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Murder Most Austen

A Mystery

Elizabeth Parker Mysteries (Volume 4)

Tracy Kiely

Minotaur Books

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.
“Of course, only the truly
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Deep in anticipation of the week-long Jane Austen Festival in Bath, Elizabeth Parker and her Aunt Winnie can almost tolerate the obnoxious in-flight pontificating of Professor Baines. Then he shares his scandalous new theory: Austen died of syphilis. When the professor is murdered at the Regency Masked Ball, angry Janites aren't the only suspects. The shortlist also includes his ex-wife, daughter-in-law, and grad student. Will Elizabeth's previous investigative experiences (Murder Most Pursuasive; Murder on the Bride's Side; Murder at Longbourn) help her unmask the proper person? This fourth series outing subtly provides new readers with key points from the past without annoying returning fans with excessive backtracking. 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, Auste

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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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