Murder at Longbourn – Tracy Kiely

Title: Murder at Longbourn: A Mystery
Author: Tracy Kiely
ISBN: 9780312537562
Pages: 320
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Minotaur
Genre: Mystery
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Elizabeth is on her way to the Inn at Longbourn, her aunt’s new B&B on Cape Cod.  She’s going to ring in the new year helping her aunt run the Inn’s murder mystery New Year’s party.  However, Elizabeth and the rest of the group get much more than they bargain for when someone is actually murdered at the party.  Instructed by the police not to leave town, Elizabeth begins digging into the murder and trying to figure out for herself who committed murder at the Inn at Longbourn.

Review:

I was hesitant when I first picked up Murder at Longbourn because I’ve been a little Austen-ed out lately.  While I’ve enjoyed the re-tellings and mash-ups, I’m getting tired of the whole Austen trend.  However, I’d heard good things about Murder at Longbourn, so I put my trepidation aside and decided to give it a try – and I’m so glad I did!  While this novel has a few cute Austen references (both the main character and her aunt are huge fans of Jane Austen), it definitely stands on its own two feet.  Once the mystery gets going, it bears little resemblance to any Austen novel.

Elizabeth was a well-written character who made a wonderful sleuth in Murder at Longbourn.  She was funny, witty, and best of all, very smart.  She was clearly well-read, and as a result, this novel is littered with literary references, from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to Aloysius, the bear from Brideshead Revisited.  It’s a lot of fun to pick up on these references while reading the novel.

The mystery in this novel was incredibly well done.  Kiely kept me guessing through every twist and turn.  By the end of the book, I thought I’d figured the whole thing out, only to be surprised yet again.  It was a satisfying read, and I certainly hope it will become a series!

Murder at Longbourn was a fun novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.  If you’re wary of the Austen fad, don’t avoid this book because of it, but if you’re a huge fan of the trend, then you’ll really enjoy the literary references in the book, especially when the main characters quote straight from Pride and Prejudice.  It’s a well-written and entertaining novel that I highly recommend!

Comments

  1. I’m not sure how I feel about the explosion of Jane Austen spin-offs, and I’ve avoided them so far. :-) However, some of them sound really good, and this novel sounds like one I’d enjoy. Thanks for the lovely review!

  2. I’m not sure how I feel about the explosion of Jane Austen spin-offs, and I’ve avoided them so far. :-) However, some of them sound really good, and this novel sounds like one I’d enjoy. Thanks for the lovely review!

  3. Great review! This book is to going to part of my TBR list.

  4. Great review! This book is to going to part of my TBR list.

  5. I enjoyed this one!!! I didn’t guess who had done it either.

    How did you make out with the snow?

  6. I enjoyed this one!!! I didn’t guess who had done it either.

    How did you make out with the snow?

  7. How much fun! A murder and a murder mystery dinner party? I know that probably makes me sound morbid, but it all adds up to a cozy read in my mind!

  8. How much fun! A murder and a murder mystery dinner party? I know that probably makes me sound morbid, but it all adds up to a cozy read in my mind!

  9. I like mysteries and I do like Austen (but not so much the re-tellings) so this sounds good to me!

  10. I like mysteries and I do like Austen (but not so much the re-tellings) so this sounds good to me!

  11. Oh my! Looks adorable! I must add it to my TBR list.

  12. Oh my! Looks adorable! I must add it to my TBR list.

  13. I have been meaning to read this one. Have heard good things and your review just cements it in my mind. Thanks for the thoughts!

  14. I have been meaning to read this one. Have heard good things and your review just cements it in my mind. Thanks for the thoughts!

  15. Sounds like a fun book! Great review – will definitely add to my TBR list. Cheers!

  16. Sounds like a fun book! Great review – will definitely add to my TBR list. Cheers!

  17. I got this book from the author when I was doing my Everything Austen challenge and this turned out to be one of my favorites. Glad you liked it too!

  18. I got this book from the author when I was doing my Everything Austen challenge and this turned out to be one of my favorites. Glad you liked it too!

  19. I have to admit, and maybe this is unfair, but I am wholeheartedly against the outpouring of Austen spin offs. And not just Austen. Any literature. I know there are lots of people who enjoy books like this (seeing as they keep being published) but I guess I am a purist. If they original author didn’t write it, I don’t want it.

  20. I have to admit, and maybe this is unfair, but I am wholeheartedly against the outpouring of Austen spin offs. And not just Austen. Any literature. I know there are lots of people who enjoy books like this (seeing as they keep being published) but I guess I am a purist. If they original author didn’t write it, I don’t want it.

  21. Veronica – As I said in my review, this isn’t an Austen spin-off.

  22. Veronica – As I said in my review, this isn’t an Austen spin-off.

  23. Just to clarify my comment a bit…While perhaps not nearly as much as, say, Bridget Jones or The Jane Austen Book Club, it still seems (from use of the names Elizabeth and Longbourn and the characters’ love of Austen) that Pride and Prejudice is a major gimmick of the book. And I don’t mean gimmick as a negative thing at all, just that it’s probably a major selling point. To me, that counts as spin-off, but I guess not to everyone else. And after trying a few, I’ve come to the conclusion that while those books aren’t for me I’m glad that so many others are able to enjoy them and by doing so expand their enjoyment of Austen. :)

  24. Just to clarify my comment a bit…While perhaps not nearly as much as, say, Bridget Jones or The Jane Austen Book Club, it still seems (from use of the names Elizabeth and Longbourn and the characters’ love of Austen) that Pride and Prejudice is a major gimmick of the book. And I don’t mean gimmick as a negative thing at all, just that it’s probably a major selling point. To me, that counts as spin-off, but I guess not to everyone else. And after trying a few, I’ve come to the conclusion that while those books aren’t for me I’m glad that so many others are able to enjoy them and by doing so expand their enjoyment of Austen. :)

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