This lighthearted mystery stars Jane Austen as the main character rather than the author. MacColl combines bits of Jane Austen’s actual life history with a story of her own imagining to give more life to the well-loved author. This is a fun story and an interesting perception of Jane’s life. Each chapter also starts with an Austen quote that ties the fictional story to Austen’s novels. Secrets in the Snow is an entertaining read for Austen lovers. The mystery itself is a little weak, but the recreation of Austen’s world is well done and makes up for what the plot lacks. So if you love Jane Austen, try this author’s attempt to make her a character like she wrote about. Recommended ages--12 and up.