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02 January 2017

Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

Since 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, I have declared it to be The Year of Jane. Right now I have twenty-five books lined up either written by or inspired by Jane and I was thrilled to start the year with Tracy Kiely's Murder at Longbourn -- which just happens to take place at New Year's!

It's the first book in what I'm guessing will turn into one of my favorite cozy mystery series featuring Elizabeth (Lizzie) Parker.

Amazon Description
Planning New Year's resolutions to rid her life of all things unhealthy, Elizabeth Parker has dumped fatty foods, processed sugar, and her two-timing boyfriend. Indeed, the invitation to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year's Eve at Winnie's new Cape Cod B and B comes just in time. But when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim, Elizabeth must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion. The suspects include the town gossip, a haughty rich woman, and an antiques business owner much enamored of his benefactress, a Mrs. Kristell Dubois. If that isn't bad enough, Elizabeth must also contend with her childhood nemesis, Peter McGowan---a man she suspects has only matured in chronological years---and her suspicions about his family's interest in Winnie's inn.
Yesterday, her only worry was of ever finding her Mr. Darcy. Now she has a murder to solve. Is it any wonder her resolution to achieve inner poise is in tatters?
It's full of laughter and literary references and was an absolute delight to read. Not only is Kiely obviously a fan of Austen, but also of classic mystery authors like Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett. It took me until the 65% mark before I had a big "A-HA!" moment and even then it turned out to be a red herring! Oh, how I love those tricky fish!

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.


  1. Now this sounds like something I would like, so it's going on my list. :)

  2. The year of Jane....I love it! I read a story last year that was historical fiction about Jane and her family. It was very interesting.

    Here's my TT/FCFP post.

    1. I don't think I have anything lined up that has Jane as a character yet! Oh ... wait ... I DO, but it's set in the 1920s with a back-from-the-dead Jane ;)

  3. I do enjoy a good cozy, and the New Year's Murder Party sounds like fun...until there is a murder, of course.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.