Murder at Longbourn

Murder at Longbourn

A Mystery

Book - 2009
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A die-hard fan of Jane Austen novels and the traditional English mystery, Tracy Kiely has combined elements of both for this truly delightful and witty debut.

Planning New Year's resolutions to rid her life of all things unhealthy, Elizabeth Parker has dumped fatty foods, processed sugar, and her two-timing boyfriend. Indeed, the invitation to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year's Eve at Winnie's new Cape Cod B and B comes just in time. But when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim, Elizabeth must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion. The suspects include the town gossip, a haughty rich woman, and an antiques business owner much enamored of his benefactress, a Mrs. Kristell Dubois. If that isn't bad enough, Elizabeth must also contend with her childhood nemesis, Peter McGowan---a man she suspects has only matured in chronological years---and her suspicions about his family's interest in Winnie's inn.

Yesterday, her only worry was of ever finding her Mr. Darcy. Now she has a murder to solve. Is it any wonder her resolution to achieve inner poise is in tatters? 

By reimagining characters and themes lifted from the treasured classic Pride and Prejudice , and crafting an expert, intricate mystery, Tracy Kiely has brought to life something very special: a new cozy series that is clever, vibrant, and utterly disarming.

Published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312537562
0312537565
Branch Call Number: F KIE
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,22 cm.

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thebritlass
Jan 02, 2016

No, this isn't a period piece where someone (finally) does in Mrs. Bennet. In fact, the connections to P & P are minimal, consisting of quoted lines, and Austen-admiring characters. Consider it an entertaining mystery with a surprising yet fitting conclusion.

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Apr 16, 2012

A new series, so I need to read the next book and see if it is as good as I think this one is before it gets entered in my notebook of favourite authors..

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