Murder Most Austen

A Mystery

Elizabeth Parker Mysteries (Volume 4)

Tracy Kiely

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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A dedicated Anglophile and Janeite, Elizabeth Parker is hoping the trip to the annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath will distract her from her lack of a job and her uncertain future with her boyfriend, Peter.

On the plane ride to England, she and Aunt Winnie meet Professor Richard Baines, a self-proclaimed expert on all things Austen. His outlandish claims that within each Austen novel there is a sordid secondary story is second only to his odious theory on the true cause of Austen’s death. When Baines is found stabbed to death in his Mr. Darcy costume during the costume ball, it appears that Baines’s theories have finally pushed one Austen fan too far. But Aunt Winnie’s friend becomes the prime suspect, so Aunt Winnie enlists Elizabeth to find the  professor’s real killer. With an ex-wife, a scheming daughter-in-law, and a trophy wife, not to mention a festival’s worth of die-hard Austen fans, there are  no shortage of suspects.

This fourth in Tracy Kiely’s charming series is pure delight. If Bath is the number-one Mecca for Jane Austen fans, Murder Most Austen is the perfect read for those who love some laughs and quick wit with their mystery.

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CHAPTER 1
 
 
There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.
—PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
 
IF I HAD KNOWN that someone was going to kill the man sitting in 4B three days hence, I probably wouldn’t have fantasized about doing the deed myself.
Probably.
However, as it stood, I didn’t have this knowledge. The only knowledge I did have was that he was a pompous ass and had not stopped talking once in the last two hours.

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"Another stellar entry in the Austen-centric series...Destined to appeal to Janeites and mystery lovers alike, Kiely's latest whodunit should be universally acknowledged as a clever specimen of a crime novel that blends amateur detection with literary flair."--Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"As the mystery unfolds against the well-constructed backdrop of a fan festival, keen Janites will be excited by the frequent use of Austen’s own words and phrases as characters interact. VERDICT An engaging story with solid surprises awaits cozy mystery readers, Austen fans, and those looking for a charming series to follow."--Library Journal

"Kiely’s pleasing fourth mystery featuring Jane Austen fan Elizabeth Parker (after 2011’s Murder Most Persuasive ) takes Elizabeth and her great-aunt, Winnie Reynolds, to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath....Janeites will appreciate the several minor characters and situations inspired by Northanger Abbey. Elizabeth makes an engaging protagonist, ably misguided by her lively aunt."--Publishers Weekly

"An ingenious whodunnit where laugh-out-loud humour leavens the tension."--Jane Austen Regency

 

 


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MURDER MOST AUSTEN by Tracy Kiely | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MURDER MOST AUSTEN . A much-anticipated trip to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath becomes a nightmare for an amateur sleuth.
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Tracy Kiely

Tracy Kiely has been a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A self-proclaimed Anglophile who grew up reading Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, she lives with her husband and three children in Maryland.

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Murder Most Austen
A Mystery
Tracy Kiely

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250007421
ISBN10: 1250007429
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250017352
ISBN10: 1250017351
304 pages
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