Murder at Longbourn (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1)
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
Elizabeth, l'héroïne, décide d'aller passer le nouvel an dans le Bed and Breakf ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more