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Pride, Prejudice and Poison

(A Jane Austen Society Mystery #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Perfect for fans of Laura Levine and Stephanie Barron, Elizabeth Blake’s Jane Austen Society mystery debut is a mirthfully morbid merger of manners and murder.

In this Austen-tatious debut, antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge uses her sense and sensibility to deduce who killed the president of the local Jane Austen Society.

Erin Coleridge’s used bookstore in Kirk
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books (first published August 2019)
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Thanks to Netgalley for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Always curious about these cozy type mysteries and automatically lured in by the Jane Austen references, I just couldn't wait to dive into this story. To say that all the people in this English village enjoy Austen and her books is an understatement. They interweave quotes from the novels and Jane Austen's letters into their daily conversations and name their cats after her characters. Often they can be found reading ann
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pride & Prejudice is a favourite of mine so how could I resist a cozy themed mystery filled with Austen quotes and references......and where the main character Erin Coleridge (yes, descended from Samuel Taylor Coleridge), owns a used bookstore.
The plot revolves around the characters that belong to the Jane Austen Society. It’s set in the picturesque village of Kirkbymoorside, in North Yorkshire, England. Many of the characters quote (a lot!) from Austen’s works, trying to outdo one another, Erin
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Jane Austen Society in Kirbymoorside is all in uproar. Some older members of the society want to stick with rules and ceremony, while newer members don't mesh with the current society president. Silvia is rude and a total control freak. Every meeting descends into petty arguments and insults. Erin Coleridge doesn't enjoy the drama. She just wants to enjoy running her used book shop in the village. The drama kicks up a notch when a society member is murdered. Erin jumps in to do a little sleu ...more
Micky Cox
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The characters were very well developed and the underlying mystery was quite well woven. I get that the premise of the book is based around a club of Jane Austin supporters and in fact was partly the motivation in selecting the book to read, but the incessant quotes were a bit much and over the top, they actually became a distraction to the story. Once I started skimming past some of the incessant quoting, the storyline became much more enjoyable and I absolutely was pleased with how the mystery ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Pride and Prejudice themed cozy mystery? Sign me up! Combining two of my favorites worked a treat, and the author has very whimsical writing that made me just want to read more. Somehow everything feels floaty and romantic without being over the top and cheesy, and it captures a real love of Austen. Here we see plenty of quotes and comparisons, and best of all a real simmering romance that I hope expands in further books.
I love books that have a Pride and Prejudice connection, so when I saw this book I just had to give it a read.

The mystery was pretty good, it kept me guessing as to who was really behind everything and why. All the Jane Austen quotes started funny, but got to be a little too much as the story went least for me.

I'd definitely read another book in the series and would recommend this to fans of a cozy mystery.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was asked to give my honest opini
Selah Pike
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The mystery was okay, and I loved the Jane Austen references, but there were some serious problems. Erin lies to the police, refuses to go to the hospital after a head injury, and puts herself in danger multiple times. I know this is standard cozy mystery heroine behavior, but I’m getting sick of it. The *constant* references to Farnsworth’s weight are *beyond* annoying. Tell me more about her as a character, don’t just find new ways to tell me she’s fat. 🙄 2.5 stars
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, crafts, e-books
The first book in a new series, Jane Austen Society and a new author for me. I will read the next story. Erin Coleridge owns a used book store in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England. She admires forensic science and knows a great deal about it. Erin often quotes from Jane Austin's books throughout the book.There were numerous quotes and I felt it was overdone. We are introduced to Detective Inspector Peter Hadley and his friendly, easy-going Sergeant Rashid Jarral who are charged to find Sa ...more
Ruth Parker
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a sucker for Jane Austen stories and adaptations. So the second I saw this I snapped it up as fast as I could!

The story started a bit slow. It took me a while to get into it. I felt a little bit unmotivated at the start and really struggled. BUT it got better and was worth pushing through. The mystery kept me guessing, and who could want much more?

I liked the Austen references and quotes and found most of them to be funny and well connected to the plot and the happenings. However, around
Pride, Prejudice and Poison by Elizabeth Blake is the first novel in A Jane Austen Society Mystery series. I enjoyed the setting of Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England. It is a quaint village with a variety of quirky residents. It seems that everyone is a fan of Jane Austen and her books. Erin loves to quote from Jane Austen’s novels and the villagers are frequently reading different versions of the authors works. I did feel that the Austen element was overdone (too many quotes). I wish it ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Pride, Prejudice and Poison is book one in the A Jane Austen Society Mystery by Elizabeth Blake. Every month the local Jane Austen Society met at Erin Coleridge bookshop. However, during the lasted meeting, the president of the society died. When Detective Inspector Peter Hadley and Sergeant Rashid Jarral started to suspected her friend Farnsworth Erin started to investigate. The readers of Pride, Prejudice and Poison will continue to follow Erin Coleridge investigation to find out what happens. ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audio, library, hoopla
The only Jane Austen related book I've ever liked.
Stephanie Dagg
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very clever, understated cosy mystery. And I mean understated as a compliment in that, as with Jane Austen’s own books, everything is subtle and underplayed which just makes it all the more effective. For example, this book is gently humorous. It’s not a ‘laugh out loud’ type read, but more of a ‘frequent quiet smile’, which I actually prefer and which is harder to sustain since it doesn’t rely on slapstick or cheesy situations for comedy .
The characters are equally subtle. Their pers
Jacqui Huntley
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can a murder story be delicious? If so then this is one. Set in Yorkshire, the local Jane Austen Society comprise a disparate group of JA lovers. During a largely contentious monthly meeting the president is poisoned. Our heroine, Erin, runs the local secondhand bookshop with teas and coffee and acts as a bit of a, young, Miss Marple. She knows everyone and there are certainly plenty of slightly, or more than, eccentric characters - the perfect married couple, a wife with a secret, the cat lady, ...more
I really enjoyed this little visit to the Yorkshire countryside and could almost picture Erin's bookstore and cottage. The main characters of the Jane Austen Society were very enjoyable to get to know. I thought ten-year-old Polly was a good addition, what a hoot of a kid! I thought the mystery was well-plotted and written with some great red herrings. I didn't guess who the killer was. The showdown was quick but satisfying, and I can only hope that Erin might have a future with the handsome pol ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Well written and entertaining. At first, I was afraid that I would be lost, having no familiarity with the Jane Austen Society. However, it was part of the background and not integral to the plot.

