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Julia Seales

Author of A Most Agreeable Murder

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A Most Agreeable Murder (2023) 159 copies


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Reminds me of Jeeves more than Jane Austin. LIke in Jeeves I just don't appreciate the quirky characters and the farce. I did find the mystery interesting to solve, and there were many twists so it was very readable.
EllenH | 15 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |
Swampshire with its luminescent frogs and frequent hailstorms is home to Beatrice Steele, a young lady who manages to skirt the edges and rules of decorum. She is terrible at needlework, has no musical ability and her artwork is frightful. She has a secret that if disclosed would be her ruin - she loves solving murders.

Things are going to get tricky as the family sets off to an elaborate party with the intention of encouraging the most wealthy and eligible bachelor to marry one of their daughters to save them from losing their home and abject penury. Beatrice’s father, Mr. Steele is a prankster of the most outrageous type and her mother is the pushiest, non-feminist imaginable while Louisa, the beautiful, sweet and marriageable daughter has her own issues. There is another daughter, Mary, who no one notices and her comments regarding this while sad are also extremely amusing. The immediate problem is that Mr. Croaksworth, the prospective bridegroom is about to become totally unavailable, which is going to give Beatrice her opportunity to solve a murder.

The author admits to combining her favorite things: mayhem, manners, and solving murders into this frothy, a little too over-the-top Regency period mystery. I am rounding up for an entertaining effort.Many thanks to Random House and NetGalley for a copy.
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kimkimkim | 15 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
This novel is a mash up of gothic, country house mystery, and comedy of manners,with a touch of "Clue" thrown in for good measure. When Beatrice and her sisters go to an autumn ball, they never expect to become part of solving the murder of a guest. The stormy weather, crumbling mansion, and swampy setting add to the darkness of the scene. In addition, every character in the story has a motive, means, and opportunity. The focus shifts often and keeps the reader guessing.

While the names of the characters are rather Dickensian, and foreshadow things to come, the author mixes in etiquette rules and manners reminiscent of Jane Austen. In honor of Dame Agatha and Conan Doyle, the elements of detection play a large part in this novel.

Although it is quite a hilarious story in some ways, the plot development dragged on way too long for me. The inclusion of other documents alternating with the chapters, such as play scripts, notes, and commentaries, seemed confusing to me, as did the end of the story. However, I did enjoy the author notes at the end, almost more than the story, which contains many clever and just plain weird elements.

I received this novel from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions contained here are entirely my own.
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LadyoftheLodge | 15 other reviews | Sep 16, 2023 |
A Most Agreeable Murder was super fun, quick read. I mainly enjoyed the audiobook narration, and that production was very nice. The story takes place in the fictional place of Swampshire in England during the regency period. Beatrice Steele is the main protagonist, and her family are invited to the autumnal ball. Beatrice has a secret — she enjoys detective work and wishes to become an investigator. Well, she gets her chance when a murder takes place, and she, along with the dashing Inspector Drake, try to find out whodunit. This story will have readers guessing and wondering and piecing the clues along with the detectives. Super fun read! And it has all the intrigue of a classic Jane Austen novel.… (more)
philae_02 | 15 other reviews | Sep 6, 2023 |




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