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Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  910 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews

A die-hard fan of Jane Austen novels and the traditional English mystery,Tracy Kielyhas 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 foraHo

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Lisbet
Jan 26, 2010 Lisbet rated it did not like it
Let me say that I love mysteries and I love Austen, so I was hoping this might be a great fit. Sadly, I couldn't get past 25 pages of this book. It comes off like the silliest of chick lit books with odds and ends of Austen's P&P ripped from the original and fitted in wherever possible.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Elizabeth Parker is not enthusiastically looking forward to bringing in the New Year. She was just dumped by her two-timing boyfriend, is on her way to Cape Cod to help her Aunt Winny host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party, and she has just discovered that she will be spending the weekend with her childhood nemesis, Peter McGowan. Elizabeth, recollecting how Peter McGowan tortured and tormented her when they were children, seriously doubts that he has lost his immature and mischievous ways in the ...more
Melissa
Dec 04, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
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Poor Elizabeth Parker – being alone on New Year’s Eve sucks. So much so, she has taken her great Aunt Winnie’s offer to come to her B&B -- the Inn at Longbourn -- on the Cape. There she will help her aunt stage a “Dinner/Murder Mystery” for her guests. But before the evening is over, something has gone horribly wrong, after the lights go up, someone has really been murdered! And it’s none other than the village’s most hated resident – Gerald Ramsey. Al
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Londonmabel Mabel
Oct 18, 2010 Londonmabel Mabel rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans maybe, but otherwise can't really recommend
Recommended to Londonmabel by: saw online
I really wanted to love this book--I love Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, and the author was inspired by both, so I've had my eye on it since it came out. Plus it has a cute cover.

But... hmm. On the plus side: Her one English character sounded English; the references to Pride and Prejudice are clever and fun, but don't overwhelm the book; her use of quotes at the start of each chapter is very effective--better done than most authors.

On the not-so-plus: I didn't really like the protagonist. Mayb
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Doward Wilson
Feb 14, 2016 Doward Wilson rated it it was amazing
A cozy mystery with characters who love the works of Jane Austen. Likable characters, an interesting theme and a complex murder plot make a nice start for this series. Elizabeth is staying at her Aunt Winnie's newly opened B&B to help with a murder-mystery party. When the play becomes a real murder, things get interesting. Greed, corruption, envy, jealousy and revenge make up this well drawn murder plot. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. An entertaining adventure that ...more
Michele Bolay
Dec 04, 2013 Michele Bolay rated it it was ok
As both a life-long Austen fan and a mystery fan, I picked this up expecting to enjoy it. It is, at best, pleasant, but nothing sticks. Neither the characters nor the plot are particularly compelling. As far as the Pride and Prejudice tie-in, please. Other than a lot of P&P quotes and a few place/character names, I don't see many Austen parallels. The title seems more like a marketing ploy than anything else. Austen fans: unless you're a die-hard cozy mystery fan looking for a quick bedtime ...more
Robin
Jan 10, 2010 Robin rated it did not like it
I really need to stop picking books just because there is some connection to Jane Austen. This was less than mediocre and had almost no relation to JA
Patricia
I liked it and cant wait to get the next book in the series. I wish the author would continue it. The only thing that prevented me from giving it five stars are the spelling and grammar errors.
Marci
Aug 23, 2011 Marci rated it liked it
I picked this up because my friend Chelsea talked about it and I, too, cannot resist trying a book with a Jane Austen hook (except the zombies one). I thought this was rather cute and clever, although I can see why Chelsea said she was disappointed--I think I was rather glad actually, that this did not take place at the Austen-created Longbourn.

Given the setting, it made a lot more sense to channel Agatha Christie heavily along with the obvious Jane Austen references, even including the ones to
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Cheryl
Oct 05, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it
Elizabeth Parker receives a New Year’s Eve party invite from her Aunt Winnie. Her Aunt is hosting a murder themed party. The night promises to be filled with lots of fun, mayhem and a few surprises. The guests have all arrived and the games are ready to begin. They turn out the lights to start when a gun shot is heard. The lights come back on and there lies a body. Unfortunately, someone has decided to raise the stakes and play for real.

