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Murder on the Bride's Side (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #2)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  384 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Drawing from the classic Sense and Sensibility, Tracy Kiely continues the adventures of Elizabeth Parker, the likable Austen-quoting sleuth, in this witty and charming series.

Elizabeth Parker suspected that fulfilling her duties as maid-of-honor for her best friend, Bridget, was going to be murder. And no sooner is the last grain of rice thrown than she finds herself stari
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 15, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mini rant: While I enjoyed this novel, 3 books in this series with similar plot elements have finally annoyed Criminal Justice major in me enough to make that voice counter the book lover.
Let us begin:
1. Every mystery has a similar plot which involves a group of related or at least interconnected people forced to remain within the confinement of a certain area while the cops abuse, accuse, and in general terrorize the group to find a suspect. And there is always a trophy wife.
2. The suspects ref
Jul 30, 2010 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to entertain - I love how she uses Austen as an overlay to the mysteries, more as a wink to an Austen fan than any real ingrained Austen plot. Plus, I love an author who uses epigraphs.
Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
I enjoy the Austen references (just winks and nods, rather than entire plot points), and I liked how Elizabeth's inside knowledge of / history with the Matthews family gave her insight that the detective couldn't have. I like Elizabeth herself, but I often want to shake her! She is too clueless about her own personal life.
Aug 09, 2012 Emjy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quel plaisir de retrouver Elizabeth Parker dans la suite de ses aventures ! Cette fois, le décor de l'intrigue policière n'est plus la chaleureuse auberge de tante Winnie, à Cape Cod, mais le sud de la Virginie, où Elizabeth doit assister, en tant que demoiselle d'honneur, au mariage de ses amis Bridget et Colin (notez la référence). C'est un vrai délice de retrouver notre héroïne et cette ambiance si particulière et si "cozy mystery". L'esprit de Jane Austen est toujours présent, les références ...more
Charming cozy mystery with odd, interesting, unique but somehow familiar characters

An old Richmond, Virginia plantation, a festive wedding and family disputes set the stage for murder in Tracy Kiely’s novel Murder on the Bride’s Side, the second novel in the Elizabeth Parker mystery series inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novels. A year ago, Kiely wowed me with her debut novel Murder at Longbourn loosely based on characters from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This time we follow the further adve
Sep 30, 2011 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
n old Richmond, Virginia plantation, a festive wedding and family disputes set the stage for murder in Tracy Kiely's novel MURDER ON THE BRIDE'S SIDE, the second novel in the Elizabeth Parker mystery series inspired by Jane Austen's classic novels. A year ago, Kiely wowed me with her debut novel MURDER AT LONGBOURN loosely based on characters from Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. This time we follow the further adventures of her endearingly flawed, angst ridden sleuth Elizabeth Parker as she draws ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Jakki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amateur sleuth Elizabeth Parker is at it again. Readers were first introduced to this clumsy, Austen-quoting character in Tracy Kiely’s debut novel, Murder at Longbourn. In the second book in her series, Murder on the Bride’s Side, Kiely brings Elizabeth, her detective skills, and her boyfriend, Peter, to Richmond, Virginia for her best friend Bridget’s wedding.

From the onset, death is all around. Between Bridget’s dream and her grandmother’s premonitions, both are certain that a death is immine
Sep 06, 2010 Vic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder on the Bride's Side is Tracy Kiely's second murder mystery. I thought her debut novel, Murder at Longbourn, quite charming. Although it was set in modern times, the tie ins to Jane Austen were detailed enough to be satisfying. (In the first book, Aunt Winnie was the proprietor of the Inn at Longbourn, the heroine Elizabeth Parker turned to reading Pride and Prejudice in times of stress, a cat named Lady Catherine prowled the premises, and two friends named Bridget and Colin joined a band ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: séries-en-cours
C'est avec grande impatience que j'attendais de retrouver Elizabeth et sa tante Winnie depuis que j'avais refermé le premier volume, Murder at Longbourn. Là encore, je n'ai pas été déçu. On retrouve la même ambiance sophistiquée et les nombreux hommages à Jane Austen et à son oeuvre qui m'avaient tant plu. C'est un peu comme un jeu de piste où l'on prend plaisir à détecter chaque nouvelle allusion plus ou moins masquée, un vrai bonheur pour les amoureuses de la littérature anglaise.

