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Murder at Longbourn: A Mystery (Elizabeth Parker Mysteries) (edition 2009)

by Tracy Kiely

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Title:Murder at Longbourn: A Mystery (Elizabeth Parker Mysteries)
Authors:Tracy Kiely
Info:Minotaur Books (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Cozy mystery, Jane Austen, locked-room mysteries

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Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely



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Good things--surprise ending and great literary quotes.

Bad things--will someone PLEASE tell me why there have to be these women who are so convinced that they know more than the police do and have to do their jobs for them? And then there are the police who decide to discuss murders in a nice cosy little teashop with all of the residents of the town listening in?

Yes--the heroine of this one was worse than others, but still....No more of this series for me! ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Jan 11, 2014 |
A cute mystery. Elizabeth goes to her Aunt Winnie's B&B for a New Year's Eve murder mystery party, but instead of an actor "dying" there is a real murder. Everyone at the event is a suspect and Elizabeth begins to investigate. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Mar 29, 2013 |
A fun book--mystery w/clues. a bit of romance too ( )
  Reedley1 | Feb 27, 2012 |
After the break-up of her relationship, Elizabeth Parker accepts an invitation from her aunt to spend New Year's at her new Bed & Breakfast, named “Longbourn” after the Bennet's residence in Pride and Prejudice. Aunt Winnie has planned a murder dinner mystery for New Year's Eve for both B&B guests and local residents. After a real murder disrupts the party, Elizabeth is determined to do whatever it takes to clear her aunt of suspicion of murder and restore her reputation, to the dismay of the investigator in charge. She reluctantly accepts the help of her childhood antagonist, Peter McGowan.

It was no surprise that the book is inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but I wasn't expecting the allusions to Agatha Christie. Kiely does a nice job of sprinkling red herrings throughout the book. She offers plenty of credible suspects and motives. However, readers familiar with Agatha Christie's work will have an advantage in solving the mystery. This cozy mystery will have cross-over appeal for chick-lit readers and Jane Austen fans. Although I generally avoid chick-lit, I enjoyed this book, and I plan to continue with this series. ( )
1 vote cbl_tn | Jan 2, 2012 |
Murder at Longbourn. I love it. And by it, I mean that I could totally rip off books and be called an "author" and make money, too. Yes, Jane Austen is dead so people feel free to plagiarize P&P. But Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones's Diary is not dead. But that did not stop this author. Throw in a bad episode of Murder, She Wrote and you have this book.
Elizabeth (of course), has been invited to assist her aunt with a New Year's Eve murder mystery party at her newly bought inn, Longbourn. Okay fine. Elizabeth's best friend is Bridget and Bridget's fiance is Colin. Lizzie's sister is Kitty. Okay, fine still. Stupid, but fine. But Elizabeth makes a list for New Year's and one goal is to "find inner poise". Sound familiar? That was on the blurb of BJD; at least search for small parts to steal Tracy! Then Peter, the Darcy of the book, uncomfortably asks Elizabeth if "she has read any good books lately". If you have read BJD then you know this is a total rip-off!!!
There may have been more, as a matter of fact, I would bet on it. But after throwing the book, I decided to abandon it.
I am used to people (authors?) stealing P&P. I love a good updated story like BJD. But to also steal from another adaptation is just really bad taste. And to publish said crap, worse taste.
If I had not read BJD and remained oblivious to this, I might have found the book fun, a cozy read. But I did read BJD and it just pisses me off.

rating- not worth time or money

I hereby pledge that there will be no more reading of Austen spin-offs (not counting rereads of one's I already like) for me, except one more that I have already committed to review. (so far, it too, sucks!) ( )
  bookmagic | May 1, 2010 |
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Fall is coming, and with it crackling fireplaces, hot mugs steaming with comfort, a favorite chair and good books for long reads through dark and stormy nights. Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely is the perfect companion to this scene: a mystery that cleverly combines the best of Jane Austen and the English cozy.

Murder at Longbourn is a well-crafted murder mystery at a Cape Cod inn, where a theatrical murder mystery weekend becomes the real thing.
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Invited to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year's Eve at Winnie's new Cape Cod B and B, Elizabeth Parker must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim.… (more)

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