Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1)
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
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
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
Murder at Longbourn is author, Tracy Kiely’s debut novel....more
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
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
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
Elizabeth, l'héroïne, décide d'aller passer le nouvel an dans le Bed and Breakf...more
This is a cozy little mystery with some heartfelt sentiment and self realization thrown in for fun.
The main character, Elizabeth Parker, has just made a brave escape, now what will she do with the rest of her life? The characters are easy to like and relate to. Some funny parts are in this book as well.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author in the future!
I'd say 4 out of 5 stars!
Not to the author: just because you love Jane Austen doesn't mean you need to write a book to showcase your obsession! Especially in a non-creative way, like quoting lines from P&P throughout the book, or having a character just like Mr. Collins. Bleh.
The ending was a surprise, but it wasn't enough to change the book.