Book Review: Murder Most Persuasive – Tracy Kiely

Title: Murder Most Persuasive
Author: Tracy Kiely
ISBN: 9780312699413
Pages: 304
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Elizabeth Parker is with her family, mourning the loss of her great-uncle Martin when they receive shocking news.  The new owners of Uncle Martin’s second home in St. Michaels, Maryland have discovered a body underneath the pool’s foundations.  Suspicion immediately falls on Uncle Martin’s family, and it’s up to Elizabeth to find the real killer and clear her cousin’s name.

Review:

In the third of Tracy Kiely’s Jane Austen-inspired mysteries (after Murder at Longbourn and Murder on the Bride’s Side), Elizabeth Parker is back with an all new mystery to solve. Elizabeth has gained quite a reputation within her family for her sleuthing skills, so she is drawn into this latest case almost against her will. She has learned how dangerous it can be to take it upon herself to solve a murder mystery, but cannot refuse her cousin’s pleas for help.

Once again, Tracy Kiely does an exceptional job developing the secondary characters in her novel. Elizabeth’s sister plays a prominent role in Murder Most Persuasive, and she is definitely a piece of work. I found her incredibly frustrating at times, but of course, Kiely gave her hidden depth, and it was satisfying when that emerged. Though there are many new characters introduced, the reader comes to know and care about them due to Kiely’s expert character development. Elizabeth’s cousin Ann was a personal favorite, and I rooted for her from beginning to end.

I’ve mentioned this in all my reviews of books from this series, but I believe it bears repeating – though these books are Austen inspired, they actually have little to do with the author. Elizabeth spouts Austen’s wisdom often, and the novels bear a very loose resemblance to Austen’s books (Murder Most Persuasive is based on Persuasion), but you shouldn’t let that stop you from picking up this book. I’m pretty tired of the Austen explosion, and tend to avoid retellings and such, but these novels are creative and stand on their own. I’ve enjoyed each of these books immensely, and Murder Most Persuasive is no exception.

If you’re looking for a smart mystery with a great main character and well-written plot, look no further. Murder Most Persuasive is fun, gripping, and will keep the reader guessing through its many twists and turns. I can’t wait for the fourth book in the series to see what Elizabeth is up to next.

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Comments

  1. This sounds really good! I’ve been on a mystery kick lately and will definitely add this to my list.

  2. This sounds really good! I’ve been on a mystery kick lately and will definitely add this to my list.

  3. The mystery genre is one that I have never really fully explored, and other than reading a few here and there, it still remains a little elusive to me. I actually really like the sound of this book, and think that if I am going to get invested in a mystery series, that this one might be the one to pursue. I am glad that you had such a good time with it, and have to admit that the ties it shares with Austen makes me even more curious about picking it up. Wonderful review!

  4. The mystery genre is one that I have never really fully explored, and other than reading a few here and there, it still remains a little elusive to me. I actually really like the sound of this book, and think that if I am going to get invested in a mystery series, that this one might be the one to pursue. I am glad that you had such a good time with it, and have to admit that the ties it shares with Austen makes me even more curious about picking it up. Wonderful review!

  5. I’ve been meaning to write my review of this one. Tracy is a new to me author and I didn’t realize it was a series until I was halfway through. I’m also looking forward to the next installment.

  6. I’ve been meaning to write my review of this one. Tracy is a new to me author and I didn’t realize it was a series until I was halfway through. I’m also looking forward to the next installment.

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