Cette fois,
Christy Lockstein
Nov 15, 2010 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely is the follow-up to Murder at Longbourn, following the misadventures of Elizabeth Parker, who loves Jane Austen and has a bad habit of stumbling onto murders. It picks up on the eve of Elizabeth's best friend Bridget's wedding. The women have been friends since childhood, and Elizabeth treats her friend's family as her own. As maid of honor, she has many responsibilities on her plate, but she had no idea that solving Bridget's Aunt Roni's murder would be ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
It's the day before her best friend's wedding and there's a heap of chaos and commotion surrounding maid-of-honor Elizabeth Parker. With the grandmother-of-the-bride having premonitions about death, the bride's (Bridget) contentious family all living under the same roof, and a wedding planner who is after her boyfriend, Elizabeth is just hoping to make it through the weekend alive!

Well, the good news is that Elizabeth does make it through the weekend alive, the bad news is that Bridget's Aunt Ro
The plot has many many twists and turns and I think even if I wrote down all the clues, there's no way I could have solved it. I couldn't put the book down and read way too late to finish it. I don't know how Elizabeth figured it out. The ending was a bit unsatisfactory. I don't want to spoil the whodunnit but it came as a big surprise to me. The final reveal was unconventional and didn't make a lot of sense. I enjoyed the story though the characters were all unlikeable and unrealistic. It seems ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2012
Unfortunately, I didn't like this book as much as the first. The lead character freaked every time the police questioned her about the murder, which was stupid. The victim was obvious from the get-go. The author, once again, introduced a huge cast of characters within the first 50 or so pages which made it difficult to keep who was who straight (i.e., the main character and her boyfriend, her BFF and her husband, the BFF's parents, a family matriarch with her children, both of whom have spouses, ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Carie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as enjoyable as the first.

While it's nearly to bullying to pick apart a cozy mystery (which by very definition is a book that one reads with the suspension of disbelief) I have a few things to say.

1. The plot was so contrived, it was ridiculous.

2. The characters were completely unbelievable. What grown man (Avery) would really be blinded by such awful behavior (Roni)? I mean, she didn't even try to hide her viciousness.

3. If someone commits murder do you REALLY try to throw off the
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Elizabeth Parker attends the wedding of her best friend, Bridget and is tossed amidst the internal unhappiness of the Bride's family. As a reader, you are quickly introduced to the person causing the vortex. When the person is discovered dead, you are not surprised.