Characters were well developed and the story was interesting and engaging. I would certainly love to read more in this series!
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Jane Austin, you will definately enjoy the references peppered throughout, if you are not as familar, don't worry, you will still enjoy the mystery. I thought it was well written, fun and had me guessing until the end. I found a new author and am looking forward to reading more in this series.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

This is the first book in the A Jane Austen Society Mystery by Elizabeth Blake.

I have to admit first off that I am not a Jane Austen fan. But I fell in love with this book anyway. Practically every character quotes some person from a Jane Austen novel throughout the course of this book. It was pretty fun listening to the quips. Some of the comparisons between Austen character and people were lost on me since I didn’t know the backstory well enough but I managed to muddle through despite t
AUTHOR Blake, Elizabeth
TITLE Pride, Prejudice and Poison
DATE READ 07/18/20
GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Cozy Mystery/2020/hoopla audio/ 8 hr 23 min
SERIES/STAND-ALONE #1 Jane Austen Society
CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 136/120;
GROUP READ Good Reads Mystery
TIME/PLACE Present/England
CHARACTERS Erin Coleridge/bookstore owner
COMMENTS A nice cozy centered around members of the Jane Austen Society in a quaint English village. Erin is more into sleuthing than Jan
The Northern Branch of the Jane Austen Society meets in the basement of the church at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England each week after Sunday services. The branch president, Sylvia, is a regular Lady Catherine de Bourgh imposing rules and order on the society used to a relaxed approach. This causes some consternation in the group, especially among the locals whose families have lived there forever. Tensions rise and the dyed-in-the-wool locals go to war with the immigrants. Add to the mi ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book even though I'm not a Jane Austen fan. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Kim Campbell
This book was a lovely surprise! I enjoyed visiting the village of Kirkbymoorside and meeting Erin and her friends and being a part of the local Jane Austen Society. The Jane Austen quotes come fast and are relevant to the discussions at hand. When murder strikes the current leader of the Jane Austen Society, Erin finds herself with a reason to investigate for it seems that her friend Farnsworth handed Sylvia the fatal cup of tea.

Erin and her friend Farnsworth are a riot! Erin's reasons for inve
Missy  VanHoose
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the first book in a new series. I must admit it took me a little bit to get warmed up to the story but once it happened I couldn’t put it down. It has a great mystery to solve and very likable characters. Definitely looking forward to more from this author and series.

I was given a free copy of this book in the hope that I would review. I’d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read it.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this series is full of potential but this said I'm in two minds about this instalment.
Let's start with the positive: I appreciated the setting, almost all the characters and the style of writing.
The cons: Erin grated on my nerve, I found her cold and couldn't connect to this character, too many Austen quotes and the uneven pace.
The mystery was a bit meh, it was more a sort of "things discovered by chance" than a puzzle.
I think i will try to read further instalment in this series because,
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. This was a new to me author and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. The storyline was well written and the characters are highly entertaining. I played a guessing game right up to the end trying to figure out who the murderer was. I highly recommend this book.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
First in a new series, it was okay.

This started off kind of slow, which is sort of the be expected in the first of a series, as the author introduces all the main characters, but even expecting it a bit, I struggled to stay interested. Eventually things picked up and I started to get in to the story. There does need to be some better character development, as they all felt a bit one dimensional and only there to fill a certain type. Erin especially seems a bit dull.

And after a bit all the Austen
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-england
One of the reasons I really loved this book is that I started it with no preconceptions, so the amusing characters, strong plot and great backgrounds were a pleasant surprise. Erin has lived in the remote Yorkshire village, running her (mostly on-line) bookstore and making friends, for about two years. She doesn't really admit to herself that there are older secrets in the village, and even in the Jane Austen Society, that no-one has mentioned to her. When the president of the Jane Austen Societ ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

Despite the many cozies I've read, this might be the first British set one I've picked up, and the setting change made for an interesting read. There was a different flavor to it- the urgency felt a bit more reserved, but I will say that the questionable allowance of a layperson into a police investigation that often happens in cozy mysteries played out just as much in this story. I'd be interested in the next in t
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
I found this book in a pile of books I was gifted with. I'm glad for the time I've had to catch up on my multiple stacks of unread titles. This one made the last few days interesting and entertaining. The cast of people in the Village plus Erin's inquisitive mind made this a series I will continue to read for as long as the author puts out new ones.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute, fun, soupçon of romance. Promise of a good series with quirky characters
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Elizabeth Blake has written ten published novels, six novellas and a dozen or so short stories and poems under other pseudonyms. Many of her works appear in translation internationally. Winner of both the Euphoria Poetry Competition and the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, she is a two tim

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