Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1)
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Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1)

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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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Marci
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...more
Cheryl
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....more
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 la...more
Melissa
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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...more
Londonmabel Mabel
Oct 18, 2010 Londonmabel Mabel rated it 2 of 5 stars 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...more
Rhonda
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
Michele Bolay
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
Elisha Condie
I can't resist a plucky heroine. And that silhouette on the cover which looks like Nancy Drew? AND a Pride & Prejudice reference? I couldn't resist this. If it had come with a package of Junior Mints to eat while reading it I would have been SET.

Elizabeth is smart and funny and cool. She goes to help her Aunt Winnie at her Pride & Prejudiced themed inn for New Years Eve. Winnie is having a New Years Even murder mystery dinner party. And then one of the guests really DOES get murdered (t...more
Lisbet
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.
Robin
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
B
I'm very impressed with this book by a local author. The mystery part was typical but I loved the humor and how easily she wove in sayings and characters that any Jane Austen fan would be familiar with. I'll be looking for the second in the series..

And this is the first fictional character that suffers from weather related migraines, (like I do), that I've ever seen in a book. I laughed at her description of living with a morning migraine..so accurate.

By the way, the author will be coming to the...more
Sheila
This was a so so book based around a murder mystery dinner featuring Jane Austin fans. I just couldn't get into this one.
Betty
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 la...more
Emjy
Jul 06, 2012 Emjy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 pe...more
Sarah
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 Sensib...more
Vic
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 Jan...more
Jane Greensmith
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
Alice
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...more
Hannah
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
Rebekah Scott
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...more
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 J...more
J 'gywenivere'
Aug 23, 2012 J 'gywenivere' rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Jane Austen and mystery enthusiasts
Recommended to J 'gywenivere' by: Saw it and liked the description
Shelves: book-library
I was on pins and needles wanting to know the killer!!
I am usually really good at guessing who is going to 'have their bucket kicked', but with this book, I just couldn't put a finger on it. The one who was 'bucket kicked' was one of my choices, I just didn't really figure out how.
I was so flabbergasted as to who the 'bucket kicker' was! Not during the whole book would I have guessed. The one that I thought would wind up being the killer....nada!
I won't give this 'didn't see it coming' end, but...more
Randalynn
3.75 stars...This was a fun mystery that was just right for escaping into. It was complex enough to keep me turning the pages, but not so much so that I went back to fact check. I enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek Austen references and the funny caricatures of the vices of some of Austen's memorable characters. It was definitely a mystery first and fan-fiction second.
Charlene
This murder mystery is wonderful and keeps you guessing who dun it right til the end. The main character Elizabeth gets invited to her aunt Whinny's inn on the cape. It's called Longbourne Inn. Both her and her aunt are jane Austen fans. Anyway the inn is hosting a murder mystery dinner, which turns out to be a real murder. The murder of the towns most despied man. There are a few characters similar to the book "pride and Prejudice". But the mystery is done perfectly "Agatha Christie" style. The...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I am probably the only person reading this book without having read Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice.'
So, I went into the story with an innocence and am leaving with knowing I need to read Ms. Austen's works.

Elizabeth goes to help her Auntie with a special New Year's celebration at her Bed and Breakfast. The theme will be dinner with a killer. Or, Dinner theater. Too her dismay, a childhood friend (sounds like a real terror in the day, Peter McGowan is there to help as well or is he? Could he...more
Susan
Solid mystery though I think the story would have been better served to have included a list of characters at the beginning of the book. I got introduced to alot of people at the beginning of the story, which was pretty confusing to keep straight, but as the story went along I was able to fix in my mind who was who.

There were some P&P cutsie references at the beginning of the story, which was fine if you were in the mood, but if you weren't - well, it was just cutsie and something that would...more
Holly
Apr 20, 2013 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
As a huge fan of Jane Austen's I was worried that this book would let me down by trying too hard to draw on the allure of Austen's work. I've read some really bad ones but this one isn't one of them. You don't even need to know anything about Pride and Prejudice to read this book. It had some quotes and parallels to the characters but that's about it. It reminded me a lot of an Agatha Christie mystery. I liked all the characters, the mystery was well executed, and the banter between the charact...more
Ashley
A harmless P&P retelling as a modern murder mystery. Not particularly deep, but the characters are interesting and likable. I had fun figuring out which characters were supposed to correlate to Austen's characters. I realized partway through that Kiely also steals from Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (the names Jacqueline and Linnet, one friend shooting another's husband in the leg), without any real purpose or acknowledgement. I found that a little distracting. Otherwise, a fun, if brai...more
Hope
Cute mystery series with an Austen fan as a protagonist. The first installment in the series features a classic cozy scenario--the most disliked man in town is murdered during a dinner party--with clever twists.
Manda Collins
Aug 17, 2011 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Jane Austen, cozy mysteries, Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie
Shelves: mystery
Lovely start to a fun series that mixes Nancy Drew with Jane Austen and adds a pinch of Agatha Christie. When Elizabeth Parker leaves DC to attend her Great Aunt Winnie's New Year's Eve party, the last thing she expects is for one of the guests to end up dead. The party is a How to Host A Murder party, true, but the only death was supposed to be pretend. And it's up to Elizabeth and her childhood-nemesis-turned-hunk Peter to make sure Aunt Winnie doesn't become suspect number one. With plenty of...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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