Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely

Hello All,

Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely is an excellent into the world of all things Austen. In this adventure, Elizabeth Parker and her great Aunt Winnie travel to England for a Jane Austen Festival being held in Bath. First they stop in London to enjoy some of its wonders, and then move on to Bath and the Festival.

On the plane to England, aunt and niece overhear, then become involved in, a conversation that renowned Professor Richard Baines is having with a female student about the deeper meanings he has "discovered" in Jane Austen's works. All of these meanings/stories are sordid, and go against all Jane Austen scholarship. Before the professor can share his "findings" at the Festival, he is murdered, and Elizabeth is the unfortunate one to find his body. Elizabeth and Aunt Winnie are pulled into some amateur sleuthing, by family members of the professor, and by a friend of Aunt Winnie's who is accused of the murder. As they find out that detecting in England is not all Miss Marple, they discover another body and eventually solve the murders.

I loved the settings and atmosphere of London and Bath. I also loved the setting of the Jane Austen Festival, and hopefully a real one exists. This is one of the few books I've read where I would have liked more descriptions of London, Bath and the Festival; usually I look for a little less description, but this was a trip I wanted to know more about. I also thought that the character of Professor Richard Baines was perfectly despicable and I liked that I felt that way.

I found Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely to be a good read and I recommend it!

Happy Reading!

Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely 2012 Minotaur Books ISBN 9781250007421

This book was sent to me for review by Minotaur Books; no other compensation was offered or accepted for this review.