Murder at Longbourn is author, Tracy Kiely’s debut novel.
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Rhonda
Nov 02, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it
i'd go 4 1/2 stars on this one. let's face it - it's set in my fantasyland - martha's vineyard in late december with tons of snow and roaring fireplaces and a rambling b&b with a reading room and cranberry muffins - AND - a murder mystery dinner show! it'd have to suck for me not to love it. i really liked tha characters and the writing was good. i look forward to the next in the series and would like to volunteer to check out any b&b's in new england to see if they might be appropriate ...more
Christina
Oct 16, 2015 Christina rated it liked it
Overall not bad. I enjoyed the references to Austen's works. I smiled at the quotes and the borrowed characters from the books. The mystery was well done - enough red herrings with a nice twist at the end. I liked Elizabeth (the main character)'s sense of humor.

I only gave it three stars because I wasn't as engrossed as I wanted to be. I enjoyed reading it when I did but I wasn't in a rush to get back to it. That being said, this book is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. A quick, enjoyable
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Mel
Dec 21, 2010 Mel rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-as-an-adult
An easy read but it could have been so much better. Elizabeth kept telling Peter she wasn't an awkward adolescent anymore but her behaviour throughout the book made her seem exactly like an awkward adolescent. She was rude, childish and stubborn which made the romance seem very forced. The only character to react to Elizabeth the way I would have was the cat. And I didn't like the cat. Sigh.
Sheila
Sep 04, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a so so book based around a murder mystery dinner featuring Jane Austin fans. I just couldn't get into this one.
Catherine
2.5 stars
Vic
Sep 08, 2009 Vic rated it really liked it
Once I began reading Murder at Longbourn, a fast moving mystery written by Tracy Kiely, I discovered with pleasant surprise that I had difficulty putting this debut novel down. I say surprise, for it has been several years since I enjoyed reading a mystery novel. The plot reminded me of an old fashioned Agatha Christie drawing room murder with some humor thrown in. On New Year’s eve, Elizabeth Parker’s eccentric Aunt Winnifred, the proprietor of the Inn at Longbourn and a lover of all things ...more
Hannah
Jun 11, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Tracy Kiely's Murder at Longbourn is a humorous, well-paced mystery that made for a spiffing good read, particularly for fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and classic English literature in general. References to Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters and a whole host of other literary works was a delight. My initial wariness that it might try too hard with the P&P themes was instantly abated when I discovered that both heroine Elizabeth Parker and her Aunt Winnie are huge fan ...more
Betty
Sep 30, 2011 Betty rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Parker is not enthusiastically looking forward to bringing in the New Year. She was just dumped by her two-timing boyfriend, is on her way to Cape Cod to help her Aunt Winny host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party, and she has just discovered that she will be spending the weekend with her childhood nemesis, Peter McGowan. Elizabeth, recollecting how Peter McGowan tortured and tormented her when they were children, seriously doubts that he has lost his immature and mischievous ways in the ...more
Alice
Jul 20, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing
Allez savoir pourquoi, plusieurs auteurs para-austeniens ont l'air de penser que Jane Austen et le crime font bon ménage. Nous avons déjà eu droit, avec plus ou moins de succès, à Jane Austen à Scargrave Manor de Stephanie Barron, Murder at Mansfield Park de Lynn Shepherd ou encore There Must Be Murder de Margaret C. Sullivan. Et voilà donc une nouvelle série de crimes, mais qui se passent cette fois à notre époque.

Elizabeth, l'héroïne, décide d'aller passer le nouvel an dans le Bed and Breakf
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Jane Greensmith
Jan 11, 2010 Jane Greensmith rated it really liked it
Murder at Longbourn, by Tracy Kiely, turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be--a cozy mystery with strong tie-ins to P&P but without being an overly serious, self-conscious, joyless retelling of the story. The novel is jam-packed with Austen quotes and references to the various movies and adaptations that constitute Austen Inc.--I particularly enjoyed the Bridget Jones bit--but branches out a bit to include Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde and other literary wits. I smiled ...more
Andi
Oct 08, 2014 Andi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is another one of those books. You know. You liked it well enough, enjoyed it even, but it just...lacked.

This is a cozy murder mystery which really is a lot of fun. It's influenced heavily by pretty much every classic work of literature there is, which makes it quirky and cute. There were witty exchanges aplenty, and a bizarre cast of characters, with red herrings at every turn. Your typical humorous, fluffy murder mystery.