You are surprised by the intricately woven story surrounding the victim. It is not as simple as implied. The honeymoon is cancelled, engagements to be are postponed, and hearts are wounded as Elizabeth tries to make sense of the murde
Dec 06, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-virginia
What a find Kiely is! This is her second book, both about impetuous Elizabeth Parker. Elizabeth and Bridget Masters have been friends for many years, and the Masters family has been like her own family. Of course she's Bridget's maid of honor, and--just her luck--of course she finds the body of a much disliked family member the morning after the wedding. The police focus on one of Bridget's cousins, but both women are sure that he is innocent. The family would like to believe that the killer is ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
2nd in the series - Elizabeth's friend, Bridget, is getting married and her horrid aunt is murdered, probably by one of the family, so Elizabeth has to repeat her crime-solving. Some detection, some quotes & reminders of Austen, not much decent romance - all okay but not great. The solution is marred by too many red herrings, and the dialogue suffers from what I think of as G.Lucas syndrome: too close to the way people actually talk to be anything but annoying and embarassing to the reader. ...more
Sep 25, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this little murder mystery more than the last one I read from this author. Some of the same characters carry over from her last novel when 1 of them gets married and a family member of the bride is murdered on the wedding day. The twists & turns of the story kept me guessing right up until the very end just who the murderer was. This novel also had a bitter-sweet twist to the story that her last one did not adding more depth & emotion. As was the case with the last novel (Murde ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Parker is the maid of honor at her best friend Bridget's wedding. The wedding reception is held at bridget's grandmother house in Virginia. The next morning Elizabeth finds the body of Bridget's much despised aunt and an investigation of Bridget's family commences. The book jacket makes it sound like the book connects to Jane Austen but aside from some side reference to Sense and Sensibility it really doesn't. This is the second book in the series. I haven't read the first but it didn' ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Nancey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first one in the series but this was almost a copy of that story. SPOILER ALERT
The murder victim is horrible and is terrible to their young daughter, in both. The family matriarch was similar to her aunt and there is a big cast of characters stuck together. Elizabeth is so insecure, and while may be able to piece clues together is always a mess. I like my heroine with a little more composure, Nancy Drew was more together than this grown woman. But to be fair it's a cozy mystery which
Sep 26, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Judy Goodnight
Mar 11, 2012 Judy Goodnight rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The follow-up to Murder at Longbourn finds Elizabeth Parker acting as maid of honor at her best friend's wedding. But when a member of the family gets stabbed to death that night and Elizabeth finds the body the next morning, Elizabeth finds herself under suspicion & must find out who the real killer is.

Continuing the Austen theme, the author uses parallels to Sense and Sensibility in this cozy mystery.
Aug 30, 2011 Marci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lightweight book, despite the author's attempt to give the killer's motive a psychologically deep source, but not bad at all. There are some great quotes from Jane Austen, William Faulkner, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Butler, and other literary greats, and one charming one from Victor Borge. The Jane Austen "hook" is very slight, but it's there and not poorly used. However, it does make the ultimate romantic angle too predictable.
Nov 25, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because the author did a good job of further developing the characters into real people. Bridget is getting married and she is a hoot! Elizabeth, the main character, is pulled into a murder mystery in Bridget's family, where she has grown up with the majority of the folks as a second family. I really enjoyed the twist at the end as well.
Would recommend this book as well as the first from the author...Murder at Longhourn.
❂ Jennifer
Jan 22, 2011 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the second in the series by Tracy Kiely, and I found it to be a great read. The mystery was a solid one with a tug on the heartstrings at the end. The romance sub-plot was a bit silly, but resolves itself in the end. All in all, I really enjoy this series and I'm hoping and looking forward to a third.
Nicole K
Sep 09, 2012 Nicole K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Other than an Austen-loving pseudo-sleuth character, there is nothing particularly original about the plot. I suppose Kiely intended to play up the character-investigation than do a whole Agatha Christie thing. However, I wasn't pleased with the way she played with the plot and structure of the novel. Austen would not approve. In fact, it left me with a deep sense of unease.
I liked this book. The heroine is likeable and believable (meaning she acts like a real person). Being a Jane Austen fan, I loved how Austen quotes are woven into the story. The mystery was clever, and I was totally surprised by who the killer was. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Oct 01, 2010 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
A fun read. An homage to the classic English murder mystery where everyone is trapped at a country house until the killer is identified with Jane Austen and Cary Grant references sprinkled in. It's a bit gimmicky, but in a way that I personally find appealing. This is her second novel and though it starts off much slower, the mystery is better in the end.
Jenny Stewart
This is the second book in the series. I loved the first one, but this one left me wanting more romance and more of Aunt Winnie. I do enjoy all of the movie and book references, not just Jane Austen. Will give #3 a chance.
Jul 26, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A southern mansion, an insecure heroine who loves Jane Austen, a nasty stepmother, and murder on the day of the wedding – it all adds up to an entertaining mystery. Kiely writes with humor, creates likeable characters, and surprised me with the denouement. Highly recommended.
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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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