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There Must Be Murder

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Henry and Catherine Tilney are content with their married life: a comfortable parsonage, their dogs, and one another. The idea of returning to Bath a year after they first met there seems like it can only add to their happiness; but Catherine finds that Bath still carries social dangers that she must learn to navigate. What is the nature of Henry's past relationship with a ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Librifiles Publishing
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A Northanger Abbey sequel that is so much more than "nice"

Northanger Abbey sequels are as scarce as an comely heiress. I can count them on one hand. There Must Be Murder, by Margaret C. Sullivan is a welcome addition to the slim collection. At 118 pages and twelve chapters it qualifies as a novella. I am not complaining. At all. I will take a Jane Austen sequel continuing the story after the wedding of our heroine in the making Catherine Morland and Austen’s most underrated hero Henry Tilney without hesitation, but with/>Northanger
I've said a number of times that I think Northanger Abbey is vastly underrated, both by the general public and by Janeites themselves. I've also said many times that I think it gives the best idea of Austen's personality and playfulness, and I think it feels the most like what it would have been like to know Austen and be friends with her. So needless to say, there are not enough Northanger  etellings out there for my liking. On the one hand, this makes sense, and not just because it's underappreciated; Northanger Abbey is a bookenough  etellings ...more
Selah Pike
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It wouldn't seem quite right to give this the full 5 stars I gave Northanger Abbey, but I enjoyed it immensely! One of the best of the Austen "sequels" I've read, mainly because Sullivan captured the snarky, loveable Henry Tilney to perfection! 4.75 stars.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
One night, while fondly reminiscing over their first encounter in Bath, the newly married Catherine and Henry Tilney decide that they would like nothing more than to revisit the famous spa resort and enjoy its pleasures as a married couple. The romantic and nostalgic pair arrive Bath without encountering any “robbers nor tempests,” yet are surprised to discover that Henry's father and sister have traveled to Bath as well. Looks like this trip will be more of a family reunion than a romantic rend ...more
Lorene Haupt
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I was concerned that I would have to have a working knowledge of Jane Austen (which I don't) to enjoy this story, but it is very enjoyable on it's own. I especially loved McGuffin the dog. He was by far the best character!!
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
lovely to find a book in the post with a personal note from the author!
great inspiration to read the book!! which I did with much pleasure ~ thank you Margaret!
you wrote a talented tale that kept me reading instead of other scheduled activities - without regret!
Little Red Readinghood
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: period-pieces
As an Austin fan I enjoyed every word of this short book. Charming and humorous illustrations only added to the fun
Georgina Sampson
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Didn't take too long to read so consider it a short read! Lovely characters if a little cringe but that is the time of writing. You will
Enjoy if this is your normal kind of book for sure!
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
First sentence: “The Reverend Henry Tilney, the rector of Woodston parish in Gloucestershire, looked up from his book and addressed his wife.”

P. 99: “He turned and bounded ahead of them along the riverbank towards the steep climb up to Beechen Cliff.”

Last sentence: “It was not very long before Catherine found herself agreeing with that sentiment; for when he was inspired, Henry could be very convincing indeed.”

I’ve read this novella because I heard somewhere i
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
La littérature para-austenienne autour de Northanger Abbey est assez rare pour être signalé haut et fort, d'autant plus lorsqu'elle est écrite par l'auteur de l'excellent Austenblog!! Ceci est d'ailleurs sont deuxième livre après le très sympathique petit Jane Austen Handbook.

On y retrouve donc sa plume agréable et son humour fin, en même temps que nos adorés Catherine et Henry Tilney tout à leur bonheur conjugal. Pour fêter leur un an de rencontre, ils décident de se rendre de nouveau à Bath
Mina Lobo
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I heart this adorable take on the Tilneys' lives a year, more or less, after the events in Austen's Northanger Abbey. Henry's my favorite Austen hero (though Colonel Brandon from S&S comes in a close second), and I just really enjoyed that the focus of this story was mainly on his loving relationship with Catherine. This "mystery" couldn't get any cozier than a roaring fire, a cuppa, and some biscuits. OK, maybe a rocking chair and a shawl, too, with rain gently drumming against your window ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The storyline picks up with Catherine and Henry, a year after Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey ends. They are reading Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho, and like Austen's heroine, Sullivan's Catherine also finds her life reflecting the lives of the characters in the Gothic novel. For all Austen fans, this is a very pleasurable read. The language is true to Austen's style, and Sullivan does a great job of maintaining the innocence and candor that make Catherine so memorable in Northanger Abb ...more
A really nice surprise! Margaret C. Sullivan has really captured the essence of the Austen's characters as well as the spirit of the late 18th century. The writing is elegant and witty, and the whole story is well plotted. It's nice to see a sort of transposition of Catherine's actions from "Northanger Abbey" into some other characters.
I wish the book was longer because it was really nice to see Henry, Catherine and Eleanor again!
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally, a sequel to an Austen novel that I actually enjoyed reading. This continuation of Northanger Abbey -- which follows newlyweds Henry & Catherine Tilney to Bath a year after they first met there -- is really quite charming. It stays true to the spirit of the original and provides laughs and hurrahs throughout, with a satisfying conclusion.
A fun quick read. The more times I read "Northanger Abbey" the more I love the characters, so it was fun to read a continuation of Catherine and Henry's story. I was a little disappointed with the mystery and it wrapped up a little quickly, but the story kept me entertained on a two-hour train ride.
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Catherine and Henry were so cute. You could tell that it wasn't actually written in the Regency period, but I still loved it. I wish the author would write more! I think I like Catherine Moreland (now Mrs. Tilney) better now from reading this book, as well as the other characters that appeared.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Une suite absolument délicieuse de Northanger Abbey. On retrouve avec plaisir nos chers Catherine et Henry, un an après leur mariage, dans une nouvelle aventure à Bath. C'est drôle, piquant et très respectueux de l'oeuvre originale.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Continues Catherine's story from Northanger Abbey. Nice illustrations.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly pleasant Jane Austen pastiche. Fast fun read for Janeites.
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: members of Team Tilney
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Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very sweet and very much in keeping with the voice of the original. The illustrations were lovely as well.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Diverting enough.
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was cute. :)
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