyone is who they seem and secrets are worth killing – and dying – for.

Along the way, Jane pioneers the Heimlich manoeuvre and speed dating, gets ‘more knocked about than a shuttlecock’ and wonders if she’ll ever rest her quill in a permanent home of her own.

Full of witty dialogue, pacy action and memorable characters (both above and below stairs), Jane and Tilly’s encounters cement their lasting bond and provide inspiration for Jane’s best-known works.