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Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  959 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews

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 

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books
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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 la ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok

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
Aug 01, 2010 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 pe ...more
Londonmabel Mabel
Oct 02, 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
Doward Wilson
Feb 12, 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
Sep 29, 2011 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
Jan 05, 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
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.
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
Jane Greensmith
Dec 21, 2009 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
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.
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
Oct 15, 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
Nov 11, 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.
Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
Mar 23, 2016 Selah (abibliophilesstyle) rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - An Agatha Christie style murder mystery with an Austen obsessed heroine is right up my alley. The romance wasn't particularly successful, and Elizabeth is as reckless as the typical cozy heroine, so I can't give 5 stars. But, this was a fun New Year's read, and I will definitely read more! I tried *really* hard to finish before midnight, but I ran out of time.
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.
Lucy Crowe
May 20, 2017 Lucy Crowe rated it it was amazing
Five huge stars! How have I managed to miss this series? (and yay! It is, indeed a series!) No matter, I have found Tracy Kiely just in time for summer. The first novel - Murder at Longbourn - is everything I look for in a beach novel - light and entertaining, but also intelligent, with a very compelling plot. I truly enjoyed the old-fashioned whodunit atmosphere, the classic "10 house guests and one commits a murder" theme that Kiely managed to pull off beautifully without once seeming corny. T ...more
Celia Reaves
May 30, 2017 Celia Reaves rated it liked it
This is a pleasant mystery in the vein of Miss Marple, but without Agatha Christie's sharp edge. Elizabeth visits her aunt's B&B in Cape Cod for a New Year's Eve party featuring one of those host-a-murder events, only the murder turns real. Naturally the aunt becomes a suspect, and naturally the plucky niece is the one who solves it. I found it soothing but not gripping, and never really believed in any of the characters, especially the cartoon police detective.
Jun 09, 2017 Courtnee rated it liked it
I've been in a reading slump and needed something to pull me out of it. This was a quick cozy read. It was the best book I've ever read but it kept me entertained. I couldn't quite work out whodunit which is always a plus!
Marian Sykes
May 21, 2017 Marian Sykes rated it liked it
This is a cute little cozy but I think I would enjoy it more if I was a Jane Austin fan.
Aug 23, 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 Jan ...more
Jun 09, 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
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 la ...more
Feb 22, 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
Sep 29, 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
Sep 04, 2011 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 Sensib ...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
Aug 05, 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, th ...more
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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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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