I again direct you to my Bygone Books Blog for a celebration of the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849. Though you may wonder what this has to do with Jane Austen, and I agree that the link is tenuous as best [though indeed, is Emma not a mystery??] But I did find this link to the Book Mine Set blog that quoted Mark Twain as saying the following about Poe (and we know what he had to say about our Dear Jane!):
Of Poe, [Mark Twain] said,”To me his prose is unreadable—like Jane Austen’s.”
This Book Mine Set blog does a weekly post “The Great Wednesday Compare” pitting two authors against each other. Austen beat out Poe 48-8! [she then went on to beat Lucy Montgomery and Kurt Vonnegut, but lost by 2 points to Dr. Seuss the following week!] Go to the blog and read the many comments…it is quite entertaining!
And there are of course those action figures…