Murder at Longbourn

I heard about Murder at Longbourn over from the girls at Jane Austen Today, and am really looking forward to reading it when it comes out. The main character, Elizabeth is participating in a Murder Dinner at her aunt’s Cape Cod B&B Longbourn when one of the guests is murdered for real.

I’m always on the lookout for mysteries that are on the lighter side without being trashy or too obvious, and this looks like a good candidate. I like the fact that that it doesn’t try to retell or continue Pride and Prejudice (like so many books on the market). Instead it simply pays homage to the themes and details of the book while also showing an appreciation for literature on a broader scale–as evident in the following quote.

Aunt Winnie also noticed the room’s other inhabitant. “Elizabeth,” she said formally, “I’d like to introduce you to Lady Catherine.”

It was a cat – a regal-looking Persian with preposterously fluffy white hair. Under her breath, Aunt Winnie added, “I briefly considered calling her Mrs. Danvers, but she’s clearly above domestic service.”

This is from the first chapter that Tracy Kiely has available on her website.

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