# UM3642 Paperback, 422 pages; 2017 (2016)
Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important.
So begins this thrilling and clever reimagining of Charlotte Brontë's beloved classic Jane Eyre. While Ms. Jane Steele has a bit of a wicked side, as she confesses with no small degree of shame, she always acts with a twinkling eye and a noble heart. Jane must keep her wits sharp and her resolve strong as she encounters intriguing gents, sordid louts, and dicey situations in and around London in the mid-nineteenth century. She grows from a sensitive young girl who is all on her own to an eminently clever and capable woman - who happens to be a serial killer. A beautiful balance of adventure, dark deeds, and romance, this extremely entertaining and emotionally satisfying novel is epic in scope and intimate in detail, and the prose is sumptuously pleasing. (CPK)