While the main character was consistent, I'm afraid that she
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Sarah
Mar 03, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
I found the novel Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely at my local library a few weeks ago and thought it would be a refreshing break from all of the reading I'd been doing for school. I'm a Jane Austen fan, though not as much as a purist as some. I don't like to read books that continue Austen's novels. I read one once, but decided that I prefer Austen's original endings. I also haven't read either of the Austen adaptations by Quirk Classics -- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and ...more
Rebekah Scott
May 01, 2012 Rebekah Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Elizabeth Parker is determined to get a head start on her New Year’s resolutions by making healthier choices, more specifically by eliminating fatty foods and her two-timing boyfriend from her life. So when her Aunt Winnie’s invitation to a murder arrives, Elizabeth welcomes the opportunity to escape to Cape Cod for the upcoming holiday.

Of course, she’s not been invited to an actual murder, but a murder mystery party hosted at her aunt’s bed and breakfast Longbourn, named for the Bennet house in
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M
Aug 18, 2015 M rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
This unfortunately just wasn't a very good book. The idea of a mystery using elements from Jane Austen's works was a good one, but the execution was bad. The book seems rather too self-conscious about it all. The characters that are references to Austen's characters are really obvious, such as the obnoxious man who constantly makes references to his wonderful patroness. Worse, the romance is modeled off of that of Darcy and Elizabeth, except the author completely screws it up. Elizabeth (yes, ...more
Becky
Jul 27, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading Tracy Kiely's Murder at Longbourn. It is first and foremost a cozy mystery. It is not a retelling or adaptation of any particular Austen novel. So don't expect that, and you won't be disappointed, or as disappointed.

As I said, I enjoyed this holiday-themed mystery novel. Elizabeth Parker, the heroine, goes to visit her great-aunt for New Year's Eve/Day. There is a party hosted at her great-aunt's bed and breakfast. It is a themed party--there will be a "murder" at the party. S
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Rebecca
Jul 23, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Having just broken up with her cheating boyfriend, Elizabeth is at loose ends for New Year's. Then her great aunt Winnie invites Elizabeth to her new B&B on Cape Cod for a murder mystery evening, and Elizabeth goes. She's been wanting to see Longbourn, named after the Pride & Prejudice house, and she and her great aunt share a deep love of Austen. What Elizabeth is not so pleased by is finding her old nemesis Peter there--an old family friend who tormented Elizabeth when they were both ...more
Shirley
Sep 14, 2016 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was laugh out loud funny in places. I love the characters. Can't wait for the next murder!
QNPoohBear
Janeites rejoice! Here is fan fiction done right. Many of the characters contemporary versions of Austen characters (I picked up on Mr. Collins and Charlotte; Emma, and of course Mr. Darcy). Literature lovers will also like the other literary references sprinkled throughout the novels. I liked the modern interpretations of the characters a lot. Elizabeth and Aunt Winnie quote Pride and Prejudice to each other which is a little weird, but not overdone. Sometimes Elizabeth sounds like she's from ...more
Lynn Demsky
Jul 26, 2016 Lynn Demsky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
“Death of the party. Gray skies, a winter chill and thoughts of murder put a lively spin on Elizabeth Parker’s New Year’s Ever at her aunt Winnie’s Cape Cod B & B. But as guests arrive for the murder-mystery dinner party, so does tension. Everybody-from the wealthy businessman, to the charming Brit, to the town gossip and haughty cousin—has something to hide. Fanning the fires, Elizabeth’s childhood nemesis, Peter McGowan, is there to resume their endless sparring. Still, the actors put on a ...more
Emjy
Jul 06, 2012 Emjy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Murder at Longbourn est sans conteste la meilleure oeuvre "dérivée" de Jane Austen que j'ai lue jusqu'ici. Ce roman dépasse, et de très loin, tout ce que j'ai pu lire dans le même genre. En plus d'être, comme son titre l'indique, un roman à suspens très réussi (l'intrigue policière est efficace et fort bien menée), Murder at Longbourn est délicieux sous bien des aspects. L'humour est irrésistible. Les références à Jane Austen sont nombreuses mais subtiles. La satire sociale, la romance et les ...more
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Tracy Kiely graduated from Trinity College in 1990 with a degree in English. Tracy's first novel, Murder at Longbourn, is a mystery set in Cape Cod, and combines her love of the classic English country house murder and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Matt, and their three children.
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